Submitted by Connie Essig
PROMINENT RESIDENT LAID TO REST
Funeral services for James Sturm were held here on last Saturday.
Funeral services were held at the home at two o’clock Saturday afternoon, May 17, 1924. Rev. I.A.Woodrow, pastor of the Methodist church officiating. The local order of Masons attended the funeral in a body and had charge of the services at the cemetery. A number of representatives of Odd Fellows from Bradford also attended the funeral in a body. Several beautiful hymns were sung by Mr. H.L.Turner and Mrs. Cora Brewer. Pall bearers were John Backlund, J.M.Adams, J.H.Cooley, R.F.Woods, Albert Ferris, Roy Nelson.
Interment was in the Tampico Cemetery.
James Sturm, son of William and Mary Ann Sturm, was born near Peoria, Illinois, March 21, 1852. On March 21, 1879 he was united in marriage to Mary Slater of Peoria. Four children were born to this union, one child dying in infancy, and Mrs. Elsie Hayes who passed away in 1915. Mr. and Mrs. Sturm lived on a farm near Bradford, Illinois for five years, then made their residence in Peoria for a year. Then they moved back to Bradford where Mr. Sturm ran a meat market for a time. He had been ailing for many years, but for the past three or four years his sickness had become so serious that his family and friends were much alarmed. Only expert medical treatment and tender care stayed the hand these past years. On Wednesday morning, about half past eight o’clock, he did the usual thing of going downstairs alone. He had received the morning paper ,and had evidently been reading it. His wife heard a faint noise downstairs and when she arrived to where he was, she found that he had passed away in the chair where he had been sitting. A physician was called, but nothing could be done to revive him. He had just quietly fallen asleep, we trust, to awaken in the likeness of his Savior. Aged 72 years, 1 month, and 17 days. For many years Brother Sturm had been a faithful and consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal church. For the past 24 years a member of the Tampico M.E. church and at the time of his departure a Trustee of this church. His Christian life and character are known by his many relatives and friends. “He being dead yet liveth”. The community will miss this man and his influence.He was a member of Yorktown Lodge No. 655 A.F. & A.M. of Tampico, of the Morning Star Chapter No. 382 of the Eastern Star, also for many years a member of the I.O.O.F. of Bradford, Ill.
Those who mourn this loss are---His wife, Mrs. Mary Sturm of Tampico: two daughters Mrs. Maggie McKenzie of Tampico and Mrs. Edna Arnold of Walnut, Ill,: two sisters, Mrs. Kate Kegbien of Chicago, and Mrs. Nora Rodgers of Fargo, North Dakota: four brothers, Wallace Sturm of Castleton, Ill., Brayton Sturm of Wyoming, Ill., Loren and Albert Sturm of Kewanee, Ill., also three grand children, a number of relatives, and a host of friends.
Among those present from out of town were Mr, and Mrs. Wallace Sturm, Marvin, Deyo, Noble of Castleton, Wylie of Toulon, Delbert of Bradford, Albert and Loren of Kewanee, Mrs.W. Raymond and Lloyd of Geneseo, Mr. and Mrs. M.G.Liggett of Wyoming, Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Plotner of Toulon, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Newton of Bradford. Mr. and Mrs. Albert Rose of Buda, Mr. and Mrs. G. Remington of Camp Grove, Mr.and Mrs.Sam Sivinger of Camp Grove, Mr.and Mrs. James Louderburg and and Mr. and Mrs. Antony Louderburg of Bradford, Will Slater and children of Wyoming, Mr and Mrs.C. Amanson of Osecola, Mr. and Mrs.J. Lutes and son of Henry, Noble Grand and a number of members of Odd Fellows Lodge, Mr. and Mrs. G.J. Sherman of Ashland, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Isherwood of Rockford, Mr. and Mrs, T.J. Marshall of Davenport, T.A. Curnow of Kewanee, John Blagg of Correctionville, Mrs. John Nicleson of Sac City, Iowa Mr. and Mrs.T.E.Irwin, Mrs.Wm Kadel, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Cantlin and Mrs. Mollie McMilen of Rock Falls, Dan Phenis and Bard Mayhew of Bradford, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hewitt, Mr.and Mrs. Stewart Miller, Mrs. G. Sjrader and Mrs. Ted Sheffler of Walnut.