Obituary of Joseph Laird


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Obituary of Joseph Laird of Lanark, Carroll Cty., IL - Son of John Laird

Lanark Gazetteer, Lanark, IL, Wednesday, July 14, 1937

Joseph Laird a lifelong resident of this vicinity, passed away as the result of a sudden heart attack at the County Farm Monday evening (July 12, 1937) at the age of 76 years. He was raised on what is now known as the Rev. Frank Sword farm, his father being the owner of the farm in an early day.
Mr. Laird was of a retiring nature and was respected by all. He lived for the past number of years at what is now known as the Lanark Guest House. Within the past months he was practically helpless, being afflicted with dropsy. He was cared for by Joe Tanley in the above place until two months age when he was taken to the County Farm.
Mr. Laird was on of a family of five of whom one brother and two sisters preceded him in death. James Laird of Superior, Nebraska Remains. Other relatives are: a niece, Mrs. Anna Harwood Delthelm and four nephews, Frank Laird, Francis Harwood, Joseph Laird and John E. Laird. He leaves a number of instant relative and acquaintances besides those mentioned above.
A short funeral service was held at the cemetery, conducted by Rev. I. D. Leatherman, at 10 o'clock this (Wednesday) morning. Robert Royer sang two numbers, "When They Ring Those Golden Bells" and "Sunrise."

1. His tombstone in the Lanark City Cemetery says he was 77 when he died.
2. He was actually from a family with a total of eight children. His father John was married twice. Joseph had one half-brother and one half-sister by the first marriage. His parents had two girls and four boys including Joseph by the second marriage.