James Berry Peerman, 96, scion of a
pioneer Posey county family and a life-long resident of the Mt.Vernon vicinity died at 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
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 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
Mr. Peerman's wife, nee Josephine
Johnson, also a representative of a prominent pioneer local family, died in
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.
local residence plus his keen observation and alert mind made him an authority
on local history over a wide span of years.