Arthur Russell Rites Conducted at Tampico From Home of His Nephew

Funeral services for the late Arthur F. Russell of Tampico were held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon in the home of his nephew, Glenn R. Wroten, six miles south of Tampico. Rev. E. C. Ralston, pastor of the Tampico Baptist Church, had charge of the service. He read from I. Cor. 15:20-58 and used as the text of his message, Matt. 11:28 "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Mrs. E. C. Ralston and Mrs. Joe Young sang two hymns, "Old Rugged Cross," and "Rock of Ages." The pallbearers were Wayne Johnson, Harm Saathoff, H. H. Conkling, August Brandau, Richard Harms and Lourde Renner. Interment was in the Greenville-Fairfield Cemetery.

Those from out of town who attended the services were: Mrs. Edna Erickson, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Erickson and son of Clinton, Ia., Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Tennant of Rockford, Mr. and Mrs. George Russell of Rock Island, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Eshelman and son, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Gentz and Miss Verna Peterson of Moline, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Russell of East Moline, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Renner and family of Sherrard, Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Russell and daughter Helen of Polo.

Mrs. Leonard Russell of Los Angeles, Calif., Mr. and Mrs. Harry Umpress and daughter Carol Jean of Princeton, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Dronenberg and Clarence Wright of Prophetstown, Mrs. Addison Wright of New Bedford, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Atkinson of Woosung, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Buchman of Amboy, Misses Clara and Henrietta Buchman of Dixon, Mr. and Mrs. Glen White and family and Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Pashon of Harmon.

Sketch of Life

Arthur P. Russell, the youngest son of James Franklin Russell and Leanna Marshall Russell, was born in Fairfield Township, Bureau County Illinois, November 12, 1881, and passed away in the Sterling Public Hospital Oct. 26, 1940 at the age of 58 years, 11 months and 13 days, following a fatal accident which occurred on the evening of October 19 on Route 226 south of Tampico.

Mr. Russell made his home with his brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wroten from 1887 until 1898 in Fairfield and received his education at the Fairfield Center School. He then moved to Rock Island where he met and married Miss Nettie Long, formerly of Kewanee, on April 5, 1899. One daughter, May, now Mrs. Harry Umpress of Princeton, Ill., was born to this union.

After Mrs. Russell's death in 1904, Mr. Russell went to Michigan where he resided for about 20 years, working in automobile industries. He then returned to Illinois where he resided until his death. Mr. Russell was industrious and conscientious about his work and was well liked by those who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nettie, one sister, Dora, and four brothers, James, Miles, and Albert, and one who passed away in infancy. He is survived by his daughter, May, and one grandchild, Carol Jean, besides several nephews and nieces.

(The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, December 23, 1946 - Monday pg 5, submitted by Melva L. Taylor) 




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