Abram Peer

Pub. Times, November 13, 1930

Abram Peer was born in the North part of Hamilton County, Illinois, October 18, 1851, and departed this life at his home in McLeansboro, October 30, 1930, aged 79 years and 12 days.

October 31, 1876, he was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth S. Gammon in Wayne County, Illinois, with whom he lived 54 pleasant and eventful years, and until the day of his death.

He leaves surviving him, a widow, one son, J. Marshall Peer, four granddaughters, namely: Mrs. Hazel Swanson, Mrs. Helen Mellen, Miss Ruby Peer and Miss Fredia Peer, also one brother, Douglass Peer, and a host of relatives and friends to mourn their loss.

When a young a man, he accepted Christ, and for Christian service united with Ellis Mound church, and with that church and community lived and worked for the betterment of mankind, until he moved to McLeansboro about 20 years ago, when he united with the Baptist church at this place, and here since that time he has lived a just and upright citizen among us.

In Crouch Township, he served as Supervisor one term, as Supervisor of McLeansboro Township one term, and as County Treasurer of Hamilton County one term.

In these various offices of public trust, he discharged his duties faithfully, efficiently and with satisfaction to the public.

He was a good and useful citizen; honest, industrious, energetic, frugal and yet charitable and helpful, always found standing for temperance, Christian education and for the moral and material uplift of the people.

During Brother Peer’s residence in McLeansboro, except the last few years when his health was bad, he was a faithful and beloved member of the Senior Class in the Baptist Sunday School.  His Sunday school class will sadly miss him, but we his survivors are consoled by our faith that he has gone to join the many departed members gone on before him to receive his heavenly reward, as they have theirs’ reserved for all the finally faithful.

Funeral services were held in the Baptist church, conducted by Rev. W. R. Evans and Hulbert Perry, and the body was buried in the Odds Fellow Cemetery.

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