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Decoration Day
1901

OQUAWKA SPECTATOR
June 5, 1901
DECORATION DAY EXERCISES

For the first time, the Decoration Day services were held in Ellsworth Park. It has generally been the custom to use a church for that purpose and there are distinct advantages for the speaker and those who wish to hear in that plan.

Judge RAUSELDON COOPER was orator of the day and gave a scholarly address, replete with patriotism and honor for our nation's brave defenders. He was not forgetful to pay glowing tribute to the women of the nation who bore heavy burdens, toiled and suffered in lonely homes while the fate of the nation trembled in the balance. An unusal feature of the address was words of praise for the generally condemned money-lender, who supplied the sinews of war for many a battlefield. He was docidedly useful and necessary. The speaker deplored the tendency to make of this a gala day, with games and sports to attract crowds and divert attention from that which the day was set apart.

A male quartet added to the interest of the service. At the close, the line of march was taken up for the cemetery and graves of 57 soldiers and 10 members of the Relief Corps were garlanded with flowers. After that labor of love, the procession wended its way to the river and in strewing flowers upon the water remembered those who surrendered life in their country's service at sea. The names of soldiers at rest here are as follows:


  • REVOLUTION
    • Jeremiah Rose
    • Samuel Chapin
    • Earl Frazell
  • WAR OF 1812
    • Apollos D. Frazell
    • Robert Erwin
    • Samuel Watson
    • Erastus Rise, Sr
    • John Crose
  • BLACK HAWK WAR
    • George W.Ryason
    • James Ryason
    • S.S. Phelps
    • William Cousland
    • John B.Patterson
  • MEXICAN WAR
    • Frederick Oehl
    • William Herbertz
    • Samuel A.Ricketts
  • MEXICAN WAR & REBELLION
    • Hezekiah P.Hart
    • James Springsteen
  • REBELLION
    • Alfred Lewis
    • Henry M/H(?) Maley
    • John A. Summers
    • Matthew C. McMath
    • Jacob Poull
    • Collis E. Crandall
    • Thomas Armstrong
    • Henry M. Tibbits
    • Fordyce R. Martin
    • John Shuck
    • John R. Noble
    • John G. Graham
    • James R. White
    • Walter S. Chapin
    • James Louck
    • Samuel M. Davenport
    • Eber W. Simmons
  • REBELLION (cont)
    • Horace Nealley
    • Thos. Hickman
    • Frederick Odendahl
    • Chas. Kaiser
    • John Link
    • Silas Catlin
    • Ebenezer W. Davis
    • James Craig
    • George W. Hall
    • Van Renselaer Rider
    • Elam Mackay
    • Charles Simpson
    • Joseph Morgan
    • William Van Clive
    • John France
    • Levi T. Stewart
    • Jasper N. Gillan
    • Andrew Springsteen
    • Wm. Condon
    • Charles Brehm
    • Francis Countryman
    • Thomas Simpson

Article contributed by Peggy Carey




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