WILLIAM H. STUDY
The Sedan Times-Star, Thursday, July 13,
1911, Pg. 1
Died: July 7, 1911
H. STUDY DEAD.
AWAY AT HIS HOME
TROUBLE THE CAUSE
Was a Former Probate Judge
This County and One of Its
William H. Study, ex-probate judge
and one of the best known citizens of Chautauqua county, died at his home here
at about 2 o’clock Friday afternoon. His death came after twenty-four
hours of acute heart trouble. The first symptoms were shown shortly after
dinner Thursday when he complained of pain near his heart. His condition
steadily became more alarming and he soon took his bed. Every effort was
made by stimulants to maintain the heart action but it proved only a temporary
expedient. Death came to him very easily and he passed away as one failing
Judge Study was born July 20,
1841, at Williamsburg, Ind. He lacked only thirteen days of being 70 years
When the second call for
volunteers came at the outbreak of the Civil war Judge Study enlisted in Company
C, 8th Indiana Infantry. He served four years and participated in many of
the most important and decisive battles of that great contest. He held the
offices of sergeant and first lieutenant in his company. At the close of
the war he returned home to Indiana and on December 14, 1865, he was married to
Louisa Cranor at Hagerstown, Ind. To them five children were born.
Two of them Lurena and Kizzie, died in infancy. Three sons Bertsell C.
Study of Denver, Clarence M. Study of Bon Ami, Louisiana, and Harry P. Study,
are living and with the wife and mother mourn the death of their loved one.
Two sisters, Mrs. William Oler of Williamsburg, Ind., and Mrs. Chas. H. Huff of
Martinsville, Ind., and one brother, Isaac Study of Cedar Vale, also survive
Judge Study was appointed deputy
sheriff of Wayne county, Indiana, in 1866 and served four years. In 1870
he was elected sheriff and filled the office for two terms. At the close
of his last term he moved to Indianapolis, Ind., and engaged in the real estate
business. In 1877 he moved to Fountain City, Ind., where he conducted a
mercantile and grain business. In 1884 he came to Chautauqua county and
located on a ranch in Harrison township four miles southeast of Cedar Vale.
Later he moved to Cedar Vale and engaged in the milling business. In 1900
he was elected probate judge and in 1902 was reelected serving four years.
The funeral was held from the
Methodist Episcopal church, of which he was a member , at 3 o’clock Sunday
afternoon. The pastor, Rev. R. T. Harkness, conducted the services and
paid beautiful tributes to Judge Study’s character. The pallbearers
included three old friends from Cedar Vale, Postmaster Austin Brown,
Commissioner H. L. Cox and W. M. Jones. The others were P. F. Eggan, F. B.
Garrett and W. H. Dennis of Sedan. The G. A. R. attended in a body and
conducted the burial services. The casket was covered with a large flag
and with beautiful floral offerings from friends here and elsewhere.
Judge Study suffered a stroke of
paralysis in June 1909, and from that time dates his physical breakdown.
Until that time he was as fine a specimen of physical strength as one often
sees. Even when stricken he was still happy and took the matter lightly.
He had been at Cedar Vale and as the county was then in the midst of the first
court house campaign he was attending a court house meeting in the old Lance
office. His friends carried him on a cot to his home, a block away, and he
kept time for their step although he could not speak plainly. After a week
or two he was again able to get around but the effects of the paralysis were
still noticeable and his decline from then was slow but sure. He wanted to
die. He felt that he had lived his three-score-and-ten and that the future
held only suffering and sorrow for him. Strong in the consciousness of an
upright life he had no fears of death and he welcomed it as a friend setting one
free from a life of pain.
Judge Study was one of the best
probate judges this county ever had. With splendid mind and wide
information he combined a fine discernment of justice with a courage that knew
no fear. His love of justice was strong and he administered the duties of
his office faithfully and impartially to a degree seldom known. He was
strong in his likes and dislikes, but his dislikes were always tempered with a
sense of justice. In the last few years he has given much time and thought
to his religious welfare. As a husband and father Judge Study was loving,
indulgent and faithful. As a citizen he exercised courageously an
intelligent conception of the duties of citizenship. As a neighbor he was
loved by all who knew him and his home here has always been the scene of
frequent social gatherings. He will be missed by all and the sympathy
extended to his wife and sons is deep and sincere.