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Stevens Point Journal
Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Portage County
Saturday, June 11, 1892
Are the Ranks of the Old Settlers
By the Death of S. H. Karner
The death of S. H. Karner, which occurred at his house on Brown street on Wednesday, June 8th at 1:30 oâ€™clock in the afternoon takes from our midst another of the early settlers whose energy and enterprise helped to develop the city of Stevens Point and the surrounding country. Although a man of iron constitution, the end came at last, but not without a hard fight for the mastery. A year ago last winter, Mr. Karner suffered a severe attack of la grippe from the effects of which he never fully recovered. Again last summer, while assisting in caring for some hay, he caught cold, which gave him another set back. He was able to be about the house to within two weeks before his death, since which time he has been confined to his bed, the direct cause of his death was prostatic calcull. The funeral will be held from the house this Friday, afternoon at 2 oâ€™clock, Rev. Williams, Universalist minister of Wausau, officiating. The interment will take place at the Episcopal cemetery. The pall bearers selected are Alex Kremba, J. A. Walker, E. B. Grant, W. B. Gilchrist, D. C. Bailey and F. R. Houston.
The deceased leaves a wife, one son, S. E. Karner of this city, and one daughter, Mrs. N. T. Kelly of Wausau, who realize in the fullest sense the irreparable loss they have sustained. Among those from abroad present at the funeral were Mrs. N. T. Kelly, Frank Kelly and Mrs. E. A. Gooding of Wausau, and Mrs. W. G. Norton of Lockport, IL.
Sanford Harvey Karner was born February 11, 1815, in Egremont, Berkshire county, Massachusetts, and therefore at his death was aged 77 years, 3 months and 28 days. During his early life he was for twelve years engaged in keeping hotel. On September 29, 1836, he was married to Lucy L. Truman in South Egremont, Mass. He moved from Massachusetts to New York state, living for a time at Peekskill, N.Y., and afterwards in New York city. In the spring of 1856 he came west and settled in the then village of Stevens Point, and has resided here ever since, and for the past 31 years in the house the family still occupy. His family followed him west the same fall. After coming here, he was for a time engaged in the hardware business and afterwards in general merchandising. He afterwards engaged in the lumbering business, being associated in business at different times with D. C. Bailey, H. D. McCulloch and D. R. Clements, deceased. In 1873 he built the saw mill on the west side of the river, since which time he has operated the same. In 1882 the firm was changed to S. H. Karner & Son, that being the style of the firm up to the present time. He was an honest, industrious, hard working man, one who enjoyed the respect and confidence of all with whom he came in contact. He was always awake to the interests of the city and in the early days helped to build the boom, being one of the stockholders, and assisted in many ways to help enterprises calculated to forward the interests of the community in which he lived. The news of his death will be received with profound regret by a wide circle of friends here and elsewhere. In their affliction the family have the sympathy of the entire community.