The hearts of the people of Newberry were made very sad when it was
said "Major Suber is paralyzed." And the sadness was deepened when word
came: "Major Suber is dead." Small hopes were entertained from the first
of his recovery, but it was not thought that he would die so soon. I do
not think that any man ever lived in the village or town of Newberry, more
personally popular, or more deserving to be so, than Christian H. Suber.
In society and at the Bar, with old and young; with the high and low, Mr.
Suber was a favorite. He retained his youthfulness, cheerfulness and
vivacity of manner to the last.
He was an able and conscientious
lawyer, and carefully studied his case's and weighed the evidence both for
against his side of the case. Besides his abilIty as a lawyer be
was well read in literature generally and was a splendid Shaksperian
scholar. In the tone of his mind, and in its evenly balanced make up, be
reminded me much of Chancellor Job Johnstone. I thought he would have made
a good Judge, and some years ago I said some words to him to that effect.
But whether he ever entertained such tbought, or had any ambition to be a
Judge, I do not know.
To the many beautiful things that were said of
him at the Memorial Meeting, to be published in a neat memorial volume, I
can add nothing. The following lines, at the request of a friend, were
soon after his death, but not read at the meeting:
MEMORIAM - C. H. SUBER
I miss him; has he gone away?
0, who can tell me where my friend
I saw him, yes, 'twas only yesterday,
Now he is gone, and
I am here alone.
I call him, but he does not hear;
I speak his name
in friendship's tenderest tone.
Is he far off? Far off or very
He answers not and so he must be gone.
Friend of my youth! All
miss him here.
Night came apace and all his work was done;
he rests in some far happier sphere;
But 0, I miss him so since he has
Mr. Suber was the son of Solomon Suber, and was born near
Pomaria, in Newberry District, on the 4th day of September, 1828, and died
at his home in Newberry on the 12th day of March, 1890, from a stroke of
paralysis which he received on the 23d of February, 1890.
The house in
which he was born is still standing and is occupied by Mr. W M. Berly at
He entered the South Carolina College in 1845 and graduated in
1848; read law and was admitted to the Bar in 1850, in December - formed a
partnership with Silas Johnstone, Esq., and began the practice of the law
at Newberry. He continued practice at Newberry until his death, without
intermission except the period of the war.
He was elected to the State
Legislature in 1858 and was member of that body for five consecutive
terms. And again served in the House of Representatives for the term
After the election of his partner, Mr. Johnstone, Commissioner
in Equity in 1856, he formed a partnership with Gen. A. C. Garlington,
which continued for some years. After General Garlington's removal to
Atlanta in 1869, he
formed a partnership with J. F. J. Caldwell, under
name of Suber & Caldwell. This partnership continued until
Mr. Suber's death.
He was Quartermaster in the Confederate service;
with the Army of Northern Virginia, and sometimes in
Charleston. On several occasions he represented the county in State
Conventions, and was a Delegate at Large to the National
1884. He was never married.