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John Ainlay

Died on June 27, 1911, of heart failure, at Farnam, Nebraska, John Ainlay, aged 72 years, 1 month and 9 days. Funeral Friday, June 30, 1911 at 2 p. m. from Methodist Church.

"Uncle John" Ainlay, as he was always called by his numerous friends, was born at Port Hope, Canada, May 18, 1839. He was married at Ainlayville, now called Brussels, Canada, April 22, 1862, to Eliza Jane Walker.

On March 13, 1877, the family moved to Nance county, Nebraska, where they resided until March 4, 1890, when they purchased and moved onto their farm one mile west of Farnam and have resided there and in Farnam ever since.

Uncle John is survived by his wife and eleven children, thirty-six grandchildren and three great grand children, and two children and two grand children have preceded him to the other shore. The surviving children and their place of residence is as follows:

Mrs. L. H. Matchett, Guthrie, Okla.
Mrs. John King, Cedar Rapids, Neb.
W. J. Ainlay, Elwood, Neb.
Chas. W. Ainlay, Mishawaka, Ind.
B. J. Ainlay, Belgrade, Neb.
T. W. Ainlay, Farnam, Neb.
Mrs. W. R. Fitch, Farnam, Neb.
Mrs. H. T. McNickle, Farnam, Neb.
Mrs. E. A. Hann, Canton, Neb.
Mrs. Herman Richards, Elwood, Neb.
H. L. Ainlay, Gothenburg, Neb.

The funeral services will consist of a short service at the house for the family, then the body will be taken to the Methodist Church where Rev. D. W. Parker will preach the funeral sermon. The Odd Fellow and Rebecca lodges will conduct the funeral from the Church to the Cemetery and will use the Odd Fellow burial service at the grave.

Uncle John Ainlay was one of our best known citizens and was a familiar figure in our midst for years. No one will be missed from our streets more than he. He was a warm friend to all in need and even when times were hard and money and everything else scarce, Uncle John was ready and willing to divide with those who were in need. Numerous are the tales now coming to light in which Uncle John extended the helping hand and no one was ever the wiser.

No father ever lived who was more devoted to his family than he and he was never known to refuse them anything that was in his power to grant. He was never so happy as when he could get a number of them around him for a pleasant evening and at his death was planning to have a re-union of the entire family at the golden anniversary of his wedding. His death was sudden, painless and unexpected, and was shock to the family and friends.

The Echo joins the entire community in extending to the family our heart felt sympathy in this, their hour of grief.

The Farnam Echo, Vol. 8, No. 29, Col. 4, Thur. June 29, 1911

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