92-Year-old Citizen Was Employed at Bank 45 Years
Charles R. Sweeny, a Civil War veteran and for the past 77 years a resident of this city, 45 of which he was employed as chief watchman for the Delaware County Trust Company, died at his home , 217 West Fifth street, yesterday afternoon about 3.30 o'clock. Death was due to the infirmities of old age. He was in his ninety-second year.
He had been ailing since last May. On Thursday morning he was stricken in the dining room of his home and was compelled to take to his bed. At 10.30 o'clock he was discovered to be unconscious by his wife, Mrs. Sallie Blizzard Sweeny, who summoned Dr. Percey R. Craig. Upon the physicians visit at the home yesterday morning Mr. Sweeny showed signs of slight improvement but in the afternoon he again lapsed into a coma and slept peacefully to the end.
Mr. Sweeny, who was born in Darby on March 10, 1842, ame to Chester at the age of 15 years where he lived with relatives. When the Civil War broke out he was then 21 years old. His first enlistment was at Harrisburg on September 17, 1861 when he was assigned to Company B, Sixteenth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers. Colonel Joseph Wilcox commanded the regiment and Captain J. Kirkman the company to which Mr. Sweeny was assigned. He received his discharge on September 2, 1862.
He re-enlisted on July 1, 1862 in Company I, Thirty-seventh Volunteers, under Captain William Frick whose Colonel was J. Trout. He was again discharged on August 3, 1863.
On August 8, 1864 he enlisted for one years as a landsman in the United States Navy. He was assigned to the receiving ship Princeton at Philadelphia from which he was later transferred to the steamer Donegall and left Philadelphia and entered the service at Port Royal, S. C., where he was placed on the receiving ship New Hampshire and later to the gun boat Mary Sanford and was assigned to the South Atlantic Squadron and served in blockading of the South Atlantic Coast, under Admiral Dahlgreen, in the vicinity of Port Royal and all along the coast of South Carolina, Georgia, and other southern states. The gunboat was under the command of Captain Crupton. After the close of the war he went to Philadelphia where he was honorably discharged on June 21____ by reason of the close of the war.
After his discharge from the service he returned to Chester and secured a position at the Frick Shipyeard in this city. Later he was employed at Pennell's Shipyard. Both firms have long been forgotten by only the older residents.
When he terminated his connection with the shipbuilding industry he secured a position with Frank Larkin, who for several years conducted a feed store in this city. Upon Larkin's retirement foam the business and leaving the city, Mr. Sweeny then made a connection with George McCall, founder of the business at Sixth and Madison streets which now bears his name, and worked at the establishment for a period of 10 years.
Forty-five years ago, during the blizzard of 1888, Mr. Sweeny went to work for the Delaware County Safe Deposit, Title Insurance and Trust Company, now Delaware County Trust Company, where he remained until last may, when he was placed on the pension list. During his many years at the bank he made a legion of friends, many of whom he met both at his home and on the streets while he was able to travel along the sidewalks in the downtown business section.
Mr Sweeny was one of the six remaining members of Wilde post, No. 25, G.A.R. He was HE was also the oldest member of Tuscurora Tribe, No. 25, Improved Order of Red Men, both in age and the length of membership, and he was also a member of Larkin Lodge, No. 78, Knights of Pythias. He was a member of Madison Street Methodist Episcopal Church, where he worshiped for more than forty years.
He was married on July 9, 1865, to Miss Sallie Blizzard at the parsonage of Madison Street Church which was then located on Fifth street near Market, by Rev. James E. Meredith.
He is survived by his widow and three sons, Charles R. Jr., of this city; William B., of Wilmington, Del., and John F., of St. Petersburg, Fla. Three brothers, Samuel R., of Brookhaven and harry Sweeney, of Wallingford; 18 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and one great great-grandchild survive.