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Franklin Times, July 9, 1897


James W. Spires, cousin of W. T. Spires, of this city, and a prominent and favorably known farmer, died at his home near Nortonville at 3 o'clock Thursday afternoon. Mr. Spires was engaged in harvesting and at noon yesterday he remained in the field to complete some work while his employes went to their dinner. As he did not come to the house when expected a search was made and resulted in finding him prostrated by the heat. He was carried to the house and received every attention, but expired about 3 o'clock.

The deceased was about 40 years old and was born and raised on the farm on which he died. He leaves a widow and five small children. The funeral will be conducted at the family residence at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon and interment will take place in Reed cemetery.


Jacksonville Daily Journal, Saturday, July 10, 1897

Prostrated by Heat

James W. Spires of Nortonville was overcome by the heat Thursday noon. He was carried to his home, and, although a physician was sent for immediately, the patient died within a few hours. The deceased was about 40 years of age and is survived by a wife and five children. the deceased was a cousin of W.T. Spires of this city.

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