Charles H. Anthony, 63, one of Muncie's leading and most prominent citizens, died at the Home Hospital at 7:45 o'clock last evening. Death resulted from a cancer, from which Mr. Anthony had been suffering for more than one year. The survivors of the immediate family are the widow, Mrs. Harriett Mitchell Anthony, and one son, Harvey Mitchell Anthony. Unusual in the extreme was the coincidence that Mr. Anthony should die in the house in which he was born, for the Home Hospital is the old Anthony homestead, one of the earliest residences of the community. Often during his last illness, as he looked out at the yard in which he played when a boy, Mr. Anthony would recall incidents of his youth spent on the broad lawns about the house.
Mr. Anthony was a member of one of the city's pioneer families. He was a son of Col. Edwin C. and Mrs. Rebecca G. Anthony, and a grandson of Dr. and Mrs. Samuel P. Anthony. Dr. S. P. Anthony was one of the first settlers in this county and was the organizer of the first Masonic Lodge in the county. He had extensive business and agricultural interests and owned large tracts of land in various parts of the county. What is now Congerville, extending south from Willard street to beyond the city limits and between Walnut street and Heekin Park, was the Anthony homestead tract.
On February 10, 1886, Mr. Anthony and Miss Harriett B. Mitchell, daughter of Dr. Harvey and Mrs. Katherine Mitchell, were united in marriage (in Delaware County, Indiana). Until 1908, when the family moved to the present residence at 210 East Adams street, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony lived in the old Mitchell home, at Walnut and Adams streets, the last remaining residence in that section of the business district.
When the gas and oil boom came to this part of the state Mr. Anthony was one of the leaders in the development of the resources and the attending promotion of the business and industry. He was the organizer and president of the Economy Gas Company, the original company in the field and president of Daniel Boone oil lease company, probably the greatest field in Delaware County. Incident to the promotion of industries in Muncie and surrounding territory during the gas boom, the Citizens' Enterprise Company was formed to provide and offer inducements to firms to locate here and Mr. Anthony was a leader in this movement. He was also the last surviving trustee of the Sprankle Bank, a pioneer financial institution in this part of the state, which later became the Delaware County National Bank.
Through his many dealings in land and property in the county, Mr. Anthony became probably more familiar with all sections of the county than any other man and his advice was often sought when a question of land values arose. In addition to his land holdings in this county, Mr. Anthony owned the Anthony Block, one of Muncie's principal business buildings, and much other property in the city, as well as extensive tracts and orange groves in Florida.
His love for horses and enthusiasm in the horse racing sport made Mr. Anthony one of the foremost horsemen in the country several years ago and his string of Grand Circuit horses which included Anna Held, the famous double-gaited mare, Franklin, Harvey A. and others, was one of the best in the country. After retiring from the Grand Circuit, Mr. Anthony was an active worker in the sport in this state, serving as a member of the Indiana state agricultural board and speed superintendent for the Indiana state fair for some time. At the time of his death he had been president of the Delaware County Agricultural and Mechanical Society and superintendent of speed of the Muncie fair for more than twenty years. Since retiring from active business, Mr. Anthony devoted most of his time to the work of the fair association.
Mr. Anthony was stricken with his fatal illness about one year ago. Since then he went to the Mayo Brothers' Sanitarium in Rochester, Minn., three times for treatment and operations the last time, about three-months ago, but the best in surgery and medicine to be found in the world could not save him. His condition was aggravated by an accident about one month ago.
In addition to Mrs. Anthony and the son, Harvey, Mr. Anthony is survived by a nephew, Earle H. Swain, treasurer of Delaware County, and by nephews and nieces in Florida and New York. Two brothers, Samuel P. Anthony, of Ocala, Fla., and Richard Anthony, of this community; and three sisters, Mrs. Florence V. Swain, wife of Henry Swain, of Anthony, Fla.; and Mrs. Ella Gamble and Mrs. Adaline Robinson, of this county, died several years ago. Burial will be made in the Anthony lot in Beech Grove Cemetery, but the funeral arrangements have not yet been made.
Muncie Morning Star, Tuesday, November 1, 1921.
Funeral services for Charles H. Anthony, 63, prominent Muncie resident who died Monday evening at the Home Hospital, after an extended illness, will be conducted from the residence, 210 East Adams street, at 2:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon, with the Rev. Heber Dwight Ketcham of the High Street M. E. Church, and other ministers in charge. Interment will be made in the family lot in Beech Grove Cemetery. Mr. Anthony was a member of one of the city's pioneer families and had extensive business and agricultural interests. His immediate survivors are the widow, Mrs. Harriett Mitchell Anthony, and one son, Harvey Mitchell Anthony.
Muncie Morning Star, Wednesday, November 2, 1921.
Age at Death: 63y 5m 21d
Note: Suicide Attempt: Crazed by a cancerous growth which had made him an invalid for more than a year, Charles H. Anthony, 63, Muncie financier and former Grand Circuit horseman, attempted suicide today (Sept.25) by shooting himself in the head with a revolver. The bullet entered the right temple and lodged back of the left eye, severing the optic nerve and destroying the sight of the right eye. The eye was removed by surgeons. His recovery is doubtful. Mr. Anthony is the husband of Mrs. Hattie Anthony, who startled the world several years ago with her diamond heel promenade in Peacock Alley in New York. She was the first to reach his bedside, having heard the gun report while sleeping in an adjoining room. She endeavored to take the revolver from him, but he fought her, insisting that he wanted to die. The weapon was taken from him by a physician. Mr. Anthony is one of Muncie's wealthiest residents, and is President of the Delaware County Agriculture and Mechanical Society. He is a former President of the State Board of Agriculture. He has been a fancier of horses and was the owner of Franklin, Ann Held and Jim Bling of Grand Circuit fame several years ago.
