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Francis M. Webster - Funeral Rites held at the Indian Creek Church last Sunday afternoon for Francis M. Webster, one of the oldest and most highly respected citizens of that neighborhood, who died at his home, Thursday night quite suddenly. The services were in charge of the Hamburg Masonic Lodge of which order he had been a member ever since it;s organization. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev., J. W Heller, pastor of the Hardin Presbyterian Church and interment took place in the Indian Creek Cemetery following the services.
Mr. Webster had not been complaining and had gone to town earlier in the evening where he met with friends and the announcement of hid death the next morning could hardly be realized. After returning home he complained of a sore thoart and choking and before a physician could reach him, he passed away.
He was a prosperous farmer in his vicinity and when the Bank of Hamburg was orgainzed he won the distinction of being the first depositor in that institution.
He bore many friends and the large crowd that attended his funeral Sunday gave evidence that he was a man well liked by all. The community has lost a good citizen, a true friend and his family, a loving husband and father.
Francis Marion Webster was born near Quincy, Ill., in Hancock County, Feb. 1, 1852 and passed away on October 9, 1930 at his home in Indian Creek, thus leaving him at the age of, 78 years, 8 months and 8 days. He came to Calhoun County some fifty years ago. He was united in marriage to Miss Anna Hacker in 1876 and to this union, two children were born, one of whom with the wife preceded him in death. He was united in marriage the second time to Marias Elizabeth Thompson in the year 1892. To this union, 8 children were born, one of whom preceded the father in death. He leaves to mourn his death, his wife, eight children, Mrs. Sylvis Swearingen, Noah E. Webster, Francis M. Webster, Charles L. Webster, Mrs. Polly Gresham, James R. Webster, Mrs. Daisy Swearingen, and Harvey A. Webster, all of Indian Creek, one brother, George Webster of Kansas, nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren and a host of friends.
Source: [Contributed by Cheryl Clendenny - obtained from a family member news clipping - transcribed by KP]