James Ivo Haines (1903-1924)
 
Submitted by Vilma Valentine Kinney


 
HE LEFT THIS LIFE BUT HE NEVER LEFT THE WALL –
THIS PHOTO WAS ALWAYS AT HOME



Ivo was the first child of James Newcomb (1878-1923) and Lucy ‘Cox’ Haines (1875-1954). Ivo was born south of the Old Bean Cemetery in Colchester Township of McDonough County IL in a former log cabin. It most likely was formerly owned by Sarah and Joseph Haines when they first came from Kentucky and later by Richard Elzy Haines, the father of James N. and LeRoy.

Ivo lived his young life, after 1906, on the old Marvel Bean farm on the south side of the railroad tracks. Six more children were to be born: Vera Fay (1905), Elzy Lee (1906), Theron LaVere(1908), Hazel LaVita (1910), Lucy Marjorie (1914) and Joseph Baxter (1916).

Sometime in Ivo’s youth he had been infected with the bacterium, streptococcus, that caused rheumatic fever. This precipitated a neurological disorder, St Vitus Dance, that caused uncontrollable tremors and convulsions, especially under stress. Although it was first identified by Thomas Sydenham (1624-1689) and published in a paper in 1779 by Anthony Fothergill...very little could be done in the years around 1910 in Colchester.

Ivo apparently recovered from his dilemma as a young man because he got a job on the railroad near Chicago. There he came down with appendicitis and had to come back home to the farm where he died in 1924, a year after his father had died.
He was such a tall, handsome young man. He drove a car and had a local girlfriend named Gunderson. With today’s medical care he could have possibly had a full life.
 

 

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