Monday, January 12, 2015

Steamboat Capt. Wm Lent, Builder of the Robt. E Lee

John K found the following obituary in  The Courier Journal  (Louisville, KY 17 Sept. 1896)

Capt William B Lent, an old steam boat man, well known in the city and New Albany, died yesterday at his home at Sumner, Ill.  He was 78 years of age, and was at one time a member of the old firm, Lent, Louth & Shipman, steam-boat engine builders, of New Albany.  Capt. Lent’s  last work was superintending the construction of the Robt. E. Lee.

(We assume he lies in an unmarked grave at the Sumner City Cemetery but we have not confirmed that.  The famous steamboat ROBT E. LEE was built in 1866 and noted for winning the famous riverboat race against the NATCHEZ.)

Kevin B then found the following three obituaries of the LENT Brothers of Sumner - three sons of CAPT WM B. LENT.

A. N. Lent
 Sumner Press        November 7, 1918
 L. W. Lent on Monday received a message telling of the death of his brother, A. N . Lent, of Duluth, Minnesota. Deceased was well-known in Sumner as a former resident.

Benjamin Franklin Lent
Sumner Press             March 16, 1916
 At his home in Sumner on Monday afternoon, B. F. Lent, one of the city's oldest businessmen, passed away. For many years he conducted a jewelry and watch and clock repairing shop here and was known to a wide circle of people, who sympathize with the widow and other bereaved relatives.

Biographical:  Benjamin Franklin Lent was born in New Albany, Indiana, March 26, 1846. He departed this life March 12, 1916, at his home in Sumner, Illinois. Had he lived 13 days more than he would have rounded out his three score and ten.

He was the son of William and M.E. Lent. He was married to Miss S. E. Jones, daughter of key. L. and R. Jones of Sumner, Illinois, June 8, 1871.

He leaves his wife, three brothers, A. N. Lent of Superior, Wisconsin; L. W. Lent Metropolis, Illinois and Jesse Lent of Detroit, Michigan; one sister, Mrs. Lillie Church of Owensville, Indiana; and a number of other relatives and friends to mourn his departure.

At the age of 16 years he united with the M. E. Church in New Albany, Indiana. Then in 1889 he and his wife united with the M. E. Church in Atlanta, Georgia, and later transferred their membership to the Sumner M. E. Church, where he was a member at the time of his death.

Mr. Lent was very devoted to his business and in recent years went to his store when he was hardly able to walk that far.

On the first day of this year he was compelled to give up his work and was confined to his bed most of the time for 72 days. During all of his time he was patient and cheerful and tried to make everything as easy for his wife as he could. He remarked to the writer, "Man never knows what the loving kindness of a woman will endure for him until he is helpless." (see Editor's comment below)  He was a loving husband to her who so nobly cared for him during his long illness.

The funeral service was conducted that the Sumner M. E. Church March 14, 1916, at 2:00 p.m. by R.M. Peters, the pastor. Interment at the Sumner city cemetery.

Lewis Willet Lent
 Sumner Press      September 18, 1919

 Lewis Willet Lent, son of William B. and Martha E. Lent, was born in New Albany, Indiana, January 19, 1854, and departed this life at his home in Sumner, Illinois, September 11, 1919, age 65 years, 7 months and 2 days.

He was united in marriag to Sarah E. Combs, at Sumner, Illinois, November 21, 1875. To this union three children were born. The eldest child, Clyde preceded him in death, at the age of 14.

In infancy he was baptized into the Presbyterian Church and always remained true to his God. He attended services at all times and was leader in the choir at Metropolis, Illinois, for years, until unable to serve.

A loving husband, good father, kind friend. He leaves to mourn his death, his widow-Mrs. Sarah E. Lent and daughter, Zazel, of Sumner, Illinois, a son, Emeridge C. Lent, of Centralia, Illinois, and many friends and relatives.

Funeral services were held at the family residence September 13, 1919, at 10 a.m. by Rev. Tomerlin, of Lawrenceville, with interment in the White House cemetery.

This Editor's comment:    Amen!