MCCRACKEN (VETERAN UNION), JAMES WASHINGTON - Benton County, Arkansas | JAMES WASHINGTON MCCRACKEN (VETERAN UNION) - Arkansas Gravestone Photos

James Washington MCCRACKEN (VETERAN UNION)

G. A. R. (Sulphur Springs) Cemetery
Benton County,
Arkansas

99 Ohio Regiment
Civil War Union
November 22, 1835 - April 7, 1921

*Obituary
Benton County Record
Friday, April 15, 1921

McCRACKEN, James Washington - Dr. J.W. McCracken, an old resident of Sulphur Springs, passed away last Thursday afternoon at his home in that city of heart failure. He had not been well lately and had recently gone to Joplin to consult with physicians there about his condition. About four o'clock in the afternoon he had finished writing some letters. He rose from his desk and while passing to an adjoining room, fell, striking his head violently against an open door. Assistance was immediately summoned but it was found that he was probably dead before striking the floor. James Washington McCracken was born in Fairfield county, Ohio on November 22nd, 1835. As a young man he taught school in Ohio and Iowa. While in Iowa he began the study of medicine and with his course partially completed he enlisted in the Union Army as a hospital steward in the 99th Ohio Regiment. After three years of service in the army, at the close of the war, he entered the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and completed his course in medicine and surgery, graduating with high honors in March 1866. He immediately began the practice of medicine, continuing to minister to the wants of the sick for more than fifty years. He was married to Mary Ann Morse October 8, 1861 at Finley, Ohio and she died October 7th, 1873. He was married the second time to Miss C.I. Reynolds at Upper Sandusky, Ohio and is survived by her and his son, A.T. McCracken, of Kansas City, of the first marriage, and a daughter, Mrs. J.J. Armstrong, Hallsville, Mo., of the second marriage. Dr. McCracken was eighty-five years, four months and sixteen days old at the time of his death. Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church Sunday afternoon and were attended by a crowd so large that half of them could not find room inside the building. Both his children were present. A large number of Masons from nearby towns came to pay honor to their brother. The lodge members gathered at the residence and marched to the church. Upon leaving the church they took charge of the services and accompanied the body to the G.A.R. cemetery where all the Lodge honors were extended to their former companion. All Sulphur Springs mourns in the loss of this faithful public servant and the bereaved ones have the sympathy of the entire community.

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Submitted: 5/30/09 • Approved: 3/10/14 • Last Updated: 3/13/14 • R200239-G0-S3

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