The death certificate can be viewed on the NSARM website. Margie Scott
--- On Sun, 10/26/08, Marsha <marsha.mackay(a)ns.sympatico.ca> wrote:
From: Marsha <marsha.mackay(a)ns.sympatico.ca>
Subject: Re: [NS-CB] Alexander Graham Bell Obituary
To: "CAPE BRETON LIST" <NS-CAPE-BRETON-L(a)rootsweb.com>
Date: Sunday, October 26, 2008, 5:32 PM
Hi Nigel....I just happened to have it! as follows......but it doesn't
mention his actual burial or the mortician....
Obituary - August 3, 1922
Dr. Alexander Graham Bell, Inventor of Telephone, Dies
Sudden End, Due to Anemia, Comes in Seventy-Sixth Year at His Nova Scotia Home,
Notables Pay Him Tribute, Lived to See Speech Reproduced Across the
World--Pioneered in Aeronautics
By THE NEW YORK TIMES
The Associated Press Alexander Graham Bell, 1908 SYDNEY, N. S., Aug.
2.--Dr. Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, died at 2 o'clock
this morning at Beinn Breagh, his estate near Baddeck.
Although the inventor, who was in his seventy-sixth year, had been in
failing health for several months, he had not been confined to bed, and the end
was unexpected. Late yesterday afternoon, however, his condition, brought about
by progressive anemia, became serious, and Dr. Ker of Washington, a cousin of
Mrs. Bell, a house guest and a Sydney physician, attended him.
With Mr. Bell when he died were Mrs. Bell, a daughter, Mrs. Marion
Hubbard Fairchild, and her husband, David G. Fairchild of Washington. The
inventor leaves another daughter, Mrs. Elise M. Grosvenor, wife of Gilbert
Grosvenor of Washington, who now is with her husband in Brazil.
At Sunset on Friday, on the crest of Beinn Breach Mountain, the body of
Dr. Bell will be buried at a spot chosen by the inventor himself. The grave of
the venerable scientist, the immensity of whose life work was attested by scores
of Telegrams which came today to the Bell estate from the world's prominent
figures, is at a point overlooking the town of Baddeck, Cape Breton. The
sweeping vista from the mountain top, so admired by Dr. Bell, stretches far over
the Bras d'Or Lakes. Sunset, chosen as the moment when the body will be
committed to the sturdy hills, gilds the waters of the lakes until they are
really what their name means--"the lakes of the arm of gold."
Dr. Bell asked to be buried in the countryside where he had spent the
major portion of the last thirty-five years of his life. The inventor came to
Cape Breton forty years ago, and five years later purchased the Beinn Breagh
estate. His last experiments, dealing with flying boats, were made on Bras
American specialists who were rushing to the bedside of Dr. Bell were
today returning to the United States. They were told of his death while aboard
fast trains bound for Baddeck, and, being too late, turned back. Alexander
Graham Bell lived to see the telephonic instrument over which he talked a
distance of twenty feet in 1876 used, with improvements, for the transmission of
speech across the continent, and more than that, for the transmission of speech
across the Atlantic and from Washington to Honolulu without wires. The little
instrument he patented less than fifty years ago, scorned then as a joke, was
when he died the basis for 13,000,000 telephone is used in every civilized
country in the world. The Bell basic patent, the famed No. 174,465, which he
received on his twenty-ninth birthday and which was sustained in a historic
court fight, has been called the most valuable patent ever issued.
Although the inventor of many contrivances which he regarded with as
much tenderness and to which he attached as much importance as the telephone, a
business world which he confessed he was often unable to understand made it
assured that he would go down in history as the man who made the telephone. He
was an inventor of the gramophone, and for nearly twenty years was engaged in
aeronautics. Associated with Glenn H. Curtiss and others, whose names are now
known wherever airplanes fly, he pinned his faith in the efficacy for aviation
of the tetrahedral cell, which never achieved the success he saw for it in
aviation, but as a by-product of his study he established an important new
principle in architecture.
Up to the time of his death Dr. Bell took the deepest interest in
aviation. Upon his return from a tour of the European countries in 1909 he
reported that the continental nations were far ahead of America in aviation and
urged that steps by taken to keep apace of them. He predicted in 1916 that the
great war would be won in the air. It was always a theory of his that flying
machines could make ever so much more speed at great heights, in rarefied
atmosphere, and he often said that the transatlantic flight would be some time
made in one day, a prediction which he lived to see fulfilled.
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