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John M. McClure
Co.  , 21st Regiment, Missouri Volunteer Infantry

J.M. McClure, 87, Prominent Land Owner,
Lived in County 60 Years - Buried Monday

J.M. McClure, 87 years old, a Civil War veteran, for almost 60 years a resident of the northwerst part of Knox County, and still a large land owner there, died Saturday of pneumonia at his home in Kirksville.  He had been sick only about a week.

Funeral services were conducted at 1:30 o'clock Monday afternoon at the Pleasant Ridge Church northwest of Baring by the Rev. W.M. Sooter, pastor.  Burial was in the Pleasant Ridge cemetery beside the grave of Mrs. McClure, who died June 30, 1927.  A large crowd attended the funeral of Mr. McClure, who was the last of the older residents who settled in the Pleasant Ridge vicinity in an early day.  He was for many years a director of the church and also of the cemetery there, he having been united with that church in 1870.

There survive a granddaughter, Mrs. Claude Dunn, and a niece, Mrs. Ethel Slocum, who Mr. and Mrs. McClure reared from infancy.  Besides these he leaves two brothers, W. M. McClure of Penoke, Kan., 92 years old, and George McClure of Hunnewell, who was present for the funeral.

Two brothers and two sisters, James C. and Dr. Thomas McClure and Mrs. Annie Summers and Miss Ellen A. McClure, are dead.

John M. McClure, one of the seven children of George and Elizabeth McClure, was born in Hancock County, Illinois, Jan. 12, 1843.  When a small boy he came with his parents to Scotland County, where they settled on a farm a mile northeast of Hazelville.  During the Civil War Mr. McClure was a Union soldier for three years, taking part in some important engagements.  He belonged to the Twenty-First Missouri Infantry.

On May 4, 1871, Mr. McClure married Mary E. Magoian of Scotland County.  They settled on a 320-acre farm two miles south of Hazelville in Knox County, which Mr. McClure still owned at the time of his death, and which is one of the best improved farms in the vicinity.

Mr. and Mrs. McClure lived on their farm until in 1913, when they moved to Kirksville, where the latter died, and Mr. McClure continued living until his death.

Article was hand dated Dec 1930

Obituary copy generously provided by Sandra Browning .

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