Jesse James (1877 - 1944)
Contact: Helen Vater Blaha
Surnames: PARKHILL, DEMAND, PETERSON, MUNSON, ANDERSON, LAIRD, HAMILTON
----Source: Newspaper clipping, dated April 6, 1944, in family scrapbook
Parkhill, Jesse James (July 1877 - 1 APril 1944)
JESS PARKHILL IS BURIED AT SPOKANE, WASHINGTON
The body of Jess Parkhill, who died of a heart attack, Saturday evening, April 1, was taken, Tuesday for interment at Spokane, Wash., where Mrs. Parkhill is buried. Two sisters, Mrs. Nels Peterson and Mrs. Ed Munson, accompanied it.
Mr. Parkhill was down town, Saturday afternoon, and on his way home stopped at the Martin Anderson home and said he didn’t feel well. Mr. Anderson went over a little later to see how Mr. Parkhill was and found him sitting in his chair, dead.
Jess Parkhill was born in June (actually July) 1877 at Escanaba, Mich. When only a small child he came with his parents to the farm in the town of Hull. Here he lived until he was united marriage to Miss Nettie Demand, on April 29, 1899.
After a few years of farming on the Parkhill homestead they moved to Abbotsford from where he worked as brakeman on the Wisconsin Central railroad.
He went back to farming for a few more years and then with the family, moved to Spokane, Wash., where he again took up railroading, working this time as a conductor. He lived in Washington for 19 years and after the death of his wife, he came back to Abbotsford about 1930 and made his home with his parents until they died after which he lived alone.
He served as justice of peace on the Marathon county side of the village for several terms.
He is survived by four children, Niles, in the armed forces in Hawaii; Jack and Phyllis, in Spokane, and Leola, who is married and lives in San Francisco. There are 11 grand children.
Two sisters, Mrs. Nels Peterson, of Green Bay, and Mrs. Ed Munson, of Menomonie, Wis., also survive.
His wife and daughter, Irene, and two brothers, Fred and Robert, preceded him in death.
Note: JESSE JAMES PARKHILL was the son of NILES SIMEON PARKHILL and his wife ANNA BELLE (LAIRD) HAMILTON PARKHILL of Abbotsford, Wisconsin.
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