The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa Thursday, February 2, 1905
About 10 o'clock on Tuesday forenoon, January 31, 1905, the immortal spirit of J.W. CULBERTSON passed from its tenement of clay into the sphere prepared for him in the "Great Beyond". During the long illness, through many months of pain and disease that resisted all treatment, the family and wide circle of friends had been brought to realize the approach of the inevitable, and yet when death came it brought heartfelt sorrow. Since last summer he had suffered with sarcoma or cancerous tumor and for several weeks his sufferings were intense but were borne uncomplainingly. On Monday night about 11 o'clock he became unconscious and never rallied.
Largely attended funeral services, conducted by Rev. W.C. Atwood of Brookfield, Mo., assisted by Rev. W.S. McCullagh and Rev. John H. Aughey, were held at the First Presbyterian Church this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Floral offerings were varied and beautiful, coming from sympathetic hearts. At the close of the services the remains were interred in the Chariton Cemetery.
JAMES WILLIAM CULBERTSON, son of AURELIUS and MARGARET CULBERTSON, was born near Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio, on December 20, 1859. With his parents he came to this county in April, 1867, locating on the farm in Lincoln Township where his father now resides. On November 22, 1885, he was united in marriage to MISS HATTIE R. PATTERSON, who survives him. They were the parents of six children. Two daughters died in infancy, and one son, LEONARD, died on June 28th of last year. Three children are living. They are CHARLES, FRED and MAE. MR. CULBERTSON is also survived by his father, A. CULBERTSON, and four sisters and three brothers; MRS. ALSIA ALEXANDER of Orchard, Neb.; MRS. LIZZIE SNEDAKER of Mt. Ayr; MRS. SARAH CHAPMAN of Derby; MISS ETTA CULBERTSON of Lincoln Township; LOU CULBERTON of Provo, Utah; and JOHN and HOWARD CULBERTSON of this city. Deceased worked on his father's farm until he entered the County Treasurer's Office on January 1, 1886, where he was employed as Deputy until the first of January, 1897, when he entered upon the active duties of that office, having been elected County Treasurer. He served the county in that capacity for six years, three terms. During the sixteen years that he was connected with that office his duties were faithfully and conscientiously performed. He was always cheerful and pleasant and the many excellencies of his character account for the high regard in which he was universally held. On April 1, 1903, he was chosen Cashier of the Chariton National Bank, which position he held until his death. He was a valued member of the Chariton Fire Department and the Masonic, Knights of Pythias and I.O.O.F. orders.
He united with the Presbyterian Church several years ago and was one of the faithful members of the choir. He was genial, sympathetic and warm-hearted, and his generous nature was ever giving itself out for the good of others. He was a kind and good man and was beloved by a host of friends who unite in mourning his death as a loss to the whole community and in extending heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved ones.