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Louisa M. Bogan

One of the Early Settlers of Jefferson County - 
Active Church Woman, No More 

Death touched the brow of Mrs. Louisa M. Bogan, at 8:20 
Thursday morning, March 9, and claimed her for his own. 
For the past week Mrs. Bogan had been ill, with an attack 
of bronchial grip, and while she was very sick, her illness 
was not thought to be fatal. About 2 o'clock Thursday morning 
she fell into a sleep, and during that sleep her condition grew 
very much worse. 

Aunt Louisa Bogan was a woman of remarkable activity and in 
spite of her physical afflications, caused by numerous accidents, 
she was wonderfully preserved, body and mind, and retained her 
faculties until the day of her death. 

She was born in Alexandria, VA, July 9, 1825, and at the time of 
her death was almost 85 years and 8 months old. The most of her 
life had been spent in Jefferson county. She came here with her husband, 
the late John S. Bogan, in 1846, settling in Grand Prairie township, 
where they lived for a few years. The family then came to Mt. Vernon 
and since that time this city has been regarded as home. Mrs. Bogan 
was truly one of the pioneers and as her grandchildren would gather 
about her she would relate many interesting stories of pioneer life. 
One in particular was as she was going to market, horse back one day, 
the animal on which she was riding was the one used for deer hunting. 
As the horse was plodding along through an avenue of prairie grass, 
six or eight feet high, a deer crossed the path, and the animal at 
once started in pursuit and it was with great effort that Mrs. Bogan 
got control of the excited horse. 

In 1842, on the 20th day of September, she was married to John Stewart 
Bogan, who passed away Feb. 19, 1900, in Washington D. C., the ceremony 
being performed by Dr. John Smith. She was the daughter of John B. and 
Eliza Burnet, her mother's maiden name was Eliza Labille. Her parents 
were natives of France but were married in this country. Mrs. Bogan was the 
mother of eleven children and is survived by fivewho are Mrs. M. M. Goodale, 
Mrs. W. T. Goodrich, Mrs. Annie L. Pace, J. Frank Bogan, all of this city 
and W. V. B. Bogan, of Chicago. In 1892 Mr. and Mrs. Bogan celebrated 
their golden wedding and hundreds of friends called at their home, 1712 
Jefferson Ave. Aunt Louisa was a member of the Presbyterian church from 
early girlhood. She and Uncle Johnny were two of the twelve charter members 
of the Pesbyterian church, in this city, and it was largely due to their 
efforts that the church was kept alive in its early years of life. She 
was devoted to the church and until her years forbad her, she was regarded 
as the most active memeber of the congregation. 

The funeral will be conducted at the First M. E. church, 2 o'clock, 
Saturday afternoon, by Rev. W. V. McAdoo assisted by Rev. G. E. McCammon. 
The reason that the service will not be held at the Presbyterian church 
is that repairs are being made and the church is torn up. The body will 
lie in state from 10 until 12 Saturday and the casket will not be opened 
in the church. The funeral cortege will proceed to Oakwood cemetery where 
the body will be laid to rest beside her husband. 

March 10, 1911 Mt. Vernon Register News 
Submitted by Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera

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