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Union City [Indiana] Times-Gazette  Monday July 10, 1944


Judge Peacock Dies In Kansas.

Word has reached Randolph County of the death of a former resident, Judge Arthur S. Peacock, at WaKeeney, Kan., at the age of 86 years. He was born near Harrisville in Randolph County March 14, 1858, attended the Harrisville and Jericho schools, moved with his family to Michigan, then to Kansas where he took a homestead. He taught school several years in Kansas and served six years as county superintendent of schools. He was elected probate judge and served 13 terms or 26 years in that office. He performed 843 marriage ceremonies and took pictures of all the couples that he married. He kept a daily record of happenings and for 40 years was the official weather observer for WaKeeney.

In addition to his other work Judge Peacock wrote a column known as Dictagrams for The World for more than 40 years. He wrote for other newspapers and magazines. One of the features of the school reunions held west of Union City each August has been the letter of greeting from Judge Peacock. H was a very forceful and interesting writer. He was an active member of the Masonic lodge and Eastern Star, the Consistory and Knights Templar, serving as secretary for 30 years and recorder in the Knights Templar. "In the passing of Judge Peacock," says the local newspaper, "Trego County loses one of its most historic characters who gave many years of service to the welfare of his county and nation."

Surviving are the widow, Barbara; three sons, T. C. Peacock of WaKeeney; Mose B. of Pullman, Wash.; and Sam F. of Austin, Nev.; two daughter, Mrs. Tacy Davenport of Grand Lodge, Mich., and Mrs. Alice Bigger of Mt. Vernon, Iowa; 22 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; one brother and two sisters. Mrs. Anna Shultz of southwest of Union City is a first cousin and H. J. Wickersham of Muncie is a lifelong friend.

Funeral services were held in the Presbyterian Church in WaKeeney, with burial in the WaKeeney cemetery where the Masonic lodge conducted services at the grave

Submitted by Billy J. Baker

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