Obit: Ure, James (1893 - 1914)

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Surnames: URE PRUCIA

----Source: CLARK COUNTY REPUBLICAN & PRESS (Neillsville, Wis.) 10/22/1914

Ure, James (21 May 1893 - 14 Oct 1914)

No sadder news ever came to this city than the message from Menomonie last week Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 14, that James Ure, son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. A. Ure, had been found dead in his bed, evidently having passed away quietly while he slept in the night. Mr. Ure took the evening train for Menomonie, returning the next day with the remains.

James had gone to Menomonie in September, entering the Stout Institute to complete his course in Manual Training with a view to teaching it as a profession or becoming a designer. Although modest and retiring, he had quietly won a place of respect and honor in the hearts of the teachers and fellow students, who attested their sorrow at his death and their esteem by attending the body as it was borne to the train. While his health had never been really rugged, yet he grew stronger in later years, and was a vigorous worker and student. On entering Stout Institute a physical examination discovered a slight leakage of the heart valve, but it was not considered dangerous, and only an hour or so before the news of his death came, his parents received a letter from him written the day before telling of his work and plans.

James was born in Neillsville, Clark County May 21, 1893. He went with his parents to La Crosse, where they lived till 1898, and then to Spring Valley for two years. In 1900 they moved to the farm in Lynn. There he finished the eighth grade in school and attended the Granton graded school two years, and entering the Neillsville High School, graduated in the class of 1913. Having a natural talent and taste for Manual Training he went back to school last year to get more work in that line. In the fall he went to Shortville to teach as a substitute and made so good a record that he was called upon later to take the McAdams school in Levis, where he taught the winter and spring terms with marked success. He was a young man of rare beauty of character. He stood for the best things as a student in school, as a teacher, as a member of the community, and as a son in the home His thoughtfulness and kindness can never be forgotten, not alone by members of the family but by all who knew of his helpfulness. He had no small measure of talent in various lines, and possessed in a large degree artistic tastes. To our limited vision, the cutting off of this promising young life, can seem nothing less than a calamity to his home and community; and yet he has left the legacy of tasks well done, of kindly deeds, of influence on the life of his pupils, which though brief will never be lost, the recollection of his helpfulness as a son and brother, and many memories cherished by his school mates that will ever loom brightly in passing years.

He leaves to mourn his early death his father and mother, a sister and a brother at home and a half-sister who lives with her grandmother at Menomonie. The funeral was held at the home Saturday afternoon, rev. Prucia preaching the funeral sermon. Six young men, former school mates in Neillsville High School acted as pallbearers. The large gathering of students, teachers, neighbors and friends spoke mutely of the feelings of the community toward James Ure, and the sympathy felt for the bereaved family.

 

 


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