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 John N. Skinner

John N. Skinner

New York, USA
Death 28 Apr 1882 (aged 60)
Burial Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 27763647 · View Source
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Death of Hon. John N. Skinner

An Old Citizen and Public Officer Passed Beyond the Vale.

A Large Concourse of Citizens of Valparaiso and Porter County, Follow Their Deceased Friend and Fellow Citizen to His Last Resting Place.

Resolutions of Respect by the Organizations of Which Mr. Skinner was Chief.

Not before in the history of Valparaiso has it been the lot of her citizens to lose from their midst one so prominently connected with all the vital interests of the city, and whose death called out such general expressions of sympathy as did that of Hon. John N. Skinner, mayor of Valparaiso, whose sudden and unexpected demise occurred at six o'clock last Friday morning, April 28, at his residence in this city.

Mr. Skinner was in his usual health on Friday evening preceding his death, and presided at the council meeting, and though on Saturday and Sunday he complained of feeling bad, yet he was able to be out on the streets until Monday, when he visited the barber shop and was shaved, but soon after retired to his bed from which he was not again to rise. He continually grew worse, being in a semi-unconscious condition to the hour of his death. His family physician pronounced his disease lung fever and his death was probably the immediate result of congestion.

It was the wish of many of his friends that the body of Mr. Skinner should be at his residence until Sunday but on close examination by Undertaker Lepell, who had charge of the burial, it was decided best that the remains of the dead mayor should be buried on Saturday, and in accordance with this preparations were made. All through the day on Friday and Saturday, the corpse was visited by citizens who wished to pay their respects to and take a last look at the face of their deceased friend.

His long residence in Porter County, the prominent part he has always taken in public affairs, his genial, kindly nature all tended to secure him a large circle of friends each of whom was eager to give evidence of his goodness and attest his worth.

Mr. Skinner was born in Wayne county, N.Y., Feb. 5, 1823. When about fifteen years of age he removed with his parents to Indiana and settled in Porter county. He labored several years as a farm hand, and in 1840 he rented a small farm, and by industry and economy, he cleared about $200 the first. year. He then entered the law office of Hon. Harlow Orton, under whom he read law twelve months, when he turned his attention to merchantile pursuits, in which he continued several years. In 1851 he was united in marriage to Miss Joanna Marshall, who survives him.

Their union was blessed by the birth of eleven children of whom all but one are living. He was elected mayor of Valparaiso in 1872 which office he held at the time of his death and was made the unanimous nominee of his party for election to the same position at the election which occurred last Tuesday.

The funeral was held on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the family residence on Mechanic street. The services were conducted by Rev. G. M. Boyd, of the M.E. church. At the close of Mr. Boyd's remarks, the bier was placed upon the sidewalk that all might have an opportunity to look at the remains.

Porter County Vidette
Valparaiso, Indiana, Thursday, May 4, 1882
Transcribed by David M Pierce
17 April 2011




  • Maintained by: David M. Peirce
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 27763647
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John N. Skinner (5 Feb 1822–28 Apr 1882), Find A Grave Memorial no. 27763647, citing Old City Cemetery, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by David M. Peirce (contributor 47460027) .