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THOMAS RANKIN died at his home, 3729 South Rockwell street, yesterday, aged 85. He was a trustee of the old town of Cicero and had lived in Chicago since 1863. He was for twenty years car superintendent of the Chicago and Alton railroad and for fifteen years held the same position with Armour & co. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1832 and served in the civil war. His widow, three sons, James A., John D., William E., and five daughters, Mrs. Margaret Wiggens, Nettie May, Grace D., Nellie Helen, and Hazel Gertrude, survive him.


1919 10-28

Hugh Mason, a resident of Chicago for the last fifty six years, and prominent in Masonic circles, died last night at the Pasavant hospital, aged 80. Mr. Mason was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, September 8, 1839 and moved to Toronto with his prents in 1849. He came to Chicago in 1863 and had always resided in the 18th ward. At one time was active in politics. He was engaged in the coal business and for 17 years was president of the old Oakland Building Association



ROBERT H. NICOL died Oct. 12 at Edinburgh, Scotland. He was 74 years old and for many years was foreman for Fraser & Chalmers of this city and subsequently of Fraser & Chalmers, Ltd., England.




John McLaren died yesterday at his residence, 751 Gordon terrace. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Sept. 11, 1836, and came to this country with his parents in 1852. The family settled in Dubuque, Ia., and at the outbreak of the civil war he enlisted as a private. He served throughout the war and through various promotions held the rank of adjutant of his regiment when mustered out in December, 1864. He took part in many of the important engagements of the war and was with Gen. Sherman in his famous march to the sea.

In the Lumber Industry.

At the close of the war Mr. McLaren came to Chicago and secured a position with the firm of John Mason Loomis & Co., lumber commission merchants. He became a member of the firm in 1870 and continued in that capacity until the firm was dissolved in 1885. From then until 1894 Mr. McLaren was actively engaged in the lumber business, serving at various times as president of the Pere Marquette Lumber company, vice president of the A. R. Beck Lumber company, and as a partner of the firm of McLaren & Morris.

He was elected president of the Hide and leather National bank in 1894, becoming vice president of the Union National bank in 1897, when the two banks were merged. When the Union National bank was absorbed by the First National bank in 1900, Mr. McLaren retired, and gradually relinquished his various business connections.

Mr. McLaren was a member of the board of education from 1887 to 1893 and served as its president part of that time. The John McLaren school at Laflin and York streets is named in his honor.

Lewis Institute Trustee.

He was a trustee of the Allen C. Lewis trust fund established for founding the school now known as the Lewis institute, and was a trustee of that institution at the time of his death. He also served for many years as a trustee of the Mary Thompson hospital.

He was at various times president of the Chicago Relief and Aid society, the Citizens' association, treasurer of the Bankers' club, and also treasurer of the Union League club. He was a Mason and attained the thirtythird degree. He took a deep interest in the military order of the Loyal Legion and was formerly vice commander of the Illinois commandery.

He is survived by his widow and three children, John Loomis, Mrs. Philip B. Hosmer, and Mrs. James Simpson. Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the residence.




JOHN DUNRAVEN YOUNG, principal of the Chicago School of Assaying, died at 4752 Vincennes avenue yesterday. He was 63 years old, a native of Edinburgh, Scotland, and a resident of Chicago for thirty-three years. Before opening his school several years ago he was at the head of the metallurgical department of the Armour institute. Mr. Young is survived by a widow and one sister, Mrs. Bella Galbraith.



James Duncan, Nov. 4, 1915, age 72 years, son of the late Rev. John Duncan and the late Margaret Walker Duncan, of Abdie Manse, Newburgh, Fife, Scotland; father of John Bisset Duncan, Chicago; brother of Euphemia and Agnes Duncan and Mrs. Annie Oliver of Edinburgh and Mrs. Eliza Dickey of Kirkcaldy, Scotland. Funeral services at his residence, 836 N. Austinav., Oak Park, Ill., Sunday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m., by automobiles to Elmwood cemetery.



MRS. JEANETTE BAIRD DICKINSON, 91 years old, widow of Augustus Dickinson, died yesterday at Bedford, Ind. She was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1824. She was a pioneer of the city for seventy years. She is survived by one son, Frederick Dickinson, and three grandchildren, August E. Dickinson, Frederick S. Dickinson, and Edward E. Dickinson.




BURGESS S. HATCH, a resident of Chicago for more than forty years, is dead at his home, 1817 Asbury avenue, Evanston. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, July 12, 1844. Funeral will be held from St. Mark's church, Evanston, this afternoon.



Elizabeth Thompson Rutherford, Feb. 24, 1915, beloved wife of the late David M. of Edinburgh, Scotland, and fond mother of Florence, George, and Mrs. Arthur Stewart Carson. Funeral Saturday at 2:30 p.m., from her late residence, 4736 Indianaav., by autos to Oakwoods cemetery. Edinburgh [Scotland] papers please copy.




