Date of Death: 11 Dec 1903
Source: Unknown Newspaper, Obituary Files, Johnson Museum of History, Genealogy Room
LAID TO REST. 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 sections. 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- ent. 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- polis. The active pallbearers were Messrs. G. L. Vannnys, John W Ditmars, Will S Ditmars, Edgar Brewer, W. B. Farmer and Martin Sellers. The funeral procession to Greenlawn cemetery was a long one, among those present being General Carnahan, of Indianap- olis. 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 purpose. 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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