Cleveland, OH Launch BUTTERFLY Sinking, Sept 1904

Didn’t Want To Go.

Paul Hartner Went to His Death Because His Friends Urged Him to Join Them.

Paul Hartner lived with his parents and five brothers and sisters at No. 200 Root street. Born in Germany twenty-five years ago, Hartner came to this country as a child with his parents. He attended Orchard school and later graduated at the Spencerian business college. Four years ago he obtained a position in the Society for Saving; banking rooms. Until six months ago he was registering clerk, but his faithful labors won him a promotion and he was and he was made bookkeeper. Previously to his banking experience he was employed at the Cuyahoga Abstract Co.

Hartner was well thought of by his employers and thoroughly like by his fellow employees. Henry Humphreys, of the Society for Savings said yesterday:

“Hartner was of a rollicking, happy disposition and was exceedingly popular with the other clerks. He was a member of the Cleveland Grays and two years ago accompanied them on their long trip to the Pacific coast. He was also prominently connected with Franklin Avenue M.E. church, being a member of the Sunday school and also of the Epworth League.

The Hartner family did not learn of the death of their son and brother until noon yesterday. He had left for work as usual Saturday morning without stating his intention of going to Vermillion. Sunday morning the Hartners, as yet unsuspecting of any trouble attended morning service at a German church, as was their custom. About noon, just after the return of the father and mother to their home, Mr. and Mrs. James T. Pascoe of the savings bank came to break the sad news.

The Hartners understand English very imperfectly and it was not until the return of their youngest daughter that they were apprised of their great loss. Then their grief was pitiable and through the long afternoon they waited in their pleasant home on Root street, hoping against hope that Hartner might in some way or other have escaped.

The last news of Hartner received by his friends was at 1 p.m. Saturday when he telephoned Albert Bray, No. 741 Franklin avenue where he was a constant visitor. He had called at the Brays the evening before and stated that he was going on the trip, at the same time intimating that he was not at all anxious to go and had only yielded to the importunity of his friends.

Plain Dealer, Cleveland, OH 5 Sept 1904