Obit: Sheldon, Charles H. (1847 - 1926)

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----Source: THORP COURIER (Thorp, Clark County, Wis.) 01/06/1927

Sheldon, Charles H. (1 JUN 1847 - 30 DEC 1926)

That death is ever present is a fact which is constantly making itself manifest. It strikes high and low, young and old, and the pangs of pain it inflicts are measured by character, worth and good deeds of the victim it has laid low.

It is our sad duty to chronicle the passing away of a friend and neighbor, than whom none was more estimable, none more sincerely mourned. Charles H. Sheldon, a man, who, by his uprightness of mind and life, by ever holding to the golden rule as the guide for his life, by the helping hand which was ever ready to succor, and who ever applauded deserving earnest effort, endeared himself to his fellow men. It is the passing out of such character that draw a community closer together and teaches of the brotherhood of man, for a universal feeling of loss is possessed by all.

Charles Henry Sheldon was born June 1, 1847, at Lisbon, St. Lawrence Co., N.Y. and came to Royalton, Waupaca Co., Wis., in 1864, where he resided until 1882, when he came to Thorp, Clark County, Wis. At an early age he enlisted in the Civil War as a member of Company A. Eighth Regiment, Wis. Infantry and after faithful service was honorably discharged.

In 1886 he was united in marriage with Miss Mary H. Fletcher, who preceded him in death, in this village on Nov. 10, 1910. Two children were born to this union, one dying in infancy.

In 1882, in company with the late Melvin Nye, Mrs. Sheldon came to Thorp and built the first sawmill, but disposed of his interest a year later to Nye, Lusk & Hudson, and later carried on a drug business and hardware store for many years.

Mr. Sheldon was a man loved by all who knew him and was possessed of an unimpeachable character. In 1911 he moved to a point five miles west of Gilman, where he establish a large farm and continued to reside there until his death, which occurred on Dec. 30, 1926. He was taken ill about the middle of October with liver trouble and suffered but little until the end.

He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Charles Adams, and nine grandchildren, Rupert and Andry Adams, of the state of Washington, Mrs. Victor Brown of Gilman, Graydon, Lindsay, Maxine, Lucille, Quinton, Lorene, and two great-grandchildren, all of who reside on the home farm except the latter two great-grandchildren.

Mr. Sheldon served as postmaster of Thorp for four years and as sheriff of Clark County for two years, and was a charter member of Forest Queen Lodge No. 321, I.O.O.F., of this village, instituted forty-two years ago, and also a member of the local Rebekah Lodge, Modern Woodmen and Eagle G.A.R. Post at Eau Claire.

After short services at the home on Sunday afternoon last, which was largely attended by friends and neighbors, the body was brought to Thorp by undertaker John G. Bogumill, and the funeral took place on Monday afternoon from the Odd Fellow Hall, Wendel Bennett conducting the services, the Odd Fellows ritual form being used by R. G. Lawrence and R. H. Tolford at the grave in the village cemetery.

The pallbearers were: E. Strasman, Peter Kronberg, Walter Larson, Walter Fults, Mike Kronberg, and J. E. Lund.

The sincere heart felt sympathy of the community goes out to the bereaved daughter, husband and children who have lost a noble father.



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