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Mary Hanks



Mrs. Mary Hanks

Dies as the Result of a Fall


Was a Resident of Edgar County For Seventy-Two Years,

Coming Here From Kentucky in 1829, Soon After Her Marriage.

The death of Mrs. Mary Hanks occurred about 10 o'clock yesterday, being attributable to injuries sustained in a fall about ten days ago. Mrs. Hanks, who was 92 years of age, was visiting at the time of the accident at the home of Mrs. Mattie Jones, on East Madison street. Unknown to the family, she attempted to leave the house on some errand and tripping on the door step, struck her head on a stone well curb, inflicting a gash which extended from the eyebrow to the edge of the hair. She was picked up unconscious possibly a half hour later and everything possible done for her relief. The injury, while not in itself very serious, was made so by the advanced age of the patient, being attended with considerable brain shock and loss of blood.

Mrs. Hanks has not really been fully conscious since the accident occurred. She would rouse up momentarily and seem to recognize those about her, but for the most part, has remained in a semi-conscious condition, apparently suffering no pain and sleeping most of the time. For several days past, she has been at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Sizemore, on Jasper street, having been removed there as soon as possible after the injury. A change for the worse occurred in her condition Sunday evening and death ensued at the time above noted.

Mary O'Hair was a native of Morgan County, Ky., where she was born July 25, 1809. She was married to William Hanks and came with him to Edgar County about 1829, entering a claim of government land in Symmes township, a part of which remains in the family. Fourteen children were born to them, one dying in infancy, while of the others, all of whom attained to mature years, there are seven survivors as follows: J. E., Michael and Nelson Hanks, Mesdames Jesse Swango, Adin Baber, Thomas McCalister, and Charles Sizemore. The death of William Hanks occurred in 1876. There are a large number of grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, a group picture having recently been taken wherein five


generations were represented.

Mrs. Hanks was remarkably well preserved considering her advanced years. Though her sight and hearing had failed to some extent, she was active, energetic and self reliant, having a special aversion to being waited on or being in any way a dependent. She was a lifelong member of the Christian church and a faithful attendant thereof as long as health and strength permitted. Funeral, services will be conducted from the Sizemore residence at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, interment being made at the Ogden cemetery, several miles south of the city.