Le Roy Reporter
October 8, 1915
Obituary of R. D. Jennings
a Former LeRoy Citizen

R. D. Jennings was born December 25th, 1869 in Queenstown, Pennsylvania. Had he lived until next Christmas day he would have been 46 years of age. He died at Vossburg, Mississippi, Wednesday night, September 29th, 1915.
Being raised in the oil district of the East he early entered the occupation of a driller and worked in both the Pennsylvania and Ohio fields. In the spring of 1904 he cam to Kansas and located in LeRoy where he engaged in contracting the drilling of oil and gas wells. After the oil business became slack in this vicinity he went to California where he secured a position as superintendent of production for the Mascot Oil Co. near Taft. They returned to Kansas in the spring of 1913 and make their home in LeRoy until a few days before his death. He was afflicted with heart trouble complicated with Bright's disease and becoming discouraged with the progress of his case here went to Vossburg, Mississippi to try out some mineral waters there. The telegram announcing his death came to LeRoy last Thursday morning.
According to a letter from Mrs. Jennings from Queenstown, Pennsylvania, whither the body was taken for interment, his death was very sudden. His condition was very bad on the Sunday and Monday before his death but on Tuesday he seemed much better and on Wednesday also. That evening he ate a little supper and hot long afterward while Mrs. Jennings and their son Ralph were in the room and he was sitting up he suddently fell over and was gone.
Mrs. Jennings states that they have no definite plans at present. Her LeRoy friends expected that she and the children would come back to LeRoy soon as her business interests are here but she states that they will probably remain in the east with her own people until spring.
Mr. Jennings was a member of the Masonic lodge of Kittanning, Pennsylvania and belonged to the Scotish Rite bodies of Masonry in Kansas City, Kansas. He was also a Noble of the Mystic Shrine, belonging to Abdullah Temple at Leavenworth, Kansas. He carried $2000 in the Yoeman lodge belonging here in LeRoy.
Mrs. Jennings states in her letter that words cannot express her appreciation of the kindness of her friends here but intimates that it will be impossible at this time to thank each one individually.
Joplin has the name of being the toughest town in this part of the country. But, according to a LeRoy man who recently spent a few days there the reputation is undeserved at present. He says there are so many policemen in the town that you can't look anyway without seeing a "bull" watching you. And they don't hesitate to drag a fellow to jail if he don't behave himself. Good for Joplin.

A Topeka negro is in jail charged with an attempt to kill his step mother. He used a single tree and must have hit her on the shin as that is popularly supposed to be the most vulnerable part of a negro's anatomy.

List of Letters.

Following is a list of the unclaimed letters at the LeRoy postoffice for the week ending October 4, 1915:
Albert Morrow,
Victor Vignati,
These letters will be sent to the dead letter office October 18, 1915 if not delivered before.
When calling for the above please say "advertised" and give date.
Esther E. Abbott, P. M.

The Man Who Doesn't Pay.

"What sort of a man is Henry Hank?" asked the cashier at the bank; he sighed, as with regrets, and sadly shook his weary head, and swatted seven flies and said, "He doesn't pay his debts." Thus finally the cashier spake, no explanations did he make--there was no more to say; not use of arguing about it--for that pronouncement lets Hank out, the man who doesn't pay. A man's forgiven many things as through this busy life he swings, and swears and swats and sweats, a thousand faults we lightly scan, but there's no pardon for the man who doesn't pay his debts. If I had seven silly sons, I'd hand them counsel, tons on tons, to help them on their way; the burden of my spiel would be, "My batty boys, on land or sea, be prompt your bills to pay. You may have stacks of sterling worth and seem too good for this cheap earth, but if you dodge your bills, the world will strike your balance sheets and set you down as chronic beats which reputation kills. Go forth, my beamish boys," I'd say, "and always be as prompt to pay, as you are prompt to but; and you will flourish then and thrive, and men will boost you while alive, and praise you when you die."--Walt Mason

"The Wizard of Wiseland"

The press agent of the "Wizard of Wiseland" was in town Saturday bubbling over with enthusiasm concerning his attraction the "Wizard of Wiseland" which will appear at the Palace Theatre, Thursday, October 7th, 1915. He carries with him real evidence as to the merit of this musical comedy in the shapt of clever notices written by prominent members of the Chicago press, together with the announcement that no show could run one hundred and thirty-eight performances unless it was meritorious. The book is by Bide Dudley, former dramatic editor of the Denver Post and the music score by Chicago Publishing House. The case employs several well-known prima donnas, soubrettes, tenors, comedians, assisted by a bevy of charming and beautiful chorus girls, while a male quartette will aid in harmonizing the music.

Important News from Outside.

Here is positive proof of good times and the success possible for any article of honest value, when backed by good advertising in the right newspaper.
If there has ever been any question in the minds of our readers regarding the productiveness of the REPORTER as a business building medium, that question is settled definitely now.
We have just received a big contract for advertising space from the Calumet Baking Powder Co., manufacturers of the famous Calumet Baking Powder.
Year after year at this season they make their contracts with the leading publications. They advertise in thousands and thousands of newspapers throughout the country and are in a position to know the value of newspaper publicity.
The absolute purity, the unquestioned wholesomeness and wonderful economy of Calumet Baking Powder, all backed by honest advertising in the right medium has succeeded in building for them a tremendous business and enviable reputation. This year Calumet advertising will be very must different from any of the previous years. One of the country's best character artists has created for Calumet a cute little character which will amuse the youngsters and tell the housewives in his own individual way, how to secure the best results in baking.

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