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OBITUARY:  The Mt. Vernon Register News published the following on Wednesday, 
November 10, 1937 which reads:

 "Wilburn Neal Dodds, one of Mt. Vernon's most 
highly respected old citizens, died early this morning at the family home, 
214 South Seventeenth Street.  Death followed a long period of ill health.  
Mr. Dodds was born April 3, 1858, in Knob Prairie, near what is now 
Waltonville, and was a son of John and Emeline Dodds, well known people in 
their day.  Mr. Dodds was united in marriage with Miss Emma Frances Philip 
October 9, 1881, and she with two sons, Harry of this city, and John of 
Denver, Colo., survive.  Two grandchildren survive.  Two brothers, Wm. S. and 
John D. Dodds, preceded Mr. Dodds in death, as did one sister, Mrs. Thos H. 
Mannen, of Waltonville.  One sister, Mrs. Susan Hirons of Waltonville, 
survives.  Funeral services will be held in the First M.E. Church tomorrow 
afternoon at 2 o'clock conducted by Dr. Harry C. Brown, and burial will 
follow in Knob Prairie cemetery, near Waltonville.  The body was taken to the 
undertaking parlors of O.B. Fly & Sons, 107 North Tenth Street and prepared 
for burial, where it may be viewed by friends at any convenient time up to 
the funeral hour tomorrow.  Of an intensely patriotic nature, Mr. Dodds 
served as a sergeant in Company K, Illinois volunteer infantry in the Spanish 
American War in 1898.  He proved a good soldier, living up to his rule of 
giving wholehearted service in all the undertakings of life.  He was a member 
of Eben Swift Post, No 94, United Spanish War veterans, and in the days of 
his health and strength took much interest in the organization, and the 
patriotic principles for which it stands.  Born on a farm, Mr. Dodds spent 
his early life in farm pursuits, but located in Mt. Vernon 49 years ago.  He 
and his brother, John David Dodds, operated an extensive livery business at 
Eleventh and Broadway, a number of years, the business at that time being one 
of much importance.  Later he served as a city policeman at different times 
being most favorably known as a conscientious and efficient officer.  Mr. 
Dodds, aside from his many excellent personal qualities and virtues, will be 
best remembered as a magistrate.  For 25 or 30 years he served in one or the 
other of two offices of the same nature, police magistrate of the city of Mt. 
Vernon and justice of the peace of Mt. Vernon township.  Mr. Dodds, in his 
long service as a magistrate was recognized as a capable judge of the law, a 
fair and conscientious administrator of the law as far asit was involved in 
the office of magistrate.  His courteous treatment, his consideration for 
unfortunates, brought before him on criminal charges, and fair dealing with 
all concerned in civil and all other cases, combined to make him a most 
popular man and official.  His popularity through a long period of public 
service is attested by the fact that even in Republican landslide years, he 
as a Democrat, received the largest vote of any candidate of either party, 
being the only Democrat elected.  Although a consistent Democrat he won the 
support of people of all parties by reason of his fair and honest disposition 
of the matters coming before him in his official capacity.  Personally, 
popular, of a kindly, friendly nature, he made and retained friends 
throughout his long life, the friends of his youth being his friends until 
the end. To his personal friends Mr. Dodds was universally known as Neal, 
while to many others, he was always "Uncle Neal."  His quiet, peaceful death 
was a fitting climax to a life of earnest honest endeavor, of a spirit of 
live and let live, of good will toward others, with tolerance for the 
weaknesses and fralities of the human family and with malice toward none, a 
life in which the Golden Rule was exemplified as nearly as it can be in a 
modern world."

Submitted by: "Family Links"
Feb 25, 2003


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