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In Memoriam

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Parent Issue
Day
22
Month
September
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
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Charles Mortimer Banfield, son of W. S. Banfield, died at the home of his parents in this city on Tuesday, Sept. 19, after an illness of foor weeks, from typhoid fever in its most rnalignant form. He was bom in this city March J3, 1878, and was thereíore at the time of his death 21 years ana 8 montas of ase. He íiaci speut his life almost entirely in Ann Arbor, was a student of the Anu Arbor tiigb school and was preparing to enter the tmiversity this fall. He was a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal church, well known and well belovecl by all who knew him. He made a brave and hopeful struglge for hia life, and for a time it seemed tnat his spiendid vitality wonJd win victory for him, but in spite of all possible care and attention he was flnally obliged to Süccnmb. He maintained a cheerfnl demeanor and never lost courage tbrougbout all his sickness and euffering, but in the rmdst of pain and even in the ' last few hours, when he raust have ben convinced that there was no hope, he suppressed any sign of fear or despair, and for the sake of his heart-brokeu loved ones he bravely kept up the struggls. Charley Banfield was thorougbly clean, pure and good, naturally thoughtful and considérate of others, kind-hearted and generons, honest and upright. He was innately a true gentleman and gave promise of a noble, nseful manhood At the beginning of the Spanish-American war he volunteered early and became a member of Co. C, 31st Mich. Vols.. and remained in the service uDtil discharged on acconut of disability iucurred in the servicfl. He freely and bravely offered his life to his country and ifc is thought that an iujury he received while in the service caused the most dangerous complications in connection with his illness. Beturning home after being mustered out, he lost no time bnt secured employmsnt at once, and was at work in Jackson, Mich., with the expectation of being prepared to begin a professional course in the university, when the summons came to enter that school "where he no Jonger needs our poor protection and Christ Hnuself dotb rule. Just at the outset of a promising career, of fine character and splendid idoas, fully determined to make the moet of oimself and develop most thoroDgbly his natural talents, it is difficult to comprehend why he should be removed from earthly life. But tu the sorrowing parents and sister the memory of that bright, beautiful life will ahvays be a blessing and a benediction. Even now they know that he has but passed into the "life Elysian," vfhose portal we cali death. ''