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.
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.