*1901 - Obituary Jonathan PAGE
AN OLD SETTLER GONE - Jonathan Page was born in Fayette county, Penn., Jan. 13, 1824, and died at his home in Lostant, Ill, at 1:10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, 1901. At the age of twenty-two years he was united in marriage to Eleanor Layton, July 3, 1845. To this union were born seven children - five sons and two daughters - one having died in infancy. Three sons - William T. of Lostant, Geo. C. of Chicago, Philip K. of Connellsville, Penn., and two daughters, Mrs. Marian G. Hull, of Chicago and Mrs. Cora A. Hannum of Lostant - with the bereaved mother and wife remain to mourn the death of an affectionate father and devoted husband. Funeral services were held at the late home of the deceased on Sunday afternoon at two o'clock. Rev. J. T. Bliss officiated and gave words of consolation and comfort from the text "O death, where is thy sting; O grave, where is thy victory?" He spoke in high praise of the many virtues of the departed. Bro. Page was converted in Pennsylvania when a young man and joined the M. E. church of which he remained a consistent member ever since. His life was replete with sunshine and kindness. He often said to me by way of confession for his absence from church, "I am sorry I cannot come."
While his last days on earth were days of bitter suffering, yet he rejoined in a hope unspeakable and full of glory. He spent his waking moments in prayer and praise until consciousness had become extinct. Rev. Bliss remarked, "I first met him in the Masonic order, with which body he was always in love. As a token of his esteem for his brethren he wanted them to perform the last kind act of interment of his body. He was made a Mason in the year 1870 in Lostant lodge No. 579. He has gone to his reward. He had his own pass for admittance; his faith was untarnished; his hope well founded and he followed his guide to the Worshipful Master on High for further instructions in the fields of glory. Among the relatives from a distance in attendance at the funeral were Mrs. M. G. Hull of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Cal Kreider and Mrs. Mary Conaway of Tonica. Other relatives were prevented from coming on account of the weather and for other unavoidable reasons. The funeral services were very largely attended by old neighbors and friends and sixty or mores Masonic brethren from Magnolia, Tonica and Lostant took part in their beautiful burial service. A quartet from the M. E. choir sang "Rock of Ages," "Jesus, Lover of My Soul" and "Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me." Lovely flowers adorned the casket, notable among them being a Masonic emblem and a pillow with "father" in purple immortelles. Interment was made in Hope cemetery at Lostant, Ill. He had a twin brother who died about five years ago and for whom he grieved very much.
Contributed by Connie L. Rickman