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Submitted by: Charlotte Lewin
Researched by: Kay Herman

Obituary for
William Henry Jackson
Yates Center News - Thursday, July 8, 1982

Death takes Pioneer
William Henry Jackson, 102, died June 26, 1982 at the Autumn Manor Nursing Home in Yates Center. He was born on a farm eight miles west and one mile south of Yates Center Kansas on Oct 16, 1879 to William Jackson and Eleanor Joy Powell Booth Jackson. He was one of five children plus three children born to his mother from a former marriage.

He lived in Yates Center from 1882 until 1904. During this time he enlisted twice in the Army during the Spanish-American War. While living in Yates Center he worked on a farm and for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. From 1904 until 1942 he lived in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri, working for the Missouri Pacific, the Kansas City Gas company, and for more than 30 years worked for the Kansas City Postal Department, retiring in 1941. They lived in Southern Missouri for a few yers, returning to Yates Center in 1949 and remained here until his death.

He was one of 75 surviving Spanish War Veterans in the nation, of which on three live in Kansas. He was a member of Orient Lodge #546 AF &AM of Kansas City for more than 60 years and was a member of the Fort Scott Scottish Rite and Mriza Shrine of Pittsburg.

He was a founder and national officer of the Postal Clerks union. He was a friend of President Hoover and numerous senator and congressmen who were responsible for postal operations.

His hobbies were fishing, antique collection and restoration and he was an authority on early Woodson County history. He was also proud of the fact he had "water witched" innumerable water wells for ranchers in Woodson and surrounding counties.

He is survived by his wife of over 64 years, Beulah Hunter Jackson of the home; one son, William G. Jackson of Seguin, Texas; two daughters from a former marriage, Eleanor Ferrari and Ione Hyde, both of California, numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Services were held Tuesday, June 29, 1982 at 7:30 p.m. from the Campbell Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Seals in charge. Masonic graveside services were held Wednesday, June 30, 1982 at 11:00 a.m. in Mount Moriah Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri.

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