Several years ago I was looking up some obituaries as a favor for someone
else and found that in those days newspapers didn't have a section for
obituaries. They were squeezed in between news articles and social notices
here and there, particularly in small town newspapers. In one case, I didn't
find the obit I was looking for but simply a notice that a man was home from
out-of-town visiting his mother, with no mention of the father's death!