CHARLES CLEMENT DAN OF MERCHANTS DIED LAST NIGHT
From the Colon Express newspaper, August 14, 1930: “Charles Clement, pioneer businessman and veteran, passed away last night at 10:015. Mr. Clement has been growing more feeble this winter as the weeks passed, and it was plain to be seen the end of life’s journey was drawing to a close. He had been confined to his home the past week but able to be about the house some of the time until Wednesday afternoon when his condition became serious and his sons, Ralph and Forney, of Ann Arbor, were called to be with their father at a late hour last night.
Mr. Clement was one of the few remaining Civil War veterans in this township, having an enviable record as a soldier and in late years enjoyed rehearsing happenings of that memorable event. He was undoubtedly the oldest resident of our town, and would have reached his ninetieth year in few weeks.
While Mr. Clement retired from active duty several years ago, he was for many years a foremost businessman of Colon, operating a general store, the Clement double store being well known. He was also interested in the Lamb Knit Goods Company, being its president for many years, retiring from that responsibility only a few years ago. He was active in all thing relating to the progress of the town and community until advanced age would not permit.
The funeral services will be held at the home Friday afternoon at one o’clock and burial will be made in the Leonidas cemetery in the family lot.
Mr. Clement was a life member of the Masonic fraternity which organization will have charge of the service. All business places will close during the service in respect to the dean of Colon merchants.
Further particulars regarding this worthy citizen will be given next week.”