In Memory

John A. Cartwright

The morning has its delights and its enticements; the noon has its triumphs and its satisfactions, but there are a charm and a tranquility and a spiritual uplift about the close of day that belong to neither." So wrote John Burroughs in "Growing Old Without Regret." The lines are most appropriate in writing of John A, Cartwright, who, after ninety years of a busy, useful, worthwhile life, came to "the close of day" last Saturday, November 20, 1920. John A. Cartwright was born November 17, 1830, in Trumbull county, Ohio. He spent his early days there and attended Mt. Union Seminary at Mt. Union, 0. In 1852 he entered Indiana University, graduating there in 1855. A few years ago Mr. Cartwright attended his class reunion at Indiana University and at that time there were but three living members of the class. Following his graduation he took up the profession of teaching and was principal of the Delphi schools. In 1868 he was elected mayor of Delphi, being the second to hold that office. In 1870 he was elected treasurer of Carroll county and in 1874 he was re-elected to that office by a large majority. In 1884, he was elected representative to the state legislature and served with credit to himself and with satisfaction to his constituents. In 1892 he became identified with the banking business in Carroll county. Some years later, in company with E. W. Bowen and others, he organized the bank of E. W. Bowen & Co. This institution was successful from the start. Later, it was changed to a state bank and took the name of "The Delphi State Bank." Mr. Cartwright has been its president for many years and has kept in close touch with the business, although not always able to be in his office. In 1861, John A. Cartwright and Susannah Hiett, of Tippecanoe county, were married. To them were born five children: Jessie, John H., George 0., Mary and Josephine. Only two are living—John H., of this city, and Mrs. Josephine Ives, with whom he lived. Mrs. Cartwright died many years ago. Besides the two children, he leaves his daughter-in-law, Mrs. George 0. Cartwright and five grandchildren, Mary, Joseph and John H., children of Mrs. Ives, and John A. and Willard, sons of Mrs. Cartwright. Mr. Cartwright celebrated his ninetieth birthday Wednesday, November 17, at the home of his son, John H. Cartwright. His children and grandchildren were with him. It had been his desire to pass his ninetieth birthday and this goal was reached. The day following he complained of feeling "tired' and said that he preferred to remain in his bed. On the evening of November 20th, when his daughter went to give him a drink previous to retiring for the night, she found that death had come as he slept. Like a weary pilgrim, after a long journey, he had laid down to rest. Such was the passing of John A. Cartwright from our midst. Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Walmer and Dr. Metz, of Bluff ton; Dr. W. F. Switzer, of Greencastle; Mrs. T. Reid Zeigler, of Attica; Mrs. Onie Cartwright Johnson, of Brookston, were among those from out of the city who came to attend the funeral. The funeral services were held at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, at the family residence. Rev. Robert 0. Kimberlin, of the Methodist church, officiated. Dr. Switzer, of Greencastle, and Elder E. C. Wells, of this city, a neighbor and friend of Mr. Cartwright, assisted in the services. E, O. Grimm sang "Lead Kindly Light." The pall bearers were E. W. Bowen, J. P. Wason, J. W;. Acheson, John Todd, James Smock and Dr. Albert Clauser. Interment was made in the Masonic cemetery.

Delphi Carroll County Citizen Times November 27, 1920