Tampico Tornado Feb., 7, 1924
PIONEER RESIDENT ANSWERS LAST CALL
J. E. GREENMAN PASSED AWAY SATURDAY MORNING AFTER LONG ILLNESS
Job E. Greenman, who had been in failing health for the past five years, was taken suddenly worse last Friday night, and on Saturday morning at 10:40 o'clock passed into that sleep which knows no awakening in this trouble world.
The funeral services were held at the late home Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock under the direction of Rev S. L. Cobb, pastor of the Tampico Baptist church and interment made in the Tampico Cemetery. Mesdames Amy Denison, And C. D. Love, with Mrs. Margaret Scott accompanist, rendered appropriate hymns, and Messrs. L. E. Smith, J. E. Strouss, R. E. McKenzie, Harry Brough, E. W. Meredith and E C. Bollenbach acted as pallbearers. As a mark of respect the business houses closed their doors during the funeral hour.
J. E. Greenman, like most of the early pioneers of this part of Illinois, was of sturdy New England stock. He was born at Cherry Creek, Cateraugus Co., New York on May 14, 1839 and departed this life Feb. 2, 1924 aged 84 years, 8 months and 18 days. At the age of 12 years he came with his widowed mother, brother and two sisters to Illinois, settling near Portland, later moving to the vicinity of Yorktown where in 1862 he was married to Miss Albina A. Dow, daughter of one of the earliest residents of that place, and who passed away in 1904. To this union one son was born, Burton D. of this place, who still survives. On Jan. 8, 1915 he was united in marriage to Mrs. Hattie Higgins of Oak Park, who in her long vigil and watchful care over him since****** meet, not being willing to leave him alone by night or day in her desire to minister to his comfort.
Some forty-six years ago he moved to Tampico, where he was active in the business life of the community and held positions of trust with credit to himself and to those who placed their trust in him. At one time, he was an active member of the Masonic Lodge, being for years Deputy Grand Lecturer.
Mr. Greenman was a pioneer, a trail blazer. He had his part in transforming the raw prairie and swamps of this region into a thriving farming community, and endured with his fellow pioneers the hardships and inconveniences of that time. He was upright and honorable, a good neighbor, friendly, and ever accommodating and will be missed by his many friends with whom he endured the trials of early days, as well as by those made in later years.
Though their ranks are thinning fast, there are still a number who know what the early pioneer life was like, and how much the community is indebted to Mr. Greenman and the men of his type whose courage and hardihood developed the country He leaves to mourn his loss a loving and devoted wife, one son, B. D. Greenman and a host of relatives and close friends.
[note: B. D. Greenman operated a drug store on the west side of Main St., Tampico, IL]