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John Acorn
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Birth: Dec. 19, 1844
Queens County
Prince Edward Island, Canada
Death: May 19, 1920
Stevens County
Washington, USA

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Name: John Acorn
Date Of Death: 19 May 1920
Age: 75
Gender: Male
Father Name: William Acorn
Mother Name: Elizabeth Balleim
Death Place: Colville, Stevens, Washington
Spouse Name: Harriett C. Moore

The Colville examiner. (Colville, Wash.), 22 May 1920


On Wednesday afternoon, May 19, at his home 225 E Third avenue, in this city, John Acorn, for more than 30 years a resident of Stevens county, passed to his reward after an illness extending over the greater part of a year.

John Acorn was born Dec. 19, 1844, in Pownal, Township 49, Queen country, Prince Edward Island, which was also the birthplace of his father W. W. Acorn and his mother, Jane Elizabeth (Balum) Acorn. His grandfather John Acorn was a native of the state of Maine and served with the British forces in the revolutionary war and at the close of hostilities moved to Prince Edward Island, and became a factor in shipbuilding there. This industry there reached great proportions during the civil war when British shipping predominated the sea, carrying the trade of the world. Deceased was of Scotch ancestry, his grandmother Jane Elizabeth McKinzie having been born in Scotland; his paternal line, however, began in America when his forefathers came from Scotland about 100 years before the beginning of American independence.

Mr. Acorn came west in 188 as a contractor in construction on the Northern Pacific railway, which was extending its system in many branch lines. A trip through the Colville valley on the completion of the Spokane Falls & Northern railway decided him in a new home which he established in Cilville, and in 1898 his family joined him here.

On July 4, 1866 he was joined in marriage with Miss Harriet Campbell of Scotch ancestry, whose father was engaged in the shipbuilding trade.

Surviving him are his widow and three sons and three daughters; J. H. C. Acorn and William A Acorn of Colville, Roy Acorn of Spokane. Mrs Fred Davis of Molson, Mrs Fred Peters of Roland B.C and Mrs Andrew Simpson of Nighthawk, B.C. A son Maxwell Acorn and a daughter Mrs. Jane Elizabeth Caruthers died her some years ago.

Mr Acorn's fraternal affiliations were with the Masonic order of which he became a member when a young main in his native town and has ever remained in good standing. His religious preference was for the Presbyterian church in which both lines of his family had worshiped.

In his lifetime Mr. Acorn was a toiler in both mind and body, and it was not his inclination to pass around that which could be surmounted. It was his nature to strive rather than proceed listlessly through the affairs of the world. He loved his family and was of a kind and forgiving nature which endeared him to them. His friendships were chosen with discretion and were strong and enduring; on the contrary he possessed the enviable faculty of dismissing all enmities with only passing concern. he was a Christian nobleman, a find citizen emulating on the oft repeated story: "It is not helps, but obstacles, not facilities but difficulties, that make men."

Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the undertaking parlors, Rev. J.M. Huggins of the congregational church conducting the service. The Masonic lodge attended in a body, and at the grave conducted the ritualistic services of the order in charge of Dr. O. F Vinson, master and J. C. Harrigan, past master.

Family links: 
  Maxwell Acorn (1873 - 1901)*
  J Maxwell Acorn (1879 - 1902)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Age 75 - No Headstone - From NeWGS research.
Evergreen Cemetery
Stevens County
Washington, USA
Plot: Unknown
Created by: ChuckNorris
Record added: Jun 19, 2010
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