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
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
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