Then remembered my subscription to Fold3 that I get with my Connecticut Society of Genealogists subscription, which I had never used before. See post about my Fold3 subscription. My search words were: William Frederick Poole + pallbearers. It was so easy and wow, what results. A nice long report about his funeral and the names of all 14 honorary pallbearers.
The deceased was my 2nd great-grandfather, and the person of whom I wrote about in the Longest Obituary I've Ever Seen.
From The Chicago Tribune, March 2, 1894, Page 8
From The Chicago Tribune, March 4, 1894, Page 3
SCHOLARS DO HIM HOMAGE.
They Pay the Last Meed of Affection to
Librarian W. F. Poole.
Funeral services for Dr. William F. Poole, librarian of the Newberry Library, were held yesterday afternoon at
, where he had
lived for many years. A short service of prayer and song was held at the family
residence preliminary to the more formal rites held at the First Congregational
Church at 3 o’clock. At that hour the large edifice was crowded, distinguished
men from all ranks in life, professors from both the Northwestern and Chicago
Universities, officials of both the Newberry and Chicago public libraries, as
well as members of the many literary and cultured organizations with whom Dr.
Poole had been associated, uniting to show their respect for him by their
At 3 o’clock the funeral procession entered the church to the strains of Beethoven’s funeral march. The honorary pallbearers preceded the casket. They were President Henry Wade Rogers of
Dr. Daniel Bonbright, President William R. Harper of Chicago University; H. J.
Willing, trustee of the Newberry Library; Daniel L. Shorey and James L. High of
the Chicago Literary club; Edward G. Mason, President of the Chicago Historical
Society; Norman Williams, trustee of the Crerar Library; Emil G. Hirsch,
President of the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Library; Librarian Frederick
H. Hild; and Edward S. Isham, Franklin MacVeagh, George E. Adams, and John P.
Wilson, the present Board of Trustees of the Newberry Library. Representatives
of the Public Library Board who were present were: John G. Shortall, Pliny B.
Smith, Bernhard Moos, and Secretary W. B. Wickersham. The active pallbearers
were Charles Evans, Dr. Carl Pietssch, and Dr. G. F. Wire, assistants of Dr.
Poole in the Newberry Library, and J. R. Patterson, W. A. Purer, and Reidar
Arentz, who had formerly been assistants in the Chicago Public Library.
The services were opened by the church choir with the hymn, “Beyond the Sighing and the Weeping.” Dr. J. F. Loba read the scripture funeral service and offered prayer. When “The Homeland” had been sun by the choir Dr. Loba said in part:
“Every man lives a twofold life; one is that inner life of the heart with the aims and hopes, the sorrows and joys, the godward life which no one can see. The other is the manward life, the fruit, the product which the man gives to the world and on which his reputation rests. These two do not always coincide—sometimes lack much of it. But the perfect harmony of the two gives to the whole life the force of truth, harmony in the soul, and power to the work of man. The life of our dear friend was peculiarly great in the
Harmony between the ideal and the real. He was a great worker on the highest plane of human activities. He enriched the world of thought, he ruled in the realm of books, and like some great spirit he presided over the very source of human learning. In the midst of our sorrows and through our cares we may thank God for such a man.”
Dr. Franklin Fisk’s Tribute.
Following Dr. Loba an address was given by Dr. Franklin Fisk, President of the Chicago Theological Seminary and a former classmate of Dr. Poole at Yale. He said:
“The sorrowful event that has brought together this large congregation of friends to do honor to one who has for years occupied so large a place in our thoughts and in our esteem is to me peculiarly sad. Dr. Poole was my classmate at Yale. Our acquaintance, which began when we entered that ancient university in 1845, ripened long since into affectionate reward, and through nearly half a century has borne delightful fruitage. When he joined our class a few months after we entered college I well remember the marked impression he made. Although somewhat reserved in manner he had a genial nature and soon made many warm friends. He was old enough when he entered college to appreciate the value of a liberal education, and addressed himself to his studies in a manly way. But while faithful and successful in the studies of the college curriculum, he did not limit himself to them, but pushed his reading and study in all directions, especially in the domain of periodical literature. He early evinced a great love of books and revealed in libraries, and his love and knowledge of books led to his selection by ‘Brothers in Unity,’ a literary society in the college, as librarian of its library of some 12,000 volumes. In this capacity he early discovered a great need of an indeed to general periodical literature—for the supply of which he even then, while yet a college student, addressed himself, and persisted in the great work with marvelous industry and energy through nearly half a century to the very close of his life. The development of his index from its inception is a genuine instance of evolution.
His Work for the Public Library.
“In 1873 he was called to take charge of and to form the Public Library that had just then been organized amidst the ashes of
He fulfilled expectation. Under his supervision the Public Library of Chicago
rapidly increased in well-selected volumes and in adaptation to public use till
it became an equal of the foremost public libraries of our land. The eminence
of Dr. Poole as a librarian led to his selection by the trustees of the
Newberry Library fund when they sought for a competent person into whose hands
to commit the great task of organizing and selecting a reference library that
should stand through the ages; at once a monument to the generosity and
foresight of its founder and a perpetual blessing to the millions who shall
live in the great central city of the continent. Chicago
“Of Dr. Poole’s personal characteristics as a man and a Christian I need not speak at length, for he lived among you many years. In heart he was a true believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and in life he tried faithfully to follow him. He was most highly esteemed and most loved by those who knew him best. This is a sad day for
when two such eminent, honored, and
beloved citizens as the Rev. Dr. Patterson and Dr. Poole and Dr. Poole are
borne away to their burial. But though they will not again walk these beautiful
streets and go in and out among you, yet the thought of what they were will
abide with you and be a constant inspiration to noble living. Had Dr. Poole
lived till next summer it was his purpose and my own to meet with our classmates
at Evanston to
celebrate the forty-fifth anniversary of our graduation from Yale. More than
on-half of our class of nearly 100 have passed from earth, and now this dear
classmate and friend has joined those who had gone before him. With a sore
heart the ‘Farewell’ must be spoken in the sure hope of a blessed greeting at
no distant day.” New Haven
The services closed with the hymn “My Jesus as Thou Wilt,” by the choir. The remains were taken last evening to
for interment. Salem, Mass.
At a meeting of the members of the Newberry Library staff resolutions were unanimously adopted expressive of the esteem in which they held Dr. Poole.