Trares brothers die within hours of each other

While researching the background of Henry Trares in my previous post, I learned of an odd coincidence concerning the deaths of two of Henry’s sons, Florian and Roman Trares.

Roman J. Trares was born 30 March 1893 in Edwardsville, Madison, Illinois. He died 8 May 1959 in Taylorsville, Christian County, Illinois.

When I reviewed Find-A-Grave, I found a reference to an article about the two brothers which was printed in the Edwardsville Intelligencer newspaper on Tuesday, May 12, 1959, on page 2:

Former residents Florian and Roman Trares, sons of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Trares, Sr., of Edwardsville, died, apparently within a short time of each other, relatives here learned Tuesday morning.

Florian, husband of the former Edna M. Motz of Edwardsville, died of a heart attack at 6:20 p.m. Monday at a hospital in Danville, where he resided. He was associated with the Sugar Creek Creamery Co. there. The body of Roman Trares was discovered about 7 o’clock Monday evening at his home in Taylorville when relatives sought to notify him of the death of his brother. The exact time of death has not yet been established.

Florian Trares, who would have observed his 58th birthday anniversary Tuesday, was born May 12, 1901 in Edwardsville and had been associated with his father in the old Palace Store Co.  He was married here June 18, 1924 by the Rev. E.J. Eckhard. Surviving in addition to his wife and one sister, Mrs. John (Daisy) Keshner of Edwardsville; are a son, Edward, of Hartford, Conn., and two daughters, Mrs. Mary Ann Allen and Mrs. Mildred Schaefer, both of New York City. Mrs. Schaefer is the wife of George Schaefer, producer of the award-winning TV play, “Little Moon of Alban.”

 Roman Trares was born here March 30, 1893, the son of the late Henry and Frances Heddergott Trares. His only survivors are the sister, Mrs. Keshner, and a number of nieces and nephews. The body will be returned to Edwardsville for burial in the family plot in St. Mary’s cemetery.

No other plans for either funeral were available. 

The Find-A-Grave entry also said that Roman Trares was a World War I veteran, serving with the Arkansas CFR 1 CL 668 Aero Squadron. In addition, I found a number of ads and announcements in the Edwardsville Intelligencer which touted “Roman Trares and his Novelty Orchestra” as playing in the area during the 1920’s. Apparently, Roman was a noted pianist with his own orchestra.





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