Obituaries - I

James Monroe Irwin was born in Montgomery county, Illinois, April 6, 1856. He was the son of Enoch and Catherine Irwin, natives of North Carolina. On Sept. 11, 1887 he was married to Maude M. Davis. To this union two children were born, Lucy [sic] D. and Ramona E., wife of Culver Reynolds who survive him. He entered into the business world in 1879 when he was employed as a clerk by the firm of Greene & Smith. In 1884 he bought in as a member of the firm called Smith, Irwin & Culver. He remained with the firm that is now known as Smith & Irwin Dry Good Co.

He was a member of the M.E. church and leader of the choir. He taught Sunday school class for 23 years. He was a member of the Eastern Star and Masonic order. He passed away at his home Sunday evening, Dec. 30 after an illness of a year.

Funeral services were held from the M.E. church Tuesday, Jan. 1. Rev. J.F. Glotfelty officiating, assisted by Rev. S.L. Buchanan and T.J. Roady. Interment was in Kane cemetery. The floral offerings were large and beautiful.

Source: From the Alton Evening Telegraph, Friday, January 4, 1929, Page 16, Column 1, Kane News
Contributed 28 Aug 2016 by Bob Drennan

Lacey Davis Irwin, 68, a clerk in the Kane postoffice and a former postmaster at Kane died unexpectedly at 9:30 a.m. today, apparently of a heart ailment.

Irwin, who has been postmaster and then clerk at Kane almost since the end of World War I, had a keen sense of duty for his work and had reported daily at the Kane office during the Christmas rush although he had been ill of a cold and had been advised by his doctor to stay at home.

He had gone to the office Monday morning knowing the Christmas rush of mail had started, but he was unable to continue at his post and was taken home.

Irwin, a long time resident of the Kane vicinity, was born Sept. 15, 1884, a son of the late James M. and Maude Davis Irwin. He had resided all his life in Kane with the exception of time he spent in the Army in World War I. He made his home with his sister, Mrs. Culver Reynolds.

Mr. Irwin was a member of the First Methodist Church and belonged to Crawford Post of the American Legion. His only survivor is his sister.

Funeral rites will be conducted Thursday at 2 p.m. in First Methodist Church with the Rev. C.L. Peterson officiating. Burial will be with military honors with Crawford Post officiating. The body is at Mehl funeral home, Carrolton.

Source: From the Alton Evening Telegraph, Tuesday, December 16, 1952, Page 11, Column 4, Area Deaths
Contributed 28 Aug 2016 by Bob Drennan

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