Samuel Richardson, beloved son of the late Jackson Richardson and Elizabeth Courtney Richardson, brother of William Richardson, Miss Mary J. Hazelton, Mrs. James Espey, County Tyrone, Ireland, and Jackson Richardson, Edinburgh, Scotland; uncle of Samuel Richardson, William John Richardson, Mrs. Jacob Illeg, and William John Hazelton, Chicago; Courtney and Thomas Richardson, County Tyrone, Ireland. Funeral from his late residence, 2234 Fremont-st., Saturday, April 11, at 2 p.m. Dungannon, Belfast, Ireland; Edinburgh, Scotland; Woodstock, Port Hope, and Toronto, Canada, papers please copy.



William Adamson, Feb. 26, age 71 years, father of Jesse A. Adamson, Mrs. Oliver Forgue. Interment private at Milwaukee, Wis., Tuesday. Edinburgh, Scotland, papers please copy.



MRS. JANE HAGUE of 7310 Luella avenue died on Saturday at the age of 72. She was a native of Edinburgh, Scotland, and had been a resident of Hyde Park for nearly fifty years.



New York, Feb. 1. -- Gen. James Grant Wilson, soldier, editor, and author, who had been ill for several weeks, died today. He was 81 years old.

Gen. Wilson, son of William Wilson, a Scotch poet, was a veteran of the civil war. He was brevetted brigadier general of volunteers at its close.

His literary labors produced more than a score of Volumes, including a "Life of Gen. U. S. Grant," "Lives of the Presidents of the United States." "Sketches of Illinois Officers," "The World's Largest Libraries," "Love in Letters," and "Thackeray in the United States." His most important editorial work was on Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography.

Gen. Wilson was born in Edinburgh April 28, 1832. His youth was spent in Poughkeepsie, N. Y., Where his family established itself when he was a year old. At the age of 25 he founded in Chicago the first literary journal published in the northwest.

This work he left in 1862 to become a major in the Fifteenth Illinois cavalry. He took part in Grant's Vicksburg campaign and in 1863 became colonel of the Fourth regiment of United States colored cavalry.



John H. Harris, age 53 years, at residence, 3935 Gladys-av., July 13. Deceased was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Dec. 7, 1859; he came to this country in the year 1888 and entered into the railway service; after twenty-one years was a trusted employe of the Chicago Great Western R. R. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Karoline Harris, nee Hafner, and one daughter. Elsie, age 18. Funeral services held by the Masonic order in the chapel at Forest Home cemetery July 16, at 2:30 p.m. St. Paul and Henderson, Minn., papers please copy.



Eliza Allen, beloved wife of Alexander S. Allen, nee Simpson, fond mother of Mrs. George F. Scott, Mrs. F. E. Deuel of St. Louis. Mo., George W. and William B. Allen Funeral Saturday, March 22, 2 p.m., at Glen Ellyn, Ill Edinburgh, Scotland papers, please copy. Funeral private.


The death of Jessie Smith, for forty-four years employed in the family of the late Fernando Jones, marked the final closing last night of the Jones residence, 1834 Prairie avenue. When Mr. Jones died, almost a year ago. Miss Smith was left in the home to remain during her life time. She died on Saturday and was buried yesterday.

Miss Smith was born in Edinburgh, Scotland sixty-four years ago, and when a young girl came to Chicago to join her brother, John, a stone cutter.

In 1869 Miss Smith was employed by the later Mrs. Fernando Jones, in whose employ she has been since that time. Probably no woman in her line in Chicago had such a record of continuous service.

The Jones family made many trips abroad and during the absence Miss Smith was entrusted with the care of their residence.

Mr. Jones died a year ago, aged 92. Since his death the old homestead has been kept open for the son and granddaughter, who have returned on various occasions.

Crahame Jones, the son, who lives in New York City, is now in England.

Miss Smith and her brother bought a lot in Rosehill cemetery several years ago, and she was laid by his side yesterday.



PETER C. ATKINSON, for nearly twenty years, executive secretary of the Hyde Park Department of the Young Men's Christian association of Chicago, died on Tuesday. Services will be held in the auditorium of the Hyde Park Association building, Fifty-third street and Dorchester avenue, tomorow at 2 p.m.

The services will be in charge of the Rev. Alexander Allison Jr., pastor of the Hyde Park Presbyterian church, assisted by the Rev. Oscar C. Helming, pastor of the University Congregational church,; the Rev. A. J. McCartney pastor of the Kenwood Evangelical church; and L. Wilbur Messer, general secretary of the Y. M. C. A. of Chicago.

Delegates will attend in a body. representing the McCabe Memorial Methodist Episcopal church, the dormitory residents of the Hyde Park department, the older boy members and the senior members of the department, the board of managers of the Chicago association, and the committee of management of the Hyde Park department, the secretarial staff of the twenty-nine departments of the association.

Mr. Atkinson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, was a graduate of Northwestern university.