Jackson, Henry Obit

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Jacksonville Daily Journal dated Thursday, August 27, 1925

Henry L. Jackson Answers Final Call

Henry L. Jackson, for nearly a century, a resident of Morgan county, passed away Wednesday night at Passavant hospital after an extended illness. Mr. Jackson had been in failing health for a number of weeks and was taken to the hospital this week when his condition became worse.

Over a long period of time, Mr. Jackson resided in Jacksonville where his friends were many. He was the son of William and Kathy Jackson, who came to Morgan county on the third of July, 1823. He was born three miles northeast of the city on March 6, 1827, being at the time of his death, 98 years, five months and 20 days of age.

Mr. Jackson's father helped drive the stake where the city of Jacksonville now stands and he and another man named Arnett are said to have named the city in honor of General Jackson.

The decedent's birthplace was in a log cabin on the farm that his father had entered when he came to this county. It was his priviledge to witness the remarkable changes made in the county from a wilderness to its present state of modernity and Jacksonville from a small village to a beautiful city.

It was during his lifetime that the railroad was built from Jacksonville to Meredosia, the route of travel being along Howe street onto East State and West State streets and north of the present right of way of the Wabash.

Mr. Jackson never held any public office, but served the city of Jacksonville as policeman under the administration of Wesley Mathers, Edward Greenleaf and Henry Thompson. He was a carpenter by trade, but had been retired for many years.

He was united in marriage to Miss Salina Bacon in this city on December 4, 1856. Mrs. Jackson passed away several years ago, and for 15 years the decedent has received loving care at the home of his son, Arthur, 522 Reid street. He leaves four sons, Joseph of Fairfield, Iowa; Shelton of Creston, Iowa; Edward of Springfield and Arthur of this city. There are also numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

The remains were removed to the Reynolds Mortuary and prepared for burial. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

(Note: Henry Lucarbille Jackson, son of William and Kathy Lucarbille Jackson, is buried in Diamond Grove cemetery. The story of how Jacksonville was named was reprinted many times in the local newspapers and involved William Jackson and Peter Arnett. Subsequent to completing the job of driving the stake in laying out the city, William and Peter flipped a coin as to who would have the honor of naming the city. The winner would name the city and the loser would receive a jug of whiskey which Peter Arnett supplied. William won the toss and named the city in honor of General Jackson; the two of them sharing the jug of whiskey immediately afterwards. Other accounts of the naming of this city have been fabricated in recent years; however, the Jackson/Arnett facts will stand the test of time. Walter Warren Haley - May 17, 2002)