JACOB H. SHURTZ GRAVESTONE PHOTO
The Chanute Daily Tribune, Thursday, Aug. 10, 1911
Died: Aug. 9, 1911
J. H. Shurtz died at his home, 318 North Wilson avenue, last evening at 6 o’clock. He had been confined to the house for the past six weeks and his physician says that he should have given up work and taken to his bed several months ago. Mr. Shurtz would not consent to this, however, and stuck to duty as long as possible.
The end was expected all day yesterday, as he suffered a relapse night before last which left him in an unconscious condition. His physician gives the cause of the relapse as a paralytic stroke caused by a broken blood vessel in the brain. Even when his condition was serious Mr. Shurtz refused to remain in bed and walked from his bedroom to the dining-room to take his medicine and what little nourishment he was able to take.
Mr. Shurtz had been a resident of Kansas since 1883 and had lived in Chanute and its vicinity most of the time. He was first employed as an engineer on the Santa Fe railroad, later as engineer at the city water plant, and for some time he was interested in the ice plant at Humboldt. For the past ten years, however, he had been night watchman for the Chanute merchants.
He was the first engineer at the pumping station of the city’s water works plant, having charge when the tests were made to decide whether the machinery was up to the requirements of the contract. He remained engineer at the plant for some time, the family making their home in the power house on the banks of the river.
He was a veteran of the civil war, having served in Company G, Fifty-first Illinois regiment. He was born in Lyons, N. Y., October 12, 1844.
Mr. Shurtz is survived by a wife, two sons, George and Harry of Chanute, and three sisters, Mrs. S. F. Jackson of Kansas City, Mrs. E. J. Haneley of West McHenry, Ill., and Mrs. W. E. Salisbury of Rockford, Ill.
The funeral services will be held at the home tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock. The Rev. Theodore Hanson, pastor of the Baptist church, will conduct the services. Mr. Shurtz was a member of the A. O. U. W. and Eagles, who will assist in the services. Burial will be made in Elmwood cemetery.