22 June 2014

Obituary Sunday: James G. Gurwell (1834-1926)

From the Humboldt Union newspaper, February 18, 1926 --

     James Gurwell passed away at his home near Williamstown, Kans., Sunday, February 14, 1926, at the age of 91 years, 11 months, and 19 days.  Funeral services were held at the home at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Elder White of Kansas City, Mo.  Internment was in the Williamstown cemetery.
     James Gurwell was born near Toledo, Ohio, March 26, 1834.  He was united in marriage to Miss Emily Jones in 1863 and was the father of thirteen children, nine of whom are living.  He was one of the oldest settlers of Doniphan county and was a successful farmer.  He was a kind and loving husband, father and grandfather.
    Mr. Gurwell was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
    He leaves to mourn his loss his wife Mrs. Emily Gurwell; five sons: Jacob, who lives four miles west of Humboldt; Jim, of Orange, Cal.; Ralph, who resides three miles north of Humboldt; Dan and Ernest of near Williamstown; four daughters, Mrs. Ida Sollars, of Joplin, Mo.; Mrs. Elizabeth Martin, Humboldt; Mrs. Lou Carl and Mrs. Walter Bradofrd, of Lawrence.  All were present at the funeral except Jacob and Jim.  Mr. Gurwell also leaves thirty-six grandchildren, forty great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
     Mr. Gurwell was well known in Humboldt and his many friends extend their deepest sympathy to the family.
James Gurwell was my 2xg-grandfather.

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