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Obituary of Aunty Jackson, Matron at Camp Curtin

Posted By on December 28, 2014


The obituary of Eliza Kling Jackson, also known as “Aunty” Jackson, was printed in the 21 January 1905 edition of the Harrisburg Patriot:


“Aunty” Jackson, Picturesque Character, Succumbed Aged 85 Years


Resided Here for several Scores of Years and Formerly Kept a Notion Store

Mrs. Eliza Kling Jackson, better known as “Auntie” Jackson among the old residents of this city, died yesterday afternoon at the Home of the Friendless from an attack of pneumonia, which caused her to take her bed on Monday afternoon.  “Auntie” Jackson was in her eighty-fifth year and until Monday seemed in the best of spirits and did not complain of feeling well at any time.

She has been a resident of this city nearly all her life, except during a period of about ten years when she resided with her husband in Parkesburg, Pennsylvania.  When a young girl she came to this city and resided with Michael Keller until married to Joseph Jackson when she removed to Parkesburg.  About forty years ago after the death of her husband, she returned to this city and lived here ever since.

Memorial to the Camp Curtin Hospital

During the Civil War she for a time served as matron of the Camp Curtin Hospital in this city [See: Camp Curtin Memorials].  After the war she opened a notion and fancy store in Market Square and continued in business in various locations in the square and on Market Street until 1896 when she retired from business.  For a number of years she carried on a private canvass business and three years ago entered the Home of the Friendless.

She was a most devoted member of Zion Lutheran Church and taught a Sunday School class there until a few years ago, when her health obliged her to give up active work.  Always interested in Christian work, she did many quiet deeds.  An hour before she died yesterday she recited the Twenty-third Psalm from beginning to end.

Mrs. Jackson was an aunt of Mrs. George J. Bolton, wife of the former owner of the Bolton House and the other relatives are Mrs. Peter E. Boyd and J. P. Kohler, both being distant cousins.

She owned several buildings in the upper section of the city, and because of her devotion to church work it is believed she has left them to charity.

The funeral arrangements will be completed today.


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