THE BLOOMFIELD NEWS, VOL. XLV., NO.30, Page 1, Column 2, Bloomfield, Greene County, Indiana, Thursday, June 9, 1921, "ALVIN T. HERT DIED SUDDENLY OF APOPLEXY."
The announcement of the death of Alvin T. HERT in Washington was a shock here to relatives and friends Tuesday evening. He had gone to Washington as Republican national committeeman from Kentucky to participate in the election of a successor for Will H. HAYS, as national chairman. Upon his arrival in the capitol Monday evening he was ill of indigestion and went to the Willard hotel, where he was under a physician's care. He was thought to be improving on Tuesday and while friends were in his room conversing with him, he suddenly expired, the cause of death being a stroke of apoplexy.
A special coach attached to a fast train brought his remains to Louisville, where funeral services will be held tomorrow at Lyndon Hall, his country estate, after which the casket will be placed in a vault. No further funeral details are known here.
Mr. HERT was a man of unusual executive ability, and by association early in life with men who were financially able to back him, he succeeded in getting a foot-hold in big enterprises, which made him wealthy and made money for all those associated with him. He was a natural entertainer, and enjoyed having the best of everythingÂ—and then it made him happy to divide the fruits of his good fortune with his less fortunate relatives and friends.
Besides his wife, he leaves two sisters, Mrs. Alice FIELDS, of this place, and Mrs. Sallie ARNOLD, of Los Angeles, Calif.
Mr. HERT was born April 8, 1865 at Owensburg, Greene county, Indiana. He was a son of William and Isabel (OWEN) HERT. He was educated in the graded schools and later attended commercial college. His widow formerly was Miss Sarah ALEV, of Bedford.
Mr. HERT's principal business connection was that with the American Creosoting Company, of which he was president. He was chairman of the board of directors of the American Tar Products Company and member of the board of trustees of the American Surety Company. He was also a director of the National Bank of Kentucky. He served as a member of both the board of trustees and the executive committee of the Roosevelt Nation Memorial Association.
In 1916 Mr. HERT was a delegate to the national Republican Convention from the Fifth Kentucky district. In that year he was elected national committeeman from Kentucky and made a member of the party's executive committee. He was chairman of the committee on arrangements for the Republican convention at Chicago in June, 1920. To that convention Kentucky sent him as one of its delegates-at-large and designated him as chairman of the delegation. He was re-elected as a member of both the national and executive committees.
Mr. HERT's residence was at 1349 South third street, but he maintained an elaborate country estate at Hurstbourne farms, at Lyndon, Jefferson county, Kentucky, where he spent long periods every summer.
Club affiliations of Mr. HERT were Pendennis Country, Audubon and River Valley, of Louisville; Chicago and Union League of Chicago, and Columbia Club, of Indianapolis. He was a Knight Templar Mason.