James M. Arthurs Passes Away at a Ripe Age—Buried by Comrades
James M. Arthurs, an old soldier, who had been seriously ill at his home on Seventh avenue east for several days, died Sunday night. His funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Presbyterian church and Rev. Hugh T. Kerr, the pastor, preached the sermon. The services were in charge of Joe Hooker Post, G.A.R. of which Comrade Arthurs was an honored member.
James M. Arthurs was born in Hillsboro, Ill., July 18, 1838. He was twice married. His first marriage to Miss Emma A. Cram, occurred at Hillsboro, Ill., Jan 24, 1864. His first wife died almost two years later on October 1, 1865. He was married to Miss Mary A. Gunning at Hillsboro, Ill., November 8, 1866, and she still survives him. A son of his first marriage, Walter C. Arthurs of Mount Vernon, Ill., also survives him. He is here looking after the details of the funeral. Another son is J. Herbert Arthurs of Pittsburg, Pa., and he leaves three daughters, Mrs. N.T. Stewart and Misses Belle and Myrtle Arthurs, all of this city. Mr. Arthurs became a Presbyterian early in life and was always an active member. He responded to the first call for volunteers in the rebellion and fought for his country all through the war. He belongs to Company H, Ninth Illinois infantry, and took part in sixty-five battles and skirmishes in which men were killed. He has been a faithful member of Joe Hooker Post, G.A.R., ever since he moved to this city and is sincerely mourned by his many comrades, as well as by a host of friends.
Hutchinson News Weekly
Jan 8, 1903, pg 5
Submitted by Kathleen Dankanyin