Rynd L. Strattan
MT. VERNON’S OLDEST MERCHANT DIED SUDDENLY IN FLORIDA
Stroke of Apoplexy Proves Fatal for R. L. Strattan; Began
Business Career in Mt. Vernon in 1867; Long a Leading Citizen.
Rynd L. Strattan, for nearly half a century a prominent merchant
of Mt. Vernon , and who had been longer in business in this city
than any other citizen, died last evening at Gulf Port , Florida
following a stroke of apoplexy.
Mr. and Mrs. Strattan had been spending the winter in Florida as
had been their practice for a number of years. Mr. Strattan, despite
the fact that he was 74 years old, was in good health until he suffered
the stroke of apoplexy which caused his death. It was the second stroke
of the kind he had sustained, but he had told his family that when the
end came it would come suddenly.
Keith T. Strattan left for Florida , Sunday evening, on learning of his
father’s illness, but did not reach Gulf Port until after the death.
No citizen of Mt. Vernon stood higher and was more generally respected
than the veteran merchant who died last evening.
His business career was a remarkable one. He embarked in the hardware
business in this city in 1867 and has been an active merchant continuously
until a few years ago when his two sons took charge of the business. Although
Mr. Strattan’s business greatly increased in volume during later years, he
never moved from the section on Ninth street where he had located, a few months
after becoming a merchant.
For nearly fifty years now this business has been conducted in the same location.
It now bears the name R. L. Strattan’s Sons.
Mr. Strattan was the oldest son of Captain S. T. Strattan one of the most
progressive and well known of the early day citizens of Mt. Vernon. A man who
by his enterprise and ability made a lasting impression in the community.
Mr. Strattan was born at Wilmington, Ohio on Jan. 17, 1841. He came with his
father to this county when a boy of 16, and with exception of a short period
when he was in business in Cairo , had been a resident of Mt. Vernon ever since.
At the outbreak of the Civil War Captain S. T. Strattan organized a company to
serve in the Federal army. He took his two youngest sons with him, but charged
his oldest son with the care of his business affairs during his absence at the front.
The result was that at an early age R. L. Strattan found a heavy responsibility
on his shoulders, and gained much of the experience, that made him so successful
in his business undertakings in later years.
Mr. Strattan was married in May, 1864 to Miss Matilda Wyley, who died a year later
and on August 8, 1867 Mr. Strattan married Miss Mary L. Jones who survives him.
Mr. Strattan also leaves three children: Keith T., and Chauncey L. Strattan, now
engaged in the hardware and implement business and Mrs. W. W. Swift also of Mt. Vernon.
He also leaves a brother, David Strattan and a sister Mrs. A. C. Johnson of this city,
a half sister, Mrs. Emma Copeland of Los Angeles, California.
Mr. Strattan has been an almost life-long member of the First Methodist church of
this city. Upon the death of his father in 1898 he was elected president of the
board of trustees of the church, a position which he has filled ever since.
He was deeply interested in the welfare of this church, and in his death it loses
one of its strongest and most devoted members.
Mr. Strattan was also one of the prominent Masons of the city, having been a member
of the Chapter and Commandery in this city as well as one of the oldest members of
Mt. Vernon Lodge, No. 31, A. F. and A. M.
Although he held no office at the time of his death Mr. Strattan stood high in Masonic
circles and has been very active in the affairs of this fraternity in Mt. Vernon for
Mr. Strattan, although practically his entire life was devoted to the building up
of his extensive business in Mt. Vernon , also owned a fine farm just south of Mt.
Vernon and in recent years has taken much pleasure in engaging in extensive farming
At the time of his death he was a director in the Ham National bank.
No arrangements for the funeral of Mr. Strattan have been made as yet as it has not
been learned when the body will reach Mt. Vernon .
In his death Mt. Vernon loses one of her most substantial business men and a man
who has for many years played a prominent part in this city’s commercial, religious
and social life.
Source: Mount Vernon Register News
Date: March 24, 1915
Submitted by Brenda Hereford and Nancy E. Davis