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MCCRACKEN, James

MCCRACKEN, SMITH, THORNTON, WARING, ZUCK, MELTON

Posted By: Lois Shaul (email)
Date: 8/6/2020 at 14:11:55

The Hamburg Reporter
April 6. 1950

James McCracken Mustered Out

James McCracken, a life-long resident of this community, passed away Friday at the Veteran's Hospital in Lincoln. He had been a patient there several times during the past two years but had returned there the day of his passing for treatment.

Jim was a victim of gas during overseas service in the first World War. His health began to break early in the twenties, but it was not until the last three years that he was unable to carry on his work as a farmer. He failed rapidly during the past few months.

James Alfred McCracken, the son of Charles and Lola McCracken, was born in Hamburg, Iowa, November 25, 1895 and passed away at the Veterans Hospital in Lincoln, March 31, 1950, at the age of 54 years, 4 months and 6 days. He grew to manhood in this community and attended the Hamburg public schools. He entered the service of the army near the beginning of the first World War and sailed to Europe with the 77th Division in 1917. He was honorably discharged in 1919 and returned to this community, where he engaged in farming until his health failed.

He was united in marriage to Lula May Smith, September 30, 1922, and to this union four children were born, James F. McCracken, of Hamburg; Juanita Thornton of Hughes Springs, Texas; Henry Arthur McCracken of Blanchard and Geneva May Waring of Payne. He is also survived by four grandchildren, three brothers, Fred, Frank, and Everett, who live on the west coast; one sister, Mrs. A.E. Zuck of Moberly, Mo., other near relatives and friends. His father passed away when he was a young man, but his mother lived until May, 1949. Two brothers and one sister also preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held at Johnson Funeral Home, Tuesday, April 4, conducted by the Rev. Earl Melton, and burial was made in the Hamburg cemetery, with military services at the grave.


 

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