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Submitted 2 Feb 2005
by Lee Freeman

From “Died” Florence Journal, Thursday, July 22, 1869, p. 3.

At his late residence in this town on Sabbath morning, the 18th instant*, Capt. C. A. Tenge, in the sixtieth year of his age.

Captain Tenge was born in the Kingdom of Hanover, Germany, whence he emigrated at an early age to the United States. In 1832 he settled in Tuscumbia, where he resided till 1851, when he moved to Florence, where, as in Tuscumbia, he was much esteemed for his quiet, gentlemanly deportment and probity of character.

Captain Tenge was a useful citizen, and his death is sincerely regretted. His afflicted widow has the condolence of the community in this her day of sorrow. The mortal remains of Capt. Tenge were buried by the side of his son in the Cemetery at Tuscumbia; the benevolent Order of Odd-Fellows of Florence, assisted by their brethren in Tuscumbia, took charge of the body, and consigned it to the silent tomb under the impressive ceremonies of that benevolent brotherhood.

From the Florence Journal, Thursday, July 22, 1869, p. 3.

Tribute of Respect.

At a called meeting of Cypress Lodge, No. 31, I. O. O. F.*, held in the Lodge Room at Florence, on Monday, the 19th of July, A. D. 1869, the following committee, to wit: Geo. W. Karsner, Peter R. Garner and Wm. B. Wood, were appointed to draft resolutions, expressive of the sense of this Lodge, upon the death of our brother C. A. TENGE, who departed this life Sunday, 18th July, inst.** The committee submitted the following report, which was adopted

WHEREAS, Since our regular meeting, and one in which our worthy brother, C. A. TENGE, participated, it has pleased Almighty God, in His inscrutable Providence to remove from us, and from the anxieties and cares of earthly life, our beloved brother and associate C. A. TENGE. Whilst we with becoming resignation bow to the [bar?] of Omnipotence, yet, we with proud satisfaction revert to the exemplary life and good deportment exhibited by him, during his brief affiliation with us. Be it therefore

Resolved, That this Lodge, deeply feeling the loss it has sustained, takes this method of manifesting its bereavement.

Resolved, That this Lodge would convey to his afflicted widow, the sympathising [sic] expression of its condolence, and tender to her the warmest assurance of an Odd Fellow’s sympathy, in this sad hour of her bereavement.

Resolved, That as a mark of respect to our deceased brother, the Regalia of our Lodge be clothed in mourning for Thirty days, and that the members of this Lodge wear the badge of mourning some length of time.

Resolved, That these Resolutions be entered upon the minutes of the Lodge, also a copy of the same furnished the widow, and that the FLORENCE JOURNAL and North Alabamian and Times, be requested to publish the same in their next issue.