17th July 1890

The Star received some “grave” news

The Star printed a short excerpt from an obituary of Mr Thomas Gliddon, which had appeared in an issue of the Undertakers’ and Funeral Directors’ Journal. Gliddon had been the editor of The Casket – a title that would naturally have been of interest to the same audience as the Undertakers’ and Funeral Directors’ Journal. He had been asked to take on the role of launch editor on its founding fourteen years earlier, and had continued until his death on 26 May.

The news was somewhat late in arriving since The Casket was an American publication, and Gliddon had emigrated to the United States in 1851. As the excerpted obituary stated, when asked to edit the publication by AH Nirdlinger, “he had no faith in the project, but worked resolutely at it and made it a success”.

The Guernsey connection

Why did this distant man’s death have any relevance to The Star? Quite simply, Gliddon had once been “connected with” the Guernsey newspaper in 1849, and had been born on the island in 1833, making him 57 at the time of his death.

The Star also quoted from The Casket itself, which described its late editor as having been genial and of a generous disposition, and “never happier than when in the society of his friends… he made friends everywhere, in all ranks of society, and at the time of his death it is doubtful if any man in this city had a larger or warmer circle of friends”.

Sadly The Star doesn’t mention which city, exactly, Gliddon lived in. However, AH Nirdlinger is listed as the assignee of several funerary-related patents, including for a design for burial-casket molding and a design for burial caskets. He is listed as a resident of Rochester, New York. As he is occupied in the same industry as the AN Nirdlinger who published The Casket, it seems logical that The Casket itself would be located in or close to the city.


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Other events that occured in July

Guernseyman Edward Tupper killed by cannibals 1st
Alderney is occupied by German forces 2nd
Seigneur of Sark, Michael Beaumont, dies aged 88 3rd
Guernsey hosted the Island Games 2003 closing ceremony 4th
New coins are minted for Guernsey 5th
Royal Guernsey Light Infantry Museum opens 6th
Victor Hugo statue is unveiled in Candie Gardens 7th
First Commando raid of the Second World War 8th
Birth of Sark-based writer Mervyn Peake 9th
Guernsey nurses go on hunger strike 10th
ITV broadcasts first episode of Island at War 11th
A Guernsey man posted himself to Sark 12th
Murderer Peter Robin sentenced to death 13th
Victor Hugo plants his United States of Europe oak 14th
Point Law runs aground off Alderney 15th
Racing yacht Westward is blown up off Guernsey
BBC made its first ever Channel Islands broadcast 16th
The Star received some “grave” news 17th
The Guernsey Martyrs were burned at the stake 18th
Prince Charles and Camilla visit Guernsey 19th
President Garcia is re-floated in Saints Bay 20th
Typhoid suspect holidaymaker flies home 21st
Guernsey Controlling Committee’s Sir John Leale died 22nd
Alderney to Guernsey radio connection established 23rd
Val des Terres was first opened for traffic 24th
The BBC broadcasts from Sark for the first time 25th
Guernsey court escapee was caught again 26th
Braye du Valle was gifted by the crown 27th
Murderer sentenced to death in three hours 28th
Guernsey bought Herm from the mainland 29th
Albert Lamy appointed Guernsey Police Chief Officer 30th
Guernsey to Jersey plane crashed into the sea 31st