Obituary Record

James Rhea
Died on 12/2/1889
Buried in Arlington Cemetery

Rhea, James, 57

Died 2 December 1889

Burial in Arlington Cemetery

Published in Courier on 7 December 1889


Died at his residence in Arlington township on Monday morning, Dec. 2nd, 1889, James Rhea, aged 57 years, 9 months and 17 days.

Mr. Rhea leaves a wife and six children, two of whom are boys, now about grown, two grown daughters and two that are young. He was a native of Washington county, Virginia, where he resided until sometime after the war when he emigrated to Washington county, Nebraska, and settled on the farm where he resided at the time of his death. He was a thin, wirey man full of nerve and energy, and of noble and generous nature. Everybody respected and loved him. He was full of sport and life, and was also a man of high moral nature and culture.

On Monday, the 25th ult., he was in the field showing the boys how to pull the corn, but was shortly taken with trouble in his right lung resulting in hemorrhage. Dr. Taylor was called from Blair, and by his skill and care he was soon rallied, his appetite returned, and he showed signs of recovery. On Sunday he relished the Catawba wine taken by his physician, and ate some baked apple for his supper and chatted pleasantly with his visitors, but later in the evening after the doctor had gone he rapidly sank and died before morning.

He was buried on Wednesday, a large concourse of his neighbors and friends far and near following him to his final resting place, the tomb. He was buried in the new Arlington cemetery.

Farewell, old friend and brother. We cast a long and lingering look after you, realizing and believing that our loss is your great and lasting gain.

~~~ Obituary courtesy of the Washington County Genealogical Society. Newspaper clippings on file in the Blair Public Library at Blair, Nebraska.~~~

Find a Grave # 43006438

Printed in the Blair Courier on 12/7/1889