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Conrad Edwin Harlan

  • Birth 19 Aug 1842 Preble County, Ohio, USA
  • Death 12 Sep 1910 Danville, Hendricks County, Indiana, USA
  • Burial Danville, Hendricks County, Indiana, USA
  • Memorial ID 48440855

Obituary for Dr. C. E. Harlan

Passing of Prominent Citizen - True Nobleman by Nature.

Dr. Conrad E. Harlan died Monday morning of heart disease, after a vallant fight for life. The funeral was yesterday afternoon from the Methodist church, conducted by Rev. Stacker and Rev. Dunlavy, and under the auspices of the Odd Fellows. Dr. C.A. White gave an impressive tribute to the memory of the departed.

Conrad E. Harlan was born in Eaton, Ohio, August 19, 1842. He was the second son of Dr. J.B. and Lucinda Harlan, and he came to Danville at the age of 16, with his parents. At the age of 19 he entered upon the practice of dentistry in partnership with his father. He was thus the oldest man in Danville in continuous business, and the fact that he entered upon an active life so young made him seem older to many than he really was. In the war for the Union he served in the 132nd Indiana volunteers.

He and Miss Anna Bedford were married Oct 17, 1866, and to them were born three children - Kate, now Mrs. C.G. Scearce, of Cincinnati, Edith, deceased, who became Mrs. Howard Sargent, and Wilbur, deceased. Mrs. Harlan died in 1883, and April 15, 1896 Dr. Harlan and Miss Alice Bryant were married, she continuing his companion and faithful helpmate until the end.

Danville had no better man than Dr. Harlan. No community could have a better citizen than he. In every relation of life he measured up to the full standard and he stood four square to the world as a man of strong convictions, immovable when conscience was at stake, kind and charitable to a fault, if possible, for our common humanity. There was in his nature no compromise when a righteous principle was an issue. He could not be moved from what he believed to be right. He knew that the Lord and one always make a majority. He had ever a deep interest in public affairs. He believed in civic righteousness. He wanted the clean man in public life, and his voice and influence were always for that kind of a man. He believed in the patriotism required in the everyday, upright life, and for such patriotism he was willing to sacrifice, and he did make sacrifices.

As a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, those closely associated with him know best his zeal, his intense devotion and his loyalty. He was deeply religious in a broad, open way that caused him to love every influence that made for good. He was that kind of a man who, placed in any community, would have aligned himself with whatever organization was there for good. He had little patience with creeds. He looked upon all mankind as his brother, and to his brother he had ever a helping hand and cheerful word.

In the family circle he rounded out his well balanced character. Perhaps here he was at his best and the hospitality of his home had no limits. It was indeed always good to be under his roof. In his profession, he was the same honest, faithful man, and his reputation was not bounded by state lines. In short, his death is a distinct loss to this people, for without exception, all citizens can join in the sentiment, here was a man.

Source: Republican, September 15, 1910, p 1


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  • Created by: Gayle Gilpin
  • Added: 21 Feb 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 48440855
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Conrad Edwin Harlan (19 Aug 1842–12 Sep 1910), Find A Grave Memorial no. 48440855, citing Danville South Cemetery, Danville, Hendricks County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Gayle Gilpin (contributor 46608976) .