Beaverton Historical Society
Gladwin County Obituary/Death Notice
Andrew Long

   Andrew Long, son of John and Nancy Long, was born near Greenville, Drake county, Ohio, April 14, 1880, and departed this life at his home near Beaverton January 8, 1935, aged 54 years, 8 months and 24 days. Andrew was the fourth son on a family of eight children. His early education was obtained in the district school, and on completing the courses there he decided to continue his education in Manchester College. Here he spent parts of five years. While at college he met Miss Weltha Miller of North Manchester, Ind., who later became his wife. They were married in their new home at Beaverton January 15, 1905. A couple years later they moved to the farm which they had purchased, and where they have since spent all their married years. Three children came to bless this home, two sons and a daughter.

   For nine years Mr. Long was a teacher in the high school and in the grades of Beaverton and vicinity, and for 15 years he served as a member of the Beaverton school board. For more than 20 years he constantly held offices of public trust in the township and county. Six years ago he was elected to the office of Judge of Probate for Gladwin County, which office he held with increasing favor until his resignation was accepting January 3. While holding this office he endeavored to make friends with every person with whom he came in contact. Especially did he feel a parental interest in every boy and girl in the county.

   While at Manchester College he united with the Church of the Brethren and to this faith he ever remaining loyal. He was one of the early members of the Beaverton congregation, and was active in building the present church house. He was faithful in attendance at services, and took an active part in the work of the church and Sunday school. Often in the earlier days this meant some sacrifice; a long drive with horse and buggy through cold and strom, or walking when the drive seemed impossible.

   During the past year his family noticed with increasing concern that his health was gradually declining, yet with his characteristic determination he pressed on, only to be compelled at last to succumb to the dread disease that held him a prisoner. On October 12 he took his bed, form which he never rose, even for an hour. Twice he received the holy anointing and throughout his illness he was ever hopeful that God would heal his stricken body. But God had other and better plans for him, and after an illness of nearly five months he peacefully obeyed the summons which came for him on Tuesday at the noon hour. Perhaps after all, the greatest work of his life was the example he left to us of patient endurance in the midst of fiery afflication.

   Mr. Long possessed primarily a home-loving soul. Those who lived in his home knew best his gentleness, his beautiful patience and self-denial and his constant concern for the family circle. They were the center about which all his life revolved. He had a keen interest in business and in the affairs of state. A wholesome optimism pervaded his life, which made his judgements ever lean to the side of mercy. He is probably the only alumnus of Manchester College to choose the office of judge.

   He is survived by his wife, his three children, Lowell of Wanatah, Ind.; Betty Miriam and Wendell at home; and one little grandson Leon Eugene Long. The death of Mr. Long is the first break in the home circle of eight children: William of Mt. Carroll, Ill.; Harvey of Mt. Morris, Ill.; Jesse of Dunseith, N. D.; J. B. of Greenville, Ohio; Samuel of Bradford, Ohio; Cyrus of Fontana, Calif.; and Mrs. Mary Irick of Flora, Indiana. All of these visited him during his illness, except the two brothers who live so far distant.

   May we sum up his virtues in these familiar lines: His life was gentle, and the elements, So mixed in him that Nature might stand up, And say to all the world, "This was a man." Funeral services were conducted on Thursday at 2:30 from the Church of the Brethren by the Rev. H. L. Hartsough of North Manchester, Ind., a former college friend of Mr. Long. Burial was in Highland cemetery at Gladwin.

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Highland Cemetery, Gladwin, MI
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Gladwin County Record, Gladwin, MI
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January 2005
Tom Ladner
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