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Laddusaw, William (1837-1916)


Posted By: Linda Linn (email)
Date: 3/9/2011 at 11:34:39

LeMars Semi-weekly Sentinel

William Laddusaw Succumbs to Stroke
of Paralysis After Five Weeks' Illnessó
Fought in Many of The Battles
of the Civil War.
William Laddusaw, a pioneer of Plymouth county, died at his home in Brookings, South Dakota, where he has lived the past thirteen years, on Wednesday, November 15th, at the age of seventy-eight years. Mr. Laddusaw suffered a stroke of paralysis about five weeks ago and gradually sank since that time. The remains will be brought to LeMars and the funeral services will be held at the First Presbyterian church on Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, the pastor, Rev. H. V. Comin, officiating. The remains will be interred in the city cemetery beside those of his wife, who preceded him in death many years ago.

William Laddusaw was one of the pioneers of Plymouth county, coming here In 1869. His father and mother also came here at the same time. Mr. Laddusaw was the second settler to locate in Union township. He was born in Dearborn county. Indiana, in 1837 and was a son of John and
Ruhama Laddusaw. He was of French descent, although a native of Indiana, and his mother was born in Ohio, of English parents. When he was seven years of age his parents moved to Henry county, Iowa, where they remained eight years and then moved to Decatur county. At these two places William Laddusaw received his education in the public schools and worked on the farm. In 1862 he enlisted In Company I, Thirty-fourth Iowa infantry and took part In the battles
of Chickasaw, Bayou, Arkansas Post, Vicksburg, Missionary Ridge, and with Grant through the Wilderness and was in the fight of Washington City. He received his discharge October 16, 1865
and returned to Decatur county, where he remained until 1869, when he came to Plymouth county and entered 320 acres, which he farmed until moving to South Dakota.

He was united in marriage with Miss Mary Wood In 1859 and seven children were born to their union. In the early days when the country was sparsely settled and neighbors though far apart, were wont to drive long distances to gather for mutual profit and recreation, the Laddusaw home was famed for its hospitality and the latchstring was always out to friends and
also to strangers and wayfarers and many a jolly gathering was enjoyed at the place.

Mr. Laddusaw Is survived by six sons and a daughter, who are, John, living In Idaho; Sherman, in Oklahoma; Thomas, C. C. and Joseph, of Brookings, South Dakota; Samuel, residing in Union township, this county, and Mrs. R. B. Peters, of Armour, South Dakota.

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