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Lake Forest Cemetery
From: “Grand Haven – Day by Day” project
By Bob Beaton March 10, 2009
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During the month of June there was but one burial in the cemetery here and that was a body from Grand Rapids.
Geo. Hubbard Laid to Rest.
The funeral of our friend and townsman Geo. E. Hubbard was held at two o’clock yesterday and was very largely attended. Grand Haven Lodge 139 F. & A. M. of which Mr. Hubbard had long been a faithful active member, had charge of the funeral. The Masons numbering about 100 left the Hall promptly at 1:30 p. m. for the residence and accompanied the remains to the Presbyterian church where the Rev. J. H. Sammis delivered a timely and able sermon, speaking of the service their dead friend and brother had been to city, church and Lodge. After the service at the church the procession formed and led by the Grand Haven Band followed by Masons, Mayor and Common Council and a large number of friends in carriages passed down Franklin street and over the hill to the beautiful Lake Forest cemetery, where amidst flowers and evergreens they deposited their friend and brother in his last earthly resting place. The beautiful Masonic services at the grave was conducted by W. M. Finch assisted by the Masonic brothers.
Common council - met August 1, 1891, at 7:30 p. m., with President Boyce in the chair. Present, Recorder, Aldermen Bryce, Boyce, Bos, DeGlopper, Nyland and Vaupell, Absent, the Mayor, Aldermen Kamhout and Thielman. Quorum present. President Boyce stated the objective of the meeting, whereupon Alderman Vaupell offered the following and moved its adoption:
Another distinguished citizen has passed away. Last Sunday morning the telegraph wire came laden with the sad tidings of the death of George E. Hubbard. He died far from home,and wife, and children, and old friends still not friendless, for his qualities of head and hearts won friends everywhere. His death comes to all of us with startling distinctness, and with our Council chambers still draped in mourning we have just returned in sorrow from another open grave. "Truly death leaves a shining mark."
George E. Hubbard has lived in our midst for thirty-five years. He was long prominent in business here. None ever knew him to do a dishonest act. His hand was open, his ear attentive to the call of suffering his heart was warm with sympathy for man, woman and child. The world is better because such men have lived. Three times he was elected to the highest place in our city government. for several years he represented his ward in the Council. He was a faithful, efficient officer. He did his duty as he saw it, fearlessly and well. "Taken in all he was a man." It is by the Common Council of the city of Grand Haven
Resolved, 1st. That we mourn the death of our lamented friend and fellow citizen George E. Hubbard, and we tender to his afflicted family or sympathy in their great bereavement.
2nd. That as a token of respect the Council attend the
3d. That the Council chamber be draped in mourning for the space of thirty days.
4th. That a copy of this preamble and resolution be spread at large upon the public records and that a certified copy be forwarded by the Recorder to the widow of the deceased.
Seconded by Alderman Bryce and adopted by a voice of all Aldermen present.
On motion of Alderman DeGlopper the Council adjourned.
The woods are on fire around the city cemetery and Highland Park, making it somewhat dangerous for the cottagers.
The street commissioner is having more trouble today with fire near the cemetery.
Hon. Dwight Cutler, Dwight Cutler, Jr. and Miss Mary Cutler arrived from California Saturday afternoon with the remains of Mrs. Cutler who had died at San Gabriel March 2nd. The remains were taken to Lake Forest cemetery followed by a large concourse of sympathizing friends from here and elsewhere. The vault and surrounding ground was strewn with choice and beautiful flowers. Rev. Root conducted a short sermon at the grave.
At a meeting of the fire department held Monday evening the resignation of Walter Fisher as assistant chief was handed in, Mr. Fisher stating as a reason that his work did not admit of his holding the position satisfactorily. The resignation was accepted and foreman John DeCatur elected in his place. John Van Dongen was elected foreman. Chief Palmer and Walter Fisher were elected delegates to represent the Grand Haven fire department at the State Fireman’s convention, which meets at Hillsdale, May 18th. It has been the custom in previous years to send several delegates to the convention, but this year the surplus fund will be devoted mostly to fitting up the fire department’s lot in the cemetery.
