SARGENT, Fred M. 1873-1948
SARGENT, HARTLEY, SANBORN
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 10/28/2016 at 16:58:35
Last Rites For Fred M. Sargent
Last rites were held Monday afternoon at the Coffman funeral home for Fred M. Sargent, who died at his home in New Paltz, New York, on August 4th.
The services were conducted by Dr. Theodore Lilley, pastor of the First Presbyterian church in Cedar Rapids. Burial was in the family lot in the Grundy Center cemetery.
Casket bearers were Arthur Merritt, Lyle Metzgar, John Reynolds, John C. Stachour, Wayne Morrison and Leroy Vanderwicken.
Attendants from out of the county at the services were Mr. Sargent's daughter, Marion Lane, and children Billy and Sally Lane, New Paltz, N.Y.; Mr. and Mrs. Amor Sargent, Dr. and Mrs. Theo. Lilley, Cedar Rapids; Mrs. George F. Karch and Betsy, Cleveland, Ohio; Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Graefe, Susan, Bill and Fred, Des Moines.
Fred M. Sargent, son of Captain Elbert M. and Mary E. Hartley Sargent, was born in Felicity, Ohio, August 11, 1873, and passed away at his home in New Paltz, New York, August 4, 1948.
Coming to Grundy Center in 1879, he attended the public school here and completed his course as valedictorian of the first graduating class in 1891. He continued his formal education at Iowa college, Grinnell, and at Harvard university, receiving degrees in 1895 and 1896. He began has career as an educator by teaching in the high school at Aurora and thereafter in several other Illinois cities. He became assistant superintendent of the Chicago public schools during the administration of Superintendent Cooley.
On June 28, 1906, he was married to Miss Lura Sanborn, a fellow-member of the faculty of the Chicago Normal School. To this union one daughter, Marian, was born.
The strain of teaching proving too great, he entered the business field, making his home for a number of years in Evanston, Ill.
The years 1933-1936 were largely spent in Grundy Center where he was a member of the staff of The Grundy Register. He removed to New Paltz in October 1936.
He is survived by his wife and daughter, and two grandchildren, William J. and Sarah Grace Lane of New Paltz, N.Y.; also by his brother, A. H. Sargent of Cedar Rapids. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Mary and Grace.
He united with the First Presbyterian church of Grundy Center in 1887 and when health permitted engaged in church work in his several homes.
His life was characterized by abiding loyalty to his friends and consideration, especially, for those in trouble or of more advanced age. His keen mind was cultivated through extensive study and reflection, his ability and wide interests being nowhere so well exhibited as in interesting correspondence, almost to the date of his death.
He loved Iowa, and Grundy Center in particular, and was always interested in its growth and improvement, an evidence of the fact being the sharing of a large section of his choice library with the local public library.
By the wise use of his various gifts, "he being dead yet speaketh."
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 12 August 1948, pg 5
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