From the Freeport Journal, Wednesday, March 12, 1879, np, col. 3.
Death of George W. Hartman.
This young man passed away from this life on Saturday morning, March 8th, between 6 and 7 o'clock, at the residence of his father, Mr. Jacob Hartman, in this city. His age was twenty-three years and three months. He had been suffering with disease of the throat and lungs for some two years past. Hoping to find benefit in a change of climate, he went to Colorado Springs last summer, and remained there until the first of February last. The winter in that climate having proved this year less favorable than usual, it was thought better that he return home. Accordingly Mr. Walter Sanderson, his brother-in-law, went out to Colorado and accompanied him home. His friends at home found a mournful pleasure in his return, and in the tender and loving ministry to his wants which they gladly rendered. But all the solicitude and care of friends, and all that medical skill could do for him, were powerless to arrest the progress of disease. It soon became evident to his physician and anxious friends that there was little hope of his recovery. Yet he clung to life with a firm and cheerful hope that did not yield until a day or two before his death.
Mr. Hartman was a young man of pure and worthy character, and was highly esteemed and much beloved by all his acquaintance. Life held out before him a very bright promise of success and usefulness. His early death has left a deep, dark cloud of sorrow upon the home and the large circle of friends from which the light of his presence has been removed. But even this cloud has its silver lining. Those who mourn for George W. Hartman do not sorrow as those without hope. He fell asleep in Jesus, in hope
of immortal life.
The funeral service was held at the family residence on Monday, March 10th, at 10 a. m. The day was bright and balmy, a beautiful type of the home of endless sunshine, where rest "the dead who die in the Lord." The attendance was very large. The Good Templars, of which order the deceased was a member, marched in the procession and used their impressive ritual at the grave. The services at the house were conducted by Rev. Dr. Jewett, of the First Methodist Church, assisted by Rev. H. D. Jenkins, of the First Presbyterian Church.
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