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Elisha Lyman Oviatt, 1828-1907

OVIATT, HOFFMAN

Posted By: Ida County IAGenWeb Volunteer
Date: 1/7/2016 at 08:39:29

COMRADE OVIATT MUSTERED OUT.
Prominent Veteran Answers Last Roll Call After Long and Strenuous Life

Comrade Elisha Lyman Oviatt passed from this world of trials Sunday evening (14 Sep 1907), September 15th at the advanced age of 79 years, 4 months, and 25 days. He had enjoyed fairly good health until last winter when he had a sever siege of pneumonia from which he never fully recovered. Saturday evening he was stricken with paralysis and a second attack Sunday evening proved fatal. Comrade Oviatt was born at Braceville, Trunbull (sic) county, Ohio, April 20, 1828. He remained in Ohio until a young man wheb he came to Iowa and was married to Miss Rebecca W. Hoffman of Marshalltown, December 23, 1858. two children were born to them, Mrs. P. M. Miller of Ida Grove and W. L. Oviatt of Buchard, Neb., who with the aged widow, survive him. He enlisted in Company B, 5th Iowa infantry, July 4, 1861 and fought with valor and honor for his country until taken prisoner while in line of duty November 22, 1863. for a year he endured the horrors and starvation of Andersonville prison and was one of the few who survived the tortures and escaped alive from that den of iniquity. The deceased came to Ida Grove in March 1894 and has resided her continuously ever since surrounded by warm friends and honored by his comrades. He was a loyal and esteemed member of the Mathew Gray Post G. A. R. of Ida Grove and his comrades will miss him from there (sic) ranks, but will be consoled by the fact that he received a most honorable discharge. The funeral took place from the Methodist Episcopal church yesterday at one o'clock where for a half an hour before the services the remains lay in state to be viewed for the last time by the many friends. Rev. Sidney L. Chandler conducted the services which were attended by a large concourse of friends. Comrade Oviatt had been a life long and consistent member of the church and was held in high regard by the congregation. Burial was in Ida Grove cemetery. The Record-Era joins in extending sympathy to the bereaved rel (cut off).


 

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