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Joseph Terry

Death 12 Feb 1917
Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 54058202 · View Source
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Montana Socialist, February 24, 1917

In Memoriam - Joseph Terry
For many years one of the familiar faces in Butte Local has been that of Joseph Terry - "Old Joe" - as we familiarly called him. We shall not see him among us anymore, for Joe is dead.

On the night of February 12th, he was run down by an automobile driven by a reckless driver. He never recovered consciousness sufficently to give the details and no one seems to know just how it happened and the authoirties have been unable to identify the owner of the "big black automobile" which the bystanders say did the deed.

The accident, or rather the criminal recklessness - occurred at the corner of South Utah Avenue and Aluminum Street. If the heartless wretch who committed the deed shall chance to see this notice, he or she or whoever else was in the machine will know that the crime of manslaughter is on his soul, however negligent or indifferent the authorities may be.

Joe Terry was a German Jew and a more gentle, genial and inoffensive soul never lived. His life so far as known here has always been quiet. He lived alone in his cabin on East Aluminum, seldom mingilng socially with his fellows, except to attend the meeting of the Socialist or the working men of the socialists of the Working Men Union, and occasionally those of the Liederkranz society. But if ever there was need of volunteers for work to be done for the cuase of Socialism, "Old Joe" was among the first to respond, and the last to quit the job.

Dependable. That is what Joe Terry was. He delighted in being of service to the cause which to him had become genuine religion. Loyalty and faithfulness were his marked characteristics. He was one of the faithful band that for years distributed the Butte Socialist in this city. And when many lost courage and feared longer to be seen performing that service to the cause of industrial freedom, Joe never faltered, but came regularly to carry his route as long as the free distribution was continued.

After he was injured, Joe was taken to the emergency hospital and later sent to the county hospital at the Poor Farm where he died last Sunday. Not till Monday did his comrades learn of his accident and death. When they did learn of it, they promptly took respoinsibility and charge of his burual. Never would they have this loyal and brave comrade laid away in Potter's Field. Last Thursday a sad but reverent little group of Socialists met in the chapel of Daniels and Bilboas's undertaking establishment to pay the last solemn rites of respect and comradship and loving hands lowered into its last resting place this bruised and battered body of this sturdy and valiant warrior for freedom, justice and brotherhood. Farewell, dear comrade! Your life was cast in humble channels, but the faithfulness and courage with which you lived it made it count for a better world.



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