H.C. Emerson

Submitted by Donnie Pickard

Van Buren County Democrat
July 11, 1909 p2 c3


Hon H.C. Emerson departed this life at the home of his son Robert in Wheeler Township on June 2nd.

Mr. Emerson was born in Georgia and removed to this state many years ago. He was a Confederate soldier, and won a high reputation as being always ready for duty no matter how perilous. He came to this county about 1880 and established his home on the banks of the Little Red. Twas there that he suffered the irreparable loss of his whole family, except two sons, Robert and William, by drowning in the great overflow of 1888.

In 1890, he was nominated by the democrats for representative and was triumphantly elected over the 3rd party, which for six years had controlled elections in the county. He was an attentive member and his services were greatly appreciated by his constituents, especially his successful efforts to establish a fencing district a long the river in the eastern portion of the county. He was not a candidate for re-nomination and never held any other public office.

He was a man of energy and his life was devoted to the up building of his country, its churches and schools.

The funeral services were conducted by the Masonic fraternity, of which he was a faithful member, and was the most largely attended funeral service ever held in the western portion of the county. At his request his body was laid to rest by the side of the loved wife and children who perished in the flood years ago. Peace to his ashes.

The Democrat extends condolences to the sorrowing members of the family who survive.