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Obituary of ALVIN McILVAIN
Obituary – Alvin McIlvain

Alvin McIlvain, the second son of John W. and Mary McIlvain, was born in Spearsville, Brown county, Indiana, May 28, 1877, and departed this life at Garfield, Kansas, July 9, 1929, at the age of fifty-two years, one month, and eleven days.
At the age of seven years he moved with his parents from Indiana to Augusta, Kansas, where he grew to manhood. In 1910 he came to Garfield, where on April 21, 1914, he was united in marriage to Miss Adella Miller, of the same place. To this union were born two children.
For a short time he was manager of the Hill Lumber Company in Garfield, after which time he moved to Viola, Kansas, where he served as manager for the same company.
In 1916 he returned to Garfield and purchased the C. C. Davis hardware store, where he maintained an excellent business until January 1929, when he sold this business and moved to a farm about three miles Northwest of Garfield, where he had just completed building a modern and commodious residence. At the age of fifteen years he united with the M. E. church at Augusta, Kansas. He was also a member of the Masonic order with his membership at Larned, Kansas.
He was preceded in death by a brother at Augusta, Kansas, just seven weeks ago. He was of a genial disposition and made friends by the score. He is spoken of by the entire community as considerate of and always willing to help his fellow man. He was exceptionally devoted to his family, always looking to their interest. In his departure the community is deprived of a most worthy citizen and business man and his home a devoted and affectionate husband and father.
His is survived by his widow and two children, John David, aged thirteen years, and Elizabeth May, aged eleven years; his mother, Mrs. Mary McIlvain, of Augusta, Kansas, one brother, Louis, of Augusta, Kansas, and two sisters, Mrs. Callie Richie, Washington, D. C., and Mrs. Bessie Gimlin, Lombard, Illinois, and also a host of friends.
The funeral services were conducted from the Congregational church on Thursday afternoon, July 11th, by Rev. W. B. Summers, pastor of the M. E. church, and the interment was in the Garfield cemetery. An exceptionally large attendance at the services and a profusion of floral offerings attested the esteem in which he was held by the community. The Larned Masonic lodge was in charge of the services.
Transcribed and Contributed by Richard Schwartzkopf

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