This picture was taken in the Jeromesville Cemetery, Mohican Township, Ashland County, Ohio.
The picture has written "Beryl Botdorf".
There is a Beryl I Botdorf died 1909. So this probably dates the picture
(The Ashland Press, Ashland, Ohio, Thursday, 17 March 1909, page 3, column 8).
Beryl Isabell Botdorf.
Again we are made to shed tears of grief and sorrow because the grim reaper, Death, has visited our midst once again and called the spirit from one in the light and bloom of youthful girlhood, of one who had just been prepared and had launched out of what seemed to all would be a successful and prosperous life. But not so with Miss Beryl Botdorf, who was so soon stricken down and died at the city hospital at Springfield, Ohio, March 6, 1909, after an illness which baffled the skill of several of the best physicians at Springfield for twelve days, and known as pemphigus, a skin and blood affection.
Her mother and sister Eva were at her bedside when her spirit took its flight. When she realized that her time was not long she expressed herself that all was well with her and said, "Tell the folks at home to all have happy lives," and then sang Nearer My God to Thee, afterwards requesting her mother and sister to sing for her. She was soon in a deep sleep, which ended in death at 7 o'clock Saturday morning.
Beryl Isabell Botdorf was born at Rowsburg, O, March 7, 1892 and was then just 17 years of age. She was the youngest of two daughters of J. D. and Mary S. Botdorf. Up to and for over a year after her father's death in 1903, she spent the most of her youthful days in Jeromeville, after which she resided at the Ohio Pythian home at Springfield until July last, when she returned home and spent several weeks with her mother and friends after which she returned to Springfield September 1, there to pursue a course in stenography and typewriting at Willis's Business College. After five months of persistent and rapid strides, she completed the course, and later held a lucrative position with DeWine Poultry Food Co. of Yellow Springs, Ohio.
The remains were placed in a beautiful white brocaded casket, sealed, and sent by the Erie to Ashland, Sunday accompanied by her mother and sister, Eva and Messrs. Gerner and Eberly, of the Lyon Hardware Co. of Springfield. On Monday the body was taken to Jeromeville over the Ashland and Western railroad and there met by a host of sorrowing friends who joined in a muffled march to the beautiful little cemetery, where a short service was held, conducted by Rev. McCullough, of the Methodist Episcopal church, assisted by Rev. Miller, of the Christian Church, who by request deceased, read from Ec. Xii: and spoke words of sympathy and comfort to all, after which the casket was slowly lowered into its earthly tomb amidst a mound of the most beautiful floral offerings ever seen here, which spoke of the high esteem of those who had learned to know and love the deceased at Springfield.
Thus again is brought to mind the saying, "In the midst of life, we are in death."
There remain besides a host of friends, the mother, sister, and brother to mourn her departure.