Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sunday Obituaries: James Burns McPherson

Father of Mrs. W.R. Johnson Dies at Daughter's Home in Mora

James B. McPherson, a highly esteemed resident of this village for the past six years, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. R. Johnson here on Sunday, March 6.  At the time of his death, which resulted from apolexy and infirmities of old age, he was almost 87 years of age, his birthday being on March 17.

Mr. McPherson was born in New York City in the year 1845 and came to Wisconsin with his parents in May, 1850, where he lived until 1903, when he moved to Minnesota.  On October 15, 1867, he was married to Harriet Elizabeth Ireland, who preceded him in death on May 8, 1922.  He was the father of nine children, six of whom are still living to mourn his death, namely, J.B.McPherson, of Calapatria, California; Mrs. A.C. Fiske, Monticello;  W.I. McPherson, big Lake, C.E. McPherson, Little Falls; Mrs. W.R. Johnson, Mora, and Mrs. J.W. Glazier, of Sandstone.  All children except the son in California were in attendance at the funeral.  Twenty-five grandchildren and six great grandchildren, one brother R. P. McPherson of Madison, Wisconsin, and two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Burmeister of Madison, Wisconsin, and Mrs. Mary Blair of Ames, Iowa.  Mrs. Burmeister was here for the services.

Rites were conducted by Rev. A.H. Giles at the Johnson home at 10:15 and at the Presbyterian Church of Mora at 10:30 Wednesday morning.  Burial was made at Riverside cemetery at Monticello, all the mourners accompanying the body from here.

[The above obituary was transcribed from a newspaper clipping; undated and no name of the newspaper.] 

James B. McPherson was my great-grandfather. His son, Jabez Burns (J.B.) McPherson was my grandfather; two other sons were also listed as follows; Walter Irving (W.I.) McPherson and Clare Eugene (C.E.) McPherson; daughters, Aggie (Mrs. A.C.) Fiske, Myrtle Belle (Mrs. W.R.) Johnson, and  Marjorie Meta (Mrs. J.W.) Glazier.  It is also interesting to note that his brother Peter Burns McPherson was listed as R.P. McPherson.

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