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OBITUARY:  The Mt. Vernon Register News published the following on Thursday, 
December 5, 1935 which read:

 "John David Dodds, coroner of Jefferson county 
and one of its best known residents, died at his home, 216 south Twelfth 
Street, at 11:30 o'clock last night.  He had been in impaired health for 
several years and his condition had been critical since last Saturday, 
November 30.  His age was 79 years, 1 month and 18 days.  Funeral services 
will be held at the Universalist church in Waltonville at two o'clock Friday 
afternoon with Elder D. E. Baker officiating.  Interment will be made in Knob 
Prairie Cemetery.  Born on a farm near Waltonville on October 16, 1836, Mr. 
Dodds was a son of John and Emeline Keller Dodds, one of the old families of 
Jefferson County.  He engaged in farming for a number of years and later 
moved to Mt. Vernon engaging in the real estate business.  On February 11, 
1880, he was united in marriage with Olive L. Gilbert at the home of her 
parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Gilbert of Waltonville.  On the occasion 
of their golden wedding anniversary, February 11, 1930.  The Register News 
published an account of Mr. and Mrs. Dodds' wedded life, showing thatthe 
entire period had been spent in Jefferson County.  During much of the time 
they made their home in Mt. Vernon and at other times resided on their farm.  
They lived in Mt. Vernon in 1887 when the town was swept by the great cyclone 
and their home was among the many razed in that disaster.

An unusual feature of the observance was that Mrs. Dodds' parents and 
grandparents lived to celebrate their golden wedding anniversaries. Had Mr. 
Dodds lived to February 11, 1936, he and Mrs. Dodds would have been married 
56 years.  Mr. and Mrs. Dodds werean unusually devoted couple and their long 
married life was characterized by happiness.  Always actively affiliated with 
the Democratic party, Mr. Dodds was elected coroner with a large plurality in 
the landslide of 1932.  He made an active campaign despite his age and his 
personal popularity was attested by his success.  He conducted the affairs of 
his office in a thorough and efficient manner, holding inquests in many 
deaths.  Troubled by his failing health at times, he occasionally delegated a 
part of the work to assistants, but at all tiimes he fulfilled the major 
duties of the position.

Mr. Dodds was a man of excellent business judgement, honest and upright in 
his dealings with his fellow me,andin a long and busy life left only friends. 
 He never entertained feelings of ill will against anyone and his frank, open 
manner, his sterling traits of character won for him the respect of all, and 
the affection of those who knew him best. He is survived by his wife, five 
daughters, one son, a sister and a brother.  The daughters are Mrs. Myrtle E. 
Norris of Waltonville, Mrs. Charles J. Thompson of Mt. Vernon, Mrs. Ruby 
Hirons of St. Louis, MO, Mrs. H. E. Mannen of Mt. Vernon and Mrs. Frank E. 
Reed of Sandoval, Illinois.  The son is Wilburn Dodds of Denver, Colorado. 
The brother is W. N. Dodds of Mt. Vernon and the sister is Mrs. Susan Hirons 
of Waltonville.  The body will lie in state at the Myers chapel, 122 north 
tenth street, until shortly before the funeral hour."

Submitted by: "Family Links"
Feb 25, 2003


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