John C. Peck
28 Nov 1842 — 30 Mar 1897
The Clarksburg Telegram., April 09, 1897
At the silent hour of midnight Tuesday, March 30th, 1897, the spirit of our brother, John C. Peck, left the weary body and returned to God, who gave it. The angel of death has so often entered our home circle and taken the loved one’s–father, mother, and our own lovely children have passed into the beautiful beyond–now he has claimed a dear brother, whom we all loved so much. For two months he suffered, gradually growing weaker as the days passed into weeks and the weeks into months, yet never a murmur passed his lips, save these words: “If only I could have a little more breath.”
Throughout his whole life he was the same patient, faithful, unassuming brother and friend. Never have we heard him speak unkindly of anyone, not even those who had wronged him.
How we all miss him, but none so much as the dear sister for whom he has so lovingly cared for a number of years. His place is vacant, her heart crushed and bleeding over the deep loss she has sustained. Could the skill of learned physicians, the faithful ministrations of brother, sister and kind friends have warded off the grim monster he would have been with us to-day; but all in vain.
May the thought that God knows best, and that He has said, “What I do thou knowest not now, but thou shalt know hereafter.” comfort our hearts and helps us to say “Thy will be done,” and to realize that “Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot cure.”
A Tribute to John Peck.
The Clarksburg Telegram., April 02, 1897
In the death of Mr. John C. Peck, at midnight Tuesday night, another Union veteran answered the last roll call. Mr. Peck had been ill about a month, his principal ailment being heart trouble. He was well-known in this community, his father being one of the pioneer settlers of the valley.
He was a member of Gen. Northcott’s regiment, the 12th Virginia, and was a loyal defender of his country’s flag. At the time of his death he was 54 years old. Mr. Peck was never married, and for many years he and his sister Fannie had been keeping house together. He was a member of a large family, among his brothers being Charles, Minter and E. A. Peck, and several sisters.
He was a charter member of Custer Post G. A. R., and an enthusiastic Odd Fellow, both of which organizations assisted at his funeral, which occurred at 3 P. M., Thursday.
Mr. Peck was a man of quiet demeanor, large-hearted and kindly disposed to every one. Almost everybody was his friend, and many will regret the stern dispensation of Providence which removed him from earthly scenes.
He was an engineer by occupation, having had charge of the furnaces in the government building during Harrison’s administration, and was serving his native city in a similar capacity, having charge of the pump station, where he rendered faithful and valuable services.
It is a notable fact that he never failed to attend the national encampments of the Grand Army of the Republic.
Resolutions of Respect.
The Clarksburg Telegram., April 23, 1897
To the Officers and Members of Adelphi Lodge No. 8, I. O. O. F.
The undersigned committee appointed to draft suitable resolutions to the memory of our deceased Bro. John C. Peck who departed this life at his late home in this city Tuesday at 11:45 P. M. March 30, 1897, would offer the following :
Resolved, That in the death of our worthy Brother this Lodge loses one of its most faithful members. He was to the fullest extent of its meaning a true Odd Fellow. His life was filled with the most generous and noble impulses for his fellow men, especially for his Bro. Odd Fellows.
A good and honorable man himself, he endeavored to make those who came in contact with him good by his example. He stood for the right and denounced all wrong. In each and every position in which he was placed he was faithful, zealous and prompt in his execution of his duties. He loved his fellow man, sympathized with, and cheered them in the hour of misfortune, or affliction, and rejoiced in their advancement and prosperity.
Resolved, That these resolutions be spread on the minutes of this lodge and a copy furnished each of the city papers for publication and that the charter and hall be draped in mourning for a period of thirty days.
Very respectfully submitted in F. L. and T.
J. T. BOGGESS,
J. I. ALEXANDER,
A. H. OSBORN,