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"CROSSED THE RIVER."

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Parent Issue
Day
13
Month
November
Year
1894
Copyright
Public Domain
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Zachary Roath died on Friday afternoon last, at 3:15 o'clock. The Argus in its last issue announced the fact that he lay at the point of death, but before many of our readers had had an opportunity of learning even of his serious illness, he had crossed the river and joined the great majority. The death of Mr. Roath ended an active and honest career just as he was beginning to enjoy the fruits of his years of labor. Those years had been well spent, and he had by his sterling integrity and uprightness of character endeared himsclf to those with whora he came in contact in his daily business, and bound him by ties closer than those of brotherhood to those with whom he was more intimately associated. His was an honest, blunt and plain-spoken character, far more so than one is accustomed to meet in this world of soft-tongued deceitfulness. His friendship was worth having, and was honored highly by those who were favored wiih it. The life of Zachary Roath was an open one, and was passed entirely within the limits of the city of Ann Arbor, with the exception of about a year, when he was at Lansing managing a business in which his employers were interested. He was born in this city on June i4th, 1851, and after obtaining a common school education started to learn the printer's trade in the Argus office. This was not suited to his tastes, and 29 years ago, at the age of fourteen years, he entered the employ of Bach & Pierson, who were then engaged in the dry-goods business in the store now occupied by H. J. Brown. From that day until Friday last he was associated with Mr. Bach as clerk and partner, during several years past having been the nianaging partner of the business. During his years of clerkship he had managed to save enough from his earnings so that when the health of Eugene B. Abel began to fail he became associated as a partner in the business which he had been so instrumental in building up. After Mr. Abel's death, he purchased a larger interest in the business, and the firm became Bach & Roath, as it still remains. In his business, the honesty of his life was strongly shown. A singular fact in connection with Mr. Roath's death is that he was the eighth partner that Mr. Bach has had since he engaged in business in 1843 and a" f tüem are now dead. The names of all of these gentlemen will be well remembered by our older citizens. They were Charles Thompson, John W. Thompson, Chauncey H. Millen, Isaac S. Pierson, Henry Hewitt, Peter H. Abel, Eugene B. Abel and Zachary Roath, and the last five of these have died while associated in business with Mr. Bach. The death of Zachary Roath is described by his friends who were with him during his last hours, as in entire keeping with his life, - honest and fearless and with a consciousness of having done nothing towards any soul on earth that made hini dread to meet his Maker. None of his immediate relatives were able to reach him in time to bid liini farewell. But for several hours before bis deatli lie was surrounded by those with whom he had been intiniately associated. The scène was one of the most pathcüc that could be imagined. He remained perfectly conscious to the end, and called first one and then another to his bed-side and with a hearty grasp bid them good-bye in this world, several times asking that others be sent for that he might do the same to them. He also expressed his wishes as to the disposition of his property and as to the last sad rites to be performed over his body, he himself asking Rev. J. W. Bradshaw to preach his funeral sermón. The deceased was unmarried. He leaves a brother, Jay Roath, of Jackson, and a sister, Mrs. Laura Heavener, of Herkimer, N. V. He also leaves a half-brother and two half-sisters, James Carr, of Dundee, and Mrs. Mary E. Cole, of Jackson, and Mrs. Helen Huston of Lansing. These were all present at the funeral, as were all of his nieces and nephews with the exception of one. Mr. Roath was an active and enthusiastic member of the Masonic fraternity, having been initiated in Golden Rule lodge, No. 159, in 1873, and having been honored by his brothers with the highest prefermentsin theirpower to bestow during his Masonic career. He was also a member of Washtenaw chapter, No. 6, R. A. M. In accordance with his wishes the funeral services were conducted by Golden Rule lodge, Sunday afternoon, the ceremonies being given partially at the Congregational church, where Rev. J. W. Bradshaw preached a touching sermon on "Is Life Worth Living?" and were concluded at the grave where the Masonic burial service was given. This last service was very touching as it was conducted by Lewis C. Goodrich who for years had been the room-mate and com-' panion of the deceased. No greater tribute could be paid to Mr. Roath than was the outpouring of friends that filled the church and followed his remains to their last resting place. Nearly a hundred and lift v members of the Masonic fraternity were in line, and about forty members of the Ann Arbor Light Infan:ry, of which the deceased was an honorary member, actedas an escort to the cortege. The casket at the church was covered with beautiful flowers and surrounded by elabórate íoral designs, the gifts of mourning friends. The honorary pall bearers were George V. Goodrich, and the following members of the Keystone club: John R. Miner, Chas. E. Hiscock, VV. W. Watts, Jas. F. Bach, Sam Langsdorf, A. P. Ferguson and E. H. Eberbach. The active bearers were T. D. Kearney, Dr. A. C. Nichols, C. S. Millen, N. J. Kyer, of this city; D. C. Fall, of Jackson; Jas. L. Stone, of Shelbyville, Ind. McClure's Magazine for 1895, Volume IV, begins December, 1894. A splendidly illustrated life of Napoleon, the great feature of which will be 75 portraits of Napoleon, showing him from youth to death; also portraits of his family and contemporaries and pictures of famous battlefields; in all nearly 200 pictures, begins in November and runs through eight numbers. The eight Napoleon numbers, $1. True detective stories byauthority from the archives of the Pinkerton detective agency. Lincoln and Pinkerton, (NOv. 1894); the Molly Maguires; Alian Pinkerton's Life; Stories of Capture of Train-robbers, Forgers, Bank-robbers, etc, each complete in one issue, 12 in all. Short stories by W. D. Howells, Conan Dayle, Robert Barr, Bret Harte, Joel ChandlerHarris,Rudyard Kipling, Clark Russell, Octave Thanet, Capt. King and many others. Noted contributors: Robert Louis Stevenson, F. Marión Crawford, Sir Robert Ball, Archibald Forbes, Archdeacon Farrar, Prof. Drummond, Thomas Hardy. Send three 2-cent stamps for a sample copy to the publishers. S. S. McCLURE, L't'd. 30 Lafayette Place, New York. "The Pólice Inspector" was presented to a light audience of Thursday night. The attendance was fully as good as the performance deserved. ügden Stevens as "Police Inspector," exhibited talent. The capability of the rest of the compar.y should have a negative prefix coupled to it.