Dr. O. J. Aplin
No death has caused more sadness than that of Dr. O. J. Aplin which occurred at his home in Washington, Guernsey County, Ohio, Wednesday morning, May 18, 1904. The deceased had been in failing health for several months. His serious illness dates from last winter when he had the lagrippe. This culminated in heart disease which caused his death. He died very sudden.
Dr. Aplin was nearly 39 years of age. He was one of the most successful practitioners of medicine in eastern Ohio and was enjoying a large practice at the time of his death. He was a stanch Republican and always took an active part in politics. He was an ardent work in the party. Dr. Aplin was an honest, upright citizen and his death is deeply mourned by a wide circle of friends. Besides his wife he is survived by one child. The funeral took place from his late home on Friday morning at 10 oclock and was probably the largest in point of attendance that ever took place at Washington. Quite a number was present from this city. The services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Wycoff. Interment was made in the cemetery at that place.
The casket rested in a bank of love by flowers contributed and handsomely arranged by the host of friends from town, and county who cherished the highest esteem for him, who was their stay and comfort in times of sore afflictions. But dear and faithful doctor thou art gone, thou who so often scattered sunshine on our way and turned our thorns to roses and changed the weary night to day. To his young wife and dear little son, Charley, the most feeling sympathy is extended. Let us all heed the gentle verse of Longfellow:
Be Still, sad heart and cease repining: Behind the clouds is the sun still shining: Thy fate is the common fate of all. Into each life some rain must fall. Some days must be dark and dreary.
2002 April 30: First published here.