Saturday, October 10, 2020

For the Genealogists -Deaths -October 1920

 Miss Dora Foster died at her home on Lexington Ave., October 2, 1920, following an illness caused by paralysis of more than two years. Madora Agnes, oldest daughter of William Felix and Lucy Young Foster, was born in Edwards County, Illinois, December 21, 1869. She attended the public school near her country home and later completed the high school course in Albion. She came to Lawrenceville in 1892, where she resided before her death. Her mother died when she was 21 years old, and ten years later her father died. Being the oldest of the children, it fell to her to become the home keeper. Interment was made in the Lawrenceville City Cemetery.

The death of Sumner’s most influential citizen, Dr. B.F. Hockman died at Springfield, Ohio, October 8, 1920. For three years he had been in failing health and his death was not unexpected. He was a resident of Sumner for thirty years, had a large medical practice and was beloved by his patients. His wife, who was previously Miss Cora Bosart, preceded him in death October 22, 1919.

Virginia May, 2 month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Criswell died October 4, 1920. She was survived by her parents, a twin sister, and one brother.

An infant daughter came to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie VanGilder October 4, 1920, but only lived a very short time, being premature. 

Anna Johnson, daughter at Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Johnson died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Richard Williams, in Bridgeport, October 6, 1920. The funeral was held at the Lawrenceville AME church and interment was made at the Portee cemetery. The pallbearers for James Richey, Willard Anderson, Myles Vann, Anderson Lyles, Harry Joyner and Beverly Hearn. The flower girls were Viola Pamplin, Mabel Gowen, Genevieve Brown, Lottie Gowen, Chloe Wimberley and Eloise Smith.  Anna was born near Lawrenceville May 7, 1903. She was the youngest of seven children; her mother and one sister preceded her in death. Since four years of age, she had lived at Princeton and Patoka, Indiana, until failing in health, she came back to Bridgeport to live with her sister.

Glenn Lester, youngest and last son of John F. and Anna Highsmith was born December 10, 1910, and departed this life October 16, 1920, age nine years, 10 months and six days. His mother and a brother pre-deceased him.

Clara Bell Haynes, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jake Haynes of near Chauncey, died at age 3 years old. (No date was given in the paper other than it was in the month of October, 1920.)

Three large military funerals were held the week of October 21, 1920.  Taps sounded over the graves of three soldiers of World War I in Lawrence County. The bodies arrived in the county from overseas. Jesse Everett Moody, a private in Company C, First Engineers, died of disease at sea in route to France, February 28, 1918. He was the son of F. Marion Moody. John Marion Bell, a corporal in Company 429th Infantry died of wounds in France, November 11, 1918. He was the son of John Bell.  Horace G. Jones a private in Company C, 129th Infantry, died of disease at LeMans, France, September 19, 1918. He was the son of T. T. Jones of Lawrenceville. Eight sailors and a chief petty officer as well as ninety-five soldiers under the command of H.L. Rosborough, with Guy L. Richie acting as chaplain, marched behind the casket to the cemetery where the remains were buried with military honors. The firing squad was in charge of Guy McGaughey. Most of the soldiers and all the sailors were in uniforms.