Decoration Day in this City.
The Memorial Day exercises were better than eve this year. The parade was larger and more impressive, and barring the weather everything passed off nicely.
It was 9:30 yesterday morning when the parade started from the Court House square to Lake forest cemetery. There was only one thing to mar the proceedings and that was the light sprinkle which developed into a shower before they had gone many blocks. Notwithstanding this the streets were crowded.
The City Band led the march followed by Co. F to the number of 50 men. After Co F came Weatherwax Post G. A. R. led by Commander Scott. The post was out in heavy force which led one of the bystanders to remark that it would be many years before we see the last of them.
Highland Tent Knights of Maccabees presented an imposing array, 63 members marching. The city fire department occupied an open carriage and were followed by the Weatherwax Releif Corps, orator, chaplain, singers and citizens.
On account of the rain the oration and other exercises of the G. A. R. took place in the Opera House instead of at the cemetery as announced in program.
The singing of the quartette (?) was particularly fine.
The orator of the day, Hon. J. V. B. Goodrich, delivered a masterly oration, which was listened to with rapt attention. Mr. Goodrich dwelt on the various phases of the gigantic conflict, in which the illustrious dead, whose graves were yesterday beautified and adorned by the loving hands of comrades. He avoided, with much tact, the quicksand of “Jingoism,” and his speech from end to end was characterized by deliberation and liberal thought. He did not fail, however, to predict that, should the occasion ever arise, as willing hands and as strong hearts would be found to spring to the defense of “Old Glory,” as were found in ’61. He closed with a beautiful and impressive dedication of the Nation’s Soldiers to the Great Captain Washington.
The K. O. T. M. held their beautiful and impressive ceremonies at the cemetery. Col. E. P. Gibbs delivered the address. The grave of Simon Werkman was beautifully decorated with floral offerings by his brother knights.
Some unknown miscreant has been injuring the iron posts around a lot belonging to Mrs. Coleman in the cemetery. Such vandalism should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law if the parties are caught.
A big tree, blown down during Friday’s gale, extends nearly across the street on Lake Ave. near the cemetery.
Mr. Editor: It was a sad and quiet crowd mingled perhaps with a little curiosity that gathered in the Presbyterian church at 3:30 p.m. yesterday to give Christian recognition to the remains of Alice Wild. The hymn and scripture selections, the latter read in a tearful voice by Rev. Mr. Lewis, spoke of sorrow for a world and people lost through sin and also hope through a merciful Redeemer. Rev. Mr. Kennedy’s prayer (which might be called a sermon) was a wail of penitence and humiliation, and a plea for mercy.
The flowers (God’s smiles some one has fitly called them) were the offering of the G. A. R., The Christian Endeavor, (may their endeavors be redoubled,) the Grammar room, of which Alice was a pupil, and others. At the close of the sermon there was a long pause, the congregation seemed loath to move, expecting perhaps the avenging angel to appear and divulge the mystery of Alice wild’s murder. During the pause me thinks every mother’s heart in God’s presence went up in an earnest prayer for justice and protection of their daughters and sons, who ought to be the defenders of the rights and purity of undefended womanhood. But the spell passed and all that was mortal of the neglected wronged child was carried to Lake Forrest cemetery. We hope for the sake of other defenseless children that all the light on the crime is not buried in the grave of Alice Wild.
A monument will be placed at the grave of Geo. Sheldon in Lake Forest cemetery.
PROGRAM OF MEMORIAL SERVICES.
Grand Haven, May 30, 1893
For the information of those taking part, and the general public, the following Program of Memorial services on the 30th are published:
I. At 8:30 A. M. all comrades of the G. A. R. and other old soldiers and sailors, desirous of marching with the Post, will meet at Post Hall in uniform and with Memorial badges.
