ark L. Harper

From: Times; pub. March 26, 1931

Mark L. Harper, son of Matthew and Amanda Harper, was born in Hamilton County, Illinois, July 5, 1854 and departed this life at his home west of McLeansboro, March 18, 1931, at the age of 76 years, 8 months and 13 days.

Most of his life was spent in the farm where he was born.  On September 12, 1886, he was united in marriage to Miss Irene McGuyer.  To this union five children were born: Grace Harper of Washington, D. C.; Mrs. Roy Mangis of McLeansboro; Mrs. Ernest Moore of Harrisburg; Mrs. Lester DeWitte of Benton; and Hoyt B. Harper of Chicago.

In 1887 he professed faith in Christ and united with the Ten Mile Baptist Church.  From the time of his conversion he never doubted or lost faith in Christ.

He was a very devoted husband and was ever a real pal to his children.  No sacrifice was too great for him to make if it meant the means to their happiness.

He leaves to mourn his death, his widow, five children, eight grandchildren, one brother, Samuel H. Harper, and a host of relatives and friends.

Words are feeble when it comes to expressing the grief that was felt by his neighbors and friends at the announcement of his unexpected death.

Funeral services were conducted at Ten Mile Baptist church Saturday morning, by Rev. John B. Maulding.  Interment took place in Ten Mile cemetery.

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