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Alspaugh - James Samuel Smith

James Samuel Smith ALSPAUGH

Source: Waveland Independent, April 26, 1906

James Alspaugh died at the home of his son, CI on W. Main St Fri. evening. Some weeks ago, Mr. Alspaugh had a fall from the effects of which he never recovered and has been gradually failing. Rev. GW Alley conducted the funeral services at the home on Sun. afternoon. The services at the grave were in the charge of the Masonic fraternity; Judge Jere West was Master of Ceremonies. Interment at Maple Ridge. A large number of members of neighboring lodges were present. Mr. James S. Alspaugh was born in Mercer Co. KY on Sept 13, 1823. He was the youngest of 12 children and the last of his father's family. His mother died when he was 5. At that time his people removed to Putnam County, where he grew up amid pioneer surroundings, assisting not a little in clearing out the forest growth. He learned the blacksmith trade from Lou Keller and followed that business at Greencastle and adjacent points until disabled by age from active work. Mrs. Alspaugh died in 1902, soon after he came to Waveland. Although very feeble he was not content to be idle and his garden was the finest in town. During his short stay here, his kindly nature made him many friends. He married Eliza A. Neff, Dec 24, 1850. Four children were born, two of whom are living: CI Alspaugh and Mrs. Fannie Walls of Greencastle. There are 8 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was a faithful member of the Methodist Church for more than 50 years. Mr. Alspaugh was an enthusiastic Mason, joining that fraternity 35 years ago. He was a member of Temple Lodge #47 at Greencastle and also of the Council and Commandery. He had been presiding officer in every degree up to that of Knight Templar, and was one of the best posted Masons in this section. - kbz
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