The following is the obituary of my great-great-grandfather, Joseph Trimble
White who died in 1904. He owned and operated a wagon and repair shop in
I am looking for any photos of Lawrenceville form 1865 to 1900 that show a
wagon and repair shop. Also looking for photos or information on the Lumber,
Grain & Agricultural Implements store owned by Hardacre & Musgrove during the
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Joseph White, one of Lawrenceville's most highly respected citizens, died at
the family home in this city Thursday morning at 8:15 o'clock. He had been
in failing health for several months and his death had been expected by his
family. Chronic catarrh of the stomach with other complications was the
cause of his death. The deceased had been a resident of this city for nearly
sixty years, coming here when a small boy. He was a wagon maker by trade and
until his health failed him he worked at the shop.
Uncle Joe, as he was familiarly called, counted everybody his friend. He
was strictly honest and conscientious, always ready to do a favor or kindness
Funeral services were held at the home Saturday morning at 10:00 o'clock.
Rev. L. W. Porter, assisted by Rev. L. W. Stine, officiated. Internment was
made in the city cemetery.
The following obituary was read:
Joseph Trimble White was born in Guernsey County, Ohio, May 6th 1838;
died Dec. 15th 1904; age 69 years, 7 months, 9 days. Deceased came to
Illinois with his father's family when about nine years of age, where he has
resided the greater portion of the time since. He converted in the M. E.
church about 35 years ago and while he has not been a devout Christian since
then, he has always led an upright and honest life, being a kind and loving
father, a faithful husband and a friend to all. Before the end came he
signified that he was resigned to God's will and that all was well with him.
He was first united in Marriage to Miss Clarissa Powers, who passed to the
great beyond in 1878. He was married for the second time to Miss Mary
Benefiel, who lived about two years after their marriage. In 1881 he married
to Miss Ella Andrews, who survives him. Besides his wife he leaves two sons,
and one daughter -- Thomas, of Clay City, Claude and Myrtle of this city --
two brothers, Silas, of Birds, Ben of Missouri, and one sister, Mrs. Sadie
Foster, of Vencennes.
Gerald Powers White II