Petersburg Observer or Democrat, August, 1911


Joseph R. Feagans, born Jan. 25, 1852, in Petersburg, Ill., was married to Emma M. Underwood Nov. 7, 1872, in the about named city. To them were born eleven children, as follows: Mrs. Flossie Voigt of Detroit, Mich,; Mrs. Fern Bennage of Rock Island, Ill,; Mrs. Fredona Holiday of Sterling, Kansas; Mrs. Forest Fernandes, Floyd, Frank and Joseph, jr,. and Mrs. Henry Kern of Petersburg, Ill. Two sons and one daughter preceded him to the spirit world.

He became a band director and teacher of music at the age of 17 years; a composer and arranger of music in 1883, composing his first piece at Sweetwater, Ill. In the year 1898 he organized a band of his immediate family, composed of his wife and eight children. He always demonstrated his devotion and love for his family and enthusiasm for his music by the untiring efforts put forth. This home band was the ideal of his life. To have each one share with him in taking some part was the boon he reached and in which he rejoiced.

His family attest to his being a kind and loving husband and father and very loyal to his neighbors. A man of verity and integrity, he took pleasure in fulfilling all his contracts. Was is poor health for a long time but only gave up his work the Saturday preceding his death. The family, seeing his condition was critical, hastened to bring him home, his wife, a son and a daughter accompanying him. They left Melmond, Iowa, July 31, and arrived home at 10:10 p.m. of that day. He died August 2 at 6:05 p.m., aged 59 years, 6 months and 7 days. Thus he closed his musical career with the Bulger & Cheney show of Sparta, Wis.

He was the last to pass away out of a family of twelve children. He leaves his wife, 8 children, 10 grandchildren and a host of friends to mourn their loss. The funeral took place from his late home in Petersburg, August 5, at 2 p.m.. The services were conducted by Rev. H.C. Sharp and Rev. J.C. Momeyer. Hymns were rendered by a quartette and Messrs. Lawrence Watkins and James Davis played duets on clarinet and cornet. The Oakford Military band, which the deceased had charge of for several years, attended the funeral in a body and rendered funeral marches from the house to the grave.

There were many floral offerings from loving friends, among which was a beautiful lyre from the Oakford band. The body was laid to rest in Rose Hill cemetery. H.C.S.

Transcribed by:John Feagans

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