The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.
Feb. 10, 1919
ASHLAND HOLDS SPECIAL MEMORIAL SERVICES FOR T. R.
Ashland, Feb. 10 — ”The typical American of his day and Generation,” was the encomium bestowed upon Theodore Roosevelt, incident to services in honor of the late ex-president, held at the Methodist church on Sunday. In addition to the usual congregation, members of the Grand Army, Relief Corps and a contingent of Boy Scouts attended the memorial. The choir was reinforced by a men’s quartet. Musical accompaniments of the service were most appropriate. Notably that grand old hymn, “How Firm a Foundation,” which was a favorite of Mr. Roosevelt, and in singing which the entire congregation joined with religious fervor and patriotic zeal.
Preliminary to the main address of the hour by the pastor, Rev. C. A. Edward, was Governor Frank Byrne, of South Dakota, who with his family is visiting relatives in Ashland this winter, made a few remarks outlining the career of the man who, notwithstanding his talents and attainments, shunned ostentatious praise from those in high places, preferring rather the modest approval of the common people. The pastor dwelt upon the fundamental principles of the Roosevelt personality, rugged both in its physical and mental attributes, incorporating religious conviction with the elements of integrity, firmness and candor mingled in ideal proportions. To such a character it was fitting to render due appreciation, without trespassing upon the domain of adulation. As president, statesman, citizen and friend, his memory will be cherished as foremost among giant intellects and kindliest in the humblest relations with his fellow-men. The pastor closed with a recital of “Great Heart,” an opportune tribute to the passing of Roosevelt by that master mind, Rudyard Kipling, who in many respects is the prototype of his late departed friend. Quoting the last stanza from this tribute of affection will probably not render one amenable to copyright restrictions:
“Let those who would handle,
Make sure they can wield
His far-reaching sword
And his close-guarding shield;
For those who must journey
Have need of stout convoy
Now that Great Heart is gone.”
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