Transcribed by Linda K. Lewis, Jan, 2015.

Source: Olathe Mirror, Olathe, KS, Thurs. 21 Sep 1893, pg. 2.


Died, at the residence of his brother-in-law, Mr. Jas. Davis, on Friday morning September 8th, 1893, Charles L. Greenwell, aged 20 years and 8 months.

Deceased was the son of Robert and Jane Greenwell. He was born in Oxford township in Johnson county, and passed the greater part of his life in this vicinity. He was the youngest of a family of seven, three of whom are already on the other side of the mystic river. His sickness began more than two years ago and finally developed into that dread disease, consumption. He bravely and patiently battled with the destroyer to the last, but all that loving hands, kindly ministrations and medical skill could do availed nothing, for Death had set his seal on his young life and it became evident that he was beyond the reach of love to save. When it was known that his recovery was impossible he expressed his willingness to go, trusting in Jesus and manifesting his Christian spirit by expressions of love toward all. 

Two weeks before his death he manafiested an earnest desire to be moved to the home of his sister and his request was at once complied with. The following day he was able to sit on the porch with the family, but the next day was taken to his bed and sunk rapidly until the end and died as peacfully as if going to sleep, retaining his consciousness to the last.

His long sickness and suffering had especially endearded him to the hearts of his relatives and friends and his death was a sad blow to them. The funeral services were conducted by Mr. Davis and the remains laid to rest in the Tomahawk cemetery, followed by a large procession of sorrowing friends and neighbors.

What words of comfort can we give to the bereaved parents, brothers and sisters? What tribute of respect can we pay to show our sorrow and heart-felt sympathy in the ordeal through which they have passed? No word of our can heal the wounded hear. All we can do is commend them to Him who has said - "I am the resurrection and the life; whosoever believeth in Me though he were dead yet shall he live." 
L. H.

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