Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, Colorado, 14 April 1927




J.W. Conklin, 78, died suddenly at Edgewater, Colorado, Friday [should say Saturday]. He had been in rather poor health for some time, but was apparently feeling as well as common Friday when he walked down to the barber shop. While sitting in a chair he suddenly toppled over, dead.


The children left for Denver as soon as the news was received here, returning Monday with the body. Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church Tuesday afternoon, Rev. J.A. Armstrong officiating. Interment was made in the Holyoke Cemetery.


Mr. Conklin came to Phillips County from Odebolt, Iowa, in an early day. About seven years ago he moved from here to Edgewater, Colorado. There in Edgewater, a suburb of Denver, he has made his home since that time, though he was a familiar figure in Holyoke during his extended visits here.


He is survived by his wife, three sons and four daughters. The sons, Fred, J.H., and George, reside here as do also three of the daughters, Mrs. J.L. Kinch, Mrs. W.A. White and Mrs. N.J. Show. The other daughter, Mrs. D.L. Harmon, resides at Steamboat Springs.


As a mere boy he enlisted in the Northern forces of the Civil War and remained in the army until the close of hostilities. As a member of the G.A.R. he has been active at all times. In his passing we cannot fail to note the fast thinning ranks of these noble patriots of the past.


The Holyoke Odd Fellows were in charge of the funeral. Colver Brothers had charge of the body.




Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, Colorado, April 14, 1927




James Wesley Lockwood Conklin was born in Peekskill, Westchester, New York on September 7, 1848 to John Henry and Ann Eliza [Blauvelt] Conklin. He married Mary A. Preston September 11, 1881, at Dubuque, Iowa. In August, 1898, he came to Holyoke. In May, 1920, he went to Denver, where he lived for about a year, thence to Edgewater. Here he lived until his sudden decease, Saturday, April 9, 1927.


He is survived by his faithful helpmeet, Mary, through a long, happy, married life; Edith R., now Mrs. James Kinch; James Fred Lewis; John Harvey; Minnie Amy, now Mrs. Will White; Aneliza Emeline, now Mrs. Noble Show and George Cleveland, all of Holyoke, and Maria Mina, now Mrs. Dot Harmon, of Steamboat Springs. There were four children that died in infancy.


He was a carpenter by trade, building the Presbyterian church and Manse, and many other structures hereabouts. In his early teens he enlisted as a volunteer in the great Civil War and remained in the army during the terrific conflict, thus he was a G.A.R. veteran. He was also a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge for fifty-six years. He had been ailing and failing for some time, yet no one surmised his decease was to be so sudden at last. Heart disease was the trouble that

summoned him away so unexpectedly.


He came of Pennsylvania Quaker stock. He was a fond father, a faithful husband, a splendid citizen, honoring the laws of his native land, and exemplary lodge member, and a true patriot. He has left a record, fragrant with good deeds and noble ideals. Thus passes away another of the citizens of our community and nation that makes home honored and nation strong and worthy.


There was a large attendance of relatives, friends and neighbors of the family and of the local Odd Fellows Lodge at the funeral.





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