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About Laura Wise
Infant daughter of Beth El Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, who wrote of Laura Wise:
"During the year of 1849 an epidemic of cholera swept the Albany area. Few Jews were affected by the outbreak, however tragedy struck the Wise home when Laura contracted the illness and succumbed from its effects" (Rubinger 102).
"One Friday night, when the cholera epidemic was almost at an end, my youngest child, Laura, a little angel, two years old, took sick, and died of cholera infantum Saturday noon. The grief at the loss of the dear little angel dazed me at first; and when I was myself again, I was as ill, exhausted, and downcast as I had been the year before" (Wise 1901, 124).
"There is apparently no record on which cemetery the child was buried. The listings found in the Beth Emeth Annual of 1911 do not contain her name. The likelihood however is that she was buried in the Bethlehem Cemetery, but due to the smallness of the stone, and the length of time involved when the official list was drawn up, the stone and record were beyond identification" (Rubinger 1970, 102 n. 93).
The Loudonville Anshe Emeth (now Beth Emeth) Cemetery wasn't bought until a year after 1850 when Anshe Emeth was formed by members of Beth El, thus there would be no possibility of her having been buried there in 1849. The photo included on this page is to depict the area of the cemetery where she might have been interred; a number of infants and children are there, including Jacob Son, a son of Rabbi Louis A. Son.
Rubinger, Naphtali J. "Albany Jewry of the Nineteenth Century: Historic Roots and Communal Evolution." Diss. Yeshiva University, 1970.
Wise, Isaac M. Reminiscences. Trans. David Philipson. Cincinnati, OH: Leo Wise and Company, 1901.