John Briney Well Known Farmer Dies

Death Follows An Operation For Strangulation Of The Bowels

John Briney, one of the most widely known and highly respected farmers of Schuyler county, died in the Canton hospital Tuesday morning at 2:30 following an operation for strangulation of the bowels and other complications.

Mr. Briney suddenly took ill at his home near Bluff City Saturday a week ago. However, he kept on going about his business until Wednesday following, when his condition became much worse. A physician was called and he was ordered to bed. Continuing to grow worse, it was advised that he be taken to a hospital at once. Acting upon the advice of the attending physician, he was taken to the Canton hospital where an emergency operation was performed Saturday afternoon between five and six o’clock. After the operation, only slight hopes were held for his recovery, due to the seriousness of his condition. His condition continued critical and his sufferings were intense. Everything that medical skills and loving hands could do, was done for him up until the very hour that death relieved him of his suffering.

Mr. Briney was an industrious, hard working man. He carried on the business of farming on a large scale and was considered one of the most valuable men in the community in which he lived. He was a man of clean habits, honest in all his dealings with his fellowmen and never missed an opportunity to favor anyone when it was within his power to do so. He was public spirited and did much towards building up his community. At the time of his passing, he was chairman of the Schuyler corn-hog allotment committee. His duties absorbed much of his time the past several months, taking him to Rushville almost daily.

As senior editor of this newspaper, we can say that we have known Mr. Briney practically all his life; have had business dealings with him and we can say that we always found him to be a man endowed with a spirit of fairness and honesty. In his passing, we can truthfully say, that Schuyler county loses a valuable citizen and that his community will experience much difficulty in finding a man who will be able to fill his place satisfactorily. The entire community extends their full sympathy to the bereaved relatives in their hour of great sorrow.

John Briney, son of James and Caroline Briney, was born in Hickory township, Schuyler county, June 22, 1884. He was aged 50 years, 1 month and 14 days.

He was united in marriage to Miss Charlotte Shaw, October 23, 1904. To this union seven children were born, namely: Harold of Bluff City, Mrs. Helen Snyder of Littleton, Herschel of Sheldons Grove, Ralph of Bluff City, Esther, Evelyn and Wilburn at home.

Besides the grief stricken widow and above named children, he is survived by seven grandchildren, three brothers and two sisters, Edward Briney of Bluff City, James Briney of Beardstown, Leroy Briney, Idaho Falls, Idaho, Mrs. Gertrude Priebe and Mrs. Bessie Troth, both of Bluff City.

Funeral services were held this afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the United Brethren church, Astoria, conducted by Rev. B. Lee Towsley. Interment in the Astoria cemetery.


Published in the Argus-Searchlight on 8/8/1934

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