II. At 9:00 A. M. sharp, Public Schools will form on Sixth and Washington streets, right on City Hall. Co. F. M. S. T., will form on north side of Washington street with right on 4th street. Weatherwax Post and other old soldiers and sailors at Left of Company F. Highland Tent of Knights of Maccabees on left of Weatherwax Post. German Workingman’s Society on left of Maccabees. The City Band on Washington street in front of City Hall. Weatherwax Relief Corps, Orator, Chaplain, and singers in carriages on Fifth street between Washington and Franklin. Fire Department on Washington with left on Fifth. Citizens in carriages in rear of Fire Department.
The Parade will start at 9:15 sharp, and move down Washington to Second, and by Second street and Lake Avenue to Lake Forest Cemetery and G. A. R. Monument in the following order:
1. City Band.
2. Public School.
3. Co. F., Capt. Pellegrom.
4. Weatherwax Post G. A. R. and old soldiers.
5. Highland Tent of Maccabees.
6. German’s Workingman’s Society.
7. City Fire Department.
8. Weatherwax Relief corps.
9. Orator, Chaplain and Singers in Carriages.
10. Citizens in carriages.
IV. Program at Cemetery.
1. Music by Band, Star Spangled Banner.
2. Reading Memorial Orders by Adjutant.
3. G. A. R. Memorial Services.
4. Music by Vocal Quartette.
5. Prayer by Chaplain, Rev. H. T. Root.
6. Music by Vocal Quartette.
7. Decoration of Memorial and Graves by G. A. R. and W. R. C.
8. Music by vocal Quartette.
9. Oration by Rev. James Kennedy.
10. Music by Band, America.
11. Salute to Dead: fire by detail of Co. F.
12. Benediction by Chaplain.
13. Parade reforms and returns to Washington St. and is dismissed.
All exercises are to be finished by noon.
If the weather shall be wet, graves will be decorated by detail and the Oration and other exercises will be held at Co. F. Opera House, and the Parade dispensed with.
Decoration Day in Grand Haven.
Decoration Day was observed by a majority of or citizens in various ways yesterday. Everybody took a holiday and very few business places were open. The day dawned bright and warm and was such a one as we have not had in many a year. Strangely enough, rain has marred many of our past Memorial Days, but yesterday there was not a cloud in the sky.
The procession formed at 9 o’clock at the City Hall. The City Band led the way flowed by 800 school children in charge of Supt. Briggs; Co. F, and Weatherwax Post, G. A. R., 40 strong, were next in line. The Mayor, Common Council, Firemen, Relief Corps, and other citizens in carriages followed in the rear.
At beautiful Lake Forest cemetery the exercises took place as follows:
Music by Band, Star Spangled Banner.
Reading by Memorial Orders by Adjutant.
G. A. R. Memorial Service
Music by Vocal Quartette.
Decoration of Monument and Graves by G. A. R. and W. R. C.
Music by Vocal Quartette.
Oration by Rev. James A. Kennedy.
Music by Band, America.
Salute to Dead, firing by detail of Co. F.
Benediction by Chaplain.
Rev. Kennedy’s oration had a patriotic ring to it. He spoke of the valor of the G. A. R. on the bloody fields of the Rebellion and urged that pensions are now due them as the government’s debt for their heroic work in the years 1861-1865. “The man who begrudges the old soldier his pension” said Kennedy, “I think would be condemned by the people of Grand Haven and elsewhere.” Mr. Kennedy also spoke of the great sacrifices made by the boys in blue when leaving for the war; of parents and families left behind, perhaps never to see again.
After the exercises the crowd dispersed, many of them to decorate and beautify the graves of their own beloved dead.
