Clipped From The Appleton Crescent
AS OtD BE'l'lXEB DEPABTS. Death of Abner C. Xkarllngf. On Monday, Sept. 20, 1880, at his res idence, in the town of Urand Chute, near this city, Abner C. Darling, for more than 40 years a resident of Wis consin, over 30 of which were spent in this city, departed this life at the age of nearlv 08 years. This death created a profound sensa tion among the old settlers, all of whom were' personally acquainted 'with the deceased. Mr. Darling was born near Rome, X. Y, October 29, 1812, went with bis father's family, a very large one. to Michigan, when" he was a boy, in 1825 was married in Western New York to Miss Nancy A. Green, at the residence of her uncle, Robert Green, wno nas resided with Mr. Darlmjf for many years, and still survives him at an advanced advanced age; emigrated in 1840 with bis wife and their only daughter, now Mrs. L. S. Coiman, of Milwaukee, to the very new village of Bacine ; remov ed in 1850 to Appleton, then almost a dense forest, and speedily erected a store on College Avenue, which still stands with its red front as one of the few land marks left of Appleton s ear ly days, and embarked in business. His wife, a most estimable lady, died in the spring of 1807, and some years subset quently he married Miss Sarah Green; daughter of Robert Green, who with three children survives him. Only two of his'brothers are living, Henry Dar ling of Fox Lake, Wisconsin, and Franklin Darling, of Minnesota. , The great fire of 1873. which swept the old Crescent Hotel, and many oth er business buildings, originated in the building he then occupied, about where Shroeder's furniture now stands, and destroyed $4,000 worth of uninsured goods. This loss, with the subsequent depreciation of real estate that followed followed the great panic of 1873, left him nearly penniless, and from that time to his death it has been a constant strug gle with financial disappointment, and disaster, until the strong man succumbed. succumbed. Always active, ever seeking to rise above the pressure of events, he has commanded sympathy and respect, and this announcements his demise elicited on every hand the most earnest regrets. Mr. Darling, during nearly all the years of bis manhood, was an active, yet unobtrusive communicant in the Methodist Episcopal church, and all who knew him intimately will bear tes timony that he was sincere and sought to do right. f On Wednesday a large number of citizens and friends, including most of his old neighbors, gathered at his dwelling to pay their last tribute of re spect to his gentiine.wortb, and on that beautiful autumnal day, they placed his remains in ' their resting place, Riverside cemetery, his life work all done, his eternity begun.