Joseph H. Norris
The Mt. Vernon Register News published the following on
August 11, 1925 which read:
Joseph H. Norris of Waltonville died at his home yesterday
afternoon at 4 o'clock, his death being very sudden and unexpected. Mr.
Norris had ben somewhat indisposed the last day or two, but had been up and
about transacting his ordinary business affairs.
Mr. Norris was a victim of influenza last winter and had never regained his
former strength, and to this fact is attributed in part his death,
complicated with acute Bright's disease. Mr. Norris was one of the best
known, most popular and highly respected citizens of the southwest part of
Jefferson County, and his death comes as a great shock to not only his
immediate family and other relatives but to his hundreds of friends in the
locality in which he lived, and elsewhere.
He was a very successful farmer, an excellent trader, a man of sound
judgment, and a citizen above reproach. All who knew him were his friends
and universal expressions of regret and tributes to his worth as a man, and a
member of society are heard on all sides. Mr. Norris was born in Jefferson
County and was 47 years old March 4 of this year.
Mr. Norris always attended the Universalist church and took great interest in
its welfare and in the cause of religion. About twenty-four years ago Mr.
Norris was united in marriage with Miss Myrtie Dodds, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. J. D. Dodds of this city who with the following children, survives:
Harry, William, Russell, Mary Olive, Louis, and Sadie. Mr. Norris is
survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Norris, and one sister, Mrs.
G. W. Ragland, and one brother, Stanley Norris.
Mr. Norris complained of dizziness Sunday and on Monday and seemed to be very
weak. Monday he ate a hearty breakfast and expressed himself as feeling
unusually well, except for dizziness. He left home after breakfast and
attended to business matters, returning about 9 o'clock and again suffering
with attacks of dizziness, sat down in a chair in the shade on his lawn.
Shortly after his condition became much worse. A physician who had been
hastily summoned when he was stricken was unable to save him, and he died
about 4 o'clock.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock at the
Universalist church in Waltonville, and burial will be had at Knob Prairie
Submitted by: "Family Links"
Feb 25, 2003