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Craig County: Centrailia
The Centrailia Standard
September 28, 1917
page 1, col. 2
Another Pioneer Has Passed On.
James Allen DESHAZO died at his home on west Grand avenue at 3:30 o'clock Thursday morning, aged 79 years, seven months and 17 days. He has been feeble all summer. His physical system seemed to gradually give away. For the past two weeks he has been failing rapidly, so that his death was not entirely unexpected.
The funeral services were held yesterday evening and were conducted by Reverend HOUGHTON, of the Methodist church. The remains were laid away in Hillside cemetary.
James Allen DESHAZO was born in Weakly County, Tennesse, on March 10, 1838. When a lad he moved with his parents to Missouri and spent his boyhood and early manhood days there.
He served four years in the civil war, striving manfully to perform his whole duty for his country in the light that he saw it. In 1867 he was united in marriage to Nancy A. BABBIT, and eight children were born to them. Five sons with his faithful and disconsolate widow survive him.
In 1869 he came to what was then Indian Territory, settling on Grand River;where he resided until 1898, when he moved his family to Centralia, which was then but a month old. He has resided here ever since except for a brief period that he spent at the Confederate Soldiers' Home at Ardmore. Mr. DeSHAZO was a quiet conservative citizen, a man of strong ideals and pronounced opinions. He early taught his five sons that the prime essentials of true citizenship consisted in being law-abiding, industrious, economical and to owe no man anything. He realized that there was a supreme and living God and he strove faithfully to serve Him.
The sorrowing relatives have the sincere sympathy of the community in their bereavement.
Submitters Note: James A. DeShazo is my great great grandfather The five sons are as follows: Thomas Martin Deshazo b.1873 d.1938 William Deshazo b.1874 d.1958 Charles Theodore DeShazo b. May 30, 1879 d. May 3, 1953 Claude DeShazo b.1885 d.1942 Walter DeShazo b.1885 d.1952
Submitted by William J. Deshazo
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