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Life Long Resident of Jennings County
Newspaper Editor, Merchant and Banker
March 6, 1924, North Vernon Sun

    On Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 P.M. services were held at the Baptist church for the remains of J.C. Cope, aged 82 years, who died at his residence on Walnut street Saturday.
    Banks and business houses were closed as well as schools during the services and the immense crowds which attended both at the church and cemetery, bore proof of the esteem in which the deceased was held.
    Mr. Cope had retired from active business life several years ago, having resigned as president of the North Vernon National Bank of this city, altho he frequently found time to call on his many friends, both at the bank and in this city.
    He was the first mayor of the city; the founder, editor and publisher of the Plain Dealer; he helped build and was the first casier of the North Vernon National Bank, and was an active worker in party and civil politics.
    His services were conducted by Rev. Duncan, a life long friend of the family and a very worthy tribute to this departed citizen was the paper read at the services by Rev. Duncan of which the following is a part:
    John Calvin Cope, son of Evan Cope and Harriett Townsend, was born near Damascus, Columbia county, Ohio, Sept. 6th, 1841, and died at his home in North Vernon, Indiana, March 1, 1924, aged 82 years, 5 months and 24 days.
    In 1852 his parents moved from Demascus to a farm near Butlerville, Indiana.
    During the Civil War he served as a corporal in Company K, 148th Regiment, Indiana Infantry. At the close of the Civil War Mr. Cope left the farm and came to North Vernon which has been his residence until the time of his death.
    His has been a busy and useful life, in this, our home city. He has been a guiding factor in his community for more than half a century. His influence has always been constructive, he has taken a deep interest in municipal and county improvements, both material and moral betterments have received his full support. His fight has always been on the side of right. His position has always been tempered with a rare sense of sound judgement and an understanding of sound business principles. North Vernon will long feel the effects of the untiring efforts of this modest man who deemed it a privilege to serve his fellow man.
    Shortly after his arrival in North Vernon he became probrietor and editor of the North Vernon Plain Dealer. He then became postmaster and later a merchant known for his fair dealing. He served as county auditor, and in 1891 helped organize the North Vernon National Bank, of which he became president intil his retirement to private life a few years ago. Findagrage link

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