Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Frederick Orgill, 1859 - 1919

Frederick Orgill
When a good man passes away, one's first thought is of the loss sustained by his friends and relatives.  If the impressions caused by such a sorrow were to be confined to a contemplation of the grief and distress which it causes there would be no remedy for the consequent state of mind.  Fortunately, however, there is solace in the thought of compensation for the loss.  the positive values added to other lives by the helpful words and pleasant deeds of the man who leaves his friends and relatives to embark on the final journey into the Great Beyond are a heritage most precious to those he leaves behind him.  There is a measure of consolation, therefore, in this view of the matter as applied to the departure from this life of Frederick Orgill, President of Orgill Brothers, Memphis, Tennessee, who died suddenly at his residence, 1344 Carr Avenue, in that city, October 31, 1919.

Frederick Orgill was born November 2, 1859.  As a young man he entered the employ of Wiebusch and Hilger Hardware Company, New York City, and continued with that firm until 1882, when he went to Memphis, Tennessee, and became identified with Orgill Brothers and Company.  The Orgill name in Memphis dates back to the year 1847, when the present business was established.  In 1898 the company was incorporated and he became its Vice-President, succeeding to the presidency in 1905 upon the death of Edmund Orgill (his father).  So comprehensive was his knowledge of the manufacture and distribution of hardware that he became recognized as one of the most important and influential men in the hardware trade of the South.  His advice and assistance was constantly sought in the councils of the Southern Hardware Jobbers' Association.  He served on some of its most important committees.  In 1915 he was elected Vice-President of that Association; and in 1916 was honored by the unanimous vote of his fellow members with the presidency of the organization.

He was closely identified with the civic and commercial affairs of Memphis.  In addition to his office of president of Orgill Brothers, he was also President of the Hernando Insurance Company.  He was active in the Memphis Chamber of Commerce and the Merchants' Exchange.  he held membership in the Country Club of Memphis and the Tennessee Club.  he was a vestryman of Calvary Church.

He is survived by Annie D. Orgill, his wife, and three sons, all of whom reside in Memphis, Tennessee.  One of the sons, Frederick Orgill, Jr., is President of the Desoto Hardware Company.  Two other sons, Arthur Reginald Orgill, and Kenneth Orgill, are connected with the firm of Orgill Brothers of Memphis.  Mrs. Lucy Orgill, his mother, is still alive in Memphis at the advanced age of ninety years.  Two of his brothers are living, namely, William and Joseph, who are members of the firm of Orgill Brothers.  A Sister, Mrs. S.R. Montgomery of Memphis, also survives him.  The funeral services were conducted by Doctor Walter D. Buckner, Rector of Calvary Episcopal Church, Sunday afternoon, November 2nd at the residence of the deceased.  He was buried in Forest Hill Cemetery.
Originally posted in The American Artisan and Hardware Record: 1919, volume 78.

Frederick Orgill married Annie Dennington in 1883.  He died of lobar pneumonia and is interred with several family at Forest Hill Midtown.  His mother, Lucy Willins, died in 1923 and was interred at Elmwood Cemetery.  His father, Edmund Orgill, died in England in 1905.

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