Archibald VanKirk, aged 65 years, died Thursday morning at the home of his son in law J.A. Beck, No. 14 Eastbrook street, after a long illness. He had been a sufferer from rheumatism for many weeks, this malady being the cause of his death.
Mr. VanKirk was born in Beaver county and resided in Wampum for many years, coming to this city some time ago. His wife died many years ago. Mr. VanKirk was a member of Company K…Tenth Reserves. He served in the army three years and was engaged in twenty four battles. He was a member of the Wampum Methodist Episcopal Church during his residence in that place.
He was the father of 12 children who survive him. They are: James VanKirk, located in the Phillippines; Alexander and Harry, of Wampum; Thomas of this city; Mrs. Beck, with whom he made his home; Mrs. Charles Searfoss, of Leetonia; Mrs. Rose McFarland, of Wampum; Mrs. Jesse Hill and Mrs. Kate Crowl, of Negley O; Mrs. Anna Summers, of Hubbard. O; Mrs. Luelle Cook, of Wampum; amd Mrs. Nora Hartrell, of Wampum.
Funeral services Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the residence of J.A. Beck. Interment in Graceland Cemetery.
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