Marriage Notes for Frank Edwin CREAMER and Hazel Mildred PERSONETTE-6
married by Rev Daniel Ryan.
Burton Seymour MABEE
Notes for Burton S. Mabee:
(From "Fayette County, Indiana" by Barrows, P. 493)
"Alquina Lodge No. 456, Knights of Pythias, was instituted on March 11, 1898, with thirty-six charter members. The first officers were as follow: S.E. Gordin, chancellor commander; C.A. Loper, master of work; Ross Thomas, vice-chancellor; W. Lair, prelate; B.S. Maybee, master-at-arms; Guy L. Thomas, inner guard; William Dungan, outer guard; L.C. Titterington, keeper of records and seal. "
(News article in "Connersville Evening News," Feb 7, 1910)
BURTON S. MABEE
Was in Mail Car in Monon Wreck Early Sunday Morning
Burton S. Mabee, a railway mail clerk of this city, was in the baggage car of a Monon train, south bound from Chicago early yesterday morning, when the engine, the baggage car and the mail car were wrecked by what is called a "side swipe" collision with a freight engine. The freight train had pulled upon a siding but was not entirely clear of the main track. The passenger train was just approaching the town of Monon, Indiana, when the wreck occurred. The passenger engine, the mail coach and the baggage coach were all derailed.
The passenger engine was badly damaged and the two cars which were derailed with it were also damaged, though to a less extent. Mr. Mabee, who was the only local man in with the accident, was not hurt.
(Funeral sermon given by Rev. Joseph G. Moore of First Methodist Church, Connersville, Indiana on November 19, 1946)
Text-Psalm 49:18- "Men praise thee when thou doest well."
..."My youth comes back to me.
And a verse of a Lapland song
Is haunting my memory still:
'A boy's will is the wind's will;
And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts.
I remember the gleams and glooms that dart
Across the school-boy's brain;
The song and the silence in the heart,
That in part are prophecies, and in part
Are longings wild and vain.
And the voice of that fitful song
Sings on, and is never still.
A boy's will is the wind's will,
And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts."
On the day this man passed to his reward members of the family showed me the Commencement Oration written by him upon his graduation form the Alquina Public Schools. I was impressed by the beauty of his penmanship, and more so, by the long, long thoughts of his youth. The key to his entire life was also found in that oration. I quote several parts of it:
"Work! Work! Work! I repeat it sir, we must work! If we ever intend to amount to anything in this world we have got to do it by honest, earnest effort. No matter what profession we are going to follow in after life we must labor with all our might and main, in order that we may be prepared to fill that place as it should be filled.
"Therefore if we ever wish to be of any importance we have got to work for it, just as a man, when he wishes to reap a bountiful harvest, he must begin work with the first opening of spring and continue to work until the crops are all gathered into the storehouse. So it is with us. If we wish to succeed in life we must begin in the springtime of life and constantly labor until we reach the goal."
Mr. Mabee is a fine example of the successful American toiler. The preparation he made in his youth and the toil of his entire life has flowered into the good harvest we praise today. He labored true to his high ideals and reached the goal of honor and public trust and the high esteem of his fellow citizens. Best of all was the deep respect and love of those bound to him by ties of family. His duties took him from home a good portion of his married life but the past few years were kind to him as they were lived with his loved ones and he past (sic) to his reward in the midst of their affectionate care and devotion.
Mr. Mabee was a high type of public servant. His duties as a Railway Mail Clerk were exacting and the work was hard. The introduction of Parcel Post increased his duties considerably. And the days away from home robbed him of many comforts his heart desired. There was no Christmas for him. That season of the year that brings joy to millions brought exhausting toil to him. After his days of retirement he was elected to public office. It was only justice to him and a tribute also, that he was re-elected while confined to his bed with a fatal illness.
His greatest success was his fine moral character. This achievement was the one most greatly appreciated by his loved ones. He inspired their confidence whether away from home or in their midst. His faithful wife is bereft of a devoted husband and his splendid daughters mourn a true father. Yet they thank God that husband and father was the type of man he was.
Friends and fellow citizens have come to assure the family of the high place Mr. Mabee occupied in the community and in their hearts. Tokens of their appreciation are visible all about us. One and all voice our text "Men praise thee for thou doest well."
"You are not dead-Life has but set you free!
Your years of life were like a lovely song,
The last sweet poignant notes of which, held long,
Passed into silence while we listened, we
Who loved you listened expectantly!
And we about you whom you moved among
Would feel that grief for you were surely wrong -
You have but passed beyond where we can see.
