Sunday, January 13, 2019

SUNDAY’S OBITUARY ~ My Grandaunt Helen C. Gould–1901-1945


Transcription of obituary - GOULD - Feb 17, 1945.  Helen C. suddenly at residence, 5639 Linwood, beloved daughter of May E and the late Wm. V., dear sister of Ford, Harry and Roy Gould, Mrs. Chas. E. Smith and Mrs. Myron A. Sine of Grants Pass, Oregon.  Funeral service from Floyd L. Hamilton Funeral Home, 12th near West Grand Blvd. Wednesday at 9:15.  St. Leo's Church 10 a.m.  Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Here is Helen pictured with some of her family.
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Helen Gould with her parents Mae & William - circa 1920
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Helen C. Gould
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Helen Gould on the right and her older sister Mae Adele on the left - circa 1913-1915
Helen C. Gould was the youngest of my grandfather’s siblings.  The family had 3 boys; Ford, Harry (my grandfather) and Roy.  Then they had 3 girls; Gladys, May “Adele” and Helen.

Helen was born 12 Mar 1901 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan.  She was living at home with her parents, Wm. Val & Mae Gould in the 1910 and 1920 census.  In 1920 she was working as a Stenographer at a motor factory.  Working in the auto industry was a common thread for my ancestors in Detroit during this time when the auto business was booming.  By 1930 she was living with her married sister, Adele (now Mrs. James Conner) and working as a Stenographer at a trust company.

I have found no evidence that Helen ever married or had any children.  Her brother, Ford, also never married.  Of the 6 children born in this Gould family, only one of them had a child and that was my grandfather, Harry.  Talk about not having collateral family to research.  Helen seemed to be a good looking, well dressed woman.  I always wonder why someone doesn’t marry.  It was much less common back then than it is now.

Strangely, I cannot locate Helen in the 1940 census.  Her place of death, 5639 Linwood is the home where her mother lived from before 1930 until her death in 1946.  In the 1940 census, Helen’s mother, Mae Gould is living in the home on Linwood, with her son, Ford and sister Catherine Thorp.  So, where is Helen?

Helen was only 43 years old when she died.  I don’t have a copy of her death certificate.  I either need to order it and pay the fee or wait 3 more years for it to be released to the public.
However, thanks to my cousin, Marian, I do have the information contained on the certificate.  You see, Marian was doing some transcribing/indexing for when she came across Helen’s death certificate.  She didn’t grab a screenshot, but wrote down most of the important items as follows:
  • Certificate #333216
  • Address – 5639 Linwood Ave., Detroit, Michigan
  • Date of birth - 12 Mar 1901
  • Date of death – 17 Feb 1945 at 11;30 p.m.
  • Occupation – Stenographer for Frisbee Insurance Co.
  • Date of burial – 21 Feb 1945 at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan
  • Cause of death – Cardiac failure following chronic myocarditis and acute dilatation pyogenic nephritis
  • Informant – Gladys L. Smith (sister) of 3729 14th St., Detroit, Michigan
  • Funeral director – Floyd L. Hamilton at 7334 Twelfth St., Detroit, Michigan
Until doing this review for Helen, I had forgotten that I don’t have a place of residence for her in 1940 or a copy of her death certificate.
Helen is buried with her parents at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  I visited their gravesites when I was there in 2007 and took the following photos.
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You may visit Helen’s FindAGrave memorial here #32439516.

If you have any further information to share about Helen, I’d love to hear from you.  I’m always looking to connect with anyone who has information about my Gould family.

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl
Copyright ©  2010-2019   Diane Gould Hall


  1. So nice of Marian to think of you when she was indexing. It does seem unusual to have a family with six children and only one has a child.

    1. Yes, it was Cathy. But, Marian knows of my woes with this Gould line (my biggest brick wall). She is a cousin via my paternal line. My paternal brick wall goes like this....John C. Gould, has one son, that son has 6 children and only one of them, a son has one child, a son. And, that son (my Dad) has one son. Talk about no males to test and my brother's YDNA has yielded nothing in 11 years. Oy vay!


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