Obituary of John G. Cherry
Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette
June 19, 1899
Hon. J. G. Cherry Dead
After a Long Illness a Respected Citizen Passed Away Sunday
At 1:15 Sunday afternoon occurred the death of John G. Cherry, at the family residence, 1232Third avenue, at the age of 61 years, after a long illness of aggravated liver complaint. The funeral services will be held at the home at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, Rev. J. H. Palmer and Dr. E. R. Burkhalter officiating; interment at Oak Hill cemetery.
John G. Cherry was born in Diddington, Huntingdonshire, England, December 28, 1838. He came to this county in 1869, locating at Troy Mills, where he remained eight years, removing to Walker, where he remained nearly two years, locating in Cedar Rapids in 1879. Soon after coming to Linn county, Mr. Cherry engaged in the butter and egg business, which grew to such dimensions that he sought a larger and better place. During his residence here, he built up a splendid business of creamery and dairy supplies and also engaged extensively in the manufacture of egg cases and case fillers. Mr. Cherry acquired a wide acquaintance throughout the state and was as well and favorably known abroad as at home.
In 1872 Mr. Cherry was united in marriage to Miss Mary A. Miles, who with eight children, survives. There are five sons, William, Walter, Herbert, Howard and Burgess, and three daughters, Agatha, Nellie and Mabel. Mr. Cherry began to fail in health several months ago, and for the past six months had been unable to attend to his business affairs, although able to drive out and to walk about his beautiful home. About 4 o'clock Saturday afternoon he was taken worse and the end came rapidly. His most estimable family will have the sympathy of a wide circle of friends.