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Obits > 1935 - Francis M. LaDue

Submitted by Melva Taylor

Prophetstown Echo, Prophetstown, Illinois
May 29, 1935

Heart Disease Fatal To F. M. La Due

Francis M. LaDue, better known as "Major" LaDue, died at his home at 302 LaFayette Street at 1:30 Saturday afternoon, after an illness of about three days. The cause of his death was angina pectoris with which he had been afflicted for some time.

He attended the farmers meeting at Peoria on May 20 in company with a number of his friends and neighbors and while in Peoria he told his friends he was not feeling well. During the day his pocket was picked of a sum of money and the excitement of this experience, together with over exertion during the day is thought to have hastened his illness which resulted in his death.

Mr. LaDue was 70 years of age and was a highly respected citizen. He was president of the Prophetstown Co-operative Shipping Association from the time of its organization in 1922 until Fall 1934 when he withdrew from active service and was succeeded by Ralph Johnson. For a number of years the shipping association under the guidance of Mr. LaDue and C. H. Seeley as manager, did a big business until direct shipping by truck became vogue.


Francis Marion LaDue was born in Prophetstown township February 11, 1865 and died at his home in Prophetstown, May 25, 1935, at age 70 years 3 months and 12 days. He was the son of Edgar A. LaDue and Sisselia Lane. He received his education in Tampico schools and was united in marriage February 14, 1884, to Miss Harriet Griffin of Tampico. He followed the vocation of farming in Prophetstown and Tampico townships until 1918, when he erected the house which was his home until his death at 302 LaFayette.

Mr. and Mrs. LaDue celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary February 14, 1934. They were the parents of two sons, Lewis E., of Prophetstown and Dr. Stanley B. LaDue of Chillicothe, Illinois, and one daughteer, Mrs. Georgia LaDue Glassburn of Tampico. Mr. LaDue is survived by his wife, and three children and five grandchildren, one brother, Dr. B. E. LaDue of Sterling, and a sister Mrs. Nelson Smith, also of Sterling. One sister, Mrs. Emma Pinkley of Spring Valley preceded him in death.

He was a charter member of the Christian church at Tampico, and was a member of the local Masonic lodge.

The pallbearers were George Aylsworth, Louis Roth, Otis Richards, Olof Crosell, M. A. Stowell and C. H. Seeley.

Out of town friends and relatives attending the service were: Dr. S. B. LaDue, Mrs. A. R. Babb, Mr. and Mrs. A. B.Enderle, Mrs. Hsazel Matthews, Mrs. Clifford Mead, and Mrs. Helen Truitt of Chillicothe; Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Kempster and Mrs. A. L. Frye of Peoria, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. McDonald of Wheaton, Mr. and Mrs. J. Rhoades of Spring

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