|Birth: ||Oct. 25, 1865|
|Death: ||Nov. 3, 1884|
CHRIS "C.S." AU -- The citizens of Ontario and vicinity were thrown into a state of melancholy last Thursday morning when the electric wires had transmitted to them the sad news of the death of one of its former citizens, C.S. Au, in a railroad disaster at Ashland, that morning. The shocking intelligence was received by everybody with much sadness, and hopes were entertained by many that it must be a mistake, but later advice only confirmed the horrible news.
The funeral took place from the residence of his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Capt. C. Au, of that place on Saturday from whence a large concourse of friends, neighbors and railroad employees from Galion followed his remains to the place of interment in the Mansfield Cemetery.
"Chris" as he was familiarly called was one of those bright energetic, joyful, lively dispositioned individuals who always help make a community cheerful, festive and happy. He was nineteen years of age and the youngest of the family of seven children, all of which survive him. He remained with his parents until in February, 1883, when he entered the telegraphic school of Valentine Bros., of Jamesville, Wisconsin, where he in the short period of four months, became proficient in telegraphy and was offered a position as operator in Chicago, but preferred being nearer his parents for whom he had the deepest affection. He returned home and soon began work in the night office at Galion, but finding that confinement indoors at night work was ruining his health and too dull for his festive disposition; he sought other employment, and in August 1883 began "breaking" for the N.Y.P. & O. railroad company, which avocation he since followed and which cost him his life. In September 1883 he married Miss May M. Stewart of this place who now after the short period of fourteen months is left to mourn the loss of her husband. Although living in Galion, scarcely a week passed but he would go back home "between trains" to see his father, mother, brother and sister whose life was always made cheerful by his presence. Yes "Chris" is gone! His many friends mourn his loss and the public mourn and sympathize with them. His sorrowful wife will no more hear those oft repeated words which were used as he left for his work, "Good by, May, till I come back." His grief-stricken Mother will not gain hear but always remember his last words to her as he left her room a few days since "good by, ma, if I don't see you again" and our town's people will no more hear that familiar whistle by which he always notified them of his connection with the passing train.
(THE MANSFIELD HERALD: 27 November 1884)
Chris was the son of Christian and Laura Au of Springmill Township, Richland County, Ohio, Post Office at Ontario-
Brothers and sisters were- John, Mary, Martha, Sherman, Abraham and Laura Au. Chris was the youngest of the Au children.
Christopher Au (1824 - 1909)
Laura Jane Greenfield Au (1829 - 1909)
Mary Mae Stewart Rutter (____ - 1918)
Adessah J. Au (1851 - 1851)*
John Henry Au (1852 - 1909)*
Mary Ella Au Ringer (1854 - 1928)*
Martha Jane Au Roasberry (1856 - 1903)*
Sherman G. Au (1858 - 1945)*
Abraham Hamlin Au (1860 - 1952)*
Lollie F. Au Coats (1862 - 1892)*
Chris Sheridan Au (1865 - 1884)
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Record added: Oct 10, 2011
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