March 10, 1898
Charles Allen Hartley
In the death of Chas. A. Hartley, which occurred last Saturday afternoon, March 5, 1898, this community has lost one of its brightest and most highly esteemed young men. The return from school at Ada on Friday of the previous week, in a critical condition gave some alarm to all his friends, but they were hoping that his illness might not be as serious as proved. He was born in Casstown, March 10, 1876, where he spent the early portion of his life. Under the pastorate of Rev. F. A. Matthis, he united with the Lutheran Church of that place, Feb. 14, 1892, and later in the same year, on the removal of the family to Troy transferred his membership to the Presbyterian Church of this place. He spent several years in the Troy Schools, and then took a position in the drug store of E. F. Rinehart & Son. Last fall, he went to Ada to take a course in pharmacy and fit himself more fully for his profession. He was within a few months of the completion of his work, when the fatal illness overtook him and led to the cutting off of a career of great promise. Everything was done for his recovery but all proved unavailing, and Saturday last he passed to his reward. The funeral services were held in the Presbyterian Church on Monday afternoon and the assemblage which gathered completely filled the auditorium, witnessing to the esteem in which he was held by a large circle of friends. The choir rendered beautiful and appropriate music. The services were in charge of Rev. Chas. Herron who delivered a timely address, speaking from the words "How is the strong staff broken and the beautiful rod." However untimely the coming of death may have seemed, yet if found our friend not unprepared, for he had built up a strong and beautiful Christian character, which is left as a precious legacy to his friends. Called away on the threshold of his life, yet he had performed a good work already in a life of symmetry and grace. The keenness of the bereavement is lessened by the thought of his fitness to enter upon the larger sphere beyond. On the pulpit platform were many beautiful floral tributes, coming from various sources. The Presbyterian Sabbath School, his school mates at Ada, (who sent a delegation of two to attend the funeral) his late employers, some little girls, who were among his friends, and many others were represented. While the solemn strains of the organ filled the building with low, subdued music, the large audience passed out, taking a last view of the remains of their friend. The interment was in our lovely Riverside, where on a beautiful afternoon of sunshine, his body was laid away in its last resting place.
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