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Dec 30, 1953

James Berry Peerman, 96, scion of a pioneer Posey county family and a life-long resident of the Mt. Vernon vicinity died at 1:48 a.m. today at the home of his grandson, Harley Peerman, 528 Mill street.


Although he had been blind and inactive for the last ten years he retained his mental alertness and was in every sense a "gentleman of the old school."


He outlived his three sons, Noah, Herschel and Ralph Peerman, all of whom died in recent years.


The body is at the Short-Niehaus Funeral Home and will remain there through the funeral service set for 2 p.m. Friday in the Short-Niehaus chapel.  Rev. A. C. Blackburn, a retired Posey county General Baptist minister, will be the officiating clergyman.  Burial will be in Moore cemetery on Road 69 north of Farmersville.


Mr. Peerman's wife, nee Josephine Johnson, also a representative of a prominent pioneer local family, died in 1915.


He is survived by three daughters-in-law, Mrs. Sarah Peerman, Evansville, Mrs. Anna Peerman, Mt. Vernon, and Mrs. Lola McKee, North Richland, Wash; seven grandchildren, 19 great gandchildren and one great great grandchild; two half brothers, George W. Peerman, Los Angeles, and Jack Peerman, Idaho Falls, Ida; and two half sisters, Mrs. Henry Miller and Mrs. Anna Emerine, both of Mt. Vernon.


The deceased was born in Farmersville vicinity on May 3, 1857, a son of Isaac Peerman and Margaret Moore Peerman.


He farmed in the Solitude vicinity for many years prior to his retirement, residing north of the Dawson Store there.


His lengthy, local residence plus his keen observation and alert mind made him an authority on local history over a wide span of years.


Originally submitted by Betty Sellers