From the Chatsworth Plaindealer Chatsworth,Livingston,Illinois
JOHN F. RYAN SEPTEMBER 10, 1925
John F. Ryan died at his residence in Chatsworth Tuesday (Sept. 8) afternoon at about 1:30 o'clock following a long illness resulting from a paralytic stroke. Funeral services were held in SS. Peter & Paul's church his forenoon at 10 o'clock and were largely attended, the Knights of Columbus, of which deceased was a member, being well represented. The burial was in St. Patrick's cemetery. Mr. Ryan was born in Marshall county, Illinois, May 21, 1861. His father was William Ryan, a native of Tipperary, Ireland, who came to America with his wife in 1847 at the time of the grat famine in Ireland. They landed at New Orleans and later came to the neighborhood of Peoria. Deceased was married February 20, 1889 at Camp Grove, Illinois, to Emma F. Fennell. They settled on a farm in Charlotte township where they resided for many years. When the Commercial National Bank was organized in 1902 Mr. Ryan was made president and continued in such capacity until January 1, 1923 when he requested to be relieved of the responsibility on account of failing health. The board of directors then made him chairman of the board which office he held up to the time of his death. He was active in the upbuilding of this strong banking institution and until his health failed was aggressive in every undertaking presented to him. When the parochial school building was being planned for SS. Peter & Paul's church Mr. Ryan was one of the leading factors in pushing it to completion. About seven years ago Mr. Ryan suffered a paralytic stroke from which he never recovered and for the past year he has been practically bedfast and under the constant care of a trained nurse. A change for the worse was noted last week when his heart began to fail and he gradually grew weaker until death claimed him as above stated. At the time of his death Mr. Ryan owned 800 acres of choice land in Charlotte and Pella townships and at one time owned a half-interest in a cotton plantation of 1129 acres in Mississippi. It was the hard work that he put in developing this plantation that undermined his robust health and hastened the end.