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THE WESTERN STAR, 2 February 1895


Word was received by telegraph Tuesday afternoon of the death of J. A. Pennington, at Lincoln, Nebraska. The deceased had been in bad health for almost a year, gradually growing worse, and the doctors who have
been attending upon him pronounced his malady, Bright's disease of the kidneys.

Last November, Mr. Pennington, accompanied by his wife and son, Crail, left this city for California, thinking the change of climate might prove beneficial, but it was of no avail as he gradually grew worse. A couple of weeks ago, he and his family left California for Lincoln,
Neb., where one of his married daughters resided, and at the home of this daughter he breathed his last, Tuesday of this week. His remains were conveyed to Centerville, Iowa, for burial.

John A. Pennington, is well known to most of the people in this county, having come here from Centerville, Iowa, in the fall of 1884 and resided
continuously in Coldwater ever since. He was the first register of deeds the county ever had. In 1890 he was elected county school superintendent, and succeeded himself in 1892, for two more years, his term of office expiring in January of this year.

He leaves a wife, two daughters, Mr. S. M. Jackson, of this city and Mrs. Robison of Lincoln, Nebraska, and a son, Crail, the youngest, now in his teens.

The deceased has always been a leader in the M. E. church of this city, of which he was a devoted member, also an honored member of the I. O. O. F. and Masonic lodges of this city. At the time of his death he was aged about 60 years. We are unable at this time to give an extended biographical sketch of the life of the deceased, but may be enabled to do so at some time in the future. As a citizen he was most worthy; as a husband he was sincere and affectionate; as a father he was kind; as a friend he was true; as a neighbor, genial and accommodating. Peace to his ashes.

February 16, 1895
The Western Star
(From the Centerville, Iowa Courier)

The funeral of John Pennington took place from the M. E. church on Friday at 1:30 p.m. and notwithstanding intensely cold weather, was very largely attended, the church being full to overflowing. The ceremonies were conducted by Centerville Lodge No.76, I. O. O. F., of which he was one of the oldest members. General F. M. Drake acted as Noble Grand, J. W. Williams as Chaplain and E. C. Haynes as Marshall. Rev. C. V. Cowan made a short address after which the ritualistic services of the order were gone through with. John A. Pennington was in his 56th year at the time of his death. He came to Centerville about 1860 or possibly a year
or so before. He shortly afterwards married Miss Anna Michaels, a sister of N. C. Michaels, now of Seymour. Of their four children, three are yet living, a little boy died about 1862. He had been in the restaurant
business here for a number of years and was doing a good business. He had just completed a good two story brick restaurant on the southwest corner of the square, The Alhambra, living in the second story. It burned down and there either was no insurance or by some means he did not get it. Everything was burned and he was financially ruined. He tried other business but nothing seemed to prosper and he one day expressed to the writer that "when a man started down hill everything
seemed especially oiled for the occasion." About ten years ago he removed to Coldwater, Kansas. He was elected county recorder and again began to get a foothold. He was afterwards elected county superintendent of schools. When back here on a visit two years ago he appeared to be prosperous. A year or more ago his health gave way and he went to California to spend the winter. A physician there examined him and told him he was suffering from Bright's disease, in an aggravated form and liable to die any time. He started home and got as far as Lincoln, Nebraska , where he stopped to visit his daughter, Beulah. While there he was taken worse and died. The remains were brought home where he had a family plot in our cemetery where his little son and a sister are buried. While here the remains were taken to the home of Lawrence Whitsell, Mrs. W. being his sister. He was a man who had many friends and one for whom all had a good word. His wife and family have the sympathy of a large circle of friends.
Transcribed and Contributed by Shirley Brier

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