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Jacksonville Daily Journal, March 20, 1918

John B. Jordan Passed Away Tuesday
Member of Well Known Family Died After Brief Illness - Was Efficient Member of Police Force

John Bascom Jordan died at his home, 326 West North street Tuesday morning at 7 o'clock after an illness of only a few days.

Deceased was the son of John F. and Cynthia Jordan and was born three miles northwest of Ebenezer church August 4, 1869. He grew to manhood in that vicinity and followed the occupation of farming for many years. In 1910 he moved to Jacksonville.

He was united in marriage November 23, 1892, to Miss Maude Turley. To this union four daughters were born, all of whom together with the widow survive. They are: Mabel, Nora, Florence, and Ruth Jordan. There also survive one brother, William of Chandlerville, and two sisters, Lydia and Hattie, both living at home.

Mr. Jordan came of pioneer stock of Morgan county and his family connections were large, his ancestors having a large part in the making of the early history of Morgan county. He was converted at the Billy Sunday meetings held in Jacksonville in 1908. He became a member of Ebenezer church and since then has been active in the affairs of the church and lived a consistent Christian life. Following the death of hsi father he was elected to the board of trustees of Ebenezer cemetery.

After moving to Jacksonville Mr. Jordan still followed the occupation of farming until about three years ago when he became a member of the Jacksonville police force. The same devotion and attention that he gave to other pursuits was given to his duties as an officer. He was ever faithful in the performance of his duty and commanded the respect of his fellow officers and was a terror to evil doers.

Recently Mr. Jordan presented his resignation to Commissioner Martin and retired from service. A few days ago, however, he resumed his duties and was in active service when stricken. His death removes a devoted and faithful husband and father and from the community a faithful and upright citizen.

Funeral services will be held from the residence 326 West North street Thursday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. Further services will be held from Ebenezer church Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in charge of the Rev. J. O. Kirkpatrick and the Rev. Frederic B. Madden, with burial in Ebenezer cemetery.


Jacksonville Daily Journal, March 22, 1918


Funeral services for John B. Jordan were held Thursday. Brief services were held from the residence, 326 West North street at 1:30 o'clock and then the funeral cortege moved to Ebenezer church where more extended services were held at 2:30 o'clock. There was a large gathering of friends at both the residence and the church which attested the esteem in which the deceased was held in the city and county.

The services were in charge of Rev. J. O. Kirkpatrick, assisted by Dr. Frederic B. Madden, pastor of Grace church. Music was furnished by a quartet composed of Mrs. Clyde Cooper, Mrs. James Martin, Charles A. Rowe and T. H. Happ. There were many beautiful floral offerings and these were cared for by Mrs. Clara Paschall, Mrs. J. Edgar Martin, Mrs. Clarence Reid and Miss Ella Blackburn.

Burial was in Ebenezer cemetery the bearers being, Fletcher Blackburn, Edward Williamson, Clarence Reid, Edward Shibe, J. Edgar Martin and Frank Baker.

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