W.H. McCANN DIED WEDNESDAY
Clerk of Lewiston Water Board – A Brave Fight for Life
W.Herbert McCann, for many years clerk of the Lewiston Water Board died at 12:15 P.M. Wednesday, at St. Marie General hospital in Lewiston, after a long illness and a brave fight.
He was born in Lewiston, Oct 13, 1879, son of Wm. H. and Mary McCann; was educated in Lewiston, graduating from the Lewiston high school about 1895. He was employed for a time with the H.P. Dorman Coal Company, as a collector and accountant. He then went with the Warren Land Company with whom he remained two years.
During the administration of Mayor Pottle he was appointed to a place on the City Water Department. He was truant officer for two years and in 1905 was elected clerk of the Lewiston water board where he has since been officially employed.
In May, he was given absence on account of his health. Most of this time has been spent in the hospitals in Massachusetts and in Lewiston. His trouble was a complication of intestinal afflictions, necessitating six surgical operations, the last one a week ago, by surgeons from Boston.
He did not rally from this last one and tho he held his consciousness to the last, it was evident for some time that he could not recover.
He leaves a wife, formerly Carrie White of Lewiston. His father, W.H. McCann, also survives him. Those who knew Mr. McCann best, esteem him the most, for he gentle, kindly disposition, his unfailing courage, and his honest heart. He was a capable, able, industrious young man whose loss is deeply felt.
He ranked high in the Sons of Veterans, holding every office in the Lewiston camp and was elected division commander of the Department of Maine some six years ago. During his term of service he organized many camps.
He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose.
Burial in Riverside Cemetery, Auburn, Androscoggin, Maine