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April, 1897

from a loose clipping, source unknown 14 April 1897

Death of a Well Known Lady.
On Saturday evening at the residence of her sister. Mrs. R. S. Grice, at North Chicago, occurred the death of Miss Ida M. Wedge, of Millburn, Ill., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Wedge. Miss Wedge was born at Millburn, August 28, 1868 and was reared in that town. She was, at the time of her death, 28 years, 7 months and 26 days old.

About one year ago she began to show signs of consumption, she having contracted that disease while caring for an aunt, Mrs. J. T. Harvey, in Boulder, Col. She immediately began treatment with the best of physicians, but of no avail.

She leaves a father, mother, three brothers and three sisters, beside a host of relatives to mourn her loss.

Miss Wedge for some time lived in this city during which time she gained a large circle of friends who will with regret, learn of her death.

The funeral services were held Wednesday at 11 a. m. from the home of her father, John Wedge, of Millburn, and interment will be made in the Millburn cemetery.

The bereaved family have the sympathy of all their many friends.

from a loose clipping, source unknown 16 April 1897
Another Pioneer Passes Away.
James L. Thain died at his late residence, in Millburn, Friday, April 16th, 1897, aged sixty-two years. An abscess breaking inwardly was said, to be the cause of his sudden death. He leaves one son, John and six daughters, Annie, Elsie, Margaret, Lula, Emma and Mamie, also his second wife to whom he was married less than three months ago.

When Mr. Thain died, a man of noble character passed form our midst. In him were combined all those sterling qualities, and affable traits, that go to make up a strong and worthy character, which impresses all who came in contact with such people as he. He was always pleasant, kind, obliging, charitable, defending the weak and erring, a christian man that lived his religion every day in the week, winsome, conscientious, humorous, intelligent, as familiar with the Bible as with the alphabet. His family loved him and every body will miss him. What a great loss we sustain in the death of Mr. Thain! (Solomon wisely said "A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold." His funeral was held Monday from his late residence, Rev. S. A. Harris, and his son Rev. Edward Harris, of Grayslake, officiating. His brother Rev. Dr. A. R. Thain made the closing prayer at the grave touching all hearts by its deep and tender pathos, a just tribute to a noble man.

There was in attendance at the funeral services all of his children, his three brothers, Alexander Thom, of North Bend, Neb., G. L. Stewart, of Waukegan, George Smith, of Evanston, and his niece Lucy Mason, Mrs. Victor Rossback, Mr. Niver, of Chicago, and all his old friends and neighbors.

Mr. and Mrs. Starkweather led singing assisted by the members of the choir, and the singing was excellent and appropriate. The floral tributes were profuse and beautiful. He was laid to rest in the family lot in the beautiful Millburn Cemetery.

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