Jervis McEntee Diaries

Saturday July 2, 1887

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, July 2, 1887, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Saturday, July 2, 1887 The weather still excessively hot. The undertaker came to fortify my poor fathers remains by some process in view of the extremely hot weather. Dr. Magee came to see me yesterday and I told him about my father, how he died firm in the faith he had always held and for which in earlier days he had battled strenuously but that later he felt that all denominations were tending in his direction which was a great satisfaction to him. We had the funeral at 5 oclock, Dr Magee conducting the services which were simple and in good taste. He referred to my father as the patriarch of this community and paid a high tribute to his earnest and good life, [?] the respect in which he was held has shown in the fact that without any consultation all the flags in the city were at half mast, an honor usually reserved for distinguished public men or great soldiers. I presume there were about an hundred people present among them Jansen Hasbrouck, Mr & Mrs. Crane Mr & Mrs W. B. Fitch, Henry & Miss Legrand, Abbey, E Tomkins & wife, Mrs Lindsley, Mrs Cantine, S. D. Coykendall & wife and many others among them Katy Leonard who used [?]

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