"The funeral of the late John
C. Fish was held from the family home on South Broadway Monday
afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. A special train from Cleveland carried
about seventy-five employees of the National Lamp Company to
Shelby. An interurban car brought fifty Elks from Mansfield,
while other trains brought representative men from various parts
of the United States, who gathered with his sorrowing neighbors
and friends to pay tribute to his memory. The body lay in state
from 9:00 until 12:00 o'clock and it is estimated that 5,000
people passed through the home to look for the last time upon
the man whose death came to us as a calamity and as a benediction.
While it racked our hearts with pain, his passing away taught
the people of Shelby what friendship is and sent thankfulness
into their hearts to realize that Shelby had such a man even
"The casket was completely covered
by tributes from friends who loved the sleeper. As the friends
of the departed looked upon his face for the last time they began
to realize that a good citizen, a warm friend, a great organizer,
and a man of executive ability was lost to them forever."
"A constant stream of sorrowing friends
visited the home and at 2:30 o'clock when the service was held
the home was filled and hundreds lined South Broadway on both
sides north to Main Street. In harmony with his life, the service
was simple, methodical but very beautiful. "
"The grief of an entire community
and the respect to one of their honored dead were never more
fully exemplified in Shelby than yesterday during the funeral
exercises over the late John C. Fish. The wheels of industry,
the affairs of tradesmen and the institutions of learning were
all closed as a mark of respect, allowing survivors to pay their
last tribute to one who was so closely allied in every way to
movement, public or private, during his lifetime."
"The broken threads of his business
relations will be taken up by other hands, now that the last
sad rites are o'er, but not so as life or memory shall exist
in those of adult age who knew the man, will his ability or endearing
qualities be forgotten."
"We know no better way of closing
this memorial than by quoting one of his own expressions. He
said: 'I would rather make men than lamps.' The hundreds who
have been directly connected with him know what efforts he made
to guide the erring into better way, or what patience and perseverance
he exercised in bringing out that best which lies dormant in
every human being until it is given a chance to develop. Every
citizen knew him in some capacity, but only those who were closest
and met him oftenest knew him best, and appreciated to the fullest
extent his worth to themselves, to the institutions with which
he was connected to the community, and in fact to affairs at
large throughout the nation. Rest in peace."