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Obituary of M Boland

1918 Nov 25    Fort Wayne News Sentinel

M. Boland, Prominent Auburn Resident Dead

Had Served as Recorder of Dekalb County for Eight Years
Auburn, Ind, Nov  25

M. Boland one of Auburn's well known and highly esteemed citizens, died at 5 o'clock Sunday morning, after an illness continuing for several months brought on by constant hard work and a close application to his  business.

The news of his death has cast a gloom over the community for he has long been one of the prominent figures in this city always identified with church and civic affairs, and by reason of his long acquaintance with the public his genial, courteous and companionable ways made him eminently successful in his business career and won for him a good name and a legion of friends throughout northeastern Indiana.

Mr. Boland was born at Toledo Dec.18 1854 and when but a baby sixteen months old, while playing he fell asleep on the Michigan Southern and Northern Indiana railroad tracks and a passing train cut off his left arm. After grown up he attended the public parochial schools and finished with a business course in a Toledo college.

He came to DeKalb county in 1872, after having learned telegraphy and accepted a position with the Lake Shore as agent at Corunna in which place he continued until the fall of 1876 when he was the choice of the democrats of the county for the office of recorder which position he filled for eight years.  After completing his term of office he became identified with the banking interests of Auburn and in 1885 he was appointed postmaster by President Cleveland, which place he held four years.

For a time Mr. Boland was associated with the old Zimmer Manufacturing company and also was a partner in the hardware and implement business conducted under the name of Brown Culbertson and Boland.

During the past fifteen years he had been associated with C M Brown In the DeKalb Mortgage and Loan company, doing an extensive real estate and insurance business, as well as banking, serving as president of the Institution. For many years he had served as a member of the Auburn school board and only resigned from that position a few months ago, after his health had broken down.

When the V M C A in this city was elected by the late Charles Boland and his son, Frank,  Mr. Boland acted as their confidential secretary and adviser, and it is to his credit that the Y M C A and Eckhart public library now stand as living monuments to the generosity of these splendid men he was also instrumental in securing the donation from Mr. McIntosh of the lot on which, the new McIntosh High School is now under course of construction.
Since early manhood Mr. Boland had been an active member of the I O O F lodge and was also a member of the knights of Pythias lodge for many years he was always active in church work and was a member of the official board of the M E. Church at his death and also a member of the Commercial Club.  

Mr. Roland was married Oct 11, 1875 to Miss Lettie McMillen, and to them two children were born, Jessie H and George.

The former became the wife of Frank Eckhart but preceded her father in death several years ago The son is a resident of Old Mexico and being afflicted with lung trouble will not be able to return to this climate to attend the funeral. An adopted daughter Miss Jessie and the bereaved wife with a host of friends and relatives are left to mourn his departure.

Funeral services will be held from the ate residence, on North Main street Thursday afternoon and Interment will take place in Woodlawn.

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