18 April 2010

Obituary Charles B Buck

This is a rather long obituary, as befitting a director of the bank. It even includes a resolution in his honor that was made by the board of directors.

Fremont Times Indicator, 2 October 1913

DEATH COMES AFTER SEVERAL WEEKS' ILLNESS
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Charles B. Buck Succumbs to Septic Poisoning in the U. B. A Hospital Last Saturday, September 27

The death of Charles B. Buck occurred Saturday, September 27 at the U. B. A. hospital in Grand Rapids after an illness of several weeks. Mr. Buck went to Grand rapids July 22nd and entered the Burleson hospital where he remained until about three weeks before his death when he was taken to the U. B. A. hospital where he died. The immediate cause of death was septic poisoning which was the result of the breaking of a fistula. He was in poor health when he returned last spring from Dade City, Florida, where he had suffered from fever, and grew gradually worse. He was 66 years of age.
Mr. Buck was born in Sturgis, August 2, 1847, and made that city his home until he came to Fremont in 1890. He has since resided ere. For many years he was the proprietor of the Elliot House in Sturgis and was at the time of his death a director of the Citizens State Bank of that city. Prior to his death he was engaged in the loan and banking business here and was a director of the Old State Bank.
Mr. Buck was married in Sturgis to Miss Ella Cole September 30, 1866, and to this union four children were born, namely, Luella, Herbert, Lillie Mae, and herman. Of these only the latter survives.
Besides the widow and son, Herman, he is survived by two sisters, Mrs E. H. Murdock and Mrs. Belle M. Stowe of Chicago, and three brothers, George Buck of California, Sila Buck of Chicago, and Frank Buck, of this city. Another sister, Mrs Marian LaDow passed away a week before Mr. Buck's death.
The funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from the Congregational church and were conducted by Rev. Ralph W. Paul. The directors of the Old State Bank acted as pall bearers. The interment took place in Maple Grove cemetery.
All of the deceased;s brothers and sisters, excepting George Buck, together with a nephew Herbert LaDow and a niece, Mrs L Hulversen, of Chicago, attended the funeral.
As a mark of respect both banks and a number of the business places were closed during the funeral.
The following resolution was adopted at a meeting of the board of directors of the Old State bank Monday afternoon:
Whereas, The Great and Supreme Ruler of the Universe has in His wisdom removed from this life Mr. Charles B. Buck, second vice-president of the Old State Bank of Fremont and
Whereas, In his death the family have lost a good husband and father and the bank an earnest and faithful officer and the community a willing citizen, therefore let it be
Resolved, That we, the directors of the Old State Bank of Fremont tender to his bereaved family and friends in their hour of affliction our sincere and heartfelt sympathy and earnestly hop that He that doeth all things well may comfort and protect them in this their hour of sorrow. And be it
Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be sent to the bereaved family and the Fremont Times Indicator of this city.
Signed by the directors of the Old State Bank.

I love that resolution at the end. You don't see companies thinking of families like that now. Especially when local companies in small towns become part of the vast conglomerates.
I also never noticed how writers back then seemed to love commas. Just a thought.

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