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James O Brooks
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Birth: May 8, 1858
Augusta County
Virginia, USA
Death: Jun. 28, 1939
Hamilton County
Illinois, USA

Death struck twice in the Brooks family Wednesday with the death of D.F. Brooks, one of the leading attorneys in Wabash since admission to the bar in 1895, at 6 o'clock, and in McLeasboro, Il, with the death of his brother, James O. Brooks.
The death of Mr. Brooks occurred at his home on south Fisher street following an illness of several weeks duration. He had been returned to his home only about a week and a half ago from the methodist hospital at Indianapolis. He had been failing steadily since his return from a Florida vacation earlier in the year, and death finally resulted from nervous exhaustion and heart complication.
Thursday morning the Brooks family received the wire from McLeansboro with the news of the death of his brother, James, which occurred suddenly at his home there Wednesday night.
Funeral services for Mr. Brooks will be held Saturday morning at 10:30 o'clock at the Jone Funeral Home with Rev. R.C. Plank of the First Methodist church officiating. Interment will be in Falls CEmetery.
The body will remain at the Jone Funeral Home where the family will receive friends.
David Franklin Brooks was born on a farm near Staunton, Va., on March 17, 1866, to Richard G. and Elizabeth C. Kennedy Brooks. The Brooks family is of English origin and the Kennedys were Scotch.
Mr. Brooks, the sixth in a family of (?) children, was reared in Virginia, his birthplace, and for (?) years after that he attended a Presbyterian Academy near Fishersville. In 1884 he taught his first term of district school, and in 1885, at the age of 19 went to hartford City, Ind., where he spent two years at work at sawmilling, also attending school.
Later he was employed in keeping a set of books for a produce firm at Warren, and then went into merchandise business on his own. Hist studies in law were continued intermittently until the fall of 1893, when he entered the law school of the Northern Indiana university of Valparaise. In June 1895, he was graduated there with his degree as bachelor of laws, and was admitted to the bar at that time. In October, 1895, he located in Wabash and has practiced here since that time.
mr. Brooks was a lifelong Republican, served as county attorney for a short period, and once was a candidate for circuit court judge. He also was active in lodge affairs of the community and was a past exalted ruler of the Elks. He was a member of the Royal Arch Masons.
In 1923, he was given an honorary LL.D. degree at Valparaiso University.
On April 6, 1892, he was married to Mrs. Anna Gale of Warren, ind. They were the parents of seven childtren. Harry Brooks died a year ago.
Surviving are the widow: six children, Lalla, Mrs. Lutz Rettig, Redlands, Ca.; Vada, Mrs. harold Matthews, Chicago, il.; Everett Brooks; Raymond Brooks, North manchester; Virginia, at home; and mary Brooks Leet, at home; also several grandchildren; and the following brothers and sisters, Ben Brooks, Wabash; Charles Brooks, and Mrs. E.A. Heathwole, Redlands, Ca.; Mrs. Luther Parrott, Mrs Alfred Mahler, Betty Brooks, H.S. Brooks and Preston Brooks, Waynesboro, Va., and James Brooks, McLeansboro, Il.
Family links: 
  Richard G. Brooks (1836 - 1884)
  Elizabeth Catherine Kennedy Brooks (1838 - 1925)
  Arminda C Jones Brooks (1859 - 1914)
  Arthur Brooks (1883 - 1891)*
  Charles Franklin Brooks (1885 - 1965)*
  Oscar R Brooks (1887 - 1971)*
  Edward Brooks (1887 - 1960)*
  Chester Brooks (1890 - 1891)*
  James O Brooks (1891 - 1970)*
  Louie Brooks (1894 - 1965)*
  Earnest Brooks (1894 - 1898)*
  Iva B Brooks Sutton (1898 - 1986)*
  James O Brooks (1858 - 1939)
  Ella Virginia Brooks Mahler (1862 - 1945)*
  David Frank Brooks (1866 - 1939)*
  Minnie L Brooks Heatwole (1866 - 1949)*
  Isaac Gordon Brooks (1871 - 1953)*
  Margaret C Brooks Parrett (1874 - 1948)*
  Bettie Ida Brooks (1876 - 1952)*
  Charles Ernest Brooks (1879 - ____)*
  Harry Strickler Brooks (1879 - 1957)*
  Benjamin Ellis Brooks (1882 - 1969)*
  Richard Preston Brooks (1885 - 1945)*
*Calculated relationship
Knight's Prairie Cemetery
Hamilton County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Richard L Brooks II
Record added: Mar 28, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35273766
James O Brooks
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James O Brooks
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James O Brooks
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