John L. Thirtyacres
Submitted by Nadine Holder 
Source: Aledo Times Record - May 30, 1907
 A death which has bereaved many Mercer County families occurred at Ursa Illinois when John L. Thirtyacres was called to his home on high.  His was a life fraught with struggles and afflictions yet through all this pail of gloom there shown forthe the brighter and better nature of man.  For seven long years he had been a patient sufferer, calmly waiting the time when his Master would take him home.  Since last July he had been completely prostrated and during the latter part of that time was in a comatose condition.  His one hope was to live that he would not cause others sorrow, but the frail chord of life could not bear its burden longer and he passed to the great beyond on Saturday at 11 o'clock A.M.  Thirtyacre was born in Eliza township August 6, 1864. In 1886 he went West and in Oct of that year married Miss Sadie Lewis of Kearney, NE. Seven children: Clifford; Roy; Myrtle; Pearl; Willis; Lneva; and John came to grace the home and all have been spared to the devoted parents.  Three brothers and five sisters and an aged mother, Mrs. James Drury, share in the sorrow with the faithful wife and loving children.  The names of the brothers and sisters; Willis Thirtyacre, Muscatine; James Thirtyacre, Joy; Mrs. Charlotte Gordon, Muscatine, IA; Mrs. J. M. Shingledecker, Keithsburg; Mrs. J. M. Emmerson, Keightsburg; Mrs. Edith Johnson, Eliza; Mrs. Carrie Smith, of this city. The remains were brought here and taken to the old homestead in Eliza township.  Four members of the Ursa Masonic order came through with the bier.  Funeral services were held from the home at 1 o'clock Monday afternoon.  The remains were taken by the New Boston Lodge AF & AM and conveyed to their last place of rest in the Leech Cemetery.
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