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Jacksonville Daily Journal, September 4, 1915


Jeremiah Spaenhower died at his home near Pisgah Friday morning at 11 o'clock.. Deceased was 96 years of age at the time of his death and he had been sick for two years and death was caused by diseases incident to old age.

Mr. Spaenhower was born in Casey county, Ky., Sept. 6, 1819. He came to Illinois with his father, John Spaenhower, in 1832 and all his life has been spent in the vicinity in which he died with the exception of about a year which was spent in Franklin. The first winter that he lived in Illinois was spent in a log cabin which stood on the farm of Judge J. B. Beekman.

He was united in marriage May 12, 1841 to Miss Sarah Antle who died in 1874. He was again married January 27, 1875 to Miss Emily Summers, who survives him together with the following children: Thomas Spaenhower, Roodhouse; John Spaenhower, Alexander; James Spaenhower, Woodson; Allen and Riley Spaenhower, of Pisgah and Mrs. Emily Boyer of Peoria and Mrs. Martha Hall of Jacksonville.

Mr. Spaenhower was converted at a meeting held by Hezekiah Cain in Union Church in 1852. Since that time he has been a consistent member of that church and has been highly regarded in the community in which he lived. He followed the occupation of farming all his life.

Funeral services will be held from Union church Sunday morning at 11 o'clock in charge of the Rev. S. B. McKinney of Alton.

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