Obituary John Jacob Mohr (1873-1936) p1
JOHN JACOB MOHR IS BURIED SUNDAY
Great Attendance Attests Firm Friendship of An Active Career
Evidencing the wide and firm friendships which John Jacob Mohr had facility for forming, a multitude attended his funeral at Christ Episcopal church Sunday afternoon, August 16, at 3 o’clock. Rev. Charles Harris Jr. officiated at church services, and interment was the charge of brother Masons of Lone Tree lodge No. 36. J. O. Rawlings delivered the impressive committal oration, assisted by officers of the lodge.
With his passing in Lincoln at 7:30 p.m., Friday, August 14, came to an end the career of one whose life was marked by special energy and ability. Few if any men in Merrick county have had greater personal followings as auctioneer, county sheriff, livestock buyer and friend. “Jake” had a way that men liked, and his friends were of the positive, loyal type that made him a leader among them. He was identified with the democratic party, but numbered friends widely in both political organizations. While he was capable and thorough at every task assumed, Mr. Mohr seemed to possess a special talent in discovering, arresting and helping convict law-breakers. It was in this line of work that he was happiest, and his ability was recognized by the final appointment of his life, that of deputy state sheriff, in which service he died.
JOHN JACOB MOHR
Although in slowly failing health for several years, the deceased maintained active life almost to the last. He was born at Schuyler, Oct. 27, 1873, to John and Eva Hartford Mohr. He died in Lincoln August 14, 1936, after an illness of eight weeks. His first heart attack came June 23, when he was taken to a hospital at Lincoln.
His mother died when he was but 6 years old, being reared with his sister by an aunt, Mrs. George Moore, and “Grandmother” Halstead. Coming to Merrick in 1896, he lived with Mrs. Will Wilder, at whose home he was married April 15, 1902, to Mabel Olson. To this union were born: Charles of Portland, who spent a month here with his father recently; Mrs. Stella [newspaper article in cut in half and one line here is missing] Central City; and Asa, whose sudden death from football injury occurred Oct. 11, 1932. His first wife died July 25, 1932.
Others surviving: A sister, Mrs. Mae Sanders, Richmond, Va.,; two brothers, Charles of Thomas, Okla., and Joe of California; aunt, Mrs. Geo. Moore; cousins, Mr. and Mrs. David Roat of Central City. July 1, 1933, he was married to Mrs. Brownie McDermott, who also survives him.
Central City was his home for the past 40 years, moving to Lincoln in January of this year. He had been a farmer, auctioneer, public official for 8 years, and partner with Paul Nielsen in livestock buying. He was a member of Christ Episcopal church, serving as junior warden this year, and had been on the church board; member of Masonic club lodge, Royal Arch and Shrine; was associate patron of Eastern Star last year and re-elected though unable to serve while in Lincoln; and was Knight of Pythias.
Treasured is a tribute from the Executive Mansion at Lincoln, signed by Gov. Roy L. Cochron:
“Mrs. J. J. Mohr and family: Dear Friends: I have just heard of the passing of Mr. Mohr. I want to express my sympathy to all of you and add a word of appreciation for the services Mr. Mohr has rendered so conscientiously to the state of Nebraska. His record is one of faithfulness to duty and will not be forgotten. Very sincerely yours.”
A beautiful tribute to J. J. Mohr the man was written by his old friend S. E. Cogswell, secretary of Masons here, which was buried with him.
A vocal number was sung at the church by Mrs. Ralph Bryson, friend of Stella Mohr, with Mrs. Lela Montgomery at the piano. Drs. McAleer and Scott, James Cook and C. E. Cantrell sang “Nearer My God to Thee.”
Pallbearers: State Sheriff Wm. F. Flake, Deputy State Sheriffs Gene Batton of Lincoln, J. Manley Davis of Grand Island, Tom Roberts of David City, Geo. Long and John Badura.
Flower-bearers: Mrs. Carl Free, Gertrude Larson, Mary Elizabeth Shelton, Stella McGregor and Myrtle Simonson of Lincoln.
Other out-of-town friends: De-
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The letter this came in undated Jan 6th 1937
“John Jacob Mohr is Buried Sunday.” Newspaper clipping, undated, newspaper unidentified. Personal collection of Marlene Mohr Phillips. Transcribed 27 August 2015.