The funeral services of Mr. Hubbard Latham was held from his late residence in Wilmette. The services were largely attended by friends and neighbors, many of whom had known Mr. Latham for a long time.
Beside the immediate family of children and grandchildren and other relatives, there were several members of the "California association," men who, like Mr. Latham, went to California in '49.
The funeral services were conducted by the pastor, Rev. Mr. Crawford, and a former pastor and friend of the family, Rev. H. G. Leonard.
Among other things, MR. Leonard, in his brief address, gave a short sketch of MR. Latham's life from the time of his birth, November 11, 1821, in Noank, Conn., and his removal at nine years of age to Brooklyn, N.Y. In 1838 he came to CHicago; soon he settled in De Kalb county, and was oneof the founders of the city of Sandwich, Ill., with which place he has, in a business way, been identified up to the time of his death, being a director and officer in the "Sandwich Manufacturing Company." In 1849 he went overland to California; in 1851 he returned to Sandwich, and was united in marriage to Miss Lucy Ann Barns, at Bristol, Ill.
In 1847 Mr. Latham removed with his family to Wilmette, Ill., which henceforth was his home. In Wilmette Mr. Latham became identified with the interests of the village, and did what he could to promote its best welfare, serving the village as trustee. His family was identified with the Methodist Episcopal church of which Mr. Latham was trustee.
The preacher then called attention to some of th eprominent traits in the character of Mr. Latham, taking for his text the passage of Scipture, "The memory of the just is blessed," dwelling on the fact that Mr. Latham belonged to the "Pioneer" company of men whe are fast passing away. Mr. Latham was remarkable for the quiet even temper of this character, the perservance and modesty of his bearing. Mr. Latham was an old-fahsioned gentleman--kind, modest, courteous, a good neighbor, a constant friend, a delightful companion always interested in the welfare of the community, and doing what he could to build it up in all that made for its good.
The home life of Mr. Latham was pure and beautiful. His relation to the children in the famly was most beautiful. The spirit of confidence and trust and high comradeship was especially noticeable. He was a companion to his children, as well as a father.
Men who knew Mr. Latham long and intimately always spokeof Mr. Latham as a just man.
He was a regular attendant at church, sympathizing with its work and contributing to its support.
Mr. Leonard spoke of the long friendship between Mr. Latham and his neighbor, Mr. Furman, who has been intimate with hime for something like 70 years.
After some remarks inteded specially for the family, the remains were taken to Rose Hill for interment.
The pallbearers were Messrs. William Panushka, George W. Rogers, Edwin Drury, Horace Drury, F. L. Joy, and E. A. Burge.
During the week of his illness, word was received of the death of his only sister in Houston, Tex., but he was too weak to be told of it.
He leaves, surviving him, his widow and six children: H. H. Latham, E. C. Latham, C. R. Latham, Miss Harriet B. Latham, Mrs. A. L. Negus and Mrs. L. [Lewis] B. Springer. Two brothers also survive him; Thomas Latham of Sandwich, and Benjamin F. Latham of Chicago.