John Franklin Blair obit 28 November 1927 Freeport Journal Standard

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John Franklin Blair obit 28 November 1927 Freeport Journal Standard - .$2.6S He SA5IB HOSIE CONFOR CONFOR fERtOt) OP...
.$2.6S He SA5IB HOSIE CONFOR CONFOR fERtOt) OP 1'EAKS CAME TO ILLINOIS WHEN STATE WAS A PRAIHIE , I , \ ..«„ M .11.... n father BottgHt I^nd In Early Days , -at #1.23 per Arre; Funeral Services Wctlncsclay • (Special to lh\ Journal-standard) Forresfort, 111/, No. 28. — John Fmnklln'felalrrthe oldest resident In the vicinity of Adeline, died Saturday Saturday evening at 6:30 o'clock in the same home where lie had i-esided for nooft a«ath frttm when and .T, an lived the ves papers. his the to , , of JOHN FRANKLIN BLAIR the past ninety years. He was 02 .years, 20,days old at,the time of his 'passing. Ho'bad been In 111 health for the tfast two or three yearrt. • . Mr. BlairVcame to Illinois wi'th his parents "in 1837, at tho Jige, of two years.'hO having been born in Crawford Crawford county, Pa.j on\November 6, 1836.. The. family settled on a 700- aoro farm'ne^r Adeline and Mr. Blair had -resided there ever since. The family, traveled wes.t in an oxcart, oxcart, It 'requiring several weeks for them .to^ complete the trip". Mr. Blair's 'father paid $1.25 an aero for the land which becam'e' . their farm. Th»y erficted a one-room' log cabin to serve', as their home, later building a two-story structure. The present home-'was the outgrowth iOf the two log cabins. • -When Mr. Blair was a lad of only seven years he planted twigs of coU tonwopd^and-poplar trees about the spacious' yard' surrounding their home; and today three of the trees still' stand, at an age of more 1 than S3 years. One of tho trees oat | out east and out E. and of east out ed 2»/4, G. than ISo^feet' in height and measures more f than 30 feet -in,'_clrcumCe;renc.e.,; It'3s, pcSrhaps 'the' "largest" free In, northwestern Illinois., _, This section of Illinois was, little more than a prairie when, tha Blairs settled Jiere. Trapping prairie, chick '«"-| ens ,j n u, e ear ly a ttys was ano ot and favortte pastimes of Mr. BTair ...,,„ _ „ . , ... , ,. and the -4 du as his of 1 , m, this the us of n & gma]1 •-. .- ._ fluently, roamed about this section i in those days . and . often ventured near enough ; to the house to.be shot. 'Before the advent of r ds Mr. ailroa Blair's father and later Miv Blair h.jms.elf .hauled produce, to Chicago liy w : agon. On several occasions tixey tlie opportunity of trading 1 , "a load of produce for State street" lots, now in the heart of Clncago'n loop district, but they prelerreJ to ro- main where they settled and later, because it was nearer, they selected Galena> as a market. , Gives Laud to Children During tho past several years Mr. Blair disposed of his entire 700 acres of land giving it to Ills': five 'surviving 'surviving children. His mljjc). was very keen and active up unfil tho past couple .of weeks. . /,; j; :',. ^During his youth Mr, Blair wuV a niuslclan, and for a number of years played in the Adeline* band, which organization cippeared-iiv.many cities ill 1 northern Illinois. ' , He was married in 18QQ.-, to Miss Amelia Robins, who passed away in 1S90, They had seven children, two of whom, Arthur Ii., and Clarence K. preceded their father in deat'hi--*Tb<iso surviving are J3ffner. S. Blair,'; Adeline, Adeline, supervisor and member qi; the, board of review of Ogle county; Hnr- ry G.. Blair, Forreston; Mrs. John Di. Newcomer, German Valley; Mrs. ffkttie Hummel, Adeline, correspondent correspondent for the Journal-Standard In that vicinity; Louis H, Blair, Mt. Morris. .There are also thirteen grandchildren grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. grandchildren. ."- 'Funeral services will bo 1 conducted frpm the late homo at 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon and at • 2 o'clock from tho Stono cluircli. Hev. JV; Buckwalter, 'of Ml. Carroll, "will qonduct the services and interment will be made tery, 1« tlie Adeline ceme- sale east Ian full closing Col. of .of Col. out out out F. Col. of Col. of Col. put Col. out

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