Sadder tidings never flashed over the wires than those contained in the telegram received early this morning by James McKinnay, the county treasurer, announcing the death of his wife, which occurred at midnight in Spokane.
Mr. McKinnay just arrived home last night from Spokane, where he accompanied his wife and little child, in the hope that the western climate would prove beneficial to her impaired health.
They started for Spokane on July 6, and Mrs. McKinnay was very much fatigued when she arrived after her long trip. She was suffering from a pulmonary affliction, and a few months before, had hemorrhage of the lungs.
Her brother, Charles Tomlinson, and a cousin, Mrs. C. S. Lamphere, were living there, and she intended to visit them for several months. She appeared to be getting along nicely after she recovered from the effects of the long train ride, and was apparently as well as usual when Mr. McKinnay started for home.
In the meantime, it is probable that she contracted a cold; and pneumonia developed. The message conveying the sad intelligence states that this malady was the cause of her sudden demise. She was taken very ill during the night, and a telegram advising Mr. McKinnay to come to Spokane at once was filed.
Within half an hour, another message was sent announcing her death. The two telegrams were received this morning.
Mrs. McKinnay was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Tomlinson, both deceased. She was born and reared in Payson township, and enjoyed a wide acquaintance throughout the county.
She was married to Mr. McKinnay on February 20, 1897, in Springfield. One son, James Lowell, who is now one year and seven months old, is their only child.
Besides her husband and the baby, Mrs. McKinnay is survived by two brothers: Charles Tomlinson in Spokane, and James W. Tomlinson, who lives in Payson township.
The passing away of Mrs. McKinnay occasions profound grief, and the bereaved husband and relatives have the sympathy of the entire community. The remains will be shipped to this city, for burial.
- The Quincy Daily Herald, Thursday, July 25, 1901; front page.
A telegram received today announces that the remains of Mrs. James McKinnay were shipped from Spokane at 11 o'clock last night. The train bringing the body home will arrive at 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon. A brother of the deceased lady will accompany the remains, and will bring back the baby.
- The Quincy Daily Herald, Friday, July 26, 1901; page 7.
The funeral of Mrs. James McKinnay yesterday afternoon was largely attended.
Services were conducted at the home, Eighth and Spruce, by Reverend L. H. Stine, and interment was at Graceland.
The county officers and clerks attended in a body. There were many beautiful floral tributes, and the sorrowing husband received the sincere condolences of a large number of friends.
- The Quincy Daily Whig, Tuesday, July 30, 1901; page 8.
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