Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa
Thursday, August l6, l923
'CHARLEY AKES IS DEAD'
The sudden death of C.M. AKES, a few minutes before noon last Friday, was a great shock not only to the citizens of Leon, but all over Decatur and adjoining counties, for there was probably not a man in Decatur County, who more people knew than CHARLEY AKES, and his death is a great blow to the community. MR. AKES was stricken with an acute attack of indigestion last Wednesday evening just as he came to town from his home to attend to some business matters, and for a time was in a serious condition, his heart being affected, but after being attended by Dr. Robinson, he was able to be taken home and Thursday morning was much better and spent the day at his office. Friday morning he came to his office as usual and shortly after nine o'clock, was again attacked by indigestion, and Drs. Robinson and Eiker were summoned and were able to relieve him, and he was feeling much better. About ll:30 he was sitting in his office on a couch talking to MATT PULLEN, when he suddenly mad!
e an exclamation, and toppled over on the couch, and although a doctor was summoned immediately there was no evidence of life when he arrived.
CHARLEY AKES was one of the greatest boosters and business men in Decatur County. Whenever he got behind a project he put it over, and mainly through his efforts was the present Decatur County Fair Association organized, and he was President of the fair until this year, when he asked to be relieved, but consented to serve as Vice-President, and devoted a great deal of time to making the fair a success. For thirty years he had been actively engaged in the livestock shipping business, and probably has shipped more livestock than any man in southern Iowa. He was also extensively engaged in farming and breeding pure bred Herefords. He was an indefatigable worker, never knowing when to quit, for he had an iron constitution and many people wondered how he could keep going. Generous, unselfish, he was a man among men, one whom the community can ill afford to lose.
There was only one CHARLEY AKES, and there will never be another.
CHARLES M. AKES, son of S.R. and S.A. AKES, was born in Henry County, Iowa, April 27, l865, and departed this life in Leon, Iowa, August l0, l923, being aged 58 years, three months and l4 days. He came to Decatur County when a little boy and practically the whole of his life had been spent in and about Leon. The activities of MR. AKES' life have been diversified and intense. For more than thirty-five years he was the most aggressive buyer and seller of livestock in this part of the state. For a similar period of time he had been actively identified with the political and civic life of the state and community, being found always on the side of progressive measures and programs. Probably in the history of Leon there is no figure that stands out more prominent than CHARLEY AKES. He had continually led the battle for a better town and community. He was identified with the movements that brought waterworks, sewer, paving, schools, electric light, and good roads. His latest activities had been the promotion of the County Fair and the Jefferson Highway.
He was united in marriage to LEOLA WARNER, January l3, l887, and to this union four children were born, two sons preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn his departure, his devoted wife, two sons, ROBERT, of Leon and EARL, of Oroville, California; two brothers, BEN, of San Francisco, Cal., and JOHN, of Des Moines; one sister, OMA KOHAL, of California and three half-sisters and one half-brother as follows: MRS. BROWN, of Decatur, Iowa; MRS. BAIN, of Bedford, Iowa; MRS. WARREN, of Bedford, Iowa; and W.P. AKES, of Decatur, Iowa, besides a host of other relatives and friends. MR. AKES united with the Methodist Church in l900. He was a member of the local Orders I.O.O.F. and K.P. and of the Creston Lodge B.P.O.E.
The passing of CHARLEY AKES brings a definite bitterness of sorrow. We will miss his hearty greeting, his unselfish friendship, his dynamic personality. This community has been definitely impoverished in the untimely death of a man who gave so largely of himself to make this the best community in the state.
The funeral service was held at the Methodist Church in Leon, Sunday afternoon, in charge of the Pastor, Rev. J.E. Habliston, the address being given by E.A. Place and it was one of great comfort to the friends being in the nature of one friend speaking to another, and a tribute to business activities of the deceased. The church was crowded to capacity more than an hour before the time set for the services, and hundreds of people stood outside the church, many friends having driven long distances to attend the funeral, which was by far the largest funeral ever held in Leon. In addition to the friends, both the Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias attended, the pall bearers being selected from these orders. The floral tributes were many and elaborate, the rostrum of the church being literally banked with flowers. On account of MR. AKES' son, EARL, who lives at Oroville, California, not having arrived, having started after arrangements were made for the funeral Sunday, interment will be made in the Leon Cemetery after he arrives on Wednesday.
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August l2, 2002