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JAMES H. WATSON
Source: Weekly Argus News Jan 7, 1899 p 2
One of the saddest deaths we have been calle dupon to chronicle for some time is that of James H. Watson, who passed away at 10 o'clock Sunday at the family residence on East Wabash Avenue. Christmas eve he was down town participating in the happy holidy festivities and was among the gayest of the gay. On Christmas evening he was taken sick and a day or two later became apparent his illness was pneumonia and that his condition was serious. He grew rapidly worse despite the most careful attention and nursing and shortly after 10 o'clock Sunday night the dissolution came. He was rational to the last and conversed freely with the family and sorrowing friends who gathered about the bedside. He had no fear of death and his only regret was the parting from loved ones.
Than Jim Watson n o one in the entire community was held in higher esteem and the passing of ono one could cause sorrow more profound. In a word, he was a "square man." He was somewhat brusque of manner but he meant no one harm. His heart was as tender as a woman's and oftimes prompted him to acts of kindness and charity of which none but the beneficiaries ever knew. The deceased was the son of WIlliam P. and Eliza A. Watson and was born in this city November 9th, 1836l. His entire life was spent in the pork packing business with his uncle, James Watson. When the war broke out in 1861 he enlisted in Co G 10th Indiana and upon the promotion of his captain he was raised from the lieutenancy to the captaincy of his company. He served his country well, retiring with a record for gallantry. Leaving the army Mr. Watson worked a year in a Louisville tobacco house. Later he worked in Terre Haute but gave up that position to accept a deputyship in the Auditor's office here. In 1871 he made a successful race for the office and filled the same with honor and credit until 1879. After a short vacation he associated himself with the Watson, Coutant & Co. firm, carriage makers, and continued with the same for some years. Of late years he has engaged in the cresting business, having splendidly equipped factory on east Jefferson Street. Mr. Watson was married Jan 15, 1867 to Elizabeth Reynolds of Fountain County. They had no children but raised Austin Long, a nephew, and parents could not have been kinder or more indulgent. Mr. Watson was a member of the famous Montgomery Guards and a lt. in the company when it was reorganized. He belonge to the Royal Arcanum and was a prominent member, also and a director of the Montgomery County Agricultural Association. - kbz
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