Charles F. Rowe
Originally Published in the
Emmitsburg Chronicle Feb,
At an early hour
on Wednesday, February 22, Mr.
Charles F. Rowe passed into eternal
rest. His removal from our community
causes a deep sense of loss that is
keenly felt in his home, in his
church, and in this town whose
interests and advancement in every
sphere, he profoundly cherished.
Through the four score years of his life
Emmitsburg was his home. He was descended from
one of the first, and oldest families of this
district, a son of Mr. Joseph and Susanna Rowe.
Five sisters and three brothers preceded him
into the future world. He, therefore, is the
last member of his father's immediate family.
His ties of family relationship united him to
quite a large number of homes in this vicinity,
and even in other states.
Many elements and characteristics combined in
rendering him a strong and striking personality: He would command attention in any company. By
nature he was gifted with a distinguished
presence. By grace he uniformly manifested a
Christian and courtly disposition. Age hardly
bent his erect and splendid carriage, nor dimmed
his marvelous vision. He carried the dew of his
youth down into the valley in which his
listening ear, heard the higher call.
Oliver Wendell Holmes once used the
expression "eighty years young better than
forty years old." Of no one in the list of many
friends-can we apply these words so fittingly as
to Charles F. Rowe. He loved youth, and
was closely identified with the scenes and,
thoughts and joys and companionships' thereof.
For over a quarter of a century he was the
faithful and efficient superintendent of our
Lutheran Sunday school, deeply interested in the
promotion and progress of the school's moral and
spiritual welfare. He was a worker and no
In the social life of the young, and in the
awakening methods of activity and service in the individual he had deep
concern: for he recognized that good habits do
not form themselves, and sacrifice is the
condition of excellence.
Two traits could easily be discerned in the
study of this manly man. He loved his church,
and he loved his own kindred.
Sixty years ago he was ready and anxious for
the educational equipment that would have placed
him in the Christian ministry, as I heard from
his own lips. The way seemed barred, and, to use
his own expression, "I graduated at the anvil
instead of at college." They were manly and
effective blows that fell and rang for quite a
number of years.
His inquiring and ambitious mind compassed
quite a wide circle of knowledge both from books
and from men. He thought on deep and timely
subjects. He had convictions and could command
the attention of others in their expression. One
term of service he was called to render in the
legislature of our state, not to mention other,
positions of trust and honor bestowed by the
confidence and call of his fellow citizens.
He loved the Church of the Reformation. His
loyalty evinces the noblest type. the call to
public worship was for him the call of God. No
siren voice of indifference or selfish ease
could defraud his soul, or discredit his faith by leaving, his pew vacant. He honored God with
work and worship. We wish that the best men
might live forever. They do. They never die.
They quit a certain post and place but they
Mr. Rowe is survived by his widowed wife and
by two sons - Victor and Samuel. Mourned by these
and many relatives he was laid to rest in the
Lutheran Cemetery of this place.
The funeral services were held in the
Lutheran Church on Friday morning at ten
o'clock, Rev. Charles Reinewald, D. D., his
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Rowe, and would like to see him
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