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Charles William Day (1868 - 1910)

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Prof. Charles William (C. Will) Day
Born in Ashley, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania, USAmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 2 Aug 1898 (to 27 Jun 1910) in his father-in-law's home, South New Lyme, Ashtabula Co., Ohio, USAmap
[children unknown]
Died in his father-in-law's home, South New Lyme, Ashtabula Co., Ohio, USAmap
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Prof. C. Will Day
The funeral of Prof. C. Will Day, son of Rev. W. J. Day of Luzerne, took place yesterday with simple services from the home of his father-in-law, Dr. A. G. Rathbone, at South New Lyme, Ohio. Professor Day was born in Ashley August 12, 1868, and at his deceased, June 27, was 41 years, 10 months and 15 days old. He was the son of Rev. W. J. Day and Mary A. Henderson Day. He was educated in the Ashley schools and having a remarkable taste for music chose this as his profession. Having studied under Prof. Carl Schmidt and Dr. Mason of Wilkes-Barre he was advised to go to Leipsic, Germany, to complete his studies. The Ashley Presbyterian Church, in devoted affection for their old pastor, his father, made up a purse of $500 and presented it to the son, making it possible for him to go abroad and complete his studies. He sailed for Europe in 1891 went to Leipsic and studied piano under Weidenbach and Theodore Becker; harmony under Gustav Schreck; instrumentation and orchestration with Richard Hoffman; the history of music under Oscar Paul; canon under Sal. Jadassohn; voice culture under Frau Ress. Coming home in 1894 he went west and taught one year in Galesburg, Ill. In the fall of 1895 he accepted the position of musical director of the South New Lyme Institute, where he taught for six years.
It was here on August 2, 1898, he was united in marriage to Mae Belle youngest daughter of Dr. A. G. and Finetta Gersilla Rathbone. In 1901 he accepted the position of director of music in the Oakland City, Indiana Conservatory of Music.
In the fall of 1903 he and his wife sailed for Europe for further studies in Paris where they came under the instruction of Wayne for piano; voice culture, Sbriglio, Trobadella, Delle Sedie, and Abt. Guilmant for great organ.
Returning home they accepted positions in the Maddox Institute of Little Rock, Ark.
In the fall of 1905 Mr. Day was carefully examined and the doctor diagnosed his disease as tuberculosis and advised him to go immediately to Arizona and Jan. 2, 1906 he left Little Rock and started for that place. Here, after finishing her own and her husband's term, his wife came to share his lot and cheered his days of gloom, encouraged him in his efforts to regain health, and at last, all alone, brought him East to her own home where loved ones could minister to his every comfort. All who had known him in his days of help and success now sent flowers and little delicacies and showed by a thousand tokens that his place in their hearts was still large and loving.
In the wilds of Arizona, among strangers, with his whole life's brilliant prospects shipwrecked, he remains five years battling for renewed health. On May 15 they left Arizona and came to South New Lyme,where after a brief five weeks of suffering the Master called him home. Although his musical career was short and apparently came to a sudden end, yet his life had not been a failure.
Early in youth he consecrated his life to his Savior and in Europe among strangers, in Paris among worldly pleasure seekers, he always lived a noble, pure, consecrated Christian life. [1]


  1. "The Wilkes-Barre Record", Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, July 1, 1910, page 11,

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