S. J. G. Hagans, one of the aged and highly respected citizens of Ringgold County, passed away at his home near Watterson Sunday, October 20, after a lingering illness. Mr. Hagans, who for many miles in every direction from his home was known as “Uncle Bud” Hagans had lived in the county continuously for sixty-four years. He was born in Manard County, IL., October 28, 1837. He came with his parents to Ringgold County in 1854. On November 9, 1856, he was united in marriage to Miss Louisa P. Hopkins. To this union were born three children; Mrs. Amanda Butler, of Benton; Mrs. Alwillda Cain and Albert Hagans of Mount Ayr, all of whom were present when the end came. Besides these he leaves eleven granchildren and twelve great grandchildren.
Mr. Hagans was a kind-hearted citizen, a good neighbor and a very useful citizen. He was a member of the Masonic order, having been made a Mason at Allendale, MO., and later transferred his membership to Mount Ayr. He never united with any church, but was always in sympathy with the cause. In his last illness he did much talking to the Lord in prayer and those who were with him when the end came have that hope that he was ready to go.
Short services were held from the home Monday, October 21, and the body was laid to rest in the Watterson Cemetery.