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James Milton Purdy
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Birth: May 10, 1863
Marion County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Jan. 14, 1910
Newton County
Missouri, USA


While Driving on McCord Street in Front of the Tabernacle

James M. Purdy, the well known and popular drayman, fell from the seat of his wagon Friday afternoon at 4 o'clock in front of the Tabernacle on McCord Street and expired in a few minutes. Heart failure due to rheumatism is supposed to be the cause of his sudden death. The lines dropped from his hands and he fell backwards, then rolled off the wagon to the ground. When assistance came he was past medical aid. The body was carried into Mr. Chaplin's residence but soon removed to his home on Grant Street.

Mr. Purdy had not been well for several weeks and was in bed for two weeks with rheumatism but was up again and at work with his dray wagon. He had hauled freight all day but complained of feeling bad and decided to go home. He got a load of cobs at the Elevator and started home but death overtook him.

Mr. Purdy was 46 years old and came to Neosho in 1889 from west Texas where he had been a cowboy. He had been a drayman ever since coming here and we think we can truthfully say that very few men in Neosho were more widely known in the county and generally so well liked as was Jim Purdy.

He was Irish by descent and had the native wit and good humor, so characteristic of the race, to a marked degree. He was always jolly, no matter what reverses he had, and apparently always enjoyed life and tried to make everybody laugh and be happy. He always had a good joke or story to tell and when he left he was nearly always singing some old Irish song or the latest vaudeville.

His wife is a sister of John Norville and she with eleven children, ranging in age from two to 21 years, survive. The oldest daughter is married, being Mrs. Roy Howerton, and the next is Miss Pauline who is teaching in Oklahoma. The oldest son has been employed at Oliver's meat market but will now continue his father's dray business.

The funeral was held Monday at the M.E. Church, South. Mr. Purdy was a member of the Odd Fellows' lodge and the members of that order attended in a body. The church was crowded and many went who were unable to get standing room inside. It was the largest funeral held in Neosho for many years, showing the esteem in which Mr. Purdy was held by the whole town. The funeral was preached by Rev. Mr. Shook and after short services at the church a long procession followed the remains to the cemetery."

The Neosho Times
Thurs. Jan. 20, 1910

Transcribed and provided by Virginia 
Family links: 
  Milton H Purdy (1834 - ____)
  Mary Margaret Wallace Purdy (1833 - 1878)
  Helen Virginia Norvell Purdy (1868 - 1960)*
  Guy DeWitt Purdy (1894 - 1962)*
  Charles Norvell Purdy (1897 - 1952)*
  James Frederick Purdy (1903 - 1987)*
  Virginia Burrell Purdy Keeter (1906 - 1999)*
  Susan N. Purdy (1854 - 1854)*
  James Milton Purdy (1863 - 1910)
  Mary John Purdy Oliver (1869 - 1940)*
  William Harrison Purdy (1873 - 1929)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Died of heart failure.
Odd Fellows Cemetery
Newton County
Missouri, USA
Maintained by: John Robinson
Originally Created by: Coleah
Record added: Nov 22, 2007
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