His funeral took place from the M.E. church July 5, attended by a large number of Petersburg citizens who knew him long and well.
The deceased was born in Virginia, but in an early day emigrated to Ohio, thence to Ills., and in the year 1836 settled near Petersburg, on a farm. In after years he moved to town where he resided until his transfer to a better country.
Mr. Garber was a man of sterling qualities. Few men have fewer faults. Physically he was of a strong constitution; mentally above the average; morally and religiously he had no superiors. Everyone who knew him will bear willing testimony to his worth as a citizen. Coming to this country when it was sparsely settled, he did very much to develop its resources. He was for a long time Justice of the Peace, and served one or two terms as county Judge, all of which offices he filled with acceptability and honor.
In politics he was an earnest democrat, and yet not a politician in any mean sense. A man of very strong convictions and decided opinions. He was no policy man; but did right because it was right. He was elected t office when moral integrity was a prime factor in the qualification for a public trust. For years he was book-keeper for the largest dry goods firms in the city, which place he filled to the satisfaction of his employers. He was industrious and economical, but generous to a fault.
In his morals he was without reproach and even above suspicion. In religion he was devoted and very positive. He was a member of the M.E. church for more than sixty years. In Bible doctrines and church polity he was well posted. Dr. Clark, Dr. Watson, Fletcher and other authors were his constant companions.
He was firm and unyielding in his conviction of truth and had in him a hope for which he was always ready to give a reason. As he was one of the most virtuous, so was he one of the best informed men, in religious truth, in the city.
Mr. Garber lived a long and useful life, and now that he is gone his works and his influence will live to bless the coming generations. As would be expected, he quit this earth in peace, illustrating the truth of scripture, which says: "Mark the perfect man and behold the upright, for the end of that man is peace."
"Servant of God, well done;
Transcribed By: Jeanie Lowe