Mount Morris Index, Mount Morris, IL

February 11, 1903 p. 1, col. 1-3



Was One of Our Foremost Citizens and a Veteran of the Rebellion, - Funeral Held Saturday.

The death of R. D. McClure, a well known resident of Mount Morris, occurred in Chicago on Thursday of last week. The friends and family of the afflicted man realized the seriousness of his case and had given up all hope for his recovery a number of days previous. The remains arrived from Chicago at noon on Friday and the funeral was held in the Methodist Church Saturday afternoon, burial taking place previously in the Oakwood Cemetery. The services were very brief and were conducted by Rev. Whipple, assisted by Rev. Lipe.

The following facts concerning the life of Mr. McClure were furnished by a friend:

Robert D. McClure was born in the city of Pittsburgh, Pa., July 27, 1845, and spent his early life in what is now Homestead, Pa. In 1863 he enlisted in Company H, 2nd Pennsylvania Infantry. After the close of the war he spent four years in the oil fields at Parker's Landing, Pa. He emigrated to Illinois in the year 1870 and engaged in the grain business in Haldane for several years. He represented the township of Lincoln on the board of Supervisors during his residence in that town.

In 1886 Mr. McClure purchased a farm one mile south of Mount Morris and resided on the farm continuously until his death which occurred at the St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago, Feb. 5, 1903. He was in failing health for several years. By the advice of his physicians, he was taken to the hospital two weeks prior to his death, accompanied by his devoted wife, son and two brothers, who remained with and cared for him until the end.

Mr. McClure was a cashier of the Bank of Mount Morris for nine years and discharged the duties to the entire satisfaction of the proprietor and patrons. He served as justice of the peace twelve years, and for a number of years was president of the school board. He was a genial man of high character and undoubted integrity, universally respected by his acquaintances. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Allen Jan. 1, 1874. His remains were interred in Oakwood Cemetery in the presence of the G .A. R. Post and a large number of sorrowing friends. He leaves a wife, one son and three daughters who have the sympathy of the entire community in their bereavement.

None of the three brothers of R. D. McClure were able to be here to attend the funeral. H. W. McClure had returned to his home at Sioux City, Iowa, a week before the death occurred, after accompanying the afflicted man to Chicago. S. H. McClure departed for his home at Homestead, Pa., the night of his death. Wm. T. McClure, the third brother, lives in Brooklyn and was unable to come.

Contributed by Peg Allen Arnold

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