Jas. Trayner Dies Suddenly At His Home

Death Attributed To Shock; Funeral Held Monday Afternoon

James W. Trayner, a well known and highly respected resident, died suddenly at his home in the southeast part of town at about 4:30 p.m., Thursday, aged 82 years, 7 months and 28 days. Death is said to have been due to the sudden shock he had received when he learned his wife had fallen, injuring her hip.

Mrs. Trayner had gone into the yard when she fell. She called for help. Robert Etter, who happened to be close, heard her call and went to her assistance. With help he carried her into the house, as Mr. Trayner came out. She was placed on a sofa, Mr. Trayner sat opposite her on another sofa. As she was being cared for, he passed away after suffering a heart attack.

Mr. Trayner had been in failing health for sometime. However, he was able to be up and around. His sudden death was a terrible shock to his aged wife, relatives and friends.

Mr. Trayner was born in Augusta County, Virginia, July 13, 1864. He came to Illinois with Mr. and Mrs. Charles Walters at the age of 14. He attended the Sugar Grove school. He became a member of the Church of the Brethren in 1884.

On December 29, 1885, Mr. Trayner and Anna Danner were united in marriage. No children were born to them.

Mr. Trayner was engaged in business in Astoria for a number of years, being associated with the Danner, Lerew and Co. firm. After severing his relations with the firm, he was engaged in the hardware and furniture business. He retired several years ago.

He is survived by his aged wife, one brother-in-law, William Danner, a sister-in-law, Mrs. Farie Pettigrew, several nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Church of the Brethren, conducted by Rev. G. G. Canfield. Burial took place in Woodland cemetery.


Published in the Argus-Searchlight on 4/16/1947


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