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John R. McCall (1887)

MCCALL, TRAVIS

Posted By: Pat Hochstetler
Date: 11/1/2007 at 10:31:36

Winterset Madisonian and Chronicle
Winterset, Iowa
Thursday, June 23, 1887
Page 4

An obituary of J. R. McCall, who died last Saturday morning, was prepared for this paper, but was unavoidably laid over for want of space. It will appear next week.
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Winterset Madisonian and Chronicle
Winterset, Iowa
Thursday, June 30, 1887
Page 4

Death of an Old Settler.

John R. McCall, one of Madison county's most esteemed citizens and one of its old residents, passed away from earth quietly and peacefully at his home in Lincoln township, just southwest of Winterset, on Saturday morning, June 18th. The funeral services were held at his late residence, Sunday, the 19th, at 3 o'clock, p.m. and was attended by a large number of the citizens of Winterset and the neighborhood.

Mr. McCall was born in Indiana county, Pennsylvania, May 23, 1817, being at the time of his death, 70 years, and 26 days of age.

In early life he became a christian, and united with the Presbyterian church, of which he ever afterward continued a member.

On October 1, 1839 he was married to Mary E. Travis, who passed on before him, not quite three years ago, her death occuring very suddenly, on July 4, 1884.

In 1855 Mr. McCall, with his family, emigrated to Iowa, and settled in Winterset, and in Madison county, with some absences in Des Moines and Denver, Col., he made his home till the summons came to him to repair to a Better Land. He leaves a family of five children, and a number of grand children.

Since the death of his wife his health had been gradually failing, and about six weeks before his death, he started on a trip through Kansas, Nebraska, and Colorado, in the hope of regaining his failing powers, but in vain. He returned home sick and feeble and in less than a week the end came. Madison county loses an upright citizen, but he was able to realize the promise that "At evening time it shall be light."
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The Winterset News
Winterset, Iowa
Wednesday, June 22, 1887
Page 4, Column 3

An Old Citizen Dead

J. R. McCall died at his residence a half mile south of town Saturday morning. The announcement of his death was a great surprise to his many friends. He had returned but a few days before from a western tour, made for the benefit of his health. But he had found ill-health instead, and sickness which undermined his aged and feeble frame and culminated in another attack on his return, which, however was not generally known to be so severe.

Mr. McCall was one of our earliest settlers and in early days an elder and one of the main stays of the Presbyterian church here.

His wife crossed the mysterious river about three years ago. His family, which is now somewhat scattered, was all here at the largely attended funeral on Sunday. But two of them Mary and Elmer E. are still with us. His age was just turned by three score and ten.

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