Barber County Kansas
After an illness of twenty-eight days, Augustus Bellamy Reynolds passed away at his home near Hazelton, Kansas, October 14, 1903.
The old empire state of the union is his native place. He was born near the picturesque little city of Glenn Falls, on the 27th day of October, 1827, the family having been one of distinction and long residence in that state. Ancestors of the family took a prominent part in the war of the revolution and the war of 1812. James Greene Reynolds, father of our subject, was a soldier of the war of 1812, serving under General Wool. His mother was a member of the well known Greene family of Connecticut a number of whose members were valiant soldiers and officers in the revolution.
In 1853 Mr. Reynolds was united in marriage to Margaret A. Holden at Hamilton, Canada. Three sons and two daughters survive him, viz: George H., Frederick W., and Holden A., Mrs. Wm. Jarvis, of Hamilton, Canada, and Augusta Reynolds.
He was a member of the American Secular Union and Freethought Federation. He was a champion of education and intellectual development. His mind open to the light of reason and he gave free expression to the convictions brought him.
For the first time in many long years he has failed to respond to the roll call for life's duty; for the first time his heart fails to give its response of sympathy and kindness to his fellow men; for the first time his hands fail to extend to perform the home duties previously so faithfully performed. He has not suffered defeat; he did the best he could and all he could. To have made the most of our opportunities, to have improved our minds and the minds of those about us, we have loved and cherished those dependent upon us to have dealt kindly with our friends and honestly with our neighbors and charitably with strangers, to have rejoiced with the fortunate and happy, to decrease the sum of human misery, to have bettered humanity - this is the grandest achievement of man.
"So the multitude goes like the flower or the weed,
That withers away to let others succeed.
The young and the old, and the low and the high,
Shall moulder to dust, and together shall lie."
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