The holiday weather was taken advantage of by a large number who spent the day in boating, fishing and other sports. As early as 4 o’clock in the morning, 90 people by actual count, were fishing at the piers. Perch bit vigorously and a great number of the gamey black bass were pulled in also.
The steamer A. B. Taylor arrived at noon from Muskegon with an excursion. At 1:30 and excursion of several mile in the lake was made by that boat and was largely attended.
Decoration Day is becoming more and more a popular holiday and in a quiet and unostentatious way is observed by the majority of the people.
While Capt. John Walker was working near the cemetery the other day a twig struck his right eye. The organ bothers him very much and for a time it was feared that he would lose the sight of that eye.
The body of Ralph Orton, of lightning calculator fame, is buried in Lake Forest cemetery.
Last Sunday while the funeral procession of the drowned boy, Frank Smith was going up Lake Ave. to the cemetery one of Henry Sprick’s busses was driven between the teams several times, breaking the procession. The act was as malicious and scoundrelly as could be imagined and complaint was made against Emil Wanger the driver of the bus. The charge was that he had driven willfully and maliciously through a funeral procession and before Justice Angel yesterday he paid a fine of $8 including costs.
There are several complaints heard of the breaking of stones and monuments at the cemetery, it is supposed by some unscrupulous individuals.
Dying at the Soldier’s Home.
“Child Duverney, a native of this city and who was the youngest soldier that enlisted from Ottawa county, is reported to be dying at he Soldier’s Home in Milwaukee of consumption. He made a request to a friend who called upon him the other day that his body be buried at his old home in Grand Haven; at Lake Forest cemetery, where many of his ancestors are sleeping. The friend would be willing to comply with his request, if he was able financially to do so, but he is not. It seems as though the request of our “Drummer Boy” should be acted upon, if he should pass away.
“Child” Duverney enlisted as a drummer boy in Co. B, 1st Michigan Sharp-shooters when that company started to the front at the call of its country. He was only 11 years old at the time and was probably the youngest enlisted soldier in the United States. The lad served through the war and early won a place in the hearts of his comrades and citizens of Grand Haven for his fearlessness and bravery.
A comrade said of Child: “he was not like the rest of the drummers. In an engagement the musicians were willing to fall to the rear, but Child was not. He was in the heat of many a hard fought skirmish urging the men by the lively beating of his drum.”
Going back to the early days of Grand Haven, we find his father, a French voyageur, an Ottawa pioneer and one of the first members of the old Presbyterian church of which Rev. Wm. Ferry was pastor. His remains are resting here.
Let a popular fund be started in case of “Child’s demise.”
Drummer Boy Dead.
“Child” Duverney Died This Morning at Milwaukee.
A telegram received here this afternoon announced the death of “Child” Duverney, late this forenoon at the Soldier’s Home in Milwaukee. His death removes one of the youngest enlisted soldiers who served on the Federal side in the war of the Rebellion.
Duverney was born in this city about 41 years ago. His parents were among the most respected of this community in those pioneer days. They were a God fearing, religious people and among the first parishioners of the old Presbyterian church.
“Child” enlisted in Co. B., 1st Michigan Sharpshooters at the outbreak of the civil war. At the time he was a lad only 11 years old. He became a drummer and served in that capacity for four long years. In the same company as he, were Dick Sanford, Robt. Finch, John Luikens and a number of others from this city.
To a friend from Grand Haven visiting him at the Soldier’s Home the other day the dying man requested that his remains be laid along side of his parents in Lake Forest Cemetery in this city. It is not known what arrangements have been made in that direction.
Today is the twentieth anniversary of the sinking of the steamer Ironsides, about four miles off Grand Haven. The steamer left Milwaukee for this port on the night of Sept. 14, 1873. A storm set in and in some manner the boat filed with water. When about four miles, a little southwest of the piers the Ironsides went down carrying to a watery grave twenty-four persons.
