I.G. Van Leer, 83, a citizen of Dickens county since September 13, 1899, died at his home here at 3:00 a.m. Wednesday. September 12 just thirty-five years following his arrival in this section. Death followed several years of failing health, and ailments attended on old age.
Mr. Van Leer was a pioneer in agricultural and real estate development of this county coming here at a time when the entire section was devoted to ranches and when farming was still looked upon by many as a doubtful experiment. With the faith and untiring efforts that have changed West Texas from a land of big ranches to one of the most progressive and productive agricultural regions of the State, he and Mrs. Van Leer engaged in farming and stock raising as well as taking an active part in the civic and social progress of their community.
In their endeavors Mr. and Mrs. Van Leer were not only successful in a material way but gained the love and respect of a legion of friends as was attested by the many who gathered here to pay a last tribute of respect to this aged Christian gentleman.
Services were conducted at five o'clock Wednesday afternoon by Rev. Brown, pastor of the First Christian Church and interment followed in the Spur cemetery conducted by the Campbell mortuary.
Isaac Gilford Van Leer was born in Tennessee, February 1, 1851 and was 83 years, 7 months and 11 days of age at the time of his death.
Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Alice Van Leer, who was before marriage Miss Alice Murray, of Coleman; one son Wayne Van Leer of McAdoo; and daughters, Mrs. Mable Rhodes of Eastland. Another daughter who lives in Washington, D.C. was unable to be here for the services.
©The Texas Spur, September 13, 1934from the records of Lillian Grace Nay
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