unknown newspaper - April 6, 1908

This community lost one of its most highly respected and honored citizens in the death of Robert Grant which occurred at his home near Cantrall, Monday April 6, at ten thirty o'clock a. m. He had been ill but a short time and his death was caused by taking a poison through mistake. He was suffering from an attack of the grip and he arose during the night to take his medicine and in the darkness he took the wrong bottle thinking it was the one containing the remedy left by his physician. The mistake was soon discovered and everything possible was done to relieve his sufferings but all the kind ministrations were in vain.

Robert Grant, son of James and Alexandria McBeth Grant was born in Southernland Shire, Scotland, November 12, 1843. He emigrated to Canada in 1847, and came to Illinois with his two brothers, Murdock and John in 1866. For a number of years he was engaged in teaching school. He gave up the profession of teaching for that of farming in 1878. On August 3rd, 1875 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary E. Canterbury of Cantrall. To this union seven children were born, all of whom are living except one son who died in infancy.

Mr. Grant was one of the most influential men in this section, and his fellowmen recognized his sterling qualities as is attested by the fact that he was Township School Treasurer for twenty years. He was a deacon of the Church of Christ at Cantrall for many years. He resided in Sangamon County thirty five years and was well known throughout Sangamon and Menard counties. He was a man known as a lover of his home, his church and his adopted country. He was honorable in all his dealings. It can be said that he had no enemies. He was an admirer of all open, honest effort and was void of sham and pretense.

In all ways it can be said of him that he was a genuine man. He united with the church at Bloomington in 1871 in a revival meeting held by the noted Evangelist, Dr. Hammond. He united with the Christian church at Cantrall in 1878 and lived an exemplary Christian life. He was a member of Van Meter Lodge A.F. and A. Masons of this city.

He is survived by his wife, six children--five sons--Dr. O. P. of Cantrall, Dr. W. R. of Easton, Illinois, Vernon of Sweetwater, Sidney and Ellis residing at home, and one daughter, Mrs. Samuel Cantrall of near this city; two brothers, Murdock of Kansas City, John of Cantrall and one half-brother, Alexander McGilvrey, of Washington State; two sisters, Grace Cuthbertson of California, and Mary Layton of the state of Washington, and a half-sister, Anna McGilvery of the same state.

Funeral services were held at the Christian church at Cantrall, Wednesday April 8, at 10:30 o'clock, Rev. W. W. Weeden of Marion officiating, assisted by the minister Lewis P. Fisher. Interment in Fancy Creek Cemetery. The services at the grave were in charge of the Masonic lodge of which deceased was a member.

Transcribed by:Bertha Emmett


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