From the Chatsworth Plaindealer
HARVEY B. SPEER
MAY 7, 1942
Harvey B. Speer died about 1:10 Sunday (May 3) morning at his home in Watseka. He had been ill for several weeks, suffering from infected teeth and heart trouble.
He was not feeling very well Saturday evening, but his condition was not considered serious. A sister of Mrs. Speer had come from Chicago to spend the weekend and she and Mrs. Speer were sleeping in an upstairs room and Mr. Speer on the first floor. About midnight they heard Mr. Speer getting a drink of water and at 6 o'clock when Mrs. Speer came downstairs she found him dead, apparently having died in his sleep.
The body was brought to the Roach funeral home in Chatsworth, where funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Edmund O'Connor, of Watseka. Burial was in the Chatsworth cemetery in the family plot.
The service at the funeral home was very impressive. Mesdames E.B. Herr and James Franey sang two numbers with Mrs. Herr at the organ. Rev. Fr. O'Connor, of Watseka read a scripture lesson from the Gospel of St. John and delivered an excellent address on life. He said we all had to die and be separated from our loved ones and while words were unavailing to heal the sorrow, we are assured through a Christian life of being reunited again in a short time.
Casket bearers were B.J. Carney, S.J. Porterfield, James Slown, Jerome Baldwin, John Sleeth, Tom Ford, S.H. Herr and Wilford Graham.
He was born in Chatsworth November 12, 1871, a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Speer. Most of his life was spent in Chatsworth, where he attended school and for a time was engaged in the stock buying business with his father. In August, 1905, he began carrying mail on a rural route of Chatsworth and continued in that capacity until December 1, 1934, when he was retired on a pension, having reached the age limit for retirement.
In February, 1935, he was married to Mrs. Agnes Netterville, of Watseka and shortly afterwards took up his residence in Watseka.
He also leaves one brother, Charles, of Santa Monica, California. His parents and one sister, Myrtle preceded him in death.
Mr. Speer was a man who made many acquaintances in the Chatsworth neighborhood by reason of his long service as a mail carrier and was always glad to come back for a friendly chat with his many friends.
Years ago he played an instrument with the Chatsworth band, and also with orchestras and had a large acquaintance among the bandsmen. During the twelve years when the writer was closely associated with Mr. Speer in the postal service, we found him always agreeable, punctual and ready to do his part of a job. Quiet and unassuming he made and retained friends who are now shocked to learn of his death.