REPUBLICAN TO BE AT THE
Joseph Corby, the last republican mayor of Butte, died last night
at his home 1107 West Granite Street, after a short illness. Mr. Corby
was taken suddenly ill the first of the week with meningitis and was
unable to rally from the attack of the disease. He was 50 years old.
Mr. Corby was a member of the Eleventh legislative assembly of
Montana and mayor of Butte from 1907 to 1909, being followed by Mayor
Charles P. Nevin. He was for some years state inspector of weights
and measures. By profession he was a hoisting engineer and worked for
years in the Butte mines without an accident charged against his record.
During the administration of sheriff Henderson, Mr. Corby served as
chief clerk and was one of the most popular men on the force.
In the War With Spain
When Spain and the United States went to war in 1898 Mr. Corby enlisted
as a private. At the end of the war he came back as a second lieutenant
and was one of the most trusted officers of his regiment. He was a
member of the United Spanish War Veterans, the Modern Woodmen of America
and the Woodmen of the World.
“Few officers were ever as popular with their men as was Joe
Corby during the war in the Philippines,” said Ed Morrissey, a member
of the Thomas W. Lawton camp, United Spanish War Veterans, and a close
friend of Mr. Corby’s, last night. “He couldn’t see any difference
between a general and a private, if they were both the right sort of
men. He was true to every member of his company and to every officer
above him. He would go to any length to help any of his men. The death
of Joe Corby will bring grief to many men who knew him.”
Mr. Corby had lived in Butte for 30 years and was one of the
city’s well-known and best-liked citizens. Friends by the score called
at his home yesterday afternoon when his illness was announced to
express their hopes for his recovery.
AND RELIGIOUS HONORS TO
With full military honors due the man who responded to the call
of the colors that came 19 years ago and with the religious services of
the church to which he was attached, Joseph Corby, lieutenant in the
First Montana and mayor of Butte from 1907 to 1909, was laid at rest
yesterday afternoon in the family plot in Mount Moriah cemetery.
St. John’s Episcopal church where the body lay in state from
noon until the hour set for the religious services was visited in
hundreds who wished to take a last look at the man they had known and
admired in life. As the time for the service approached the big organ of
the church played in soft tones that well-known hymn “Abide With
Me.” When the family and the immediate friends arrived at the church
the casket bedecked with floral offerings was wheeled from the rear of
the church to the front of the church proceeded by the Rev. Charles F.
Chapman, rector of the parish. Family and close friends followed to the
seats assigned to them near the altar.
All seating room was taken and many remained outside.
The religious service was the regular one of the Episcopal church
and was read by Dr. Chapman. In consideration of the strain on the
bereaved wife and daughter, the service was not lengthened by remarks,
and as soon as the benediction was reached the casket was carried from
the church, followed by the mourner to the strain of “Nearer, My God,
to Thee,” on the organ.
From the church east on Broadway to Montana, and thence down that
thoroughfare to the cemetery, the line of march was taken up by those on
foot and those in automobiles. At the head marched a platoon of
policemen, headed by Walter Morrison, who had served with Joe Corby in
the Philippines. Next came the United Spanish War Veterans, led by a
firing squad of eight, all of whom had gone through the same service
with the man they were there to honor. Then came a company of the Second
Montana which saluted as the casket was carried out then the hearse and
At the cemetery Capt. Andrew Jensen, who took the Dillon company
through from Manila to Maloloa, conducted the ritual service of the
United Spanish War Veterans, the firing squad sent a volley over the
grave and the bugle sounded taps for one of the squarest men who ever
filled a public office, and one of the best-like men in these parts.
When the procession started the bell on the city hall began to
ring and toiled until all was over.
The pallbearers were Capt. Walter Wynne, Ed Morrissey, George
Wheeler, William D. Tracy W. D. Fenner and John Morgan.
It required a special vehicle to carry the floral offerings to
Tuesday, July 3, 1917
Funeral of former mayor
Funeral of former mayor
United Spanish War Veterans will pay last honors to Joseph Corby’s
memory next Monday afternoon with the final salute over the former
veteran’s grave. Arrangements for the funeral were completed
yesterday. A platoon of police, a company of soldiers and the members of
Thomas W. Lawton camp, United Spanish War Veterans, will be in the
funeral services will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, the Rev.
C. F. Chapman officiating. The funeral body will start from the Richards
undertaking parlors at 2 o’clock. Burial will be in Mount Moriah
cemetery in the family plot.
meeting of the Thomas W. Lawton camp will be held tonight at 8:30 to
make final arrangements for the funeral. All members of the camp are
asked to be present.
Saturday, June 30, 1917