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Although it was generally known that she was seriously ill the 
community was greatly shocked this afternoon by the announcement 
of the death of Mrs. J. F. Mahaffy, which occurred at 1:35, of heart 
failure, after an illness of several weeks duration. 

Her maiden name was Harriet A. Jackson and she was born at Greenville, 
East Tennessee, Aug. 22, 1856, and of her immediate family two sisters and 
one brother survive her. Of the former Mrs. Sallie Satterfield lives at Red Bud, 
Ill. and Mrs. Etta Williamson is a resident of her native city, Greenville, Tenn. 
Her brother, Charles D. Jackson, of St. Louis, is an engineer on the government 
dredge, Gen. Gilmore, plying on the Mississippi river and its lower triburaries. 

When 17 years old Mrs. Mahaffy removed to St. Louis and was shortly after 
married to John J. Gimore, who died April 17, 1891. Of this union two children 
were born, Wilbur and John G. Gilmore, Jr., the latter of whom died October 18, 1889. 
On March 28, 1893 she was married to J. F. Mahaffy of St. Louis and on the next day 
they came to Mt. Vernon and at once arranged to open a hotel in the Thomas Walsh 
property on South Washington street. 

Arrangements for the obsequies have not been definitely decided, but the funeral will 
probably take place at her late home at 10 o'clock Saturday morning. 
The interment will be in Oakwood cemetery. Mrs. R. F. Mahaffy and Miss Lou 
Mahaffy of St. Louis were both at the beside when she died and lent the bereaved 
family all the assistance in their hour of trial. 

October 20, 1898 
Submitted by Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera
Oct 27, 1997 
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