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Submitted by Emily Jordan

John Freeby

WL Friday, April 10, 1914, p5, c3

John Freeby, an old settler of this community, died at the home of his daughter Mrs. Lew Lewis Wednesday morning, April 8th, 1913 [newspaper error?]. The funeral will be held at the residence of Lew Lewis, Friday morning, April 10th at ten o’clock. Burial in the Tampico cemetery. We will publish the obituary in the next issue.

Walnut Leader, Friday, April 17, 1914, page 1, column 4


John Freeby was born Dec. 27, 1830, at East Run, Carbon Co., Pa., and died in Walnut, Ill., April 8, 1913 [yes, that is what the newspaper had for the year], at the age of 83 years, 3 months and 11 days.

About four months ago he suffered a stroke of paralysis, but rallied and seemed much improved up to the last day and died early Wednesday from apparent heart failure.

He was married in early manhood to Maria Lahr in Pennsylvania and to this union was born eleven children, three of whom have passed on to the better world. Those living are Frank Freeby of Windom, Minn., Mrs. Mary Simonds of Minneapolis, Minn., Mrs. Lucy Winstead of Wichita, Kansas, Wm. Freeby of Sibley, Iowa, Chas. Freeby of Sterling, Ill., Fred Freeby of Buffalo, Mo., Mrs. Emma Stier of Chicago, Mrs. Susie Lewis of Walnut. One brother survives him living at Leighton, Pa.

His wife died in the spring of 1884, and the following fall Mr. Freeby moved with his family to Walnut where he has lived since that time. During his failing health he has made his home with his youngest daughter Mrs. Lewis, who cared for him tenderly and all loving ones could do was done for his comfort.

The funeral was held at the home of Mr. Lewis Friday forenoon, Rev. Otis conducting the service, and the remains were taken to Tampico for burial.

We wish to express our thanks and appreciation to all neighbors and friends who so kindly and willingly assisted us during the illness and burial of our beloved father. The Children.

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