The Ironsides at the time was one of the Engelmann Transportation Company’s boats and was one of the finest on the lakes, being valued at $125,000, and was the most costly boat that had been lost on the lake up to that time. Many of the crew took to the boats and reached here safely.
Many of the passengers on the Ironsides were Milwaukee businessmen and it occasioned great excitement in that city, because of the inability to learn the names of many of the drowned people.
Shortly after the Ironsides gave her last lurch the bodies began to come ashore. An awful sea was running and most of the people were drowned in the breakers on the beach. The captain went down with his boat.
The first man to be buried in Lake Forest cemetery was drowned in this disaster. His name was Jerry Smith and his home was in Grand Haven.
The old D. & M. depot was converted into a morgue and the next day about 20 bodies lay stretched side by side and were viewed by hundreds of morbid people.
Many of the drowned were wealthy and dressed very richly.
The spars of the Ironsides could be seen for some time after, sticking above the water and the fishermen can now point out her exact location nearly directly off Rosy Mound.
The previous year to the sinking of the Ironsides the steamer Lac La Belle went down. She was also owned by the Engelmann Co. The loss of the Amazon in the early eighty’s is still fresh in the memory of Grand Haven people. The Amazon was a successor to the Ironsides.
[A very detailed account of the Ironsides wreck and recent pictures of it lying on the bottom of Lake Michigan can be seen at:
The funeral of Capt. Smallman occurred this afternoon from his home and was one of the largest ever held in Grand Haven. The Masonic fraternity, fellow officers and sailors and many friends form here and elsewhere attended. The funeral sermon was by Rev. R. Lewis. The remains were interred in Lake Forest cemetery and a good man and model citizen was at rest.
All Saint’s Day has a special significance at Akeley College, where it is also observed as Blanche Akeley Memorial Day. The chapel of the college was beautifully decorated with flowers today, and floral offerings were also placed on Blanche’s grave in lake Forrest cemetery.
The fire department have been thinking for some time of having a monument placed on their lot in the cemetery. John Smith the Holland man who had the contract for the stone work on the Court House has presented a design of a monument and a meeting will be held Saturday to decide whether or not to accept it.
Is He a Fraud?
Last Sunday a man who gave his name as Jos. Miller called upon Gustav Hubert at his home on Third St. Miller claimed to be a wealthy farmer living near Ravenna. He came to Mr. Hubert ostensibly on business and ordered made two iron grave monuments and an iron fence such as the masons have around their lots in the cemetery here. Miller also ordered a new wagon of Mr. Hubert.
All this was fair enough, but now comes the funny part of the thing. Miller went from here to Pigeon Creek and entered into a bargain to buy the McCarthy place on the lake shore. It was supposed that the deal was settled and Mr. McCarthy came down here one day last week to have the sale recorded. Miller did not appear.
Also about this time a large quantity of beer arrived at the C. & W. M. freight house from the brewery of Anton Seif in Holland and consigned to the Andres House. Mr. Rue the manager of the hotel did not order the liquor and would not take it. It transpired that he beer was ordered by the man Miller who visited Mr. Hubert last Sunday. He visited Seif’s brewery early last week, giving his name there as Jos. Fisher. He told the brewer that himself and Gustav Hubert were about to take possession of the Andres House bar in Grand Haven and that he wanted to stock the saloon. The man tried to get Seif to advance him money in his enterprise as brewers sometimes do when a new saloon is opened up. Seif did not see himself clear to do so. Then this man Fisher of Miller as he called himself here, went to another firm in Holland and ordered a supply of light liquors or soft drinks and it is said was advanced some money. Nothing has been heard of Fisher since.
Mr. Hubert is indignant that the fellow brought his name into the matter. He had no idea of taking the saloon than the man in the moon. What Miller was after he thinks, was to use his name in connection with the saloon project and then work the brewer to advance him money and then decamp. His purported buying of the McCarthy farm he could use as a blind.
Mr. Seif was here from Holland to day to see the sheriff and have the beer shipped back to Holland. An effort will be made to capture the fraud.
