Newspaper Unknown - 1931

Merrell E. Reesor was born February 20, 1912 at Manito, Mason county, Illinois, the eldest child of Frank Barrett and Ruth Hudspeth Reesor. His father was a telegraph operator, and was transferred to his old home in Petersburg a short time after Merrell's birth, and here Merrell spent the remainder of his life.

Merrell attended the local schools, and when his father died suddenly, when Merrell was only twelve, such was the spirit of the boy that he became his mother's stand-by, the person upon whom she depended more than any other. And there can be no finer tribute to the memory of any boy than that. Merrell started delivering papers, and kept up his school work, finally entering high school. A short time after he started to high school, he entered the Observer shop as an apprentice, and learned to be a printer. At the end of his third year in high school, Merrell quit, but was never satisfied at not completing the course, and determined recently to go back and graduate, that he might be better fitted to care for his mother, and his brother and sister.

During the four years that Merrell spent learning to be a printer he made himself as indispensable to his employer as he had done to his mother. He was quick to learn, anxious to please and no task was too hard, nor were the hours ever too long. Often, when he knew that work was to be done, he voluntarily cancelled outside engagements that he might do his share.

Starting in early boyhood, Merrell attended the Sunday school of the Christian church, and for a number of years had been a member of the church.

He is survived by his mother, one brother Harold, one sister, Frances, his grandparents Mr. And Mrs. John Hudspeth of this city and Mrs. Charles Cassens of Windsor, Canada; four uncles, Cress and Moulton Hudspeth of this city and Grover and George Hudspeth of Springfield, besides a number of cousins and many other relatives, and by friends almost without number.

To know Merrell Reesor was to love him; he was a combination of light-hearted, joyous boyhood, and the mature common sense and consideration of manhood. He was intensely alive, and probably no person ever lived who enjoyed life more. He was quick to make friends, was loyal to his friendships, and to his family. Quick to condone the fault of another, he chose to speak well of his acquaintances, or say nothing, and that trait endeared him to all who knew him. He was the sort of boy who, without conscious effort on his part, touched the heartstrings of everyone; his place in his home, in the place where he was employed, and in his community, is one that can never be entirely filled, because Merrell's was a distinctive personality, and the love that everyone had for him can never be given to others.

He will be greatly missed, and his mother and his brother and sister and others who knew him intimately, and loved him, have the sympathy of every person in the community.

Transcribed by:Bertha Emmett


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