Grand Army of the Republic
Major Charles Monroe Travis
Department Commander 1889

Obituaries of Charles M. Travis


Crawfordsville Daily Journal, December 24, 1913.  Page 1, Column 7







Of the State of Indiana – Left This City About Ten Years Ago – Has
Since Been in Insurance Business


            Charles M. Travis, a veteran of the civil and Spanish-American wars, died yesterday at Danville, Ill, in the hospital department of the soldiers’ home.  His body will be brought here on the east bound train over the Big Four at one-twenty on Christmas day and will be taken to the First Methodist church where funeral services will be held at two.  The interment will be in Oak Hill cemetery.

            Details relating to Major Travis’s death are meager and C. W. Brown, former business partner of Mr. Travis in this city, was unable to learn the hour or the cause of his death this afternoon on account of the poor service over the long distance telephone.

            C. M. Travis was for years one of the best known citizens of this city and county, and had a wide acquaintance in the state of Indiana.  He was an active Republican politician in this state and his services for his party earned him a place in the diplomatic service.  Several years ago he was named minister to one of the South American Republics where he served with credit.  He was Department Commander of Indiana G.A.R. for one year about 1890, and was in charge of the military ceremonies at the unveiling of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ monument at Indianapolis.  His wife, Mrs. Mary D. Travis, was Department President of the W.R.C. of the state of Indiana a few years ago.

            While residing in this city for many years, Mr. And Mrs. Travis lived on east Main street in the home now occupied by G. E. Grimes.  They were leaders in social circles and were active members of the First Methodist church and were leaders in Crawforsdville’s club life.

            Mr. Travis enlisted in the civil war and was mustered in with Company E, Twelfth Illinois Regiment, and served three years as a private.  He was familiarly called “Colonel” by his friends in this city.  When the Spanish-American war was declared Mr. Travis was one of the first to volunteer his service.  He was advanced to the rank of major before this brief struggle ended.

            Shortly after the end of the civil war Mr. Travis came to this city and studied law.  He practiced his profession with the late Gen. Lew Wallace and was also with Hon. M. D. White, the veteran member of the Montgomery county bar here now.  Later Mr. Travis gave up the practice of law and established a pension office here which he continued alone until C. W. Brown went into partnership with him in April, 1890.  During the Spanish-American war Major Travis was away from his business in this city.  He came back when the treaty of peace was signed and continued here with Mr. Brown until December ten years ago.  He then went into the insurance business and traveled in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and other states until he was advanced to the position of general manager of Cook county Illinois, by an accident insurance company with headquarters at Chicago.  He has since lived in Chicago and acted in that capacity until a few months ago when his health broke down and he had to retire from active business life.

            Rev. Claude Travis, pastor of the Wayne Street Methodist church in Fort Wayne is the only child of Major and Mrs. Travis.  He and his mother survive.

 Crawfordsville Daily Journal, December 26, 1913.  Page 4, Column 4







Widow and Son Had Just Arranged for the Major to Move to Latter’s
Home When Death Message Came


            The funeral services for the Major Charles M. Travis, a former well known resident of this city but more recently of Chicago, were held in the First Methodist church on Thursday afternoon and were in charge of Rev. Fred Whitlo Hixson, pastor of the church, assisted by Rev. Henry L. Davis, of South Bend.  Mrs. O. H. Hones and Mrs. Bruce Haines sang.  The pall bearers, all veterans of the civil war, were C. W. Brown, M. V. B. Smith, Mayor M. V. Wert, Capt. H. H. Talbot, George Myers and A. H. Hernley.  The internment was in Oak Hill cemetery.

            Major Travis’ illness had covered a period of a year and was due to selerois or hardening of the arteries.  His condition became such that two weeks ago his wife decided that a visit to the soldiers’ home at Danville, Ill., where he could be with the veterans of the institution and talk over war times would be a diversion for him, as he was wholly unable to look after business matters which would engage his attention.

            On Tuesday, the day major Travis died, Rev. Claude Travis, his son, pastor of the Wayne Street Methodist church at Fort Wayne, Ind., and Mrs. Travis who was at her home in Chicago, had a conversation over the long distance telephone about Major Travis and had decided to go to Danville, Ill., on Wednesday and bring the patient to the home of his son on Christmas day.  Everything had been arranged to that end.  Mrs. Travis hung up the receiver when this conversation with her son was ended and as she did so before she could sit down in a nearby chair a messenger boy handed her a telegram from Danville, Ill., which bore the sad news of her husband’s death at the hospital a few moments before.  Rev. Claude Travis also received a telegram at Fort Wayne about the same time which bore a similar message.

            This news came as a great shock to both mother and son, as Maj. Travis’ condition had not been considered alarming.  Both mother and son did go to Danville, Ill., on Wednesday as they had arranged, but it was a far sadder journey than the one they had at first arranged.

            The death of Maj. Travis ends the life of a man who had a brilliant mind and a generous heart.  He was a minister to Brazil, South America, when U.S. Grant was president.  Mrs. Travis returned to Fort Wayne with her son and will for the present make her home with him.


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