|Birth: ||Jan. 11, 1847|
|Death: ||Apr. 22, 1902|
Edward W. Hurlbut was the son of Aeneas and Lucretia Hurlbut. After his birth in Michigan, he spent his early childhood in Niagara County, New York, before moving with his family to Coldwater, Michigan about 1858.
He had an older half-brother, Henry Clay Hurlbut, who was a Wesleyan Methodist minister in Michigan. His younger siblings were Aeneas (Jr.), a prominent businessman in Lincoln, Nebraska; sisters Sarah Hurlbut Fanning and Alice Hurlbut Gorball Delgado, and brothers Charles (a farmer) and George Hurlbut.
From the Aurora Sun, April 26, 1902:
DEATH OF THE SUN MAN
Our Best and Most Loyal Friend Taken from Us on Short Notice
He Will Be Greatly Missed by All Hamilton County People Whom He Worked Incessantly to Befriend.
This week THE SUN goes to its readers in mourning, for its founder and editor has passed from earth. He fell dead on the sidewalk near Munson's store, Tuesday, April 22, at 10:30 a.m., from angina pectoris.
E. W. Hurlbut was born January 11, 1847, at Detroit, Michigan, and for twenty years was connected with newspaper work at Kalamazoo.
His first wife, Miss Fannie Ingraham, died at Tecumseh, Nebraska, August 28, 1883, and June 2, 1884, he married Miss Nellie Conlee at Beatrice, Neb.
After his home was made in Nebraska for a time he was engaged in the mercantile business, but immediately after his marriage to Miss Conlee he returned to the newspaper work for which he was preeminently adapted.
He conducted the Grand Island Democrat until August 1885, when he moved to Hamilton county, one of the republican strongholds of the state and established THE AURORA SUN of which he remained editor until the sad event which has been told above occurred.
In his salutatory to the citizens of Hamilton County, he said:
This morning we present the citizens of Aurora and vicinity, our first effort as a journalist in your midst. We hand you THE AURORA SUN, well knowing that we have thrown ourselves open to the criticism of as intelligent and educated a class of citizens as any county can boast, and await anxiously the verdict of the people. If justice is done we shall no doubt receive many adverse criticisms, but like the Irishman in the story, "Justice is not what we want".
The politics of the paper will be democratic at all times, as long as the democratic principles remain as heretofore in the interest of the greatest number of our people. We favor a tariff for revenue only, - the use of both gold and silver as money, treated equal and alike in the mints, the election of senators by the people, and will oppose combinations and trusts, and frauds and fakes, wherever they may appear.
"Neighborhood news" from special correspondents round about us will be a special feature, and one that will no doubt prove very interesting.
Hoping the relations of THE SUN and its readers and supporters may be mutually agreeable and profitable we enter upon its publication with little to fear of such a result."
Seventeen years have passed and no one can say but that his words have in every respect proved true.
THE AURORA SUN has not only given light to all its readers, but it has been a power in the land, exposing more fakes and frauds, giving more information upon intricate propositions and wielding a greater political influence than has often been given by a country newspaper.
As a writer, Mr. Hurlbut was vigorous, pointed and logical. His noble fight in behalf of turning the public fund interest back into the county treasury will never be forgotten by the tax payers of Hamilton county. This fight like all others of his was begun single handed and carried to the finish without hope of fee or reward.
In politics he was a democrat of the Jefferson school- "Equal rights to all and special privileges to none" was the motto that he worshipped, and every editorial that he wrote was permeated with this idea. No corporation dared to offer him a bribe nor did he ever abandon the interest of the people for the perquisites with which so often editors are bought.
His language was always plain and fearless. Whether it was in regard to city affairs, to county affairs, about state or national politics, when his editorials were read there was no doubt as to their meaning.
Such writers are few, most of them prefering to use sentences of doubtful construction and words that mean but little.
Such men as he are the true reformers of the world, always ready to assail the wrong or defend the right and never turning the back to either friend or foe.
The influence of E. W. Hurlbut as an editor will be missed in the city of Aurora and also in Hamilton county.
He leaves a wife and one child, Lynn, to mourn his departure, and one child, Harry, he will meet in the better land.
The funeral was from the residence, Rev. Woodcock officiating, and the body was deposited in its last resting place Thursday, April 24, with the impressive ceremonies of the Royal Highlanders, the only lodge of which he was a member, and from whom the widow will receive the protection guaranteed by all beneficiary societies.
A large concourse of neighbors and friends were present, including many from adjacent towns.
Charles Hurlbut, a brother from Lancaster county with wife and daughter, and Miss Achenbach, a niece of Mrs. Hurlbut, were relatives at the funeral.
The Royal Highlanders assembled at the residence in large numbers and the Highlander quartette sang the funeral hymns.
Aeneas Hurlbut (1800 - 1862)
Lucretia Hurlbut (1819 - 1878)
Louise Ellen Conlee Hurlbut (1848 - 1923)*
Lynn Edward Hurlbut (1886 - 1965)*
Harry Randall Hurlbut (1888 - 1889)*
Henry Clay Hurlbut (1830 - 1894)**
Edward W. Hurlbut (1847 - 1902)
Aeneas Hurlbut (1848 - 1902)*
Sarah Catherine Hurlbut Fanning (1849 - 1934)*
Alice R Hurlbut Gorball Delgado (1851 - 1910)*
Charles H. Hurlbut (1852 - 1924)*
George W Howard Hurlbut (1863 - 1929)*
Created by: Sue Hall Milos
Record added: Jul 10, 2008
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