I thought this was interesting...
taken from the Hartford Press, Sep. 18, 1891
"When friends or relatives of deceased persons, read their obituaries, and find mistakes as to correct spelling of names, or of dates, they ought not to blame the editor, when they themselves are the cause of the errors. They will please take notice, that they have failed and neglected to hand in the facts that would have enabled us to have written a correct death notice. We make no charge for writing or publishing such notices, but relatives ought not to leave us to the trouble and expense of hunting up facts relative to the life and death of friends. Our means of obtaining such information are limited, and generally only amounts to hearsay, a very unreliable source for such matters."