Submitted by Cathy Porter-Maynard (In Minnesota)
Newspaper: “The Miami Republican’’
[Paola, Miami County, Kansas]
Volume 57, Number 23
Publication Date: October 13, 1922
Subject: Obituary of James Cassius Fetterman,
[Son of Jesse and Charlotte SAYLES Fetterman]
Feterman [Fetterman] - The Paola and Fontana communities have been deeply saddened this week over the death of one of the most highly respected citizens, J.C. Fetterman who for 14 years has been passenger agent for the Frisco here. Mr. Fetterman was up town Saturday evening and while he had been feeling badly all day his friends who saw him noticed no change in his genial manner. Sunday he decided to remain in bed as he was suffering considerable pain in the heart region. At 1:15 that afternoon, Mrs. Fetterman and the colored girl who works for them heard a disturbance in the room and in entering found that the death angel had preceded them. Neuralgia of the heart was the cause.
James Cassius Fetterman was born in Lodi, Ohio, August 10, 1860. His parents were Jesse and Charlotte [Sayles] Fetterman. The father died many years ago but the mother passed away in Paola at her son’s home five years ago this fall.
He came to Kansas as a young man and located in the Fontana neighborhood where he was married to Miss Nettie Underhill. Mr. Fetterman has been in the employ of the Frisco Railway Co. for 37 years, coming to Paola from Girard in 1908. For a number of years the Fettermans lived on West Wea street, but for the past five years have been living in the attractive brick cottage on West Peoria which they purchased for a home. He is survived, beside his wife and one daughter, Mrs. Edith Danks, of Ardmore, Oklahoma, and one brother, Clarence Fetterman, at Akron, Iowa. One brother, Major A.D. Fetterman lost his life in France during the World war and is buried in Arlington cemetery. He was a member of the Masonic lodge, the Chapter and the Commandery here at Paola and of the Shrine at Pittsburg. Mr. Fetterman will be sorely missed from the streets of Paola as well as in the railroad circles of Eastern Kansas and Southwestern Missouri of which he was an influential part. His personality was the sort that makes loyal friends of all who came in contact with him. He was always pleasant, cheerful, good humored with a wholesome optimism which made the world better for his having passed through it. Services were held at the home at 1:30 on Wednesday afternoon and were conducted by Rev. J. Sherman Hill while Mrs. Margaret Brunner Huff sang ‘Beautiful Isle of Somewhere’ and ‘Sometime We’ll Understand.’ The funeral party then went to Fontana, with an escort of Knight Templars and burial was in the Fontana cemetery. The Masonic lodge had charge of the ceremonies. Body bearers were: H.H. DeFrates, F.E. Fergus, Harry Cooper, Wallace Hamm, Vernon Dunn and James Davidson. Out of town relatives and immediate friends were: Mr. and Mrs. H.E. Danks, of Ardmore, Okla.; Mrs. A.D. Fetterman, Omaha, Nebraska; Clarence Fetterman, Akron, Iowa; [Miss] Hattie Sales [Sayles], Akron, Iowa; Frank Sales [Sayles], Elk Point, South Dakota; Mr. and Mrs. M. H. Tappan, Merriam; Mrs. And Mrs. Harlan Underhill, Lawrence; Miss Mara Keller, Parker; Mrs. Lavinia Parker, Osawatomie; A.S. Roberts, Girard; Frank Morrell, Kansas City; Mrs. And Mrs. W.H. Underhill, Mr. and Mrs. Harve Morrell, Elra Shinkle and Will Collins of Fontana; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wayland, Girard, Dr. Lawrence Dillman Pittsburg *[?]*; Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Hastings [??]. The following knights of St. [??] Com. No. 22, formed the escort [?] Paola to Fontana: J.W. P [?], J.T. Stewart, D.O. Sellers [??], J.B. Lindemood, V. G. [?], John Weaver, H.M. [??], Robert Sellers, [??] O. Nicholson, F.O. [??], F.B. Schroeder [??], W.H. Hamm and John [?].
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* NOTE: This 1922 newspaper was in very poor condition. It is yellowed with age & so brittle that the paper is literally falling apart.
I have used bracketed question marks [?] in the last section of the obituary -- to indicate 'missing' names and/or print, where tiny pieces of the newspaper had actually crumbled away.