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Maj Charles O. Harrington
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Birth: Dec. 14, 1843
Seneca County
New York, USA
Death: Jan. 20, 1914
Jasper County
Missouri, USA

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Member of original Carthage Light Guard

Following from Mornin' Mail, which is known for incorrect dates:

~ 1903

Held a Meeting Yesterday Will Locate Site This Evening

The hospital board, which is composed of Sam'l McReynolds, Dr. F. W. Flower, C. O. Harrington, G. C. Howenstein and W. W. Calhoun, met yesterday afternoon to plan for the future.

They agreed to drive out to the hospital grounds in the southwest part of town this evening and select a site to which to move the cottage already on the ground. The site for the proposed hospital building will be also chosen.

The grounds are 50 feet narrower at the north end than at the south, and it is the plan to buy a sufficient strip of ground to make the land square. The money for this board expects to raise from the citizens so as to have the whole of the $10,000 for the building itself.

JANUARY 21, 1914


Had Been a Resident of This City Forty Years

Major Charles O. Harrington, 70 years old and for 44 years a resident of Carthage and a former mayor of this city, died at 4:09 o'clock yesterday afternoon at the family residence, corner of Chestnut Street and Prospect Avenue. Death was due to Bright's disease. He had been sick six months but had been confined to his bed only two days.

Mr. Harrington was born December 14, 1833 at Ovid, New York.
September 12, 1869 he was married to Miss Ida A. Britton at Des Moines, Iowa. She with a daughter, Mrs. Allice H. Ream, and a son, Walter Harrington, are the survivors.

Mr. Harrington came to Carthage from Des Moines in 1970 and has resided here continuously since.
His father was Rev Ranley Harrington, a Methodist minister

When the Civil War broke out, Mr. Harrington was a member of the sophomore class in Genesco College of Lima, New York. With several of his fellow students he entered the service of the Union Army, being assigned to Company G, Twenty Seventh regiment of New York Volunteers. He participated in all of the important battles from that of Bull Run, to the second engagement at Fredericksburg and was also detailed as a scout, experiencing many "hair breadth" escapes.
He was several times captured by confederate forces, having escaped from Bell Island before being exchanged, by swimming the James River on a dark and stormy night and on another occasion he sealed a palisade at Saulisbury, North Carolina under fire. He was a member of the local post of the Grand Army of the Republic.

Mr. Harrington was a lieutenant of the old Carthage Light Guard. When that organization became a company in the Fifth(sic, Second) regiment he was made adjutant and afterwards was made a member of the staff of Colonel Milton Moore, Third regiment Missouri National Guards, of Kansas City with the rank of Major.

He was a member of the old Carthage Volunteer Fire Department and at one time served as president of the Carthage Commercial Club. In 1899 and 1900 he served as manor of Carthage. In 1881 he built the Harrington Hotel. At that time it was declared to be one of the finest and most modern of any in this part of the state. The first five years he leased it out, after which he took charge and operated it until August 1910, when he leased it again and retired from active business.

He owned the hotel block at the time of his death. Also he ws the owner of the old post office building, north of the hotel, a half-interest in the block south of the fire department, the home place, where he died and formerly owned 105 acres in theat neighborhood and laid out several additions are various times. He had 60 acres there when he passed away.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge and also of the "No Name" Whist Club, composed of prominent men of Carthage.
Until recently, when his health failed, he never missed a session of the latter club.

JANUARY 23, 1914

Elks in Charge - Floral Offerings Very Beautiful

Last rites for Major Charles O. Harrington, former mayor of Carthage who died Tuesday, were conducted at the grave in Park Cemetery this afternoon by Carthage Lodge No 529 B.P.O. Elks, of which he was a member.

With the Elks Lodge, member of the G.A.R. and the Veterans Association of the Old Carthage Light Guard and a vast concourse of friends, the obsequies for Major Harrington, who had been prominent in Carthage and Jasper County for more than forty years, were decidedly impressive. The fore part of the services were at the family residence, corner of Prospect Avenue and Chestnut Street.

Rev. H. E. Batcheller, pastor of the Episcopal Church at Webb City officiated. J. T. Wallace sang "Oh Dry Those Tears." He was followed by Rev. A. J. Van Wagner, who offered a prayer and then by the Elks wish their rites and a selection by the Elks quartet.

At Park Cemetery the Elks conducted the ritual for their dead and the lodge quartet sang. A closing prayer was given by Rev. Mr. Batcheller.

