Submitted by Robin Pardus
Unknown Paper ?/??1924
J.C. Lanphere was born at Monmouth, Warren County Ill., June 27, 1848. He was the son of Caleb and Lucinda Lamphere, the youngest of a family of 11 children, all of whom preceded him in death. At the age of four years he came with his parents to Spring Hill, Whiteside county, Ill., where he has resided for the last 72 years. He was a blacksmith by trade and followed the occupation for a number of years. In the spring of 1864 he enlisted for the Civil War and entered service in Co.B. 140th Regiment, Illinois Volunteers, and received an honorable discharge out of the army at Chicago. He was married to Miss Jennie Mendell Nov. 1, 1868, at Portland. They have lived happily together for 56 years and celebrated their golden wedding anniversary six years ago. There were born to this union three children, one son, Claude, who preceded him in death, and two daughters, Daisy L. wife of H.P. Fuller, of Spring Hill, and Sadie M. wife of M.C. Martin of Sterling. Mr. Lanphere served two terms as postmaster at Spring Hill and was constable for several years. At the age of 15 years he was baptized and joined the Methodist church. Father Lanphere was a kind and loving husband and father, very affectionate to his family, and his home was the place on earth he loved the best. He died a firm believer in God and in immortal life. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, two daughters, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and a host of friends. Dear father is gone, Oh, how we miss him. No one can take his place, how we long to hear that familiar voice, and view that blessed face. But the vacant chair cannot be filled, more can we view his face. But blessed that, we’ll meet again beyond, in that better place.