Obit: Short, John (1850 - 1920)
Surnames: SHORT MCGINNIS WRIGHT TOPTINE
----Source: CLARK COUNTY REPUBLICAN & PRESS (Neillsville, Wis.) 03/04/1920
Short, John (4 JUN 1850 - 24 FEB 1920)
John Short, one of the oldest settlers of the town of Washburn, Clark County, Wis. and a Clark County pioneer, died at his home in that town Feb. 24, 1920.
He was born in Jefferson Co., Wis., June 4, 1850, being the son of James and Betsy Short. He came to Clark County about 48 years ago and soon after secured land in the town of Washburn, which was his home until his death. On May 6, 1874 he was married to Miss Jennie McGinnis, who preceded him in death 9 years ago. Of his six brothers and three sisters, only one of the family remains, Andrew Short, who lived near by in the town of Washburn, and who was with him in his last illness nearly all the time, helping care for him in every way possible. He left two sons, Edward F. Short, living on his farm in Washburn, and Arthur Short, living on the home farm; and two daughters, Mrs. F. H. Wright of Yiseta, Texas, and Mrs. O. A. Toptine of Rena Hill, Wyo.
In his vicinity are many other more distant relatives, and with his long residence there he had come to be looked upon as part of almost every home in the community. Mr. Short was a man who had no enemies. The world had not brought him riches, but he had a spirit of cheerfulness which riches alone cannot give. He came into a wilderness where hard toil and much of it was needed, and he gave to its development all the best years of his life. Of him, and such as him, may it truly be said: "Well done, thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."
Funeral services were held at the home Friday forenoon, Rev. Wilson Mallory of Granton officiating. Burial took place in Neillsville Cemetery.
The family wishes to express their appreciation and thanks to the neighbors and friends who so freely gave their help during the sickness and gave their full-hearted sympathy in the time of his death and burial.
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