Charles. M. Barnhizer, son of David and Catherine Miller Barnhizer was born Sept. 22, 1861, near Polo, Ill. He passed peacefully away in his home at LaVerne, Cal., May 25, 1923, aged 61 years. His death was due to apoplexy with other complications. He lived near Polo, Ill., until 1911, when he moved to LaVerne where he resided until his death. Dec. 17, 1885 he was united in marriage to Blanche Hildebrand, also of Polo, who was a faithful and helpful companion to him. Their wedded life was a happy one. In May, 1886, he united with the Church of the Brethren in the bounds of the Pine Creek church, where he spent all his Christian life while in Illinois, and where he w a staunch and faithful supporter of every good work both in the church and in the community. He held various offices of trust in the Pine Creek Church and was treasurer for thirteen years. He was elected to the Deacons office in 1888, which office he filled very creditably, being especially considerate of widows and orphans. He was a man of sterling worth, who all his life was fair and honorable in his dealings with his fellow men, being especially prompt in all business matters. And in giving advice to his children in regard to their dealings with their fellow men these words often fell from his lips: be fair and be honorable. He was the oldest of a family of nine children, all of whom are living with the exception of the youngest daughter, who passed away about five years ago. He is survived by a sorrowing widow, four children, Mrs. Ira Butterbaugh, Mrs. M. E. Garber and Miss Ruth Barnhizer of LaVerne and R. C. Barnhizer of Pasadena, by his aged father, now 85 years old, three brothers and four sisters, living in the east, with the exception of one sister, Mrs. Clara Stone of Los Angeles. This sister with the wife and children were with him constantly during his last hours. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends. He will be sadly missed in his home, which was dear to him, in the church, and in the community. While not a demonstrative man, he dearly loved his family and took great interest in his grandchildren who will all greatly miss him. He dies true to his Savior and in the assurance of eternal life. Not lost, but gone before LaVerne (Cal.) Leader. The following people from Polo were present at the funeral: Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Miller, Mr. and Mrs. James Hemphill, Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Rhineheart, Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Eccard and Mrs. Yeakel, Mr. and Mrs. John Hoshaw, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Waterbury, Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Lingle, Mrs. J. C. Smith and Miss Ema Spickler. Among the flowers was a wreath from the Polo Society.
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