Petersburg Observer, May 29, 1925
Mrs. Josephine Gum Dead
Mrs. Josephine Gum, wife of J. H. Gum and a resident of Petersburg for nearly sixty years, died Sunday morning, May 24 after an illness of two weeks, at the age of sixty eight years. She had been living in Springfield for several months and only recently returned to Petersburg.
Josephine Wilcox was born Sept. 27, 1857 at Macon, Mo.; She came to Illinois with her parents, at the age of ten years. On March 4th, 1875, she was united in marriage to Thomas Watkins and to this union two children were born, both now deceased. They were Mrs. Lillie May Yowell who died Nov. 13th, 1897 and Cassius Watkins who was drowned July 3rd, 1886. The husband died Jan. 8th, 1889. On March 30th, 1893 Mrs. Watkins was united in marriage to J. H. Gum. They lived most of their wedded life in Petersburg and vicinity.
She is survived by her husband, J. H. Gum, two step-daughters, Mrs. Flora Taylor, Springfield, Ill., and Mrs. Daisy Smedley of Tallula; two grandchildren, Cassius C. Yowell of Farmer City and Mrs. May Dixon of California; two sisters, Mrs. Lucy Williams of Springfield and Mrs. Jennie Hutchinson of Petersburg and one brother, Wm. Wilcox of Missouri. Several nephews and nieces also survive. Mrs. Gum was for many years a member of the Petersburg Christian church.
For a number of years Mr. and Mrs. Gum owned and operated the old Smoot Hotel, now known as the American Hotel, in this city. Several years ago, they left Menard county, going to Effingham for a short time. They soon returned here however, and again operated the hotel for a time. Later they removed to Springfield, and then again returned here and Mrs. Gum opened the Lincoln Hotel which she operated for two years.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, at 2:30, at the grave side in Oakland cemetery, conducted by Rev. Edwin S. Priest, pastor of the Christian church of this city.
Contributed by M Ferricks