Death of Mrs. Geo. Hancock.
Mrs. Geo. Hancock died at her residence on Washington street at 6:45 last evening, aged 78 years and 7 months.
Mrs. Hancock was a native of England, where she married Mr. George Hancock in 1846, removing soon after to Corning, N. Y., later settling at Spring Lake, Mich., where they resided until about twelve years ago, since which time they have been honored residents of this city.
Her remains will be buried in Lake Forest cemetery tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock.
A kindlier heart than Mrs. Hancock’s never beat in human breast. What a precious memory it is that her life was filled with sweet souled piety and with such rare and tender filial affection. She leaves a husband, daughter and son to mourn her loss. Her life is ended, but we are all the better—the world is better—because she lived.
City sexton Botbyl has the names of several boys of this city who damaged the Hancock monument at Lake Forest cemetery by throwing stones. A lesson should be taught the young rascals who destroy grave yard property.
A special council meeting was held last evening. The cemetery committee was authorized to buy 500 tile sticks or posts for the cemetery to replace the present posts which are going into decay. The council also agreed to give Meinke Dykhuis one man to assist in loading sand.
Hon. Dwight Cutler has placed a contract with the Smith Granite Co. of Westerly, R. I., through their Michigan agent, Geo. Simpson of this city, for a fine mausoleum of Greek design, to be erected in Lake Forest Cemetery by next October. The entire structure is to be built of gray Westerly granite. The interior will be finished in light and dark Tennessee marble, with a tiled floor. The doors will be made of solid granite, with hinges and fastenings of bronze, including a bronze gate of handsome design.
Peter Deneau is here from Montague today looking over Lake Forrest cemetery with a view to putting a bid to supply the cemetery with water. He is a wind mill builder of 14 years experience and his plan is to erect a wind mill in the burial grounds to pump water to various parts of the grounds.
Grand Haven , May 30, 1894.
Under direction of Watherwax Post No. 75 Dept. Mich., G. A. R. of Grand Haven, Wednesday, May 30, 1894.
Officers of the day:—James W. Orr, Commander; Hon. Gerrit J. Diekema, Orator; Rev. J. H. Thomas, Chaplain; and Maj. F. A. Mansfield, Marshal.
For the information of those taking part, and the general public, the following Program of Memorial Services on the 30th are published:
I. At 1:30 p.m. all Comrades of the G. A. R. and other old soldiers and sailors, desirous of marching with the Post, will meet at Post Hall in uniform and with Memorial badges.
II. At 2:00 p.m. sharp, Public Schools will form on Fifth and Franklin streets, right at City Hall. Co. F. 2d Regt. N. G., will form on north side of Washington street with right on 4th street. Weatherwax Post and other old soldiers and sailors at left of Company F. Grand Haven Athletic Club Orator, Chaplain, Vocal Quartette, and Weatherwax Relief Corps at left of Weatherwax Post. The City Band on Washington street at the head of the Public Schools. Common council and Fire Department in front of City Hall. Citizens in carriages on Washington above Fifth.
The parade will start 2:00 p.m. sharp, and move down Washington to Second, and by Second street and lake Avenue to lake Forest Cemetery and G. A. R. Monument in the following order:
III. 1. City Band.
2. Public Schools.
3. Co. F, Capt. E. H. Andres.
4. Weatherwax Post G. A. R. and Old Soldiers.
5. Grand Haven Athletic Club.
6. Orator, Chaplain and Vocal Quartette in carriages.
7. Weatherwax Relief Corps in carriage.
8. City Council in carriage.
9. City Fire Department in carriage.
10. Citizens in carriage.
IV. Program at Cemetery:
1. Music by Band, star Spangled Banner.
2. Reading Memorial Orders by Adjutant.
3. G. A. R. Memorial Services.
4. Music by Vocal Quartette.
5. Prayer by Chaplain, Rev. J. H. Thomas.
6. Music by Vocal Quartette.
7. Decoration of Monument and Graves.
8. Music by Vocal Quartette.
9. Oration by Hon. Gerrit J. Diekema.
10. Music by Band, America.
11. Salute to Dead: firing by detail of Co. F. \
12. Benediction by Chaplain.
13. Parade reforms and returns to Washington St. and is dismissed. Oration and other exercises will be held at Co. F. Opera House and the parade dispensed with.
