Submitted by Melva L. Taylor
The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois
September 4, 1918 - Wednesday
JAMES AUSTIN RENNER
Funeral of James A. Renner Occurred in Tampico On Sunday
The funeral services of the late James A. Renner were held Monday afternoon at three o'clock, at the Tampico Methodist Church, following a brief service at the home. The services were in charge of Rev. H. C. Brown, pastor of the Tampico Methodist Church, and interment was made in the Tampico Cemetery. Appropriate hymns were rendered by a quartette, composed of Mesdames J. H. Hellier and R. N. Hellier and Messrs. E. W. Meredith and J. H. Hellier, Miss Kathleen France, accompanist.
The pallbearers were Messrs. Ed. Cunningham, Ed Devine, Ed Swanson, James Conroy, Addie Flock and William Foley. Honorary pallbearers, Messrs. J. B. Fullerton, Fred W. Smith, Barney McGrady, James Leahy, H. A. Woods and B. M. Harrington, veterans of the Civil War and members of the G.A.R. There were a number of beautiful floral offerings and the large attendance gave proof of the esteem and respect in which the deceased was held by all with whom he came in contact.
James Austin Renner was born April 11, 1847, in Greenville Township, Bureau County, where he resided until he became a young man and then moved north into Whiteside County east of Tampico, where he has made his home for more than half a century. He was married March 26, 1884 to Lena Peterson and eleven children blessed this union. Mr. Renner served his country during the war in Company E, 148 Illinois Volunteer Infantry, receiving an honorable discharge at the close of that conflict. Practically all his life was spent in Hahnaman Township east of Tampico where he accumulated land holdings, raised a large family and was noted for his big-hearted generosity and kindness to his neighbors who with his relatives will mourn his passing.
He is survived by the widow, six sons and four daughters as follows: Guy of Stanley, Wisconsin, William, Clarence, Lawrence, Asa and Louard; all residing east of here, and Mrs. Nellie Trainor of Durand, Ill.; Mrs. Grace Connelly of Fairfield; Mrs. Sadie Lee of Hume, and Mae at home.
Three sisters, Mrs. Robert Collins, of this place; Mrs. Charles Buxton of Deer Grove and Mrs. Milton Swope of Clarion, Iowa. Two brothers, Frank and John also survive.