CHARLES W. LONG                        GRAVESTONE PHOTO                      

Neodesha Daily Sun, Thursday, Feb. 22, 1906, Pg. 1

Vol. VII, No. 94





  Dr. C. W. Long, one of the oldest and wealthiest citizens of Neodesha, died in Kansas City at the home of his sister, Mrs. W. H. Cramer, this morning at 8 o’clock, of a lingering disease with which he had been afflicted several months.  After being bedfast here for some weeks he was removed to Kansas City for treatment.  He had a bowel or stomach trouble and an affection of the lungs.  Mrs. Long and daughter, Mrs. J. F. Kimball, have been in Kansas City by his bedside almost constantly, Mrs. Kimball came back to Neodesha with her husband the first of the week and started for Kansas City again last night.  The train was late and her father was dead before she arrived.

  Funeral arrangements have not been made, further than it is known that the body will arrive here on the morning train tomorrow.

  Dr. Long came to Neodesha from Ohio thirty-eight years ago.  He was then only about thirty years old, possibly less.  No exact dates are at hand.  The old settlers remember the year he came and that he and J. M. Keck, both young men, bached on their claimed.  Dr. Long farmed and practiced medicine ever since and accumulated considerable wealth.  He married a daughter of Robert Cole, who survives him with a daughter, the wife of Dr. J. F. Kimball, and a son, Charles, 11 years old.

  Dr. Long was a consistent member of the Christian church one of its principal supporters—and was a kind hearted good citizen, having no enemies at all.  His death is a serious loss to Neodesha.


Neodesha Daily Sun, Monday, Feb. 26, 1906, Pg. 1

Vol. VII, No. 97




  The funeral of Dr. C. W. Long was very largely attended yesterday, and a long procession of vehicles followed the hearse to the cemetery.  Elder Lowe of Arkansas City and Elder Tanksley of this city conducted the services, a double quartet from the Christian church doing the singing, assisted by Mrs. Wm. Bartrim of Kansas City.

  The following sketch was prepared by Dr. D. H. Reed of North Fairfield, Ohio, brother-in-law of Dr. Long, and was read at the funeral by Elder Lowe:

  Doctor Charles W. Long was born at South Hampton, in the state of Pennsylvania, Sept. 26, 1840.  His parents were Abram P. and Catherine Long.  The family moved from there to Ohio in 1843 ad settled in Greenwich township, Huron county.  There the doctor resided with his parents on the farm until the breaking out of the Civil war.

  When at the call of his country he enlisted in company E, 123rd Regt. Ohio Vol. Infantry August 25, 1862, and was elected 1st sergeant of his company.  The regiment was assigned to Gen. Hunter’s brigade, where the regiment participated in the battles, raids and marches of the famous Shenandoah Valley.

  In the battle of Winchester he was severely wounded and captured by the confederates.  He was afterwards exchanged and participated in the final battles for the capture of Richmond.  He was again taken prisoner while defending a bridge on the line of Lee’s retreat, but was released in a few hours by the surrender at Appomattox.

  He had been promoted to 2nd lieutenancy and was discharged at Columbus, Ohio, on the 12th day of June, 1865, having served three years, two months and nine days.

  On his return to Huron county he entered the office of Doctor D. H. Reed of North Fairfield, Ohio, where he remained until he was prepared to enter medical college.

  In 1869 he came to Kansas and settled near the junction of Verdigris and Fall rivers near Neodesha.  After the location of the city he commenced the practice of his profession which he followed with zeal and ability until failing health compelled him to desist.

  On February 17th 1884, he was united in marriage to Miss Dora E. Cole, daughter of William and Ellen Cole.  To this union were born two children, Anna Eleanor, wife of Dr. J. F. Kimball, and Charles Cole Long.

  In April 1886 under the preaching of Elder A. Elmore, he united with the Christian church of Neodesha, where he served acceptably as one of the elders, and by his genial Christian deportment won the esteem, confidence and love of his Christian brethren.

  As a citizen he was loyal to his neighbors and friends, loving his country and state, discharging his duty relatively to each as he deemed right and just.

  In his family, who will feel most keenly his loss, he was a kind and faithful husband and a tender and loving father whose memory will ever prove a blessing and guide to those whom he loved so well and lead so tenderly and guarded so assiduously from the ills that beset their earthly pathway.

  He leaves four sisters, the only surviving members of a family of eight children, who will feel deeply the loss they have all sustained.

  Dear friends, had it been left to Dr. Charles W. Long this brief biography had not been written.  But when Death’s summons came, he would as of old when the bugle sounded the charge to battle have gone forth modestly, silently, “As one who wrapped the drapery of his couch around him and lies down to pleasant dreams.”