Joseph H. Norris
The Mt. Vernon Register News published the following on 
August 11, 1925 which read:

Joseph H. Norris of Waltonville died at his home yesterday 
afternoon at 4 o'clock, his death being very sudden and unexpected.  Mr. 
Norris had ben somewhat indisposed the last day or two, but had been up and 
about transacting his ordinary business affairs.

Mr. Norris was a victim of influenza last winter and had never regained his 
former strength, and to this fact is attributed in part his death, 
complicated with acute Bright's disease.  Mr. Norris was one of the best 
known, most popular and highly respected citizens of the southwest part of 
Jefferson County, and his death comes as a great shock to not only his 
immediate family and other relatives but to his hundreds of friends in the 
locality in which he lived, and elsewhere.

He was a very successful farmer, an excellent trader, a man of sound 
judgment, and a citizen above reproach.  All who knew him were his friends 
and universal expressions of regret and tributes to his worth as a man, and a 
member of society are heard on all sides.  Mr. Norris was born in Jefferson 
County and was 47 years old March 4 of this year.

Mr. Norris always attended the Universalist church and took great interest in 
its welfare and in the cause of religion.  About twenty-four years ago Mr. 
Norris was united in marriage with Miss Myrtie Dodds, daughter of Mr. and 
Mrs. J. D. Dodds of this city who with the following children, survives: 
Harry, William, Russell, Mary Olive, Louis, and Sadie.  Mr. Norris is 
survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Norris, and one sister, Mrs. 
G. W. Ragland, and one brother, Stanley Norris.

Mr. Norris complained of dizziness Sunday and on Monday and seemed to be very 
weak.  Monday he ate a hearty breakfast and expressed himself as feeling 
unusually well, except for dizziness.  He left home after breakfast and 
attended to business matters, returning about 9 o'clock and again suffering 
with attacks of dizziness, sat down in a chair in the shade on his lawn.  
Shortly after his condition became much worse.  A physician who had been 
hastily summoned when he was stricken was unable to save him, and he died 
about 4 o'clock.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock at the 
Universalist church in Waltonville, and burial will be had at Knob Prairie 

Submitted by: "Family Links"
Feb 25, 2003

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