Conspicuous among the many floral designs which covered and baked the casket, was a wreath from the Veterans Association of the Carthage Light Guard, that organization sending a floral flag. The G.A.R. also sent flowers and a silk flag, while the "No Name" Whist club, of which Major Harrington had been a member for many years, sent a garland of sweet peas which completely encircled the coffin.

The honorary pallbearers were W. R. Logan, Joseph McMillan, Col. W. K. Caffee, H. A. Wolcott, Col. W. H. Phelps, Dr. F. S. Webster, Howard Gray, E. B. Jacobs and John McMillan.

The active pallbearers were J. D. Rainwater, Walker Boon, Charles Friend, J. T. Blakeney, W. C. Boon and Harry Marks.


Document Written January 12, 1914
With Mrs. Eugenia Gray and Howard Gray as Witnesses

The will of the late Major C. O. Harrington was probated today. The extensive property interests of the deceased is disposed of as follows:
The lots and two store rooms at the southeast corner of Second and Grant Streets, lately occupied by the McBean Bakery to go to the wife of the deceased during her life, she to have the net income from the same after paying taxes and keeping up repairs. At her death, this property goes half to Mrs. Allice H. Ream, daughter of the deceased, and half in equal parts to the children of Walter Harrington son of the deceased.

The home place, including four lots at the southeast corner of Chestnut and Prospect Avenue, goes to the wife of the deceased during her natural life, she to pay taxes and repairs on it. She is given the right to mortgage or lease it, or may sell it and reinvest the proceeds. At her death this property or any part of it remaining, or other property resulting from the proceeds of its sale, goes half to Mrs. Allice Ream above mentioned and half to the children of Walter Harrington above mentioned.
All the household goods, including jewelry and musical instruments, and the horse and harness and buggy go absolutely to the wife of the deceased.
The half interest which the deceased owned in the building on the west side of Grant Street between Second and Third Streets is given to the said Mrs. Allice H. Ream.
The farm adjoining the residence of the deceased on the southeast, is given in equal parts to the children of the said Walter Harrington, and the said Walter Harrington shall have charge of the said farm until his children become of age, and shall have the benefit of the income from the farm during that time for the support of himself and his children, first paying taxes, insurance and cost of repairs and improvements.
The "Harrington Hotel" and rented rooms connected with it, located at the northeast corner of Third and Grant Streets, is given in trust for three years to Mrs. Allice H. Ream, she to have full charge of it. The net income from the property is to be deposited in the First National Bank of Carthage. Out of this deposited fund Mrs. Ream is to pay one-fifth to the said Walter Harrington for use of him and his children, and one-tenth to herself for use as she may see fit. The remaining half of the net hotel income is to be kept by the trustee for use in paying any debts of the estate and for keeping up taxes, insurance and repairs on the said hotel property. At the end of the said three years, the title to said property shall vest as follows: Two fifths in the wife of the deceased for her natural life, three-tenths to Mrs. Allice Ream and three-tenths to Walter Harrington for his natural life and then to his children. the share going to the widow will at her death pass in two equal parts, one to Mrs. Ream and one to the children of Walter Harrington.
To Allice Ream is given the stock in the Carthage Improvement Company, of which the deceased was the sole owner. This bequest is conditioned on performing a trust, however, viz. she carrying out of all contracts for the sale of lots int he Carthage Improvement Company's addition to the city of Carthage; also, from all rents received and from proceeds of payments on contracts, the trustee is to pay two-fifths to the wife of the deceased, three-tenths to the children of Walter Harrington.
All the rest of the property goes in equal parts to the widow and Mrs. Allice Ream and Walter Harrington to be theirs absolutely.
Mrs. Allice Ream is made executrix of the will
The will was written January 18, 1914 with Mrs. Eugenia Gray and Howard Gray as witnesses.

Family links: 
  Ida Angeline Britton Harrington (1852 - 1932)*
  Walter Harrington (1871 - 1931)*
  Allice Harrington Turner (1877 - 1961)*
  Baby Viola Harrington (1881 - 1881)*
*Calculated relationship
Park Cemetery
Jasper County
Missouri, USA
Plot: Bl 13 Lot 5 Sp 6
Maintained by: NJBrewer
Originally Created by: Jody
Record added: Feb 04, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24403678
Maj Charles O. Harrington
Added by: NJBrewer
Maj Charles O. Harrington
Added by: NJBrewer
Maj Charles O. Harrington
Added by: NJBrewer
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Having a cigar and a Scotch this evening, in your honor, Major Harrington. --Salute.
- Grateful_Patriot
 Added: Sep. 18, 2013
Rest in peace, Fellow Elk.
 Added: Sep. 18, 2013
Thank you Major.
- Wes T.
 Added: Sep. 18, 2013
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