LUYSTER, James Blair

Date of Death: 11 Dec 1903

Source: Unknown Newspaper, Obituary Files, Johnson Museum of History, Genealogy Room

Final Services Over the Remains of
the Late James B. Luyster.
   The final obsequies over the re-
mains  of   the late James   Blair
Luyster, were held Monday after-
noon at his late home two  miles
south of Franklin.   There was a
large concourse of relatives  and
friends present.   The general pop-
ularity, of the deceased  and the
fact of his sudden demise  which
took place on Friday night,  Dec-
ember 11th, following a stroke of
apoplexy   received   the    Sunday
previous, serving to draw together
these  sorrowing   ones   from    all
The services were conducted by 
Rev. L. P. Marshall, pastor of the 
Presbyterian church, assisted by 
Rev. D. R. Love, of Frankfort, 
Indiana. The Presbyterian quar-
tette consisting of Mrs. J. H. 
McCaslin, Miss Grace Magaw and 
Messrs. C..H. Voris and J.
V. Dunlap, sang during the service,
“My faith looks up to Thee”,
“Jesus, lover of my soul” and 
“Rock of Ages”. The service was 
a most impressive one to all pres-
   Among those attending from out 
of town, selected as honorary pall-
bearers were Col. Barney Flanagan, 
of Anderson, Elmer Ross, of Win-
chester, Adam May, of Flatrock, 
E. K. Morris, of Indianapolis, 
Erwin Cox, of Hope, David Wal-
lace, of Indianapolis, Col. Charles 
Travis, of Lafayette, E. L. Hilli-
goss, of Anderson, Allen Beeler 
and Judson Forsyth, of Indiana-
   The  active pallbearers were
Messrs. G. L. Vannnys, John  W 
Ditmars, Will S Ditmars, Edgar 
Brewer, W. B. Farmer and Martin 
   The    funeral    procession     
to Greenlawn  cemetery was a long 
one, among  those present  being 
General  Carnahan, of Indianap-
   Mr. Luyster was forty-eight 
years, three months and twenty 
days old at the time of his decease. 
By his death the community loses 
one of its most progressive farmers 
and stock raisers.  He had been 
largely instrumental in bringing 
Johnson county to the front for 
its fine hogs. His last special sale 
at his home where he had fitted 
up extensive building quarters, 
was held the 8d of November, 
last. As an auctioneer he had no 
competitors for general sales and 
his fame for fine stock sales had 
reached that point that over fifty 
such had been booked for next year. 
He was a hard and conscientious 
worker for those who engaged him; 
by reason of illness and an 
effort to keep his engagements 
he had worked himself down from a 
strong, robust man to one that 
weighed little over a hundred 
pounds at his death. His energy 
was far above his strength and 
  Many will remember and mourn 
his death, and the sympathy of 
all will be with the afflicted fam-
ily and the son who left his father 
but the week before he was stricken 
to seek health in California.

Submitted by Lois Johnson

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