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Tombstone of Robert F. and Mary M. Laughlin in Oakwood Cemetery
Tombstone of Robert F. and Mary M. Laughlin in Oakwood Cemetery
TitleTombstone of Robert F. and Mary M. Laughlin in Oakwood Cemetery
Photo Number000643.JPG
CollectionDigital Image Collection (Western Illinois University)
KeywordsMacomb Cemetery Cemeteries Oakwood Tombstones Hicken
Subject HeadingMacomb--Cemeteries (Oakwood)
DescriptionThe photograph shows the tombstone of Robert F. and Mary M. Laughlin. Mary died February 5, 1909, and Robert died January 17, 1912. "Mrs. Robert Laughlin died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Clara Reed, in Chicago at 5 o'clock this morning of a complicated ailment, aged 62 years and 25 days. The remains will be brought to this city and taken to her late home on South McArthur street. Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the First Methodist church; interment in Oakwood cemetery. The remains will arrive this evening at 7:30 o'clock. Mary M. Smith was born in this city Jan. 11, 1847, and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Smith. She was united in marriage to Robert Laughlin Sept. 25, 1866, and, except for a few years, when they lived in Kansas, has made this her home all her life. About two years ago she was sick with gallstones and underwent operation. She recovered from this attack, but last July was again taken sick with a trouble somewhat similar to her former ailment, and she again underwent operation, but her condition was such that the operation could not be completed. Since then her decline was been steady. She went to visit with her daughter in Chicago about Christmas time, hoping the change would be beneficial, but it was not, and she grew worse. Her condition has been such for several weeks that her death was expected at any time. He leaves, besides her husband, these children: George, of Kewanee; Arthur J., of this city; Clara Reed and Ralph B., of Chicago. She leaves also her mother and these sisters: Miss Effie, of Piqua, O.' Mrs. Lizzie Plotts, of Los Angeles, Cal.; Mrs. D.M. Graves and Mrs. S.R. McCall, of this city; Mrs. H.F. Parke, of Barker City. Ore.; Mrs. Alice Hobart, of Columbus, O.; Mrs. D.K. Craig, of near Abingdon, and one brother, W.F. Smith, of Los Angeles, Cal. "Macomb Journal, " February 5, 1909, p. 8. "Robert F. Laughlin died at his home 533 South McArthur street, yesterday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock of old age and general debility, aged 72 years, 6 months and 27 days. Deceased, while able to be out some, has been a sufferer from nervous trouble for the past three years, and has only been bedfast for the past week or so. The funeral services will be held at the Methodist church Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Crewes officiating; interment in Oakwood cemetery. The remains will lie in state at the residence on South McArthur street from 2 until 4 o'clock Friday afternoon. Deceased was a son of Theodore and Lucy Laughlin and was born in Macomb June 20, 1839. He was raised in this city and when he grew to manhood followed the trade as plasterer, at which he worked until he was old and feeble. When the Civil War broke out, he enlisted in Co. I of the 78th Ill., and served as a private for three years during the war. He returned to this city and on Sept. 26, 1866, was united in marriage to Miss Mary M. Smith, since deceased. The following children survive this union: George H. and Arthur J. of this city; Mrs. William Moser of Grand Junction, Colo.' Ralph R. of Waukegan. He leaves two brothers, James of Industry and John of Macomb. Mr. Laughlin was a member of the Methodist church for forty years. The daughter, Mrs. Moser of Grand Junction, will come east with her family to attend the funeral, and will arrive Saturday night, the services being withheld until Sunday on that account." "Macomb Journal, " January 8, 1912, p. 5. Note the glazed brick arch in the background, marking the entrance to St. Paul Cemetery to the west.
Source/Publisher/DonorSlide taken by Victor Hicken.
Aux. Photo# SlideSlide 1527
Location of Original PhotoMacomb Cemeteries Album
RightsWIU Libraries Archives & Special Collections -- All Rights Reserved. For permission to reproduce, distribute, or otherwise use this image, contact the WIU Archives and Special Collections at malpass-archives@wiu.edu.
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