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Raymond Louis Harden

Male 1881 - 1883  (2 years)


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  • Name Raymond Louis Harden 
    Born 13 August 1881  Independence Richland, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 23 September 1883  Newaygo, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Newaygo Cemetery, Section H, Lot 179, Grave 1 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • The Harden/Grubaugh/Hitchcock Photographic Album owned by Marion Crowley has a picture of an 18 month to two year old little boy taken in Loudenville, Ohio, by J. H. Popp, photographer. Behind this photo was a poem printed in a newspaper by Thomas S. Collier. It is most likely this picture is of Raymond Harden who died when he was two.

      CONSOLATION

      “Suffer the little ones to come to me!”
      O mother, bending o’er the silent form,
      Remember that from toil and sin ‘tis free,
      Free from earth’s cold and sorrow’s blighting storm.

      And yet, it is so hard to put away
      The golden hair, the eyes so full of light,
      And long to see them every passing day,
      And weary grow from this ere comes the night;

      Yet all the while, where God’s fair kingdom is,
      The sunny hair burns brighter, and the eyes
      Grow wiser, deeper, than they could in this,
      Our earthly life, with light of paradise;

      And all the while, a little angel hand
      You may not see or feel is very near,
      An a bright presence by our side doth stand,
      And whispers dim-heard words of love and cheer.

      God is a loving Father: He will hold,
      At its true worth, this treasure you have given;
      Brighter and purer will he make the gold
      Of love that waits you at the gate of heaven.

      So while your tears the cold, still face baptize,
      Remember, death but leads us up to Him
      Whose care is boundless, and whose loving eyes
      No pain or trouble can take, cold or dim.

      Fold the white hands upon the silent breast,
      And on the little mouth press earth’s last kiss,
      And think, while doing so, from death’s short rest
      The sinless soul will waken to God’s bliss.

      Take the last look at the bright, sunny hair,
      And the closed eyes were so full of love,
      But think Heaven’s glory will make both more fair,
      And no mad crime a blight to them can prove.

      Oh mother-love, so tender and so true,
      While you are waiting here, some radiant soul,
      Whose child now shares the restless life with you,
      Holds your lost darling under fond control.

      I do not bid you sorrow not, nor weep --
      All vain such words when death’s stern visits come;
      But think that God will your great treasure keep
      Within his mansions, till you, too, “come home.”

      Think of the tenderness of Him who said,
      “Suffer the little ones to come to me.”
      And know your darling is not cold and dead,
      But “gone before,” your messenger to be.

      The third to the last verse is marked so that the reader will remember and emphsize it.

      Newaygo Cemetery
      Raymond L. Harden. Plot: Section H, Lot 179, Grave 1
      Aged 2 yrs 1 Mo 10 D - Son of DL and DE Harden
    Person ID I18818  Schirado
    Last Modified 27 June 2011 

    Father David Louis Harden,   b. 22 July 1857, Loudenville, Ashland County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 January 1927, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Mother Dora Etta Hitchcock,   b. 20 May 1856, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 December 1915, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Married 26 September 1880  Medina, Medina County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced 21 April 1913  Newaygo, Newaygo County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F4452  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
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