|Death: ||Apr. 1, 1895|
John Driscoll, better known as "Silver Jack," was a lumberjack during Michigan's lumbering era, who became a legend in his own time for his fighting abilities. A Catholic, Silver Jack would give a rough beating to anyone who said anything bad about his religious denomination.
From the L'Anse (Mich.) Sentinel, Saturday, April 6, 1895, Vol. XV, No.14: SUDDENLY SUMMONED John Driscoll Found Dead In Bed Early
John Driscoll Familiarly known as "Silver Jack," died at J.B. Belanger's boarding house early Monday morning, aged 41 years. Deceased had been employed by the L'Anse Lumber company in one of their camps during the winter, and arrived in town about two weeks ago. He complained of not feeling well, and symptoms showed that he had an attack of the grippe. He was confined to his bed for several days previous to his death, but Sunday evening he stated that he felt much better and thought he would be able to leave his room the next morning. About 6 o'clock Monday morning Mr. Belanger's son went to Mr. Driscoll's room, and found that he was dead, evidently having expired about an hour previous.
C.E. Driscoll, of Saginaw, brother of the deceased, was notified, and arrived in the city Tuesday. The funeral took place from St. Joseph's church Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock, the services being conducted by Rev. Father Joisten, with high Mass, and the interment took place in the Catholic cemetery. The pall bearers were Joseph Berdin, E. Fisher, Thomas Donsmore, Dan McDonald, Michael Murphy, and Archie Barnhard.
Mr. Driscoll desires to sincerely thank Mr. and Mrs. Belanger and all those who so kindly aided during the sickness and death of his brother.
According to a story about "Silver Jack" by Roy L. Dodge (1918-1978), Silver Jack told Mrs. Belanger he wanted to play an April fool joke on her son by making him think he was dead, and then Jack would throw off the blanket and shout "April fool!" But when the son went to Jack's room, the legendary lumberjack was really dead. The boarding house "Silver Jack" died in burned to the ground the following year.
L'Anse Township Cemetery
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