Town Treasurer Charles E. Pond, one of the most universally popular in town, died at his home on Nahatan Street, at 8.45 o’clock last Tuesday morning.
The cause of death was anosmia. He bad been in failing health for nearly a year past but had not taken to his bed until a few weeks ago.
He was 59 years of age and was born in South Dedham, now Norwood, on August 28, 1842, in a house located on the lot where the W. Allen Talbot block now stands. His father, Charles Thurston Pond, was associated in the tanning industry with Hon. Joseph Day. His mother, Mrs. Martha (Sumner) Pond, was later Mrs. Martha Day, and is still living. When deceased was four years of age the family removed to the house on Nahatan street which is Mrs. Day’s present home.
Mr. Pond was educated in the South Dedham schools and afterwards attended a business college in Boston. After leaving school he spent a year in East Dedham in the grocery business. He came to Lyman Smith & Son’s tannery in 1803.
In 1805, on Thanksgiving Day, he was married to Miss Mary U. Pullen of South Dedham, who survives him, and with whom he lived a long and happy wedded life.
Up to 1890 Mr. Pond was bookkeeper for Lyman Smith’s Sons. In 1890 the concern was made a corporation, under the name of Lyman Smith’s Sons Company. Mr. Pond became a member of this corporation, and in 1897 was made a director and assistant treasurer. In 1899 he was elected treasurer of the company, which position he retained to the time of his death, having been re-elected to it a short time ago, when the two tanneries were consolidated as the Winslow Bros, it Smith Company.
Mr. Pond’s record in public life was also a long and honorable one. He was practically the town’s second treasurer, succeeding Edgar L. Bigelow, who held the office for a time by appointment, after the death of his father, L. W. Bigelow, who was the first elected treasurer of the town. Mr. Pond was continually re-elected to the office and was generally popular. He was a genial man, with a quaint and kindly humor, approachable by all and held in kindly liking by all classes.
Mr. Pond showed an early, continued and constant interest in the Norwood Universalist church. For many years he sang in its choir, and for some fourteen or fifteen years was superintendent of the Sunday school. For nearly thirty years and until his death he was clerk of the church. The present pastor, Rev. W. B. Eddy, and the people of the church bear testimony to the fact that there was no one whose interest in the church was deeper or whose loyalty was firmer. Yet he was never a bigot nor a sectarian, never a narrow churchman, but rather one who looked upon the church as a means towards helping the whole community.
In his public and in his business life Mr. Pond displayed always a height and purity of motive and a loyalty to conscience unshaken and unshrinking. He was a careful and prudent man in its own private affairs, but he was more rigorously so in his care for the financial interests of the town. In town matters he would consider, as one man says, an eighth of a cent as important as five cents would be in his private exchequer. His unflinching honesty and integrity was known to all, and all classes, parties and factions had perfect confidence in him. In the tannery he had the respect and goodwill of his business associates and of all in the employ of the firm. Those who knew him best will feel that there is no flattery, no exaggeration, in the above statements. He lived the life of a thoroughly good and honest man.
Mr. Pond came of old South Dedham stock and was connected with some of the oldest and most prominent families of the town and county. He leaves a mother and three sisters, a widow and a daughter, Mrs. G. E. Sanborn. Public sympathy will go out especially to his stricken wife and his aged mother.
Funeral services are held this afternoon from his late home, and are being conducted by Rev. W. B. Eddy. For an hour or two before the service the remains lay in state in order that tannery employees and other old friends who might find it inconvenient to attend the funeral might take their last look at one so respected and loved. A mixed quartette from Boston churches will render as selections, “Hark, hark, my soul, angelic songs are swelling,” “Heart, be still,” and “Abide with me.” The pallbearers are Hon. Frank A. Fales and Fred L. Fieber, representing the town, and Marcus M. Alden and A. H. Bay, representing business associates. The town authorities and the old and prominent families of the town will be seated at the funeral and all will join In feeling that In the death of Mr. Pond the town loses one of Its noblest citizens and one who illustrated the best and highest type of New England manhood. Interment will be in Highland Cemetery.
(All articles originally published in the Norwood Messenger)
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