Florence was born on 23 April, 1908 in Wisconsin, the first
child of Johan (John) and Bertha Trümpi Huber.[i] At
the time her parents probably lived near Primrose, Dane County, Wisconsin and
were part of the Swiss immigrant population in that area. [ii]
Shortly after her birth the Hubers moved to Elberta and
Josephine, Baldwin, Alabama where her brother Clarence was born a year and a
is a very unusual migration route and it prompted me to look further at
possible reasons for the relocation there.
It appears that the Hubers had succumbed to advertising that was
targeted to the Swiss Colony folks in Wisconsin and Minnesota which provided
inexpensive trips to southern Alabama in February and March to promote land
By the time Florence was 12 the family had relocated back north, this time to Saginaw, Michigan. [iv] In the school year 1920-1921 she, and her brother Clarence, had perfect attendance, missing no days of school.[v]
It is unclear how or where Florence met the divorcee, Robert
Harry Darling. Harry had been married in 1925 to Nora Glies and divorced in
1926. He married Florence in 1929 and
located to 110 N. Fremont. Ross, Allegheny
County, Pennsylvania by the 1930 census time.
It appears that the apartment that was at that location was replaced in
1950. Later in 1930, Florence had a daughter.
425 Charles St., Pittsburgh, PA Today Thanks to Google Maps
Florence died on 5 October 1934 of Bilateral Pyosalpinx,
Pelvic Cellulitis, cause undetermined. She lived at 423 Charles, Pittsburgh, PA
at the time of her death.[vi]
According to her death certificate she was buried at Zion
Memorial Cemetery. A Find-a-Grave photo request has gone unanswered since May
Determine date for her marriage to Robert Harry Darling.
Get photo of her grave marker.
[i] Pennsylvania Death
Certificate, Certificate #89399. Florence Darling (Robt H. Darling – Informant).
(Modern) Google photo of
423 Charles, Pittsburgh, PA
I received Florence Darling’s Certificate of Death from the Pennsylvania Department of Health. (See my previous blog for details on ordering PA Death Certificates.) The certificate included some interesting information and insights.
Her husband, Robert H. Darling was the informant. He provided Florence’s birthdate of Apr. 23, 1908. (New Information) He also provided their address of 423 Charles (30th ward) in Pittsburgh. It is interesting that Harry did not know his wife’s mother’s maiden name of place of birth.
South Side Hospital (Demolished in 1982)
Florence died October 5, 1934, at the age of 26, at South Side Hospital of bilateral pyosalpinx (a collection of pus in an oviduct. [Merriam-Webster]) and pelvic cellulitis of “undetermined cause.” Contributory cause of death was peritonitis. She had been in the doctor’s care for seven days before her passing. I’m sure it must have been seven days of agony. Sadly enough, penicillin, which was discovered in 1928, wasn’t in use until in the 1940. Penicillin probably could have saved her.
According to the certificate, she was buried at Zion Memorial Cemetery on October 7th, 1934. I have created a Find-A-Gravememorial for her and have requested a photo.