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John Dysard

"Uncle" John Dysard Expires Suddenly Sunday Afternoon.

John Dysard died between 12 o'clock Sunday noon and 1 o'clock p. m. at Mrs. Highfield's boarding house on East Michigan street. Mr. Dysard, it will be remembered, had a severe spell of illness last winter from the grip. He had recovered, however, and was able to be on the street occasionally, although he was not so vigorous as he was before his sickness. He was about as usual Saturday, and before he went to bed he sat and talked and joked with the boarders in his customary mood. Mr. Dysard, who had been staying at Mrs. Highfield's several weeks, was in the habit of sleeping in his room until late in the forenoon. As he did not get up at the time he was expected Mrs. Highfield went to his room shortly before noon and found him breathing unnaturally. She telephoned to the home of Mrs. W. O. Leeds and for a doctor. Mr. Dysard died shortly thereafter. His remains were transferred to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Leeds, Sunday afternoon.

Mr. Dysard was born in Coots Hill, County Cavan, Ireland, June 15, 1808, and was in his 91st year. He was the oldest of a family of six children, and the last of the family. He came to this country in 1833, stopping for a while in New York, and came thence to Michigan City in 1837 with a party of railway surveyors, who were then surveying a line through this county. Mr. Dysard settled here and was married in this city in 1838 to Esther Turner. Twelve children were born to them, seven of whom are living, namely, Mrs. E. Smith, Idaho; Mrs. W. O. Leeds, city; John Dysard, South Dakota; James and Alex Dysard, near this city; Joseph Dysard, Kingsbury; and Mrs. Ridgeway, of Laporte. Mr. Dysard's wife died here sixteen years ago.

Mr. Dysard's funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the residence of Mr. W. O. Leeds on Spring street. Dr. Cole, assistant to Bishop White, officiated. The pallbearers were G. S. VanDeusen, C. T. Dibble, V. W. Bartholomew, W. H. Davis, Joseph Oliver and Wm. Blinks.

"Uncle" John, as he was familiarly known, was the oldest resident of Michigan City and the oldest resident of the county except John Teeple, of Laporte, who is in his 97th year. When uncle John celebrated his 90th birthday last year he was entertained by the young ladies of the eighth grade, high school, at a reception given them and wrote a characteristic letter in a happy vein, thanking the young people for the honor they had bestowed upon him. Uncle John was bright and cheerful to the last, his mental faculties having been little impaired by his advanced years. He was a favorite with old and young, and he will be greatly missed by his many friends and acquaintances.
-- Michigan City Dispatch

Newspaper: The Chesterton Tribune
Date of Publication: April 22, 1899
Volume Number: 16
Issue Number: 2
Page: 9
Column(s): 4

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