Clay County


Harvey Isom Cooper, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. William Cooper, was born June 13, 1877, in Clay county, Illinois, and passed away at his home near Tonica, Illinois, on May 21, 1930, after a brief illness with pleurisy and pneumonia, at the age of 52 years, 11 months and 8 days.

His boyhood and young manhood days were spent in Clay county. At the age of 25 years he came to this community and the remainder of his life was spent near Lostant and Tonica.

On July 21, 1920, he was united in marriage with Miss Lena Grivy, of Lostant. To this union two children were born, Elouise Christine and Harvey Leroy. He was a kind and loving husband and father and very much devoted to his home and family and took great pride in his live stock.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife and two children as above stated, his aged mother, Mrs. Louisa Cooper, of Utica; three brothers, David, of Lima, Ohio, Otto, of Utica, and Frank, of Chicago, and thirteen nieces and nephews and one greatnephew. His father, one sister and four brothers have preceded him in death.

A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled.
'Tis hard to break the tender cord,
When iove has bound the heart,
'Tis hard, so hard to speak the words,
"Must we forever part."

Funeral services were held from the home on Saturday afternoon at two o'clock with Rev. T. E. Knubone, of the M. E. church at Lostant, in charge, who spoke words of comfort to the bereaved family. Mrs. Elsie Hartenbower and Mrs. Grace Ryan, with Mrs. Estella Bell at the piano, sang, "Saved by Grace," "Sometime We'll Understand," and "In the City Four Square." Burial was made in Hope cemetery at Lostant, Illinois. Pall bearers were Golden Mills, Elmer Summers, John Walcenback, Louis Peterson, Ted Bayler and Simon Baker.

Relatives from a distance attending the funeral were Mrs. Louisa Cooper, Utica, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Cooper and family and Mrs. Hattie Malone, of Chicago, also numerous friends from La Salle, Peru, McNabb, Leonore, Utica, Ottawa, Tonica and Lostant.

Extracted 12 Jun 2017 by Norma Hass from 1930 Pictures and Biographical Sketches of the Business Men of Clay City, Illinois.

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