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Lloyd D. Bennett (1832 - 1921)


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Date: 2/26/2024 at 13:20:12

February 24, 1921
The Plattsmouth Journal, Plattsmouth, Nebraska

Another of the hardy pioneers whose best years were spent in the development of the west, has answered the final summons and passed to eternal rest in the person of Captain Lloyd D. Bennett, whose death occurred at 4 a.m., Monday, February 21st at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Will H. Miller at Los Angeles. Despite his advanced age of eighty-nine years, Mr. Bennett has been in very good health up to a short time ago when he contracted a severe cold and has since been gradually sinking until death came to his relief.

Surviving the passing of this splendid old gentleman there remains two daughters, Mrs. Carrie L. Wilson of Omaha, and Mrs. Will H. Miller of Los Angeles, California, one brother Matthew Bennett of Oskaloosa, Iowa, four grandchildren, Madge Wilson Johnston of Lincoln, Lloyd B Wilson of Omaha, Will H. Miller, Jr of Los Angeles, Miss Ruth Mann of San Francisco.

The life of Captain Bennett is one in which is interwoven the early days of Plattsmouth and Cass county and in his youth and young manhood he had a great part in the thrill and romance of the life of the west and the great drama of the civil war in which he served so bravely and well for his country.

Lloyd D. Bennett was born at Brownsville, Pennsylvania, February 11, 1832, and was at the time of his death eighty-nine years of age. In his youth he was filled with the desire to have a part in the activities of the world and served for some time as clerk on a steamboat on the Ohio River, which was commanded by his father, Captain Isaac Bennett, and later in the days of the excitement over the finding of gold in California, he made several trips to that portion of the country. On the return from one of these, coming back home by way of Panama and hence by boat to the east coast.

Mr. Bennett was residing at Osceola, Ia. when the civil war broke out and he at once entered the service of his country and served with distinction throughout the long struggle and was made captain of Co. D. 39th Iowa Infantry and his brother, William F. Bennett, was also captain of another company in the same regiment and the two brothers served together until the coming of peace permitted them to lay aside their arms and resume activities of civil life

Short after the close of the civil war, Mr. Bennett came to Plattsmouth and spent the best years of his life here in this city where he had been united in marriage to Miss Margaret Duke in the early sixties.

Mr. Bennett engaged in the real estate business here with D.H. Wheeler and also served as agent for one of the steamboat lines and express company until the late seventies when the arrival of the railroads made the steamboats a thing of the past. In 1879 with Eugene B. Lewis he embarked in the grocery business under the firm name of Bennett and Lewis and which was later Bennett and Tutt, the late John D. Tutt purchasing the interest of Mr. Lewis. For many years this firm was one of the leading business houses of the city and it was not until the weight of years made necessary the rest that Mr. Bennett laid aside the duties of active business life.

During his residence here, the deceased was faithful citizen and labored for the best interests of the city, serving for nine years as a member of the board of education and for four years city treasurer of Plattsmouth. While here he acquired a great deal of city real estate and was for years of the largest real estate owners in the community. In 1904 Mr. Bennett closed out his interests here and departed for California where he has since resided.

The funeral services of Mr. Bennett will be held on Wednesday and the burial made at Long Beach, California, where Mrs. Bennett is buried.

The deceased was a member of the Masonic fraternity having joined the order in this city and was a member of Plattsmouth lodge No. 6, being elected to membership, February 21st, 1870. He was also a member of the local post of the Grand Army of the Republic and while a resident here was very active in the work of the organization.

February 24, 1921
Omaha World-Herald, Omaha, Nebraska

Word comes from Los Angeles, Cal., of the death of another Nebraska pioneer, Captain Lloyd Dillon Bennett, for many years a resident of Plattsmouth, Cass county, Neb.

He passed away at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Grace B. Miller of Los Angeles, where he had gone from his home in Long Beach a short time before his death, which occurred February 21, the funeral taking place February 23 at Long Beach. His body was laid beside that of his wife, who died about ten years ago.

Surviving are a brother, Marshall Bennett of Oskaloosa, Ia.; two daughters, Mrs. Carrie Wilson of Omaha, and Mrs. Grace B. Miller of Los Angeles, and four grandchildren, Lloyd B. Wilson of Omaha, Mrs Madge W. Johnson of Lincoln, children of Mrs. Carrie Wilson, Will B Miller of Los Angeles, and Miss Ruth B. Mann of San Francisco.

He was born at Brownsville, Pa., February 11, 1832, the eleventh of this month, thus being his eighty-ninth birthday.

He went to Osceola, Ia., in 1856, and from there to Plattsmouth in 1868. He was married at Plattsmouth to Margaret L. Duke, daughter of Shepherd Duke, in 1859, and while still a resident of Iowa, recruited and organized a military company of which he was made captain, and which company was assigned as Company B to the Thirty-ninth regiment of infantry of Iowa. He was a member of the staff of the late General G.M. Dodge of Council Bluffs, his provost-marshal, while his command was stationed at Pulaski, Tenn. His regiment was with General Sherman’s army on its famous mart to the sea, thence on up through the Carolinas and to Washington where it was mustered out of service in June, 1865. While at Rome, Ga., he was promoted to the staff of General Rice, as assistant inspector general, and continued to fill that position until the end of the war.

He went to Plattsmouth in 1868 and engaged in real estate business with the late D.H. Wheeler, sr. He was city treasurer for one term and served his city as a member of the school board for twelve years. He was a resident of Plattsmouth for thirty-six years.

On account of poor health, he removed to Long Beach, Cal., in 1904. His health greatly improved with change of climate, and his last days were quietly and peacefully spent ending in an equally peaceful passing to the beyond with only a short period of illness.

Captain Bennett will be remembered by the many friends of his Plattsmouth days as a citizen of pleasant and kindly dignity, with always a good word for every one and in every cause ready to do his share.

His grandson and namesake, Lloyd Bennett Wilson, at present residing in Omaha as the general commercial superintendent of the Nebraska Telephone Co., has inherited much of his grandfather’s social and genial business qualities.

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