Jesse Cook received a letter from Rev. Wm. L. Pope, D. D. a Catholic Priest, at San Pedro, Central America, bearing the sad intelligence that Uncle John Scott, a former citizen of this place was drowned while attempting to cross a river in Honduras, Central America. Uncle John as he was familiarly known, was a member of the M. E. church at this place, was highly respected and beloved by all who knew him. Rev. Pope became acquainted with Uncle John when he first landed in Central America and plead him with to return to the United States, but to no avail. After his death, Rev. Pope paid a reward of fifteen dollars for the recovery of the body, also paid the funeral expenses.
The first issue of the Nescatunga Enterprise, March 20, 1886, noted: "UNCLE JOHN SCOTT will open a boot and shoe shop in a short time and will make repair work a specialty. No person in this part of the county has more friends than Uncle John, he will get plenty to do.".
Thanks to Shirley Brier for finding, transcribing and contributing the above news article to this web site!
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