Obituary Record

John Norris Peebles
Died on 7/29/1916
Buried in Blair Cemetery

Tribune 2 Aug 1916

John Peebles Gone

J. N. Peebles, a well known and highly respected merchant of this city, died in the Clarkson hospital, of Omaha, at about 1:30 a.m., July 29.

Deceased was born in Janesville, Iowa, in the year 1859 and with his parents came to Decatur, Nebr., Jan. __, 1868, where he was reared to manhood.

In 1881 he went into the mercantile business in Decatur and the following year was married to Miss Florence Maryott of that place.

After several years in business in Decatur he moved to Pender and engaged in the same business and from there he moved to the Omaha Indian reservation where he was Indian Trader for twelve years. From here he moved to Fremont where he resided for about eighteen months.

He came to Blair thirteen years ago last March and entered into the mercantile business and has been connected with the business since that time.

Eight children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Peebles, two of whom preceded the father to the great beyond.

Those living to mourn him besides the wife and mother are Elwood, Dudley, Leland and Florence, of this city, John, of Kelly, Montana and Mrs. Ritchie, of Ames, Iowa.

The funeral services were held at the residence on Sunday, July 30, at 6 p.m. Rev. Marsh, of this city, officiating and interment was made in the Blair cemetery.

Pilot 2 Aug 1916

J. N. Peebles passed away at the Clarkson hospital in Omaha at 2 o’clock last Saturday morning and the body was brought up on the afternoon train and the funeral held at the residence at 6 o’clock Sunday evening, Rev. A.E. Marsh officiating. A delegation from the Masonic lodge at Decatur, of which Mr. Peebles was a member, conducted the services at the grave in the Blair cemetery. Mr. Peebles had been in poor health for several years and after an operation for an ulcer of the stomach by the Mayo brothers at Rochester, Minn., last winter he seemed to improve for a time. He went over to Colfax Springs, Ia., to see if the waters would assist his recovery but he took a turn for the worse. About three weeks before his death he went down to Clarkson hospital, where an operation for an abscess on the brain was performed, but none was found. His death was caused by pressure on the brain from a source too deep for an operation. Mrs. Peebles, Dr. Dudley Peebles and George Maryott, of Macy, Neb., were present when the end came. John Norris Peebles was born in Janesville, Wis,, March 24th, 1859, and therefore just past 57 years of age. When but four years of age his parents moved to Decatur, Neb,, where his father was a missionary for the Presbyterian church among the Indians and pioneer settlers. He grew to manhood there and was married to Miss Florence Maryott Sept. 13th, 1882. They moved to Pender later where Mr. Peebles opened a general store and from there went to the Omaha Indian reservation as post trader, where he remained four years. After a short residence in Fremont they moved to this city and bought out W. W. Stockton and has conducted a grocery store at that location for the past sixteen years. Mr. Peebles was also a member of the M.W.A. in Decatur and carried a policy for $3,000. Besides the widow Mr. Peebles is survived by Elwood Peebles, of Macy, Neb., Dr. Dudley, Leland and Miss Florence Peebles, of this city, John Peebles of Kelly, Mont., the only one unable to be here for the funeral, and Mrs. Nellie Ritchie, of Ames, Ia.

Enterprise 4 Aug 1916

John Norris Peebles died at Clarkson hospital, Omaha, Friday evening after a short illness in that institution.

Deceased was born in Janesville, Wis., in 1859, and was married at Decatur, Nebr. in 1882, to Miss Florence Maryott. He engaged in business at Pender and was afterwards a post trader at the Omaha Indian agency for four years, and was later in business at Fremont. Sixteen years ago he came to Blair and engaged in the grocery business.

Several months ago he was operated upon at Mayo Bros’. hospital Rochester, Minn. He came home and seemed to regain his normal health, but was taken ill again in a few weeks since and went to Omaha for medical attention. His system did not respond to the treatment and he passed away as stated above.

The funeral was held at the home in Blair on Sunday at 6 p.m. conducted by Rev. Marsh, of the Episcopal church. Three auto loads of Masonic brethren from the Decatur lodge, of which he had long been a member, were here to assist in the rites, four Indians from Decatur also attended the funeral.

Deceased leaves a widow and five grown children, Elwood, of Macy, Nebr., Florence, Leland and Dudley, of Blair, and John, of Kelly, Montana, all of whom except John were present at the funeral. Burial was made in Blair cemetery beside the son, Charles, who preceded him in death several months ago.

Peebles, John Norris

Published in Blair Democrat on 3 August 1916


John N. Peebles passed away at the Clarkson Hospital, Omaha, Friday evening, July 28, 1916, after an illness of several years. Death resulted from tumor of the brain. For several years Mr. Peebles had suffered from stomach trouble and last winter made a trip to Rochester, Minn., where he underwent an operation at Mayo Bros. hospital. He returned in an improved condition, but later his health began to decline and he made a short stay at Colfax Springs, Iowa, in the hopes that the water would strengthen his weakened condition. His death came as a great shock to his many friends, for Mr. Peebles was of a kind and pleasant personality and was popular in all classes of society.

John Norris Peebles was born in Janesville, Wis., in 1859, of revolutionary stock. He came with his parents to Decatur, Neb., on Jan. 1, 1863. The father of Mr. Peebles was a surgeon during the Civil War and on coming to Nebraska did missionary work as a Presbyterian minister amongst the Indians and pioneer settlers.

John grew to manhood in Decatur and was married to Miss Florence Maryotte in 1882. Later the couple moved to Pender where he opened a general store and from there went to the Omaha Indian reservation as post trader, where he remained four years. For the following eighteen months Mr. Peebles resided in Fremont and then came to Blair, opening a grocery store in the Kenny & Stewart building, where he has been for the past sixteen years.

The deceased was a member of the Decatur Masonic lodge and the Modern Woodmen of America. The funeral was held from the family residence at 6 o'clock Sunday evening, Rev. Marsh of the Episcopal church officiating, burial taking place in the Blair cemetery.

The surviving members of the Peebles family are Mrs. Florence Peebles, widow; Elwood Peebles of Macey, Nebr., Dr. Dudley and Leland Peebles of Blair, John Peebles of Kelly, Mont., Mrs. Richie of Ames, Ia., and Miss Florence Peebles of Blair.

Several Indians from the Omaha reservation attended the funeral of Mr. Peebles.

Printed in the Blair Democrat/Courier on 8/3/1916