Charles Henry Ley | 1866-1925
This blog series explores the lives of Ley ancestors as revealed in their obituaries. Much of this information was gathered during a March 2011 research trip to Tuscarawas and Harrison counties in Ohio. A scan of the obituary is available at the bottom of this post.
From the The Daily Reporter (Dover, Ohio), Monday, Nov. 23, 1925 (front page):
Charles Ley Drops Dead At His Home
Body of Former County Treasurer Found by Wife Sunday Morning
Well Known in County
Funeral Wednesday, Burial at Port Washington
Charles H. Ley, 59, former county treasurer, died suddenly Sunday of a heart attack at his home at 177 East Ave., New Philadelphia.
His body was found by his wife, Minnie E. Ley, shortly after 9 o’clock Sunday morning.
Mr. Ley, who was a traveling salesman, returned home Saturday night, apparently in the best of health. Sunday morning he was engaged in doing chores about his home.
He had carried a garden hose to the barn at the rear of his home and when he did not reappear, Mrs. Ley went to investigate and found his dead body.
Mr. Ley had been subject to heart attacks, however, and had been warned a year ago by his physician to retire, but refused to heed the warning.
BORN AT BAKERSVILLE
Mr. Ley was born at Bakersville but spent most of his life at Port Washington before moving to New Philadelphia.
He was employed for 16 years as traveling salesman by the J. B. Haynes Co. of Pittsburgh, resigning when he was elected county treasurer. He served two terms as treasurer and then returned to his work as traveling salesman.
He had been ten years in the employ of the Pittsburgh Dry Goods Co., whose representative he was up until the time of his death.
Mr. Ley was widely known and was prominent in Democratic political circles in Tuscarawas Co. for the last 25 years, having served as county chairman for several terms.
Mr. Ley had a wide circle of friends and his agreeable and energetic manner won him high regard wherever he was known.
He leaves his widow and two sons, Lester H. Ley and Dr. R. E. Ley, both of Dover, and one daughter, Miss Erma, at home.
There are also five grandchildren surviving and three brothers and one sister, as follows:
Howard Ley, of Punxatawney, Pa.; Louis Ley, of Dover; Albert Ley, of New Philadelphia; and Mrs. E. F. Wible, of Dover.
Funeral will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. from the home, Rev. J. E. Weinland of the First Moravian Church of Dover officiating. Burial will be at Port Washington.
What else was going on in the world on Nov. 22, 1925? The Galloping Ghost, Red Grange, signed a professional contract with Chicago, and football was never the same. Only a few weeks earlier, cosmic rays were discovered, water skis were patented and jazz legend Louis Armstrong was captured on the first of his Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings.