Mrs. James R. DRIVER, widow of one of the best known of the early
Jefferson County settlers, died suddenly at her home hear Webb in
this county Saturday. She was sitting in a chair at her home when
stricken suddenly and died instantly. She was considerably over 80
years of age and her sudden death was believed to have been due to
old age. Since the death of her husband a number of years ago Mrs.
DRIVER has made her home with Mrs. PIPER, another widow - the two
ladies living alone.
Mrs. PIPER was at the house when Mrs. DRIVER suffered the fatal attack
and summoned help from a nearby house, but as death is believed to have
been instantaneous there was nothing that could be done.
Mrs. DRIVER was born in this county and has lived here all of her life.
Her maiden name was ROBERTS and she leaves one brother, James ROBERTS now
living in Texas. She was the Aunt of Walter ROBERTS of this city. She
was the second wife of James R. DRIVER and the step-mother of John Merritt DRIVER,
the well known orator and author. The funeral is being held this afternoon at Woodlawn.
Ross Hill Column - Aunt Puss DRIVER, widow of the late James DRIVER, died sitting
in the chair Saturday at the home of Aunt Mollie PIPER with who she was making
her home. It seems from what we learned that Aunt Puss was sick Saturday morning
and they called for a physician but she passed on before the doctor had time to get
there. The funeral was held at Webb Church Monday at 11:00 a.m. conducted by
Rev. Cal RICHERSON, interment at Odd Fellow Cemetery.
[Note: James R. DRIVER married Mrs. Evalena Pate on October 8, 1860 in
Marion County, IL. Evaline ROBERTS married Lewis PATE on May 9, 1851 in
Jefferson County, IL.]
Source: The Daily News - Mt. Vernon, IL
Date: Monday, December 28, 1914
Submitted by: Mary Zinzilieta