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Ringgold Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
December 14, 1961

OBITUARY - J. B. CURRIE

John Byers CURRIE was born March 3, 1869, in Oak Grove, Dodge County, Wisconsin, and passed away December 4, 1961, in St. Mary's Hospital in Streator, Ill., following a two months' illness, at the age of 92 years, 10 months and one day.

The eldest of three children, he was the son of the late John and Sarah BYERS CURRIE. The family moved from Wisconsin to Afton, Iowa, where the father operated the pioneer stage coach between Afton and Mount Ayr.

In 1875, the elder Mr. CURRIE traded a half section of land which lay east of the old EIGHME schoolhouse, between Tingly and Mount Ayr, for a hotel in Mount Ayr. About a year later, the CURRIE family moved to Mount Ayr and established a residence in the hotel.

At an early age he was baptized in the English Lutheran Church in Hagerstown, Maryland, the birthplace of his mother.

Mr. CURRIE attended the Mount Ayr schools and the Northern Illinois College of Optometry. After receiving his O. D. degree, he later located in Wenoma, Ill. for the practice of his profession in association with his brother-in-law in the BRAYMEN Jewelry Store. In 1907, he returned to Mount Ayr, where he established the J. B. CURRIE Jewelry Store, which he operated in conjunction with his profession of optometry.

On September 2, 1914, he was united in married with Elva Jenks ROCKHOLD in the home of the Rev. L. C. SWAN, pastor of the Mount Ayr Christian Church.

In 1934, Mr. CURRIE added a stock of variety store merchandise to his business, which was located in the TODD Hardware building. Following the death of his wife, Elva, in 1946, the jewelry business was sold to Harry GUNTER, and the variety stock was purchased by P. M. PLACE of Bethany, Mo., both of which businesses are still operated in Mount Ayr.

Mr. CURRIE continued to parctice optometry in an office located in his home until his retirement in 1955, when, at the age of 86 years, he sold his equipment and business to George LEE, O.D.

During 1958, he went to Wenona, Illinois, where he had since resided with his nephew and niece, Mr. and Mrs. George K. BRAYMEN. His home in Mount Ayr was sold in 1959, to Mrs. O. Z. JONES and the late Mr. JONES.

During 1953, Mr. CURRIE was honored as a fifty-year member of Faith Lodge No. 179, A.F. & A.M., and since 1952, he had held a life membership scroll from the Iowa Optometric Association.

The last member of the immediate family, Mr. CURRIE was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, W. K. CURRIE, in 1946, and a sister, Helen (Madge) CURRIE BRAYMEN in 1958.

Survivors include the nephew and niece, the George BRAYMAN; four great-nephews, all of Portland, Ore.; a cousin Rith CURRIE, of Portland, and several cousins in Chico and Berkley, Calif., and Newton, N. J.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon from the Rhoades Funeral Home, conducted by the Rev. Orville C. RINEHART, pastor of the First Baptist Church. Casket bearers were Guy L. TODD, Royce DAVIS, Ivan Hartman, H. E. GUNTER, Keith COLE and Glenn FOLTZ. Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2010

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