James Hatch Hears Taps
Published in Kendall County Record, July 4, 1928
There would have been no Little Rock of present days had it not been for James S. Hatch, the tallest and largest of the "Three Jims" who so faithfully served their country during the war of the rebellion. "Jim" Hatch was one of the outstanding men of Kendall County and one of the last to be able to wave the banner of loyalty and patriotism in the territory. When James S. Hatch was buried in the little cemetery marking the last meeting place of his family gone before, there was an interment of public spirit, public fortitude and the public good such as is seldom wrapped up in the body of one man. Jim Hatch, which sounds crass but means much, was a friend of his friends and a supporter of the Stars and Stripes as seldom it is given to man to serve. Jim Hatch, the local preacher, the friend of the poor and the strongest leader for the United States and the future that man has ever seen, has gone. In times of adversity, Jim Hatch was with you. In times of success Jim Hatch glorified. In times of war Jim Hatch advised for the best, the glory of the old flag. His two compatriots will bear out this statement, Jim Harral of Aurora and Jim Moss of Scranton, Iowa.
And so, with tears in our heart, we mark the passing of one of the patriotic lights of Kendall County. He was our friend; he was your friend. As a correspondent to the Record and the close affiliation with the editor who has gone before. We in our small way had learned to know and appreciate the talents of a man who, while living in a small way, kept things in his community at the height of its power. It is with sincere regret that the passing of "Jim" Hatch is marked.