Hundreds of the graves in Lake Forest Cemetery will be decorated tomorrow with beautiful flowers. This custom is growing in favor and to us it seems not only beautiful, but grand that once a year at least, they who have friends and loved ones there should decorate their graves and attest that if gone they are not forgotten.
Rain spoiled what would otherwise have been a fine Memorial Day procession yesterday afternoon. Nevertheless, a fair number took part in the parade to the Opera House, where the exercises were held.
The parade was participated in by the City Band, a large number of pupils of the public schools, Co. F under the command of Capt. E. H. Andres; Weatherwax Post, G. A. R. and other old soldiers. The orator, chaplain, vocal quartette, W. R. C., city council and fire department followed in carriages.
A throng that soon filled the building poured into the Opera House and many were obliged to go away.
The exercises were carried out according to program.
Hon. Gerrit J. Dykema, of Holland, delivered a patriotic oration; one of the best ever heard here and was frequently applauded.
The graves of the boys in blue who rest in Lake Forest Cemetery were decorated by the G. A. R. Every year these graves are increasing and it is with a sense of sadness that they are marked each Decoration Day.
A salute was fired at the cemetery by Co. F.
The Cutler Mausoleum at Lake Forest cemetery will not be erected until October.
Grand Haven Daily Tribune March 27, 1901
Lake Forrest Cemetery, Grand Haven, Mich.
Lines, in Tender Memory of
Lynn D. Turner.
The youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. George D.
Turner, of this city; and kindly inscribed
to all the many friends of the deceased.
BY DAVID FLETCHER HUNTON.
I saw that sad procession come
Away from your afflicted home;
And watched its slow-paced, measured tread,
Out to the city of the dead!
I saw the melancholy car,
Bearing your well-beloved afar:
And heard each stroke of tolling bell,
Sobbing and groaning its last farewell!
I saw the young man in that train,
Gently take up their comrade slain,
And with sad hearts, and spirits brave,
Consign him to that new made grave!
How sad to see that young man go,
As he went out from you below;
Aye! sad to lay him down in trust―
“Ashes to ashes! Dust to dust!”
I saw your tears! How fast they fell!
I almost heard your hearts rebel,
As you stood ‘round that upturned sod,
Against this providence of God!
He gave him when a cherub fair,
Into your tender, loving care;
And take him now, to lift your eyes,
To better things beyond our skies!
How suddenly the young man goes
From college to his last repose!
How like a bright and burning star,
Struck down to earth from heaven afar;
To shine with added rays of light
In brighter skies beyond our sight!
An orb of greater glory given,
To light your pathway up to heaven!
Within “Lake Forest’s” quiet shade,
His sacred resting place is made;
And often there your feet may stray
In blossom time, or summer’s day;
And there may come from far and near,
His college chums, and schoolmates dear,
To think of him whose face is hid
Beneath the coffin’s buried lid!
How sweet to think that he may come
An unseen presence in your home!
That he may fold his spirit wings,
And influence you to better things!
How sweet to think that while you weep,
And while in slumber’s arms you sleep,
An angel with protecting arm,
May watch and guard you from all harm!
How sweet to think that while you yearn
To have that darling boy return;
He may your thoughts and acts control,
And all the motives of your soul!
Oh, how consoling to believe,
That vanished hand for which you grieve,
May often, while this life endures,
Press gently all the palms of yours!
Grand Haven, Mich.
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