In Memory

Burton Calvert - Class Of 1884

At the age of twenty-eight years, with a professional future bright with promise, Burton Turpie Calvert closed his eyes and drifted into eternity Friday night of last week, a victim of hasty consumption. There is sadness and pathos in this death, and no one acquainted with Burton Calvert his ambition and his industry, but mourns the cruel sentence passed upon him. without reserve and executed without pity. He was the son of William H. Calvert and the favorite nephew of Senator David Turpie to whom his death will come as a personal grief. When a mere lad the spark of ambition kindled in him, and a backward, awkward boy he entered the Delphi high school. He was a model pupil and an untiring worker at his books. Graduating from the high school in 1884 he entered DePauw university from which institution he graduated in l888. He then went to Washington where he remained several months acting as private secretary to his uncle. Senator Turpie. He had chosen the law as his held of labor for life and be relinquished the temptation of life in Washington, with its charms and fascinations, and came to Delphi where he entered the law office of Smith & Julien, Mr. Julien having been his preceptor in the high school and enjoying his greatest confidence. At the expiration of a year he went to Fort Wayne, where his unflagging industry, his ability and his promise, commended him to Judge Allan Zollars, ex-judge of the state supreme court, and in less than two years Judge Zollars offered him a partnership, the firm name being Zollars & Calvert. So unceasingly did the young man apply himself that when he came to his old home near this city a few months ago his health was impaired and his condition gave his friends much anxiety. He went north in the hope of receiving benefit but was disappointed. He came home and after struggling several months with a relentless enemy he died. Delphi never sent a son out into the world to fight the great battle of life who gave greater promise of success and fame than Burton Calvert. Mentally he was superbly equipped. He had a judicial mind. To this was coupled an untiring industry. It was this constant application that brought an end to his career long before his sun had reached its meridian. But for his devotion to his books Burton Calvert would be alive today. He knew no recreation but labor and in it found his greatest enjoyment. The attorneys at the Fort Wayne bar appreciated the young man's worth from his first appearance in that city and received the announcement of his death with sorrow. It was Burton Calvert's greatest desire to succeed in life and repay as far as money could his devoted father whose sacrifices and love had enabled him to secure an education. His mother died when he was in college leaving him and his father alone. And who can measure the weight of the burden upon that parent's heart as he stood by the grave of his beloved boy in whom his hope and pride was centered. But his sorrow is sacred, let us not intrude upon it. The funeral was held from the residence Sunday at one o'clock, services conducted by Rev. W. T. VanCleve and interment in the Masonic cemetery. Delphi Journal November 2, 1893