A “Bit” of Looking Back – OBITUARY: Jennings J. Carson (November, 1926)


From The Malakoff News
11 November, 1926

Jennings J. Carson, son of Matthew R. and Lucetta Carson, was born near Racine, Meigs Co., Ohio, June 12, 1855 and passed to his reward at his home in Malakoff early Wednesday morning, Nov. 3, 1926, at the age of 71.

When he was but six years of age, his father died, leaving his wife, Lucetta, with a family of seven children, the eldest being but 14 years of age.

During the Civil War, his mother moved with her children to a farm near Cisne, Illinois.

As he grew up, he gained his education by working out of school hours and during Summer months to pay tuition and board.   He worked at various trades until, in 1878, he went to Iowa, where two years later he married Mary Mendenhall in 1880.  To this union were born three children, two of which survive; a son, Leonard Carson, Granite City, Illinois, and Mrs. Alma Neal, Mercedes, Texas.

A little later, he moved to Mt. Erie, Ill. where he went into the hardware business, which he followed for thirty years.  He was very active in church work during all these years, being Superintendent of Sunday School and Bible teacher.

He lost his first wife in 1889 and two years later, married Alice R. Seneff, his present wife.  To this union five children were born, three of which survive; Dwight H. Carson and Sadie Carson of Malakoff, and Mrs. Emma Tayler of Jayton, Tex.

In 1911, he, with his family, moved to Malakoff where he continued in business, establishing the Malakoff Lumber Co. after a few years.

He joined the Methodist church in early youth and throughout his live lived a beautiful and consistent Christian life.

We who knew him would call his life a success in every respect inasmuch as –

“He has achieved success, who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men, and the love of little children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who has left the world better than he found it; who has never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty or failed to express it; who has always looked for the best in others and given the best he had; whose life was an inspiration; whose memory a benediction.”


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