Goldie Lucinda Jane Rowan was born in 1903 in Fayette County, PA, the daughter of Allen H. and Anna (Linderman) Rowan.
Her untimely death at age six inspired her grieving brother to pen a moving poem which we have today.
Her young life also gives us a window into sales techniques of the early 20th century.
Sometime around the turn of the century, the Laing's Toilet & Perfumery Company of Bridgeport, CT, wrote to Goldie, at her home in Nicolay, Fayette County, PA, asking if she would sell its gold-plated, heart-shaped perfumed amulets to her friends.
The form letter, on light blue paper, opens: "We are in need of a good reliable party in your neighborhood to act as our agent. Your name as been given to us and we believe you would be the right party to sell our goods."
Her response is not known.
In the spring of 1903, Goldie came down with a bad case of "membranous croup." Her young body was unable to fight the disease, and on May 29, 1903, she died of its effects. Her obituary in a Uniontown newspaper said she was "a very bright and intelligent child and will be greatly missed by her schoolmates."
Her remains were laid to tender rest in the Maple Summit Church of God cemetery.
Her brother Marshall was away at the time, attending a type of high school at Barkeyville (PA) Academy, affiliated with the Church of God. He thus was unable to get back home to say goodbye.
Grief-stricken, he later penned a poem in tribute to his sister. It's written on the stationery of his employer, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company.
a humble cottage homestead
had lived but seven summers,
dear won't you come with me,
I used to sleep so sweetly,
I have one other Brother,
him I said be a good Boy
I want to ask a favor,
I'm getting very weary,
Goldie's no more with us
to those who chance to read this
with permission of the family of the late Marshall E. Rowan.