John J. Bell Dies At Home Of Daughter

Former Astoria Business Man; In Failing Health For Sometime

John J. Bell, for many years a resident of Astoria, died at 3:00 o’clock Friday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Sumner E. Crissey, 1129 North Kellogg street, Galesburg, with whom he had made his home for the past three years.

Mr. Bell’s last illness extended over a period of three months, during which time he was tenderly cared for by his daughter and her husband.

He was born near London, England, sixty-eight years ago, coming to America with his parents when a child. The family settled in the vicinity of Rock Island, but since early manhood Mr. Bell made his home in Astoria. Mr. Bell was a man of sterling qualities, kind and gentle in manner, beloved by all who were privileged to know him. During his last years he lived a simple, quiet life, happy in caring for his garden and flowers.

He was married to Laura Belle Bryant in 1885, who died eight years ago. Surviving are four daughters, who were devoted to their father: Maude, Mrs. J. A. Walker of Moline; Gladys, Mrs. Howard Henderson of Oneida; Mildred, Mrs. Chas. A. Kuhl and Jessica, Mrs. Sumner E. Crissey, both of Galesburg. There are four grandchildren, Laurette Rose Henderson, Jack Lindsey, Phil and Laura Louise Kuhl.

Funeral services were held from the Christian church of Astoria at 2:30 Sunday afternoon, Rev. Freleigh officiating.

The abundance of beautiful flowers from many friends, both of Astoria and Galesburg, were a silent testimony to the esteem in which Mr. Bell was held.


Published in the Argus-Searchlight on 5/31/1933


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