Tribute to the Late Capt. M.M. Wheeler
At a special session of the Common Council held on the call of Mayor Allen yesterday afternoon the death of the late Alderman M. M. Wheeler was duly announced in fitting terms.
Alderman. W. B. Phelps offered the following preamble and resolutions which were unanimously adopted:
Whereas, The eve of the opening of another season of navigation has just witnessed the departure in the full vigor of middle life, on of OswegoÂ's most energetic enterprising and useful men. One who for the last thirty years as boy and man has been an active participator I the commercial and civil interests of our village and city, and
Whereas, the death of such a citizen who was for six years an efficient member of our Common Council, has made it eminently proper for the mayor to call this special meeting and mark the event by appropriate action within the walls of this noble edifice and leave recorded in its archives s suitable testimonial of one who has doe so much towards itÂ's action, therefore be it
Resolved, That, as a full expression of the sense of this council and community, the death of Morgan Miles Wheeler which occurred at his residence in this city at 6 a.m. on the 26th instant, is by all conceded a public loss.
Resolved, That, his successful career from an obscure beginning makes sure the possibilities that are within the reach of the youth of this country and verify the truth that:
"Honor and fame from no condition rise,
Act well your part, there all honor lies:
Resolved, That the merchant marine of our lakes has lost in Captain Wheeler one of its ablest and most successful vessel owners and managers and by this event our lake-faring men are admonished of the uncertainly of life and will sincerely regret to know that he will no more Â"go down to the sea in ships and do business in great waters."
Resolved That his conscientious, sterling and unsullied integrity, promptness in business, is wisdom in council, his correct and abstemious habits in life, his genial deportment and his devotion to his family have always been held in high esteem by this community and are worthy of imitation.
Resolved, That this Council deeply deplore this event that over shadows our community in the death of this eminent citizen, and as a further mark of respect will attend his funeral in a body and we cordially invite ex-Mayors and ex-Aldermen to join us on that occasion.
Resolved, That we convey to the family of the deceased at this time of their affliction offers of condolence and heartfelt sympathy, and the City Clerk is directed to engross and present to them a copy of these resolutions.
Resolved, That on the day of the funeral the flags on the public buildings be displayed at half-staff and that the owners and masters of vessels in our harbor be requested as a token of respect to our departed fellow citizen to set their colors at half-mast.
Resolved, That these preambles and resolutions be placed on file and printed in the proceedings of this Council.
March 27, 1877.