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John W. Alexander
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Birth: Nov. 8, 1830
Tennessee, USA
Death: Dec., 1903

Long a Prominent Decatur Citizen
For Many YEars Street Superintendant
John W. Alexander died shortly after 10 o'clock Sunday morning at his home, 1035 North Church street. Apoplexy caused his death.
Mr. Alexander had been in a serious condition since Friday evening. At supper that evening he became suddenly ill. He was taken to his room and a doctor called, but he became unconscious, and never recovered enough to say anything.
Mr. Alexander was one of Decatur's old settlers. He lived in Decatur almost continuously for thirty-six years. Ten years of that time he was in the employ of the city as street superintendent.
BORN IN 1830
John W. Alexander was born near Greenville, Tenn., Nov. 8, 1830. When he was still very young he moved with the rest of his family to Franklin, Ind. There he lived almost thirty years.
While living in Franklin he met Miss Mary McDowell of Pittsburg, Pa., who was in Franklin with her parents on a visit. Both her parents died in Franklin within six weeks of each other. She stayed in Franklin with her broher, and finally became engaged to Mr. Alexander. When they were to be married she went to Pittsburg to her sister's home.
At that time Mr. Alexander worked on railroads. After the war he went to Kansas City and worked there till 1867, when he came to Deactur with his wife.
Since 1867 he had worked for several railroads, chiefly the Chesapeake & Ohio and the Midland. In 1888 he went to Spokane, Wash., and became superintendent of a street railway there. Two years later he returned to Decautr and took charge of the street railway here. Late he became street superintendent and held that position tne years off and on. He was street superintendent under D.H. Conklin, Captain M.F. Kanan and William Chambers.
After leaving the service of the city he started in the coal business. He left that two years ago. He had been ill for fifteen months or longer. A year ago last July he was stricken with paralysis, and had been an invalid ever since that time.
He leaves besides his wife, a brother, D.R. Alexander; a sister, Mrs. Leah Vaughn; and a niece, Miss Enda Alexander, whom he raised as his own child.
The funeral will be held at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon from the First Presbyterian church, of which Mr. Alexander was a member. The Knights Templar will have charge of the funeral. Mr. Alexander was a Knight Templar twenty-five years or longer.
The Daily Review (Decatur), 7 Dec 1903

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  Mary Alexander (1834 - 1920)*
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Greenwood Cemetery
Macon County
Illinois, USA
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