"For us who knew you, dread of age is past!
You took life, tiptoe, to the very last;
It never lost for you its lovely look;
You kept your interest in its thrilling book;
To you Death came no conqueror; in the end -
You merely smiled to greet another friend!"
Roselle Mercier Montgomery
BIOGRAPHY: Burton Mabee was born Burton SALOM, according to the 1880 census. He is living at that time in the household of his grandparents, Robert and Martha Maybee (Mabee) in Fayette County, Indiana. Apparenly they later adopted him, or else he simply took their surname. Who was his father? There are no persons named SALOM in Indiana or Ohio in the 1880 census; however, there are three men named SELM (sometimes pronounced "SELL-um") living close enough to Fayette County, Indiana to have possibly been Burton's father. Two are in Franklin County (Oscar, age 25 and married and Henry, age 23 and single) and the other is in Wayne County (John, age 22.) While we may never know the name of Burton's father, it is my theory that one of these Selms may have been.
CENSUS: In the 1880 census, Burton is listed as Burton SALOM, grandson of Robert Maybee and Martha Hood.
CENSUS: In the 1920 census, there is a Hilda Weaver lodging with Burton Mabee's family. Hilda's occupation is listed as "bookkeeper in a notion store." Hilda later married Park Snyder, the younger brother of Burton Mabee's wife Augusta.
Augusta "Gussie" SNYDER
MRS. MABEE HOSTESS
Mrs. Bert Mabee, last night, entertained the members of J.W. Faulkner's Sunday school class. The following persons were present: Mesdames Earl Crandel, George Volkert, Carl Carter and Alton Trusler and Misses Inez Pigman, Maude Griffin, Ruby Rude, Edith Belden, Mayme Volkert and Josephine Strong. The class was organized into a literary club, which was named the Fortnightly Club. Mrs. George Volkert was chosen president; Mrs. Alton Trusler, vice president, and Miss Maude Griffin secretary. The first meeting will be held at Miss Edith Belden's home, on March 31st.
Mrs. Mabee caused every guest to have a pleasant evening. Aside from the work of organizing the club the occasion was a delightful one socially. Excellent refreshments were served. (From "The Social Whirl" column of The Connersville Evening News, Saturday, March 21, 1908.)
James Florince "Flaura" CREAMER
CENSUS: In the 1910 census, James reports that this is his 2nd marriage.
OBITUARY: "The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour.
"Now is the only time you own; live, love, toil with a will; place no faith in tomorrow, for the clock may then be still.
"The death messenger has again called in the community and this time it summoned a prominent and highly respected citizen in the person of James Florence (sic) Creamer. Mr. Creamer was a son of Joseph and Mary Creamer and was born in Catawba, Ohio, March 16, 1854, and his passing occurred from the home of his daughter in East Fifth Street April 30, 1924.
"June 30, 1886 he and Mrs. Elizabeth M. Cockefair were united in marriage. Three children came to bless this couple. One little girl, Ruth, died at the early age of fifteen months but a daughter Mrs. Jess E. McFall and a son Frank E. Creamer together with the widow and six grandchildren survive. One sister Mrs. Mary E. Hunt of Springfield, O. also survives.
"Mr. Creamer was a member of the Main Street M.E. Church and was a director of the Home Loan Association of Connersville at the time of his death and had held this position for several years. For fourteen years he was Assessor of Connersville Township and a number of years ago, he owned and operated a music store in Connersville. Being a lover of music, he found such enjoyment with his violin and piano and good music always touched the tender chords of his nature. By trade, Mr. Creamer was a carpenter, contractor and builder and he was a very neat and efficient workman.
"Honesty was one of the fundamental principles of Mr. Creamer's life and what quality of character could be more essential than this? May these children ever cherish the noble traits of his character as an inheritance of most valuable worth and as the family will now ever think of this loved one as being with his Redeemer in a better world. May it be an incentive to them to be brave, for
"There shall be peace for all of us to share, "Long days of rest and nights that bring no woe; "Laughter and love and friendship wait us there
"In that far world to which we all must go.
"There, when our sould break from their walls of clay,
"That which is best in us shall find full sway."
(From an handwritten obituary now in the possession of Karen Creamer)
Elizabeth Mary SEHI
CENSUS: In the 1910 census, Elizabeth reports that this is her 2nd marriage.
Marriage Notes for James Florince "Flaura" CREAMER and Elizabeth Mary SEHI-19
married by T H Kinch, Minister
Ruth Marie CREAMER
CENSUS: In the 1910 census, Elizabeth reports that she has had three children and two are still living.