Sepia Saturday #340: A Rose by Any Other Name is Sid







Audrey Romine (Hunt) Strait sent this card to her granddaughter Sadie for her 2nd birthday. The sunlight shines in rays through a classical arch like the kind normally found in a church. Blue bonnets and roses brighten the card in the foreground.

How the heck did this card get matched to the prompt? Well, if you look very closely at the Sepia Saturday prompt picture, you can see blue bonnets, along with other flowers, reflected in the mirrors and painted on the wall behind the headboards. Also, in the alcove is a mirror with flowers with sun rays emanating from behind them.

While roses were Gram Strait’s favorite flower, I’m going to talk about a different Rose. Sidney Rose to be specific. No, it’s not a variety of rose. Sid Rose was one of my dad’s closest friends when they were growing up in Sussex County, New Jersey.

Sid was born in Andover, New Jersey on November 28, 1935.[1]

Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 7.27.09 PMHis full obituary published in the New Jersey Herald on 23 April 2006, page A-6, column 2:

GREENVILLE, N.Y. — Dr. Sidney Rose, 70, a dedicated chiropractor to many residents throughout the tri-state area, passed away on April 20, 2006, at his home.

He was dedicated to his profession, always finding time during the day, night or even during blizzards, to meet the needs of his patients for the past 46 years.

He was a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. He was a true professional, a gentleman and a loyal friend with a wonderful gift of making people laugh. He served two years in the U.S. Army at Fort Devans, Mass. Mr. Rose was born in Andover on November 28, 1935. He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Jean. They were married October 4, 1963.

He was predeceased by his brother Dr. Harold Rose, his brother Joseph Rose, two sisters, June Mitten, and Marion Lewis.

Mr. Rose was devoted to his family, and is survived by a sister, Mary Bernice Haegele and her husband Ernie, of Davenport, Fla.; a sister, Charlotte Wilson and her husband Billy of Fort Worth, Texas; two brothers, George Rose and wife, Ida Mae of Andover, and John Rose of Sparta. In addition, many loving nieces, nephews, and their families throughout the tri-state area survive him.

For 20 years, Mr. Rose was a resident and “gentleman farmer” of Greenville, N.Y. Even with his busy office schedule, he found time to enjoy the animals, haying, restoring old tractors, and participated in the tractor pull contest. Prior to moving to Greenville, he lived in Montague for 18 years, and served as mayor of Montague for eight years.

His outgoing personality, infectious smile and witty nature inspired all those fortunate enough to know and love him. His family feels blessed to have had his sunshine throughout these years and the opportunity to share in his energetic hobbies. He was always there for his family and friends in every way, and he will never leave their hearts.

He was a member of the BPOE Port Jervis Elks Lodge No. 645; a 32nd Degree Mason (Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite), and past patron of the Caleb Butler Lodge of Masons, F & AM, Massachusetts; a member and past patron of the Melchoir Chapter No. 131, Order of The Eastern Star; a member and past patron of the Pocono Chapter O.E.S.; a member and past officer of Mongaup Rod and Gun Club and the Metauque Falls Sportsman Club; a member of the National Rifle Association and a member of the board of directors for the Port Jervis Deerpark Humane Society.

A funeral service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Port Jervis, N.Y. The Rev. Richard Hotzler will officiate. Interment will take place at Andover Cemetery, Andover. Funeral arrangements are by Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis. For information, directions or to send a condolence note to the family, please visit

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to the scholarship fund at Palmer College of Chiropractic, 1000 Brady St., Davenport, Iowa 52803, or The Port Jervis- Deerpark Humane Society, Route 209, Port Jervis, N.Y. 12771.

Even after his death, Sid continued to influence those in his community. His dedication to animals inspired the construction of two barns and fenced paddocks. According to an article published online entitled “Sid’s barn” in the Times Herald-Record by Sherry Mohan who posted Aug. 8, 2008 at 2:00 AM:

“Sunday afternoon, scores of people gathered at the Port Jervis-Deerpark Humane Society for the dedication of two small barns and their accompanying fenced paddocks in the green field behind the shelter and its offices at 199 Route 209.

Dubbed “Sid’s Barn,” the project was carried out in memory of Dr. Sid Rose, a Port Jervis chiropractor who for many years opened his Greenville farm to care for livestock left in the care of the shelter, as well as serving on the shelter’s board of directors, and who was serving as its vice president when he died April 20, 2006.”

A touching line in the article sums up the dedication of the barn: “No finer tribute could be made to Sid Rose; he would be very proud.”

The concept behind these weekly Saturday posts can be found at Sepia Saturday Intro.
Theme taken from Sepia Saturday photo:

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[1] Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, obituary listing,, accessed 30 May 2016.


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