Aged Bluff City Resident Passes Away

Elmer E. Curless, a life long, highly respected resident of Bluff City, died at the Schmitt Memorial hospital in Beardstown Saturday afternoon, where he had been a patient two days. Death was due to apoplexy. He had been in poor health for some time.

Mr. Curless was engaged in farming, and up until the last few years when ill health and advanced age made it impossible to carry on, yet he still was interested in the work. He spent his entire life within two miles of where he was born. His daughter, Mrs. Della Litchfield and children made their home with him and cared for him in his declining years.

Elmer Elsworth Curless was born May 10, 1861 at Bluff City, the son of John and Jane McEntire Curless. At the time of his death he was aged 86 years, 3 months and 6 days. On February 16, 1890 he was united in marriage to Mary Jane Shaw. She preceded him in death a few years ago. To them were born namely Mrs. Ora Burdick of Assumption; Mrs. Della Litchfield, at home; Mrs. Nellie Slaight, Astoria; Banus Curless, St. Louis; Verne Curless, Table Grove, all of whom survive to mourn his passing. Also surviving is one half-brother, Rex Curless of Browning, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Cline Horton's home in Astoria, conducted by Rev. Fred Thompson. Burial in Bluff City cemetery.


Published in the Argus-Searchlight on 8/20/1947


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