testimomial charles 1905
Framed Testimonial and 1905 photo of Charles Stegmaier

First National Bank

The Directors
of this bank have received
with sorrow the sad intelligence of
the death of one of their member

Mr. Charles Stegmaier

He died in Los Angeles California, August 11, 1906, full of years
aged nearly eighty five.
It is customary and appropriate to inscribe upon our minutes some suitable
testimony of our regard for our departed associates.

This is our tesimony

Mr. Charles Stegmaier
was preeminently a self made man

He worked his way from a humble apprentice in a brewery in his native land to the head of one of the largest breweries in our commonweath. His business success was not sudden, nor the result of accident, but it steadily increased and was the outcome of orderly and sterling business methods.

Mr. Stegmaier was a man of sterling honesty. A splendid judge of men, more particularly of men whom he met in the line of his business. He was as simple and unpretentious in his habits when a Prince among brewers and a man of affluance, as when a humble apprentice learning his business. Mr. Stegmaier was a public spirited citizen, he had no peer in his respect in the City where he had lived his best years and amassed his fortune.

He was greatly interested in the growth of Wilkes-Barre. which he had watched with interest from a small town of 1500 inhabitants to a flourishing City of 65,000 people. Every local enterprise expected and received his hearty support. He was benevolent and gave largely but quietly to all the organized charities of the Valley. His benefactions were multitudinous and known only to the recipients of his bounty. He had no sympathy for sturdy idle vagabonds, but his big heart opened to the deserving poor as naturally as the flowers open to the morning sun. No faithful employee of his ever suffered the pangs of poverty or was compelled to seek protection of the poor laws. He cared for them as tenderly as a father for his children; be it therefore

Resolved

That we regret the decease of Mr. Stegmaier, but we are consoled that he lived a long and useful life, and died greatly respected by all who knew him. We will miss his pleasant face at our board meetings, and his rich experience and ripe judgment in the transaction of the business of the bank.

Resolved,

That we tender to his bereaved family our heartfelt sympathy in the great sorrow that has fallen upon them.

Resolved, That we attend his funeral in body, that the Directors wom be draped with the appropriate emblems of mourning for thirty days and that this tribute be entered upon our minutes and a copy of the same be transmitted to the family of the deceased and printed in the papers of the city.

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