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Knox County

Creighton Courier (Knox County, Nebraska) April 24, 1902, page 1


James Wilson Combs was born in Clay County, Ind., Jan 14th, 1848, and died in Creighton, Nebraska April 20th, 1902 at the age of 54 years, 3 months and 6 days. He was married to Miss Alma V. RODDEN at Greeley, [Delaware Co.] Iowa, Nov. 27th, 1881. Later he moved to Rising City, Nebraska, where he was engaged in the drug business. He resided there with his family until 1898 when he removed to Stromsburg [Polk Co, Ne]. It was there that he was bereaved of his companion and one of his children also. In 1891 he came to Creighton with his family where he has since resided, occupying a responsible position in one of our leading drug stores.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Rising City, Nebraska. In Greeley, Iowa, he united in early youth with the christian church, but later, severing his connection with this church he became a member of the Universalist church of which he was a member at the time of his death.

He was one of the kindest of fathers, being devoted to the children that God had given him. One of his last requests was that the younger children should be given the advantage of a good education. He was an honest and patriotic citizen, ever interested in the welfare of his country and upright in all of his dealings. Creighton has lost one of the best members of her society.

He leaves six children, one brother and two sisters to mourn the loss that they have sustained.

The relatives that were present from a distance were: J. A. Combs, a brother of Wood, Iowa, C. R. Combs, a nephew of Bellevue, Nebraska and a sister Mrs. Chas McElwain of Hartley, Iowa.

The funeral service was conducted at the home Tuesday afternoon, Rev. J. Narver Gortner and Rev. F. D. Kennedy delivering brief addresses, after which the remains were taken to the depot where on Wednesday morning they left for Stromsburg for interment. The members of the Masonic Lodge of Rising City, Nebraska, met the remains in Stromsburg and took charge of the burial. The bereaved children and other relatives have the sympathy of the entire community in this the hour of their sorrows.

Card of Thanks

To the many friends and especially the Masons and Eastern Star who in the numberless ways assisted during the illness and death of our father, we wish to return our sincere and heart felt thanks.

Lilith Combs

Brother and Sisters

Note: James Wilson Combs s/o Samuel S. (Stillwell?) Combs... born in Clay County, IN married Alma V. RODDEN at Greeley, [Delaware Co.] Iowa, Nov. 27th, 1881. See 1900 Census of Polk Co, NE.

Important: All Records collected for this county may not have been added here as yet. See also the Combs Research List Archives