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John Gilmore Phillips, b. OH; d. NE; s/o Wm. P. Phillips
Died, at his home in this city, 1645 M street, of consumption, on Thursday, September 1, John Gilmore Phillips. John Phillips was one of the most sweetest tempered and intelligent young men in the west. He was assistant ticket agent at the Burlington ticket office and there are very few living here who have not grateful memories of the dear boy in the ticket office who explained routes and quoted prices with quick comprehension and a patience that never failed. He was born in Cadiz, O., in 1870, and a year after he was born his parents moved to Lincoln, where he has lived ever since, except for the last year that he has spent in New Mexico in search of health.
Source: The Courier, Lincoln, Nebraska, Saturday, September 3, 1898; Pg. 7, Column 4
Death of J. G. Phillips
From the Lincoln Journal of September 2, we take the following paragraphs concerning one known to many JOURNAL readers as an exemplary young man, a devoted son to his widowed mother, and a loyal brother:
John Gilmore Phillips died at his home, 1645 M, at 4:30 a.m. yesterday, of consumption. He had long been a sufferer of the disease, but was able to be up and about until about a month ago.
John G. Phillips was one of the most widely known young men in the city. He had lived here practically all of his life., having been but one year of age when the family moved here from Cadiz, O., in 1871. He attended the public schools of the city and graduated from the high school in the class of '87. During his school life he carried the STATE JOURNAL for several years, but on graduation from the high school secured a position in the city ticket office of the B. & M. road, in which office he remained until about six months ago. His long term of service for the company met its reward in his appointment to the position of assistant city passenger and ticket agent, which he held when he gave up active duties.
Early last spring he started for the south and spent five months in New Mexico in the hope of bettering his health which had begun to fail rapidly. But he returned home feeling no better for the trip, and in fact had less strength left than when he started. From that time on he became gradually but steadily worse until the end came this morning. Not until yesterday did her refer in any way to his illness, though he seemed to know how serious it was when he returned home. Before he left the Burlington office all those who had occasion to transact business with him found him constantly cheerful and still as careful in his attention to their needs as ever.
Mr. Phillips will not only be missed in the office where his daily work was, but the young people of the First Presbyterian church will be without one who has until lately been a necessary part of their effectiveness. In the church itself and in the young people's society he held a prominent place and found the greatest satisfaction in furthering the ends of both organizations.
The funeral will be held from the home Saturday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock, with interment at Wyuka in the same lot where deceased father and sister Lucy are buried. Relatives from out of the city are expected to arrive by that time and employes of the general offices of the Burlington at Omaha will probably attend.
Source: The Columbus Journal, Columbus, Nebraska, Wednesday, September 7, 1898; Pg. 3, Column 6