From: The New York Times, Monday, September 26, 1921.
NOTE: OBITUARY FOR HIS WIFE: Harriett Bell "Hattie" Mitchell Anthony (1864-1941). Mrs. Harriett Mitchell Anthony, widely-known Muncie resident and world traveler, died at 6 o'clock yesterday morning at her suite of rooms in the Hotel Roberts. She is the widow of Charles H. Anthony. Mrs. Anthony had been ill of a heart ailment since Christmas, but her condition did not become serious until Saturday night. Mrs. Anthony was reputed to be one of the wealthiest women in Muncie. She was sole owner of the Anthony Block, northwest corner of Jackson and Walnut streets, until a few years ago when she sold the south quarter, and her other property interests include the southwest corner of Adams and Walnut streets, occupied by Banner-Whitehill, and the northeast corner of Willard and Walnut streets. She also owns extensive real estate at Indianapolis and has investments of a considerable value in New York. She was the daughter of Dr. Harvey Mitchell, a native of Pennsylvania who came to Delaware County and located at Granville, soon after graduation from medical college at Columbus, O., in 1850. Her father continued practice of the medical profession there with flattering success for a period of fourteen years, moving to Muncie in 1864. From that date until 1890 he continued in the active practice, his office and residence occupying the corner site at Adams and Walnut streets. He was one of the county' wealthiest men when he died, owning valuable property in the city and the county.
Her marriage to Mr. Anthony, February 10, 1887, united two of the county's wealthiest families. Their only child was named for his grandfather Mitchell. Mr. Anthony was a real estate dealer, capitalist and turfman's who died in 1921. Following his death Mrs. Anthony made her home with her son in Muncie and Indianapolis. Since the death of her son, she had made her home in Muncie, Indianapolis and New York. She was stricken ill while in New York early this year and on that account she returned to Muncie, but she had been confined to her room at the hotel only a few weeks. Thirty years ago, Mrs. Anthony gained national fame through publicity given her "diamond heels." She had appeared in Peacock Alley of the Willard hotel at Washington with slippers that carried one brilliant in each heel. A few weeks later she appeared in Peacock Alley of the Waldorf-Astoria in New York with her heels aflame with brilliants, and she became known nationally for her "diamond heels." She was always attired immaculately with valuable gems flashing from bracelets and other jewels. She always made a flashing appearance in public, with valuable gems adorning her arms and her clothes. In later years she carried a jeweled walking stick when she called at the home of friends.
She attended Jefferson school and Central High School and was said by friends to have been an ardent booster for Muncie wherever she went. An intimate friend told reporters last night that she took fourteen steamer trunks full of beautiful gown to Europe on one of her trips and proudly told persons in foreign countries "I don't buy my gowns in Paris. These beautiful pieces came from Indiana." Included in her real estate holdings was property at the northeast corner of Willard and Walnut street, a part of the block at the southeast corner of Jackson and High streets, other property at Sixth and Walnut streets, and several farms in the county.
Dr. Harvey Mitchell Anthony, her son, was at one time the state champion tennis player and taught astronomy, electricity, physics, and chemistry at Central High School. He was a Harvard graduate and held a fellowship in the Royal Astronomical Society. The Harvey Mitchell Anthony electrical laboratory at the high school is named in his honor and he was the founder of the laboratory. A gold medal is given the member of each senior class who makes the highest grades in both chemistry and physics as a memorial to Dr. Anthony. Mrs. Anthony's husband was at one time president of the Delaware County Fair Association and was active in state fair circles. His parents owned the estate where the old Home Hospital now stands and he and Mrs. Anthony lived at one time in the 200 block on East Adams street. Mrs. W. R. Youse, an intimate friend of Mrs. Anthony's since school days last night described Mrs. Anthony as a "lovable, beautiful character with a sweet and kind nature." Mrs. Anthony made a collection of rare antiques and art objects her hobby and a collection valued at several thousand dollars was sold only recently. It included many rare oriental objects.
Surviving are the daughter-in-law, Mrs. Harvey Mitchell (Ruth Leffler) Anthony, of 822 West Charles street, and a granddaughter, Ann Anthony. Funeral services will be conducted at 4:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the Meeks mortuary, with Dr. A. Wesley Pugh and Dr. J. Marion Smith in charge. Friends may call at the mortuary after 10 o'clock Tuesday morning. Pall bearers will be Paul E. Leffler, Ray O. Schuster, George W. Pierce, Walter O. White, Earl H. Swain, Robert A. Chappell, Gilbert A. Blackwood and William H. Ball. Honorary pall bearers are Dr. Arthur T. Kemper, Benjamin F. Fowler, W. T. Haymond, Will A. White, William R. Youse, Wesley C. Pierce, Rollin Warner, J. E. Green, Dr. Clay A. Ball, Otto Carmichael, M. E. Black, Fred D. Rose, George A. Ball, F. C. Ball, Clyde Whitehill and Lester A. Janney. From: Muncie Morning Star, Monday, June 2, 1941.
Harriett B. Mitchell Anthony
1864–1941 (m. 1886)
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