|Birth: ||Sep. 23, 1807|
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 25, 1875|
It is with feelings of profound sorrow that we announce the death of Wm. A. Platt, so well and favorably known in this community. He departed this life last Monday evening, after a brief but fatal attack of typhoid fever.
We hazard nothing in saying that there was not a man in this county whose death would have caused more general sorrow than was caused by the sudden demise of the deceased. Throughout this whole section of the country, he was well known and universally respected for his genial manner and kind deeds. Wherever there was destitution, sickness, sorrow, or distress, there was found "Uncle Platt," as he was familiarly known, with an ever ready hand and a willing heart. He always had words of encouragement for all and he might properly be said to have been "the sunshine of the city." Though quite gray and old in years, he was yet young in his behavior, rugged, active, mirthful and happy. We do not believe he had a real enemy in this city or county and we are satisfied that no other one person would have been as greatly missed by all classes.
Two weeks ago last Wednesday, he returned from an extended visit to his old home in Michigan looking healthy, vigorous and happy and avowing his intention to spend the remainder of his days in his own beloved Nebraska. Little did he dream and still less did we think his days were so few. It seems as if it was but yesterday that we heard his cheerful voice in our office. But a few brief days have elapsed, and he has but passed from our midst forever, and the void, which is left, in consequence will not soon be forgotten.
Wm. A. Platt was born in New York City, in the year 1807 and hence was 68 years of age. He was married in the city of his birth in the year 1829, since which time he has traveled this pathway, hand in hand, with is hearts choice of 46 years ago. His home was truly a happy home, and to her who has been his constant companion for nearly half a century, we can find no fit words of consolation, save the cheering and blessed assurance which she has from Him who "doeth all things well," that in due time there will be a happier and an eternal reunion, beyond the grave. In this life, she has shared his joys and sorrows; in the next, if we live aright in this, sorrow will be unknown. Besides a doting wife and a fond adopted daughter, the deceased left two sons to mourn his sudden death; Wm. A. Platt, probate judge of this county and Nathan Platt, a druggist at Juniata, Adams County. All were present at the last moments of their loved father.
Deceased was a member of the Masonic Order and the burial ceremonies were conducted by Ashlar Lodge of this city, he having been an honorable member of said lodge.
The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. Robert Doherty at St. Stephan's Episcopal Church (of which church Mr. Platt had been a faithful member) Wednesday afternoon. All united in pronouncing it one of the most appropriate, powerful and able sermons as they had ever listened to; many being moved to tears.
Not with standing the severity of the wind and snow storm which prevailed during the day, the house was crowded to its utmost capacity and the procession was very large, thus proving that the departed was deeply mourned by all.
Grand Island Cemetery
Plot: Section/Row 5, Lot 18
Created by: LF
Record added: Mar 11, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18351965