Barber County Kansas
Died, at his residence in Corwin, Kansas, of heart failure, on the morning of the 11th of November 1903, Joseph P. Hardesty.
Mr. Hardesty was a man that spread sunshine and gladness wherever he went and if one had the blues nothing was better than to meet him, to drive them away, for he was always in a good humor and ready to say or do something to make one forget that he ever had the blues. He was one of those cheerful persons who never seemed to allow anything to cloud or obscure the bright side of everything. It was a great satisfaction to even have the privilege of shaking hands with him for there was a warmth and social feeling about him that even a hand shake would convey it to others. He had a large and valued acquaintance and to know him was to like him. There are not enough such men in the world, and when we lose one of them the loss is that much greater. He had been a Mason for a long time, and had been a member of Charity Lodge at Hazelton for about two years.
He leaves a wife and a large family of children (most of whom are grown) and a large number of relatives to mourn his sudden taking off.
He enlisted in the services of his country at the outbreak of the rebellion, and served through the war. Coming home, he returned as most of the soldiers did, to his former line of business, and had not only made a good living for his large family, but had managed to lay by some for a rainy day.
Joseph Hardesty will not only be missed by his immediate friends and relatives but by a large number of persons who had become well acquainted with him through business relations. He was a man ever ready to stretch forth a helping hand to one in need, and we can call to mind more than one occasion where he has come to the help of some one in distress and in need of help. It is the life of such men that makes this world a better place to live in.
The bereaved family and friends have the heartfelt sympathy of a very large number of persons in this, their of grief.
A Sympathizing Friend.
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