Saturday, December 1, 2012

Horatio Booth Dies

The Marietta Daily Times, November 17, 1905

Old Resident Dies in the Person of Captain Horatio Booth.

He Had Lived In Marietta During a Life of Ninety-one Years.
The oldest native-born resident of Marietta passed away this morning when Captain Horatio Booth died.  His death occurred at his home on Fourth street at 1 o'clock.  While the members of the family had seen that he was failing, the end came suddenly.  Captain Booth was taken ill about 11:30 o'clock last evening, with congestion of the lungs due to old age, and he passed away an hour and a half later.
Born in Marietta, September 19th, 1814, and having lived in this city during a period of ninety-one years, his life span, he was the oldest resident of the city who was born here.  He was universally known and highly esteemed by the people of Marietta and many will mourn at learning of his death.  He was a son of James M. Booth.
September 19th, 1837, Captain Booth was married to Miss Harriet Soyez, also a native of Marietta, and for nearly seventy years the couple lived happily together.  Mrs. Booth is still living and the following are the other members of the immediate family:  Mrs. Sarah Holden, who lives at home; Frank Booth, of Callaway, Neb.; Harry M. Booth, of Cincinnati; Charles Booth, of Guymon, Oklahoma; and Mrs. Fannie B. Moore, of St. Louis.
Captain Booth retired from active business life thirty or thirty-five years ago.  When a young man he was engaged in the furniture business, having an establishment on Greene street.  In those days tables, chairs, etc., were made by hand and his store and factory was the only one in Marietta.  He carried it on for a number of years.
Later he became interested in the steamboat business and had some experience on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers.  He was associated with Captain Franks and others.  They made a practice of building boats, loading them with produce and merchandise in the fall, making the trip down the rivers to New Orleans.  There they would dispose of boat and cargo and make their way back home in the spring.
Captain Booth became interested in other ventures and was for a while in the grocery business.
His health was remarkable during his long life.  He had never been ill, say on one occasion when he had an abscess, but for a number of years his sight had been badly affected.
He had received recognition at the hands of his fellow citizens.  From 1854 to 1856 he served as Auditor of Washington County, defeating the late F. A. Wheeler and being in turn defeated by Mr. Wheeler, and he had acted as member of the City Council.
In addition to the widow and the relatives mentioned above Captain Booth is survived by a sister, Mrs. George S. Jones; a half sister, Mrs. Mary D. Murdoch; and two half brothers, Mr. Edward M. Booth and Mr. Henry J. Booth, the latter now residing in Cleveland.

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