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Charles L. Holley is called by death
Life of suffering ended at 8 o´clock last night
Deceased was nearly a Life Member of Primitive Baptist church--A good citizen.
Charles L. Holley, one of the best known residents of the country, died last evening at 8 o´clock at the Paris hospital, where he has been a patient for many weeks. At the time of death the deceased was 79 years of age.
Originally a strong, robust man, Mr. Holley some years ago was attacked by a complication of ailments which left him almost a physical wreck. His condition seemed so bad that it was deemed best to secure him entrance to the Paris hospital where he could secure nursing and attendance which could not be given in lodgings. He fared fairly well until a few days ago when he began to sink rapidly. The physicians and nurses realized the end was approaching. Yesterday morning he was visited by Mr. W. E. Redman, an old friend and aquaintance. The sick man did not recognise his caller and it was then recognized that the sands of his life were fast running out. He continued to sink until the hour named when the last slender cord binding to earth snapped asunder and the aged invalid was at rest.
The subject of this sketch was born in Vigo county, Ind., July 26th, 1840. When quite young he moved with his parents to Edgar county and settled in Elbridge township. During his residence there he followed the trade of a blacksmith during the intervals of farm work which was his life avocation.
He was married to Miss Emily Elledge in the year 1865. She passed away sometime during the year 1874. Two sons and one daughter born to the union died in early life. One son survives, William Victor, residing in New York. One grandson, Lee A., a member of the British air service, is stationed at Torongto, Canada. Walter Holley, a grandson, is lately deceased. There is also one great granddaughter, Joan.
Mr. Holley was an earnest and devoted member of the Primitive Baptist church and endeavored to live his religion in daily life. Some time during the 80´s Mr. Holley was elected sheriff of Edgar county and removed from the farm to assume the duties of his office.
During his term a murder was committed in the county. The guilty man was apprehended and placed in the jail. He was tried and condemned to death by hanging. As sheriff, it was Mr. Holley´s duty to officiate the execution. Many of his friends contend that the shock caused by being compelled to take the life of a human being was partly responsible for the breakdown which came later on.
Mr. William Holley was notified of his father´s condition and at once left for Paris. He will probably arrive some time today.
After the demise the remains were removed to the Cook undertaking rooms and prepared for burial.

Jan. 22, 1919
Charles L. Holley Dies at Hospital
Charles L. Holley, 79 years old, ex-sheriff of Edgar county, died at 8 o'clock Tuesday evening at the Paris hospital, where he had been a patient for several months. His condition had been critical for the past few days.
The deceased was the son of John and Sarah (Kirby) Holley and was born in Vigo county, Ind., July 26, 1840. His father, who was a blacksmith by trade, was foully murdered while in his shop, at night, by a man named Eli Sparks, in 1842, near Swango. The assassin was afterwards sent to the penitentury. The mother did not long survive her husband, dying in Elbridge township.
In 1865 he was united in marriage to Miss Emily, a daughter of Isaac Eldridge, one of the pioneers of Symmes township. She died in 1873. To the union were bore four children, only one of whom survives, William Victor Holley of New York City.
Mr. Holley was married a second time in 1874 to Cornelia Shirar. She died several years ago. In 1876 Mr. Holley was elected sheriff of Edgar county and re-elected at the expiration of his first term.
The deceased is survived by a grandson, Lee A. Holley, a member of the British Air Service, now in Canada and a grand-daaughter, Joan Holley of Paris, Another grandson, Walter Holley, died several months ago.
The funeral will be held at the Cook chapel at any time tomorrow.

[Obit obtained from James Glick, great-great-grandson, paper unknown, conributed by Maura Holley,, great-great-great grandaughter , transcribed by K. L. Ortmann]


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