|Birth: ||Jan. 24, 1830|
|Death: ||Feb. 8, 1891|
Published in the Thursday, February 12, 1891 edition of the Carthage Weekly Press newspaper;
DEATH CLAIMS HIM
Mr. E. W. Harper Passes Quietly Away at His Home in this City on Sunday Evening
Mr. E. W. Harper, after an illness of many months, passed peacefully away at his home in this city at 6 o'clock last evening. Mr. Harper has been in failing health for more than a year past, and has been confined to his bed almost constantly since the latter part of last November. Hope for his recovery was entertained for a long time, but about five weeks ago the doctors announced to the family the sad news that he could never regain his health, and from that time on the spark of life has been steadily growing dimmer and dimmer till last evening at six o'clock, at the close of a Sabbath day, it fluttered a moment and went out. His death was very peaceful, and though he has been a great sufferer in the long months of his sickness, he quietly breathed his last and passed away without a struggle.
Edward William Harper was born in Tomstown, Franklin county, Pennsylvania, Jan. 24th, 1830. At the age of fifteen he went to Waynesboro, Pa., where he attended school, and eight years later he emigrated to Marion, Linn County, Iowa the then far west, where he embarked in the dry goods business.
His splendid business qualifications soon brought him abundant success in this venture, and he soon became one of the leading merchants and prominent citizens of that place. In September 1859, he was married to Henrietta J. Sheets, of that city. He remained in Iowa until 1867 when he removed to this city where he has resided ever since. In partnership with Mr. G.A. Cassil he that year opened the Bank of Carthage, severing his connection with that institution in 1875, and on account of ill health has been in no active business since.
Coming to Carthage when it was a mere village, he has watched every step of its growth and has been interested in nearly every undertaking looking to the advancement of the city of his adoption.
He was elected mayor of Carthage for the year 1882; he was a member of the school board for six years and president of the same for three years. He has been actively interested in the Building and Loan Associations of this place and in nearly all undertakings of a public nature.
He was a public spirited, generous, wealthy and honored citizen who possessed a large circle of friends to all of whom his death, though so long expected, is indeed a sad blow. At the revivals some time ago Mr. Harper made a profession of religion and a few weeks ago he united with the Presbyterian church of this city.
He leaves a wife and adopted daughter, Miss Sada, to mourn his loss.
The funeral will occur tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock fromthe Presbyterian church, conducted by Dr. Knight assisted by Dr. Reaser and Rev. D.C. Hanna.
Mr. Harper was a prominent member of the Masonic fraternity of this city and his funeral will be conducted under the auspices of that order.
Also in the same Weekly Press
Funeral of Mr. Harper
The funeral of Mr. E.W. Harper from the Presbyterian church this afternoon was very largely attended, the church being filled to its utmost capacity. The Masonic fraternity, of which he was a prominent member, had charge of the funeral. The exercises were conducted by Drs. Knight and Reaser, and were very impressive. A large concourse of friends followed the remains to the cemetery, the procession being one of the longest ever seen in this city.
G. A. Cassil, Geo. C. Howenstein, Henry Miller, D. A. Innis, E. O'Keefe and A. H. Caffee acted as pallbearers, and beautiful floral offering covered the coffin. The veteran firemen also attended in a body.
Henrietta Josephine Sheets Harper (1834 - 1923)*
Plot: Traditional Section Bl 15 Lot 29 Sp 10
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Record added: Jul 05, 2009
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Rest in peace, Brother Harper.|
Poor Widow's Son
Added: Sep. 17, 2013
"Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry." ~ Mark Twain|
I Remember When
Added: Jan. 3, 2013
~ he and G A Cassil started Bank of Carthage 4 May 1868, first bank in town (now; Bank of America), later was mayor in 1882 following two terms of Dr Amos Caffee ~|
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