MORDECAI SAILOR, AGED ALVIN MAN, IS DEAD (Danville Commercial News)Submitted by Beth Rasmussen
Mordecai Sailor, aged 77 years, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. William Hardy, in Alvin at 4 o'clock Monday afternoon of heart disease. Mr. Sailor had been in failing health for several years and his passing was not unexpected. He died peacefully while sitting in a chair shortly after the visit of his physician. The funeral was held from the Alvin Methodist Church at 10 o'clock, Wednesday morning, Rev. J.F. Wohlfarth officiating, and interment was in Bethel cemetery.
Mr. Sailor, who was born in Ohio in March 1843, came to this section many years ago, settling in State Line. For over 25 years he carried the mail at that place, but on account of failing health retired three years ago, going to the home of his daughter in Alvin to make his home. He leaves a widow, who is in the hospital in Kankakee, and three daughters, Mrs. Hardy, Mrs. Charles McBride, and Mrs. Gilbert Hughes.
Mordecai Sailor, son of John and Caroline Sailor, was born in Ohio and came to Illinois when a young man. He was born March 23, 1843, and passed away May 10, 1920, at the age of 77 years, one month, and 17 days old.
He was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Hambleton in 1867. To this union three children were born. He leaves to mourn his loss a widow who is an invalid, and three daughters, Mrs. Chas. McBride of Hoopeston, Mrs. Rhoda Hughes of Rossville, and Mrs. William Hardy of Alvin, twenty-two grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Fred Hughes of Danville, and one half-brother and sister and a host of friends. Mr. Sailor was hurt in an auto accident about four years ago when he went to see his invalid wife and has been in poor health ever since. He has always been a kind and loving husband and father, and all the children loved him for he was jolly with them when ever he met them.
Mr. Sailor was united with the M.E. Church at State Line about twenty years ago and was a faithful follower until the end. He was a soldier in the Civil War, so one more of our old veterans has answered the call, one more grave to scatter flowers on this year.