Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa
Thursday, June 22, l922
JAMES MADISON, son of WILLIAM R. and MARGARET ALLEN, was born in Madison County, Iowa, Oct. 9, l855, and died at his home in Van Wert, Iowa, June 5, l922. He was 66 years, 7 months and 26 days old.
On April ll, l875, at Winterset, Iowa, he was united in marriage to MISS SARAH FRANCIS GILLIAM, who departed this life in Oct., l902. To them were born thirteen children, nine of whom are living. In l906, he was married to MRS. FRANCIS VIOLA ROSA at Peru, Iowa, who passed to the life beyond, Oct 3, l9l8. He was united in marriage to MRS. ELSIE HAMMITT, at Leon, Iowa, Oct. 6, l9l9. She, with his children, survives.
The deceased was for many years engaged in active business life. He was a cashier of the bank at Peru for eight years. He then moved to Van Wert in l907, where he has since conducted a grocery business. He has also served the public as Justice of the Peace and in other official capacities. He was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and at the time of his death, was clerk of the camp at Van Wert.
He made the decision for the Christian life at an early age, and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church at Ella Grove near Peru, when he was twelve years old. For fifteen years he has been a faithful member of the Methodist Church at Van Wert. In his business dealings he endeavored to practice the principles of Christianity.
He leaves to mourn their loss, his wife, nine children: MRS. MARILLA SIMMONS, MRS. MATILDA SIMMONS, both of Fort Scott, Kansas; MRS. MINNIE MCDONALD, of Joplin, Missouri; MRS. ETTA BURGUM, of Des Moines; MRS. DELLA HANAN, of Des Moines; BENJAMIN, of Murray, Iowa; CHARLES, of Centerville, Iowa; WALTER, of Radville, Canada, and ROBERT, of Free Water, Oregon; one brother, ED, of Mexico; one sister, MRS. LUCH MCDANIELS, of St. Charles, Iowa; thirty-six grandchildren and five step-children.
Funeral services were in the presence of a large crowd of friends at the Methodist Episcopal Church in Van Wert, in charge of the Pastor, Rev. Virgil W. Henderson, at l0:30 Wednesday morning, June 7. Interment was made in the cemetery at Peru, Iowa.
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