Obit: Short, James A. (1875 - 1956)
Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon
Surnames: Short, Kennedy, Van Fleet,
Kann, Wolodsko, Pretsch, Brown, Bell
----Source: Clark County Press
(Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) April 12, 1956
Short, James A. (17 August 1875 - 8 April
Funeral services have been tentatively
set for 1:30 p.m. Saturday for James A. Short, 80, long-time
resident of the Town of Washburn and a former town treasurer, who
died last Sunday in California.
The services will be held in the Georgas
Funeral Home, where the body was expected to arrive from California
Wednesday night or Thursday. Members of the family living in
California are expected to come for the services, and the schedule
has been necessarily set tentatively because of their uncertain
time of arrival.
Mr. Short, a retired farmer, was born
August 17, 1875, in the Town of Washburn to Andrew and Jane
(Kennedy) Short. He received his education in the Shortville
School. Upon completion of his schooling he worked for his father
and in 1904, he was married to Leona Van Fleet, who died in
1917. Four children were born to them. They are Mrs. E.
(Gail) Kann of Los Angeles; Mrs. Opal Wolodsko, Los Angeles; and
Mrs. Fred (Wanda) Pretsch of Neillsville. A fourth daughter,
Vivian, burned to death at the age of one and one-half
His second marriage took place in
November, 1918, at Neillsville, at which time he was married to
Ella Brown who survives him. A daughter, Marie, also
survives. Mrs. Ella Short and daughter reside at Wausau.
Mr. Short was treasurer of the Town of
Washburn for 34 consecutive years. He was very active in town
affairs. He retired from farming about 20 years
For the past several years he had been
spending the winters with his daughters in Los Angeles and his
summers in the Neillsville area. During his stay in this
community he made his home with his brother, Ralph.
He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Walter (Mary) Bell of Janesville and one brother Ralph.
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