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A  Tuscola  Newspaper
Douglas County, Illinois
Sunday, August 17, 1941
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TUSCOLA  WOMAN  WILL  BE  96  TUESDAY
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Plan Dinner Sunday for Mrs. Dotson,
Widow of Civil War Veteran
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By Lida Jane Hunt
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          TUSCOLA, Aug. 16 ---- (BSC) ---- Mrs. Malinda J. Dotson, widow of the late Civil war veteran, William H. Dotson, will be 96 years old Tuesday, but her children and grandchildren have planned a family dinner which will be honoring the occasion Sunday in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Emily Soper, with whom she lives.
          Alert in mind, and in good health for one of her advance years, Mrs. Dotson wears a "wreath of smiles" and her blue eyes glow when she is interested in a conversation.
          Four years ago, she fell while visiting a daughter and broke her leg, and since that time she has been confined to a wheel chair.   "I was flat on my back for two months," she said, "and it was such a long time.  But my children have been so good to care for me and while I never leave the house, my friends come to see me and cheer me."
Born In Indiana
          Born in Shelby county, Indiana, near the village of London, her maiden name was Malinda Jackson, daughter of  William and Mary Jackson, natives of Ohio.   "I was the eldest of eight children," she recalled, "and of them, only myself and one sister, Mrs. Julia Mumford, 91, Casey, are left.  My sister cannot live alone, so she lives with her children."
          On December 24, 1865, after the close of the Civil war, she married William H. Dotson, a veteran of Company G, 123d Illinois Volunteer Infantry, at her parents' home near Casey. "My husband had been shot in the leg, during a battle, and he suffered from the wound, especially in the summer.  Long after we came to Tuscola to live, Doctor W. T. Pulliam, now deceased, probed the wound and withdrew what appeared to be a fragment of clothing.  After that, the wound healed and he did not suffer so much from it," she related.
He Died in 1919
          On January 8, 1919, Mr. Dotson died at the age of 75, leaving his wife and family of nine children.   "We are a five generation family," she laughed, "my son, Joe at Charleston, and his descendants."
          The following children are living to cheer the closing years of her life:  Mrs. Emily Soper, Mrs. Cora Fry, both of Tuscola;  Mrs. Molly Smith, Windsor, who has been caring for her mother since her accident, and who is her constant companion;  Mrs. Esther Vance, Altamont; and Joseph, Charleston.
          Attorney Charles Dotson, Tuscola, is a grandson.  Mrs. Dotson remembers her wedding day, which was the day before Christmas in 1865.   "Things were awful high," she averred, "but people got along then, just as well as they do now, I think.  They did not want so much, and were contented with what they had, and they were happy."
To Douglas in 1870.
          Mr. and Mrs. Dotson came to Douglas county in 1870 and spent about two years on a farm north of the Mt. Gilead church.  Then, on account of his war injury, they gave up farming and moved to Tuscola about 50 years ago, where Mr. Dotson carried the mail for 18 years.  Mrs. Dotson owns her own home in the north part of town, which she left reluctantly when she was no longer able to do the work.  She rents her home and lives with her daughters.  She is a member of the Church of Christ.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelby  Republican
Monday, September 22, 1930
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Indianapolis Accident Victims
Formerly Lived in Fenns Neighborhood..
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HAVE  RELATIVES  HERE
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          Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Lanham,  her daughter,  Mrs. Lillian Jackson,  and her granddaughter,  Mrs. Dean Armstrong, of Indianapolis, who were injured in an automobile accident Sunday afternoon when their machine crashed into a telephone pole at Southeastern and Emerson avenues in Indianapolis, formerly lived south of Shelbyville in the Fenns neighborhood and are well known in the county.
          Mrs. Lanham, who is 72 years old, is a sister of  Mrs. Ed Rinehart,  who resides on the Columbus pike.  She was badly cut about the head and face and is in a critical condition in the City hospital, Indianapolis.  Mrs. Jackson, age 35 years, suffered a fractured skull and  [missing words]  and her condition is  [missing words]  critical.  Mrs. Armstrong, who was driving the car, suffered a possible fracture of the ribs and had a bad cut on the left hand.  Her daughter, Juanita, age 10, and son,  John Dale, age 7 years, had several teeth knocked out and were bruised about the head and body.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Indianapolis Star
November 7, 1915
Page 69   Column 7
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SHELBYVILLE.
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          Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Jackson  and children have returned from a week's visit with relatives at Richmond and Connersville.
Contributed by Virginia Latta Curulla


The  Indianapolis  Star
May 19, 1915
Page 10   Column 2
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          SHELBYVILLE, Ind., May 18. -- Arrangements have been completed for the automobile race meet to be held here May 26.  Frank J. Jackson, promoter of the meet, has offered cash prizes totalling $1,000.  Several drivers now at Indianapolis have entered cars and the events promise to the big race at Indianapolis May 29.
Contributed by Virginia Latta Curulla


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, December 27, 1894
Page 3 column 3
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          Mrs. Nancy T. Smith  and daughter  Priscilla,  and  Mr. and Mrs. M. D. Jackson,  of near St. John's switch, have gone to Robinson, Ill., to spend the holidays with relatives.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelby  Democrat
Weekly,  January 24, 1889
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          Sheriff McDougall  took  Lorenzo Jackson  to the State Prison south Monday.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Daily  Democrat
Monday, January 25, 1886
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L O C A L     N E W S.
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          A son was born to  Mr. and Mrs. Harry Jackson, of this city, Sunday morning.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Daily  Democrat
Saturday, January 16, 1886
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LOCAL  NEWS.
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          H. H. Jackson  had a narrow escape from being killed this morning.  While passing in front of  John Friday's  barber shop a lot of brick feel out of the wall at the top of the  Deprez  building, and striking the roof of the barber shop, bounced off and fell all around him but he fortunately escaped being hit by any of the fragments.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday May 15, 1884
Page 3 column 2
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          Mary E. Jackson has filed in the clerk’s office here her petition for a divorce from  David Jackson.  In her petition Mary declares that she married David in Brazil, Indiana in December, 1881 and lived with him until January, 1882 when without any cause he deserted her, and has utterly failed since that time to contribute to her support.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelby  Democrat-Volunteer
Thursday, March 25, 1880
Page 3, column 2
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MRS. SARAH  JACKSON'S  BIRTHDAY
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          The children, grandchildren and friends of  Mrs. Sarah Jackson assembled at her residence, two and one half miles east of this city, on last Monday, and gave the old lady a birthday dinner, which was highly enjoyed by those so fortunate as to be in attendance.  Mrs. Jackson was born in Bath county, KY. on the 22nd day of March, 1809.  She is the mother of five children, and has sixteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren.  Seventy-one persons were present to enjoy the dinner and wish Mrs. Jackson many returns yet of her birthday.  Squire Higgins was in attendance, and says the affair was one of the most enjoyable he ever had the pleasure of witnessing.  Mrs. Jackson was the recipient of a large number of presents.  The office was not forgotten, as we were kindly remembered by a liberal supply of cake.
Submitted by Barb Huff

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