From Madison Democrat 50th Anniversary
Published by the Madison Democrat, 1908
An Editor's Life Work Ended
Ormond M. Bryan, Junior Editor of The Democrat, Answers to the Last Summons While This Special Edition Was on Press.
[Obituary written by his brother and read at the funeral.]
Ormond Masterson Bryan, aged 50 years and six months, the second child of Marcellus Leroy Bryan and Martha Masterson Bryan, came into this world March 15, 1858, while his parents were residing at Columbus, O. Several months after his birth his parents moved to London, bringing with them their infant son and daughter. Here the parents resided until called to the Great Beyond, ripe in the fullness of their years, and surrounded in their last days by their children and grandchildren. Ormond is the second of their eight children to follow them into the other life. After a long and suffering illness, patiently and uncomplainingly borne, he quitely passed away Monday morning, September 7, 1908, at 10 o'clock.
Ormond M. Bryan was united in marriage to Miss Almeda Shepherd, March 28, 1889. This union proved indeed to be one of hearts and souls, and nineteen years of marital bliss and happiness resulted, when the dread summons came, Monday, for the separation. Four children were born in this happy home, and the first cloud of sorrow which marred its joy was the death of Omar, the first born. The early death of this bright and promising youth, cut down at the age of 14, was a severe shock to these loving ones, yet has added another link which binds them to another world. Three children remain: Dana, aged seventeed; fairy little Ruth of seven, and Albert Strain, a lovable tot of four summers.
Of eight brothers and sisters, Ormond is the second to pass to the Great Beyond. Those remaining are: Mrs. James Livensparger, Dayton; Mrs. Walter Bryan, Chester E., Chas M., Martell and Addison W. Bryan, all of London. Anna Omega died when but four years of age.
But few large families of children who have reached middle life have continued together in affectionate bonds and friendly relations as this, and the death of Ormond will be felt in each home as one of our own family circle. The joyous days of childhood were spent by them in a happy home on South Oak street. Ormond attended the village schools with the others and early developed the lovable character which throughout life has endeared him to all with whom he came in contact. He differed in many respects from most children. As a boy he was kind and considerate to others, willing to bear his part in the duties of the home; affectionate to his parents, yet, with all, had a natural, quiet reserve of manner which allowed few intimates, yet won many friends. His industrious nature showed itself in early boyhood and marked him throughout life. At school he was a hard worker, and although in his younger days it was frequently necessary for him to be absent to assist his parents with their large and growing family, yet he never complained but only worked the harder with his books, when permitted to resume his studies.
In 1874 he graduated from London High School, in a class of six, the other five being: George Lilly, the Misses Jennie Burnley, Maria Cartzdafner, Libbie Gain and May Riddle. At that time, Wm. Harofrd was superintendent of schools, and Miss Lizzie Maxey, principal of the high school. After graduating, he devoted several months to work in the newspaper office, after which he took a year's course of study in Ohio State University, Columbus. Returning to London, he resumed his work in The Democrat office, where he continued until his last illness. Nine years ago he formed a partnership with his brother, Chester E. Bryan, and they purchased the newspaper plant and business which was jointly owned by them at the time of his death.
He became a member of the fraternal order of Knights of Pythias, soon after reaching his majority. A few years afterwards he joined the Odd Fellows and Masonic fraternities. He was a consistent member of these three organizations and often spoke of and greatly appreciated their kindly assistance and sympathy in his last illness.
Ormond has proven a good and progressive citizen of London, and took great pride in the welfare and advancement of the village. His hand was ever open to charity and his heart filled with sympathy and kindness for those in affliction. while he will be greatly missed in this community, yet in the hearts and in the homes of those who knew him best, he will ever be remembered with that same great love which he bore to all.
It has been said that to truly know a man one should know him in his own home. Here is where Ormond appeared at his best. Few men were more devoted to their homes than he, or gave more time, outside his business hours, to its enjoyment. Surrounded by the loved wife and affectionate children, beneath his own vine and fig ree, was his Paradise on earth. The cares of the breadwinner were left to the outside world when he entered its sacred portals. Here love, kindness and affection reigned supreme and all found joy in administering to the happiness of one another.
When the die was cast that meant good-bye to all that was dear in life to him; when physician and friend announced the near approach of the hour when the silver cord should be loosened and the golden bowl broken, he felt no fear for himself — only pain for those loved ones whose hearts were breaking. He bravely looked death in the face and feared not, for the faith was strong within his breast that the coming change meant only a short separation. "I am not afraid to die," murmured he, when the darkening pall of dissolution was closing about him. Hope and faith in a future existence were a part of his every-day life, and it was a life well spent in making existence better, purer, and more noble for those about him.
"God's finger touched him, and he slept."
The divine call is heeded,
God has taken only His;
He was ever ready for the last —
His spirit no preparation needed.