Lucius M. Baldwin was born at Burlington, February 24, 1869, and met his untimely death at Coffeyville, Oct. 5, 1892. At the age of three years his father entered the Methodist itineraney, and thereafter for 17 years, Lucius had a parsonage home. The fifth charge served by Rev. Baldwin was Coffeyville, the scene of the late tragedy. Here father and son impressed their personality by self-forgetful devotion to others. He recieved a good education in the public schools, and attended Baker University for a time. He possessed a natural business tact, and had he lived would have doubtless reached eminent success. Commercially, at the time of his death he was head clerk with Read Brothers, a large merchantile establishment of Coffeyville. He was an active christian worker, a devoted harter member of the Epworth League, of this city. He was for a time president of the League at Coffeyville. The members of this place attended in a body his funeral--one of the largest ever held in this city. Of Lucius it was truly said he was a young man of correct habits of life, of good deportment, loved by his companions because of the graces of character that were his, affable in spirit, ambitious in aims of clean speech, and his lips unfouled by profanity, tobacco or strong drink. As he lived, so he died--for others.What was secured by the death of the Coffeyville citizens was of immeasurable worth to the whole country, the ending of criminal careers that would doubtless have caused the loss of much property and the loss of many more innocent lives, had they escaped. Sad indeed that a beautiful and prominent young life like that of Lucius Baldwin, should have to go out at the hands of a Dalton villain.
The words used as text on the occasion of his funeral were: "As a man falleth before wicked men, so fellest thou, and all the people wept again over him." I.Sam.iii-34.
The afflicted ones have the sencere sympathy of the entire community.
Copied from microfilm roll: M122A of The Coffeyville Journal, 21 October, 1892. Microfilm located at the Coffeyville Public Library, Coffeyville, Ks.
|Contributed by Laura McAnarney-Hilderbrand|