Friday, December 13, 2013

"In Memoriam—Hon. John M. Francis" by Annie M. Toohey (1897)

In Memoriam—Hon. John M. Francis


I found a tiny flower

        Beside his precious bier

That still was softly moist

        With tender, fallen tear

Shed by a saddened eye

        Of one who ever knew

A father’s loyal love,

        And daily guidance true.

And I have pressed that flower

        With trembling, rev’rent hands

Between two sacred leaves

        That faith of mine expands

The promise of a life

        Beyond the shadowed tomb,

Where soul of him we mourn

        Is wreathed in fadeless bloom.

Watervliet, N. Y.

Troy Daily Times. June 23, 1897: 2 col 2.

John Morgan Francis, proprietor and editor of the Troy Times, is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Troy.

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