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      City of Kirksville honors Jesse Kirk with new headstone

      A new monument now stands in honor of a very important part of Kirksville history.

      172 years after the City of Kirksville was named for Jesse Kirk, a new headstone is being dedicated in his honor.

      The public was invited to attend a special stone setting Sunday afternoon, and a few Kirk's family members were even present to mark the occasion and lay a special wreath on his gravesite.

      They say it's nice to see their ancestor honored so well by the City of Kirksville.

      â??I think it's wonderful that the city is honoring Jesse Kirk, and it's just nice that so many of his descendants could be here today. There are 9 consecutive generations of Kirk descendants that are living in Kirksville, or that have lived in Kirksville or in the surrounding area, and that kind of history is hard to find these days, so,â?? said Jim Farmer, one of Jesse Kirkâ??s descendants.

      Kirk's former headstone is being donated to the Adair County Historical Society, and the public is invited to attend the presentation of that headstone to the museum on Monday at 3:30 p.m.