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Memorial Services for SEN. PRESTON B. PLUMB
Preston B. Plumb
The People of Larned do Homage to His Memory

It was announced a few days ago that memorial services in honor of the late Senator Plumb would be held in this city under the direction of the grand army. It was announced from the different pulpits on Sunday that the exercises would take place in the grand army hall. But owing to the large number of our citizens who desired to pay tribute to the memory of the honored dead, it was decided that the opera house would be a more suitable place in which to assemble. On one side of the stage was an enlarged photograph of Senator Plumb draped in mourning, and on the opposite side was the ensign of the grand army of the republic.
Grouped on the platform were General Tim McCarthy, Adjutant Campbell, ex-Commander Booth, Captain Worrell, Revs. P. Reynolds and A. J. Bixler, and a male quartette consisting of Messrs. Edwards, Hilts, Mathies and Taylor. An appropriate song was rendered by the quartette, and Rev. P. Reynolds stepped forward and invoked the presence of a diving power, after which there was another song. Then General McCarthy in a few fitting remarks stated the purpose of the gathering and explained that it was the intention to have had Rev. Bernard Kelly with them to pay eulogistic homage to the memory of their departed comrade, but he had written that it would be impossible for him to come. After delivering a graceful eulogy on his dead friend and
brother-in-arms, he introduced to the audience A. B. Campbell, adjutant general of the grand army. Comrade Campbell spoke from a personal acquaintance with Senator Plumb. His words were well chosen and happily placed, and at times he grew eloquent in thought and expression. Throughout the talk one thought stood out against all others and that was, “to those who knew him best Plumb was known to have been a good man; a strong man; a courageous man, both in peace and in war; an industrious, pains-taking man, who loved to work for others because he believed it to be his duty.” Such was Campbell’s tribute.

He was followed by Captain Booth who also spoke from his knowledge gained by constant association with Senator Plumb during a period of thirty-six years. Their friendship was of that early territorial nature that grew as rapid and strong as the state in whose behalf they worked side by side for many years. After Captain Booth finished the quartette sang another selection, and after the benediction was pronounced by Rev. A. J. Bixler, the crowd dispersed to their homes, knowing and felling that what they had done was right.

The old soldier realized that Plumb is no more, and that a mighty friend has been carried beyond.

Transcribed and Contributed by Richard Schwartzkopf

Last Updated:  Saturday, November 26, 2005 00:51:59

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