Notices in a Savannah newspaper or newspapers concerning the death of Paul Martens, a 26 year old cotton buyer from Amsterdam, Holland, who was stricken at Savannah, Georgia in June of 1886.
THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 1886
MARTENS - The friends and acquaintances of Mr. PAUL MARTENS are respectfully invited to attend his funeral, from St. John's Church, at 3:30 o'clock THIS AFTERNOON.
Death of Mr. Paul Martens.
The many friends and acquaintances of Mr. Paul Martens were pained to learn of his death, which occurred about half-past one o'clock yesterday morning, after a short illness, at the residence of Dr. Brandt on President street, of intussusception of the bowels. An operation had been performed by Doctors Duncan, Martin and Brandt, but it was found that it was too late. The trouble had gone too far. He was perfectly conscious up to the moment of his death. Mr. Martens was a native of Amsterdam and was about thirty years of age. He had resided in this city for the past two winters, and was engaged in buying cotton, representing the house of Carl Koen & Zoon of Amsterdam. During his residence here he made many friends through his gentlemanly bearing and qualities. His funeral will take place this afternoon. The following gentlemen will act as pallbearers: Messrs. George W. Owens, Jr., Abram Minis Jr., A. Martin, A. E. Mills, Wallace Cumming, W. R. Leaken, J. W. Schley, and Theodore Gordon.
MARTENS. - Died at Savannah, on the 23d inst., PAUL MARTENS, of Amsterdam, Holland, aged 26 years.
And so has passed away from earth in the morning of his days, one who seemed possessed of every qualification for a long life of usefulness and happiness. But yesterday a stranger in our community, his kindly nature and courteous demeanor, as well as his sterling qualities of heart and mind, had won for him the love of a large circle of friends, who mourn his loss today with a sorrow as tender and true as though he had been bound to them by the ties of blood and kinship. His illness, short and painful, was borne with sweet patience and manly fortitude. When told that the end was near, he calmly arranged his affairs and then, resting like a child in the promises of God, looking to the Cross of Christ, he finished his course.
Loving hands laid him in his grave beneath the oaks of Bonaventure, loving hearts ached with sympathy for the stricken family across the broad Atlantic. For them, as with all who mourn, this night of affliction is dark indeed, but "the morning" is near when "the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing on His wings", when there shall be no more parting, no more sorrow, and "God shall wipe away all tears."
The relatives of Mr. PAUL MARTENS in Amsterdam beg to express their deep-felt thanks to all who, by their love and friendship, brightened his path in a strange land and lessened the bitter pang of death. They recommend his memory to their fond remembrance, and sincerely hope that if any of them should ever change his home for a foreign country it may be his lot to meet with such true and loving friends as their poor boy found in Savannah.
AMSTERDAM, July, 1886
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