Friday, June 6, 1884
Jefferson Watchman
De Soto, Jefferson, Missouri

(transcription by Charlotte Maness)

OBITUARY. - Died in Bloomfield, Nelson county, Kentucky, May 28th, 1884, at 11 a.m. of consumption, Dr. Hugh BERKLEY, of De Soto, Mo., aged 58 years, 4 months and 25 days. The remains of the deceased were brought to De Soto on Friday, 30th inst., and interred at the City cemetery, the funeral services being conducted by Rev. J. Wesley JOHNSON of the Congregational Church, of which he was a member. After the services at the Church were concluded, De Soto Lodge A.F. & A.M. of which he was also a member, conveyed the remains to the Cemetery and interred them with Masonic honors.

Dr. Hugh BERKLEY was born in Spencer county, Ky., Jan 3d, 1826, and was married Sept 21st 1854, to Miss Sarah E. GLASSCOCKE, daughter of Dr. GLASSCOCKE, of Nelson county, Ky. Seven children were born to them--of whom six--two daughters and four sons, are still living. The eldest daughter, Mrs. J.D. PEERS, resides at Springfield, Mo.; the younger, Mrs. J.W. JENKINS, at South St. Louis, Mo. The sons--Jephthah, Hugh, James Gore and Joseph Harvey, are in De Soto. His medical education was completed in New York City, after a full course of lectures in Louisville, Ky. He had diploma's from both the medical and surgical department, and eye and ear infirmary, of the New York medical college. He had began the practice of medicine at 23 years of age, with Dr. ASHBURNE, in St. Francois county, Mo., remaining in Missouri, 4 years, when he returned to Kentucky and continued practicing in Bloomfield, Nelson county, Ky., until the spring of 1866, when he returned to Missouri, settling in Jefferson county, where he practiced until sickness compelled him to stop, his health being too poor to allow him to practice during the last two or three years of his life. He made De Soto his home, during his life in Missouri, excepting two or three years. He was a most consistent Christian and was an elder in the Presbyterian Church for twelve or thirteen years, and was for more than thirty years a member of the Masonic Lodge. Dr. BERKLEY died at the residence of his brother, Mr. J.W. BERKLEY, as given above.

Mrs. Charles T. RANKIN visited her sister in St. Louis in the earlier part of the week.

Mrs. Thomas HOSKIN, of Hannibal, Mo., is visiting her daughter Mrs. John CROSS, of this city.

Mrs. CRAIG, accompanied by her daughter, Mrs. George DECKER, left for Pittsburg last Friday morning. Mrs. DECKER will remain in Pittsburg for a few months.

Sweet potato, cabbage and tomato plants for sale at J.W. BUTCHER's green houses, De Soto. Good, strong, healthy plants, at lowest prices.

Cards are out announcing the wedding of Mr. John CUNNINGHAM and Miss Sophia MUMMERT, at the Presbyterian church, on the evening of June 12th. John always was a quiet, unassuming sort of a fellow, and is yet we see, firm in his belief that the Mummer(t) a fellow can keep the better he is off.