Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa
Thursday, March l4, l902
C.M. CORBIN died in Corydon on Tuesday forenoon of tuberculosis, in the forty-sixth year of his age.
MR. CORBIN was born on a farm in Western New York and removed from there to Illinois and then to Wayne County, Iowa. The past twenty-one years of his life, until August lst, were spent with E.A. Rea in the hardware and implement business. During those 2l years, although this dread disease had fastened itself upon him, yet he never shirked a duty but was always found late and early at his place of business. He was the soul of industry. In point of honor or integrity he was as unsullied as the driven snow. His word was always as good as his bond and although always a poor man, his credit was as good as a man worth his millions. In fact, the name of C.M. CORBIN was a synonym for honor, honesty and integrity.
During the Sunday meetings he united with the M.E. Church and his last days were bright and radiant with the prospects of eternal life. In August last he accepted the position as cashier of the Wayne County Bank and his energy and business ability was proving a success but about the last of the year, he was compelled to give it up. From that time on his decline was very rapid. His death was no surprise to him as he had named almost the very day it would occur. He arranged all his business affairs and everything regarding his funeral even to naming the pall bearers and designating who should select the lot in the cemetery.
The funeral services were held at the M.E. Church at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. The sermon was preached by his Pastor, Rev. A.M. Shea to a very large audience. The floral offierings were in great abundance and very beautiful. The pall bearers selected by himself were his co-workers from the establishment where he spent so much of his life, as follows: E.A. Rea, Lou Richards, John Clayton, Clell Abel, Charley Augden and Charlie Hill. His remains were deposited in the Corydon Cemetery.
He left a wife and four children, one child having passed on before and was buried at Promise City, besides a host of friends to mourn their loss. Peace be to his ashes.
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February 6, 2003