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  Dr. Robert Lewis Annan

Originally Published in the Emmitsburg Chronicle Jan 18, 1907

The Deceased A Prominent Member Of The Presbyterian Church
And Trustee Of The Public Schools.

Community Loses One Of Its Foremost Citizens.
The Shock Felt By All. Over 50 Years A Practitioner.

On Monday afternoon this community was shocked by the news of the sudden death of Dr. R. L. Annan, one of Emmitsburg's most respected and foremost citizens. The end came while the Doctor was in conversation with Mr. Charles McCarren in I. S. Annan's store about twenty minutes after four and was due to paralysis of the heart. With but a slight hesitancy in his breathing, hardly noticed by Mr. McCarren, this venerable and beloved man came to his end.

As he fell Mr. McCarren supported him and called for assistance. Physicians were immediately summoned but nothing could be done. The body was then removed to his home where his grief-stricken family had gathered.

Brief Sketch Of Dr. Robert Lewis Annan.

Robert Lewis Annan was born in this place on February 22, 1831. His parents, Dr. Andrew Annan, and Elizabeth (Motter) were both natives of Emmitsburg and they, as well as Dr. Robert L. Annan, lived here all their lives. In 1849, at the age of eighteen he entered the Sophomore class of Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, Pa., from which institution he graduated in 1852. His preparatory education was acquired in the select school long maintained here by his and allied families.

After leaving college he began the study of medicine with his father, completing his course at the University of the City of New York in March, 1855. He then returned to Emmitsburg and, associated with his father, began the practice of his profession.

In 1869 he was united in marriage with Miss Alice Columbia Motter, a daughter of Mr. Lewis Motter. Mrs. Annan died nine years after, in April, 1878, leaving five children, three girls and two boys. He was married the second time, in May, 1882, to Miss Hessie Me. N. Birnie, who with the children of his former wife and the three children from this marriage, survive him.

At the age of thirty-nine Dr. Annan connected himself with the Presbyterian Church in this place and up to the time of his death, when he was an elder, his allegiance to this particular church had-been pronounced, active and firm. His charitable nature and determined stand by that which he considered his Christian duty, and his munificent spirit makes his loss particularly severe on this denomination.

As a physician, practicing in this vicinity for fifty-two years, his loss cannot be estimated. His clientele often relying on his magnetic presence as well as on his administered remedies, will miss his kindly and thoughtful attention and in some cases the loss may be irreparable.

The interest Dr. Annan manifested in all that pertained to the welfare of this community was early marked by his fellow citizens and his advice was eagerly sought and always valuable. Some years ago he was made a trustee of the public schools and his energy was always used in the best interests of that public institution.

Dr. Annan is survived by two brothers, Mr. Isaac S. Annan and Mr. Andrew A. Annan, one sister, Mrs. Anna E. Horner, all of this place, his widow, Mrs. Hessie McN. Annan, three sons, Lewis Motter, of Moline, Ill., Andrew, living at home, and Rogers, of Westminster, and five daughters, the Misses Gertrude, Alice, Anna, Elizabeth and Amelia, all of this place.

The funeral services were held in the Presbyterian Church, yesterday morning, Jan. 17, at 11 o'clock, the Rev. Mr. Kenneth M. Craig officiating. The interment was made in the family lot in the Presbyterian Cemetery, near this place. His six nephews, Robert L. Annan, Isaac M. Annan, Edgar L. Annan, J. Stewart Annan, Annan Horner and Robert Horner, acted as pall-bearers.

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