WILLIAM JAMES LAWSON|
Petersburg Observer, January 1947
DR. W. J. LAWSON DEAD OF HEART ATTACK: WAS 77
(Was Veterinarian for more than 50 years; Was
born in Canada.)
Dr. W. J. Lawson, 77 years old, and a
practicing Veterinary for more than 50 years in
Menard County, died suddenly of a heart attack in
the basement of the Frackelton Building, which he
owned, about 2:30 Friday afternoon January 24.
He had gone to the basement to attend the
furnace, and when found, was at the door,
apparently having been stricken as he started to
leave the room. An inquest was conducted by Dr.
Irving Newcomer, Menard County Coroner, and a
verdict of death from a heart ailment was
returned. Dr. Lawson had not been well, but had
continued taking care of his practice and had
made country calls during the morning of the day
of his death.
He came to Petersburg more than 50 years
ago from Canada, where he graduated from the
University of Toronto at Guelph, Ontario and was
one of the best known Veterinarians in this part
of the state. Active in civic and political
affairs, he served on the City Council and the
Menard County Board. He was member, for many
years, of the Central Presbyterian Church and
Served the church as an elder. He was a charter
member of the Petersburg Rotary Club and a past
President of that organization. He was a member
of Clinton Lodge A. F. & A. M., DeWitt Chapter of
Royal Arch Masons, and of St. Aldemar Commandery
Knights Templar, and a Past Commander of the
Latter-named organization. He served also on the
County Board of the Red Cross and had served as a
member of the Public Library Board.
He was born in Cherrywood, Ontario on
Jan. 26, 1871,(NOTE: newspaper error) the son of
James and Isabel Lawson, his parents being
natives of Scotland. He was married here on
November 28, 1892 to Miss Allie Conover of this
city and to them were born two children, Dr.
Lawrence Lawson of Kenilworth, and Helen, wife of
Dr. T. F. Carter of this city. Surviving are his
wife, two children, two grandsons, Lawrence
Lawson, Jr. of Kenilworth and William Carter of
this city, and two grand daughters, Joan and
Margaret Lawson of Kenilworth: and one brother,
Alex Lawson of Cherrywood, Ontario.
Funeral services were held at the Central
Presbyterian church at 10:30 Monday morning, Jan.
27, conducted by Rev. D. D. Boyd and burial was
in Rose Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Gerald
Brown, J. Colby Beakman, Paul R. Smoot, Edw. H.
Goldon, Garret Tolan and Clarence Tozer. Music
was by Mrs Harold Ackerman and Mrs. D. C. Boyd.
Transcribed by:Will Carter