Allen O. Abbott (1834-1885)
ABBOTT, HUTCHINSON, CURTISS, CURTIS, HURD
Posted By: Dorian Myhre (email)
Date: 11/17/2015 at 23:51:51
From Nevada Representative April 15, 1885
Died, at his home in Nevada Monday, April 12, 1885, at 12 o'clock noon, Allen O. Abbott.
The deceased wa born at Portageville, New York, December 7, 1834. He was married April 25, 1857 to Mary L. Hutchingon of Pavillion, New York. He enlisted in the army for the defense of his country August 7, 1862. He was captured in the Battle of the Wilderness May 7, 1864. He was ten months in Rebel prisons and after the general exchange returned to his home shattered in health and carrying the seeds of disease which ultimately caused his death. At the time of his capture he was a Lieutenant, and during his imprisonment he was promoted to the rank of Captain. In 1867 he removed from Portageville to Chicago and entered the employ of a clothing house with which he was connected for sixteen years. In 1880 he removed to Cedar Falls, Iowa, and in May 1883 to Nevada, where he entered the clothing business and remained until his death. His disease was diabetes contracted in prison, and running into quick consumption. He had been unable to give regular attention to business since last September and since the 8th of January has been confined to his bed. He had a sinking spell Saturday forenoon and was thought to be dying but he rallied and lingered on until Monday noon. He leaves behind him his wife and his two sons W. C. and Lew A. Abbott. Brief services were conducted at the house yesterday afternoon, where his remains were escorted to the depot by his comrades of the Grand Army Post. Thence his sorrowing relatives accompanied them to Cedar Falls, where the funeral will be held to-day and where he will be place to rest by the side of his father and mother.
This in brief is the story of a moan who, wherever he went, left the impress of his upright character and sterling worth. He was active in every good work, public spirited and full of kindliness for all. He united with the Methodist Church when a boy, and he exemplified in his daily life the teachings of his master. Always thoughtful of those around him, his life seemed devoted to the good of others. He was an earnest worker in Sunday School and in the cause of temperance. In the defense of his country he cheerfully gave some of the best years of his early manhood and for his patriotism he ultimately paid his life. To all that he under took he gave his whole heart. Through his last illness, his patience, thoughtfulness, cheerfulness and faith were an inspiration to those around him; and visitors to his bedside came away with ennobled impulses. He arranged all his business affairs, and,
"sustained and soothed
By an unfaltering trust, approached his grave
Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch
About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams."
In the same issue of the newspaper:
--Mr. Abbott's sister, Mrs. H. H. Curtiss, and Mrs. Abbott's brother-in-law, W. H. Hurd of Cedar Falls, were with Mr. Abbott and his family at the time of his death.
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