John Beyer Travis (1933)
CREGER, FORESMAN, FOSTER, PRIEST, TRAVIS
Posted By: Kent Transier
Date: 4/24/2015 at 12:28:09
The Winterset Madisonian
Thursday, January 12, 1933
PERU PIONEER CALLED
John Travis Dies, Had Resided In Madison County For 77 Years
John Beyer Travis, who has been a resident of Madison county for the past 77 years, died at the Osceola hospital, Wednesday, January 4th at the age of 78 years. Mr. Travis was born in Brookville, Pennsylvania, but came to this county with his parents when he was one year of age. They first came to Winterset and one year later moved to the farm west of Peru, and that community has since been his home.
October 4, 1874, he was married to Martha Alice Creger and she died in February 1929. They were the parents of three sons and two daughters; Ira Homer, who died in 1923; Darwin M., John Frederick, Maggie Elva Priest and Mable Ruth, all of Peru. Mrs. Homer Travis and three children of Great Falls, Montana, nine other grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and many other relatives survive him. He also leaves one brother, Thomas Travis of Winterset and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Forseman of Winterset and Mrs. Eva Foster of Great Bend, Kansas.
When Mr. Travis was 14 years old he joined the Methodist church and served as an officer and leader of the churches at Elm Grove, Ebenezer, and Peru.
Mr. Travis had been in poor health for several weeks and was taken to the Osceola hospital about a month ago. There he contracted influenza and it caused his death.
Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Priest, south of Peru, by Rev. Edwin H. Sands, pastor of the Peru church and burial was in the Peru cemetery.
A number of Winterset relatives and friends drove over for the services.
The Winterset News
Thursday, January 12, 1933
Page 1, Column 5
LIFELONG RESIDENT DIES NEAR OLD HOME
John Travis Succumbs To Pneumonia, Services Last Friday
John Travis, 88, lifelong resident of the county, died January 4 in the Harkens hospital at Osceola of pneumonia. He had entered the hospital for treatments and contracted influenza followed by pneumonia.
The Rev. E. H. Sands, pastor of the Methodist church at Peru, conducted the services Friday afternoon at two o’clock at the home of Mr. Travis’ daughter, Mrs. John Priest, where he had been living; burial was in the Peru cemetery.
Mr. Travis came to the county when he was a baby, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. B, Travis, moving here in 1855 from Brookville, Pennsylvania, where he had been born May 5, 1854. The family homesteaded in Walnut township and Mr. Travis spent practically all his life there.
He was married to Alice Creger and four of their five children, Derwin, Fred, Mrs. Priest and Miss Mabel Travis have always lived near the old homestead. The widow of their son, Homer, who died several years ago, makes her home in Cameron, Montana.
Two sisters and a brother survive, Mrs. James Foresman and Thomas Travis of Winterset, and Mrs. Eva Foster of Great Bend, Kansas.
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