Another militant member of the coal trade whose ability and influence was felt throughout the western field, passed to the silent majority July 22d at Indianapolis. Alfred M Ogle, president of the Vandalia Coal Company died after an illness of two months at the age of 56 years, 25 of which had been actively passed in the coal business.
Mr Ogle was born at Washington Court House, Ohio in August 1855. He put to very good use the education in the schools of his home town, and won a competitive examination, an appt to the West Point Military Academy, which has always been a notable test of any young man's ability. Graduating in 1879, he was sent to several of the military posts in the West, remaining in the service of the US until his resignation in 1884. In 1881, Mr Ogle married Miss Laura McKenzie of NY, six children surviving both parents, Mrs Ofge having died in 1909.
When Mr Ogle left the army, he made his home in Indianapolis and took part in the organization of the Island Coal Company. He was made treasurer and afterwards president, filling that position until 1905, when he became president of the Vandalia Coal Company which was a consolidation of 18 smaller organizations. As is well known, this large company exercises a commanding influence in the western field, and its policies have to be reckoned with in all the many phases of the business where its production is marketed.
Mr Ogle's funeral was held at 3pm Monday at the home 1423 N Pennsylvania. Many friends and business associates were present at the services, which were in charge of the Rev Lewis Brown, rector of the St Paul's Episcopal Church. Music was rendered by a quartet composed of H H Rehl, Miss Ethel Robinson, Mrs Lightenberg and C J Buchanan. The Rev Dr Brown praised the life and work of Mr Ogle and paid a fitting tribute. The pallbearers were John N Carey, J K Lilly, John J Appel, Harry M Orr, John A George, and Charles E Barrett.
burial: JUL 24,1911
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