Date of Death: 7 Oct
Subject: John Ernst Hurst
Source: Holt County Sentinel, 15 Oct 1909, p. 1
John Hurst, a veteran of the Civil war, living in the Marion district, has answered his last roll call and taps were sounded for him at his home on Thursday last, October 7th, 1909. He served in the Union army as a member of the original 13th Missouri Infantry, and was taken prisoner at the battle of Lexington, which was fought in September, 1861. On being paroled, he afterwards enlisted in the 7th Kansas, but was discharged on account of being paroled and not exchanged.
John Ernst Hurst was born in Baden, Germany, January 8th, 1832, and died at his home, in Nodaway township, October 7th, 1909, aged 77 years, 8 months and 29 days. He came to America with his parents, in 1845, landing in New York, and went on to Mount Eaton, Ohio, where he was apprenticed to the shoemaker's trade, and afterwards followed this trade for a number of years, achieving good success. He came to Missouri and settled in this county, where he continually resided, except during the war, until his death. Uncle John was Fillmore's village shoemaker in the early days, and it is told of him that when in need of stock and supplies for his work, he only regarded it as pastime to walk to St. Joseph, make his purchases and return the same way the following day. He succeeded in accumulating sufficient means to buy a farm in this county, near the Hollister Mill which he owned and occupied at the time of his death, and was managed by one of his sons.
He married Miss Celia Cooper, soon after the war. She died in 1868. In 1872, he married Miss Elizabeth Forney, who died November 20th, 1907. To the latter union, four sons and three daughters were born: two daughters died in infancy. He leaves to mourn their loss, which is his gain, a brother, J. F., of Angleton, Tex.; a sister, Mrs. Philip Forney, of Nodaway township; five children, Philip E., Wm. W., Frederick O., John H., and Flora A., all living on the homeplace, and a host of other relatives and friends, for he was universally loved and esteemed.
He professed faith in Christ in early life, joining the M. E. church. Later he became a member of the United Brethren church, and the funeral services were held from the M. E. church in Fillmore, Saturday last, the burial being in the Fillmore cemetery. Rev. Phend, pastor of the U. B. church, at Maitland, conducted the services.
"To be honest as this world goes, is one man picked out of ten thousand." Uncle John Hurst was an honest man.