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David Westley Karraker
Posted by: Edwin Peeler (ID *****1333) Date: August 03, 2009 at 07:07:15
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Jonesboro Gazette 29 Dec 1922:

David Wesley Karraker died 21 Dec 1922, at the sanitarium in Battle Creek, Mich. He was born 12 Feb 1854, on a farm in the Karraker Settlement east of Dongola, the son of the Rev. Jacob Karraker, who was born in 1822 in Union County, and Mary Peeler. He was the grandson of Daniel Karraker, who came from North Carolina in 1818, and Christian Peeler. He attended school in Anna taught by W. H. Hubble and then taught school two years. He attended Kentucky State University at Lexington in the spring of 1874. He studied law in Jonesboro with John Dougherty and then Jesse Ware. He was admitted to the bar in June 1878 at Mt. Vernon, Jefferson County. He was elected secretary of the Union County Fair Association in 1876, Jonesboro city attorney and county superintendent of schools in 1877, state’s attorney in 1880 and 1884, state senator in 1888, and Presidential elector for Grover Cleveland in 1892. He was elected to the board of trustees of Union Academy of Southern Illinois in 1887 and was president from 1897 to 1901. He was associated in a law practice with Col. R. R. Townes, with James Lingle from 1890 to 1896, and with Jesse Ware. He, Dr. W. C. Lence, of Jonesboro, and P. T. Chapman, of Vienna, Johnson County, organized the State Bank of Jonesboro and the National Bank of Anna. He joined Friendship Baptist Church as a young man, but in June 1897 transferred to First Baptist Church of Jonesboro. He was a Mason in Jonesboro lodge. He married on 19 Jun 1881, Cora L. Harreld, only daughter of Cyrus and Amelia Harreld, of Alto Pass They had eight children. David Harreld Karraker died aged 30 days, Florence Karraker died aged 5 months, and Mary Agnes Karraker died aged 2 years. He left his wdow, four sons, Homer J. Karraker, of St. Louis, Edward L. Karraker, R. Wallace Karraker, and Cyrus Karraker, of Jonesboro; one daughter, Frances wife of Clyde D. Harris, of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; five grandchildren; two brothers, W. W. Karraker and H. W. Karraker, of Dongola; and one sister, Mary E. Ausbrooks, of Dongola. (See also 3 Mar 1922, 5 Jan 1923, and 29 Jun 1923, issues.)

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