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Edward Hoke Rowe

Originally Published in the Emmitsburg Chronicle March 11, 1921

After an illness of nine months, Mr. Edward Hoke Rowe, of West Main St., died at his home Thursday morning from a complication of diseases. Mr. Rowe was in his usual good spirit up to Wednesday morning, when it was noticed by members of his family that he had taken a turn and the family physician, Dr.  B. I. Jamison was immediately called. The patient did not rally and al-though he was in great pain for a time, the end came peacefully early Thursday morning.

Mr. Rowe was a life-long resident of Emmitsburg, being born here nearly sixty-five years ago. He had a large circle of friends not only in this community but throughout the entire county. He was a member of the Lutheran Church and for many years was actively engaged in the civic side of the community. He served for one term as Burgess of Emmitsburg and was one of the charter members of the Vigilant Hose Company, having the honor of being its first president. For a number of years he was in the Internal Revenue Service the representative in this district During the late war he was a member of the local draft board and labored hard to help the boys in getting their papers in proper form. It was just about this time that Mr. Rowe had a serious, set-back, which no doubt had a great deal to do in bringing about his break-down, the loss of his son, Frank, who died in the service. Shortly after the death of one son, he received word that Dr. Charles Rowe, who was serving overseas was also in a serious condition and a change from that time was evident in the manner of Mr. Rowe.

No political campaign for a number of years past was complete or exciting without the presence of Ed Rowe. He was a hard worker for his party and he was looked upon in the county seat as a strong factor in a political way in the Emmitsburg district, many times being called on by the State committee to express his views.

Mr. Rowe was well versed in the surrounding district of Frederick county, and it has been said that no man was in a better position to draw up deeds than he was, knowing especially well the building lines of the town and the farm lands in the near vicinity.

The funeral of Mr. Rowe will take place on Saturday afternoon with services at the house conducted by Rev. William Charles Day, pastor of the Lutheran Church. Interment in Mountain View cemetery. Mr. Rowe is survived by his wife, four daughters, Misses Carrie B., Eva M., Anna M., Elizabeth; two sons, J. William and Dr. Charles J. Rowe. His mother Mrs. Sarah Rowe, a sister, Mrs. Walter White and two brothers, Messrs. Howard M. and Frank Rowe.

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