unknown newspaper, 1936

John E. White Dies From Injury - Death Occurred Monday in Hospital, Was Member of Pioneer Menard Family. John E. White, one of the oldest native-born residents of Menard county died at 5 o'clock Monday evening at Springfield Hospital, at the age of eighty-four years. Mr. White had been in the hospital several weeks, suffering from a fractured hip, the result of a fall at his home. He was born in a log cabin on the old White homestead five miles southeast of this city, in the Lebanon community, on October 15, 1851, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. White, his parents being members of that band of hardy pioneers who first settled in what is now the eastern half of Menard county. He received his early education at North Sangamon Academy at Indian Point, and later graduated from Lincoln College, at Lincoln. He was married to Miss Emma Anne Derry on March 12, 1885 and to them were born three children, Mrs. Fred Frerichs and Robert White, both of this community, and a daughter Litta, who preceded her father in death. He is survived by his wife, the daughter and son named above and a great many other more distant relatives and friends. Mr. White for many years bore the important part of the affairs of the community. He spent his entire life on the farm on which he was born, and even in recent years, had been active in the management of the farm, and in the affairs of the community. For many years he was a trustee of the Lebanon Cemetery Association, and for more years than the lifetime of the average man, he was active in the affairs of the old Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian church. He was a man who made many friends, and he will be greatly missed in the home and in the community. Funeral services were held at the residence at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Ervin of Decatur, and burial was in Lebanon cemetery.

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