John A. Nourse Dies Suddenly In Wilmette
Lake Shore News (Wilmette, Illinois), 19 Jun 1913, p. 1

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19 Jun 1913
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    Latitude: 42.07225 Longitude: -87.72284
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Widely Known Lumber Dealer, Stricken With Apoplexy, Soon Passes AwayFollowing an illness of only thirty-six hours, John A. Nourse, widely known lumber dealer and resident of the North Shore, died in his home 1137 Greenwood avenue, Wilmette, Monday night at 8:30 o'clock. Death was caused by apoplexy. Mr. Nourse was stricken Sunday morning. He regained consciousness Monday and was able to walk around the house part of the day. About 4 o'clock he suffered a relapse and gradually grew weaker until the end cam four and one-half hours later. Although he had only been a resident of Wilmette three years, in that short time Mr. Nourse had become one of the most valued and respected citizens of the North Shore village because of the active interest he took in all affairs which pertained to the community's welfare. He was equally prominint in the business world, being recognized as one of the leading merchants in the lumber trade in the middle west. Mr. Nourse was president of John A. Nourse & Co., wholesale lumber dealers of Chicago. He had been engaged in the lumber business in Chicago for more than forty years, during which time his trade relations extended over the entire United States. He was 69 years old. Born in Cambridge, Mass., Mr. Nourse passed his boyhood in the New England state. In 1859 he removed with his parents to Chicago, where he has since resided. When the civil war broke out he enlisted in the Chicago Board of Trade battery, although he was less than 18 years of age. He has always taken much pride from the fact that he was the youngest and smallest member of that military organization. In reciting his experiences he has often told how it was necessary for the head gunnery to assist him in mounting his horse in a battle because of his slight build. He was a past grand commander of the Gen. George H. Thomas post., G. A. R., and a member of the Clevelad lodge of Masons. He also was a member of the Union League club of Chicago. Besides his widow, Mr. Nourse leaves three daughters, Misses Hattie, Ida and Clara, all residing at home, and one sister, Miss Anna Nourse of Edgewater. Short funeral services were conducted in the home Wednesday afternoon, followed by the G. A. R. service at the grave in Rosehill cemetary.
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John A. Nourse Dies Suddenly In Wilmette