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King, Oliver L. 1843-1932


Posted By: Linda Ziemann, volunteer (email)
Date: 8/4/2009 at 20:00:11

LeMars Sentinel
April 26, 1932

Oliver L. King, Was Resident of County
For Three Score Years
Funeral Held With Full Military Honors Accorded

Oliver L. King, 89 years of age, a veteran of the Civil War, died at the
Sacred Heart Hospital in LeMars Thursday night, April 21. Death was due to
infirmities of age. Mr. King had been in failing health the past few months,
and was recently taken to the hospital for care. He was possessed of hardy
nature and rugged constitution during his long life. He was an early settler
in Plymouth County coming here after the Civil War and taking up land on the
wild prairie in the west part of the county. Mr. King was widely known in
the community.

Following retirement from the farm, he made his home in LeMars for many

Oliver L. King was born in Mount Vernon, Ohio, February 5, 1843, and when he
was a child his parents moved to Morrison, Ill., where he received his early
education and worked on a farm. He enlisted for service when the Civil War
broke out and was a member of Company C, Eighth Illinois Cavalry. He served
throughout the war and received an honorable discharge.

He was united in marriage with Olive Anne Heaton, who survives him, at
Morrison, Ill., in 1870. They came to Plymouth County in the Spring of 1871
and this has been the family home since. Mr. King obtained land in Johnson
and Liberty townships and engaged in general farming.

His children are Mrs. F.E. Fletcher, White River, S.D.; F.E. King, Mrs. L.H.
LaBahn, of Lucas, S.D.; S.J. King, Bismarck, N.D.; A.G. King, Sioux Falls,
S.D.; Blaine King, Haley, N.D.; Warren King, Vernon King and Mrs. Charles
Brodie, of Plymouth County. There are thirty-nine grandchildren and
thirty-three great grandchildren.

Mrs. King still resides on the old homestead with a son. He is also survived
by a brother, Milton King, of Amherst, Neb., and three sisters, Mrs. Emeline
Wilbur and Mrs. Joseph Wood, of Morrison, Ill., and Mrs. P. Sawyer, of
Salina, Kansas.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon and veterans of the Civil War,
Spanish-American War and World War and members of the W.R.C. attended the
services and accorded military honors to the departed soldier.

The ritual of the G.A.R. was conducted by John C. Ruble, A.W. Crouch, and
Rev. F.E. Burgess at the Beely undertaking parlors in this city. The funeral
cortege was accompanied to Adaville by a military escort where services were
held in the Church of the Brethren conducted by Rev. S.M. Zike, of Moville,
a former pastor of the Adaville church, and Rev. N.A. Hollingshead, the

The pallbearers were Spanish-American war veterans and members of the
American Legion, J.C. Johnson, Dr. C.L. Nevins, R.M. Neubrand, Russell
Bowers, Clay Butler, and Glen Earnest.

The casket was draped with the flag for which he fought in his youth. A
saluting party fired a volley over his grave and bugle notes echoing through
the peaceful valley where the departed man spent the heydey of his young
manhood marked the passing of another who volunteered for service when the
call for arms was sounded to maintain the Union.


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