Old Citizen of County Died At Home In Simlin Neighborhood Last Week
James B. Wair died at his home in the Simlin neighborhood April 17th after a lingering illness of many months.
Mr. Wair was an old citizen of our county, being 68 years old when he died. He was first married to Miss Louise Kincheloe, December 11, 1884, and to that union were born four daughters and one son. Mrs. Wair died 21 years ago and Mr. Wair's second marriage was to Miss Mary Craddock, December 4, 1904. To this union were born one son. His children by his former wife are: Mrs. J.C. Bollinger, of Keiffer, Oklahoma; Mrs. Arthur Ballew, of Portland, Oregon; Mrs. Elmer Hawkins, of Hazelgreen; Mrs. E.J. Hurst, of Kansas City, and Roy Wair, address unknown. Truman, a son of Mr. Wair's second marriage, lives with his widowed mother on the old home farm. All the children were with him when death came, except Mrs. Ballew and Roy Wair. Mr. Wair was one of the pioneer stockmen of this county and although he was greatly handicapped by the loss of a limb when a young man, he fought the battles of life with a vim that brought success.
Las summer while we were visiting Mr. Wair, he told some of his early day experiences and of how the country had advanced from the days when we just had "Old Town" for our Lebanon of the present time. One of his first experiences in the stock business was to help a relative drive 200 head of cattle from this county to the state of Nebraska, making the trip for a very small wage as compared with what one would expect in this, our day, but by using strict economy he soon earned enough to start a small business of his own.
Mr. Wair's funeral was preached by his pastor, Rev. Young, of Stoutland, of the M.E. Church, who, in a short, but well chosen sermon pointed our minds to the truth which is inevitable.
The funeral was at the Simlin Cemetery where a large concourse of relatives and friends gathered to pay their last respects to a departed brother.
The pall bearers were: J.C. Bollinger, W.E. Hawkins, Robert Rupard, Lewis Wright, Lester Craddock and Joe Harrill.
Mr. Wair had been a member of the M.E. Church, south at Simlin for 25 years.
Mrs. W.L.T. Goss, of north of Lebanon, was Mr. Wair's sister and a brother, John Wair, of Liberal also survives.
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