James Riley Epperson

James Riley Epperson

Birth
Death 6 Jul 1888 (aged 59)
Burial Boone, Boone County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 49824576 · View Source
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59 years 6 months 3 days

J.R. Epperson, the senior member of the grocery firm of Epperson & Clapp, and well known all over the county as Riley Epperson, died very suddenly at his residence Friday evening. He had not been feeling well that day and went home about ten o'clock in the morning. At his residence he lounged around until night, being uncomfortable but not supposed to be at all seriously ill. About half past nine he undressed and went to bed. Almost immediately he attempted to rise again, but said he could not and lying down died without a struggle. Before the family appreciated that help was needed he was dead.
J.R. Epperson was born in Bartholomew county, Indian, June 3, 1829, and was consequently 59 years old at the time of his death. He resided most of the time in Clay county, Indiana, until 1852, when he removed to this county and has been a resident here ever since. In 1853 he conducted the first steam saw mill ever run in the county. Subsequently he went into the grocery business in Boonsboro. In 1871 he was elected county treasurer and held the office two years. He was married in 1852 to Cynthia Gildea. Two children were born to them one of them, a son surviving.
The deceased was one of the kindest hearted genial men in this community and his death is universally regretted. Coming here in an early day before railroads and telegraphs he endured the hardships of pioneer life, seeing the country develop around him. The old settlers were all his warm friends and his circle of acquaintances widened year by year. But one comment is made—a good man is gone.
The cause of his sudden death is not definitely known, but it is generally believed the serious injuries he sustained in a runaway a few years ago shortened his life. At that time several ribs were broken and it was feared his injuries were fatal, but he recovered and was able to attend to business again. He probably was not conscious of permanent injury, but in all likelihood his constitution was undermined by that disaster, and he succumbed to some slight ailment that would otherwise not have harmed him.
The funeral was delayed until Monday afternoon, to await the arrival of relatives, at which time a large concourse of friends followed his remains to their last resting place.


Parents:
John Barnett Epperson
Sarah Alloway


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  • Created by: Cathy
  • Added: 16 Mar 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 49824576
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Riley Epperson (3 Jan 1829–6 Jul 1888), Find A Grave Memorial no. 49824576, citing Linwood Park Cemetery, Boone, Boone County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Cathy (contributor 47100569) .