Pioneer Resident Taken by Death
Charles H. Henthorn, who would have reached his 85th birthday on February 10th, passed away last Sunday [20 Jan 1946] at the home of his son Wrex near Phillips after a 3 weeks illness.
Mr. Henthorn was for many years a prominent pioneer construction worker and carpenter, being a member of the firm of Johnson and Henthorn contractors. The late Joe Johnson was his partner. He was one of the builders of the Fidelity Building and others around the square as well as many Aurora residences.
Final rites were held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 from the Chapman-Higby chapel with the Rev. A.J. Rich officiating. Mrs. Lawrence Tenor and Miss Barbara Hanson, accompanied at the organ by Mrs. Glen Haworth, sang "Lead Kindly Light" and "Rock of Ages."
Charles Holt Henthorn was born 10 Feb 1861 in Fishhook, IL. and departed this life on 20 Jan 1946.
He came to Aurora in 1884 and on 10 Feb 1885 his marriage to Miss Minerva Jane Powers, an Illinois school teacher took place. The couple immediately established their home here, where they lived together for 51 years. Her death occurred on 23 Mar 1936.
One daughter and three sons were born to this union, all of whom survive. They are Lou Retta Bradbury of San Diego, California, Wrex Henthorn and Doctor Harold Henthorn both of Aurora, and Edward Charles Henthorn of Bellevue, NE.
(Source: Aurora News Register - 25 Jan 1946, p. 1)