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Samuel O. Carlton (1841-1936)


Posted By: Barry Mateer (email)
Date: 10/8/2017 at 09:38:53

S. O. Carlton Veteran of Civil War Died Monday

As it must to all, death came this week to one of the last of Clarke county's great army of veterans of the Civil War, S. O. Carlton. For months he had been in declining health and had been given the best care that loving hands could minister at a local hospital. Early Monday morning, just before day came breaking over the east, he breathed his last at the ripe old age of 95 years, 9 months and 2 days.

In his later years, he has been a familiar figure about the city. Always cheerful, always friendly, he had the affections of young and old alike. As long as he was able to be about town, his mind was keen and alert. It was ever a pleasure to spend a few minutes or an hour in his company.

At his request, the body was taken to the Miller Funeral Home where it will lie in state until time of the services at the M. E. church Wednesday, December 30, at 2:30 p. m. Burial will be made by the side of his wife in Maple Hill cemetery.

He was born in Wayne county, Indiana and came with bis parents to Decatur county, just south of Hopeville in about 1859.

On August 17, 1863, he enlisted in the Union forces at Hopeville, joining Co. H of the 9th Iowa Volunteer Cavalry and served with honor until February 3, 1866 when he was mustered out as sergeant at Little Rock, Ark.

Returning home he was ‘married on November 1 to Miss Eliza Tillotson. Five children were born to this union, three of whom have preceded their father in death. They are Emma Pettit who died in 1932, Nellie Canada who passed away in 1915 and a daughter who died in infancy. Surviving are George Carlton of this city and Dr. Margaret Ilgenfritz of Kirksville, Mo.

Mr. and Mrs. Carlton moved to Osceola in 1895. Mrs. Carlton died in 1913 and since that time he has made his home with his son in Osceola.

Services will be in charge of the American Legion and Spanish American War veterans tomorrow afternoon with possible attendance by members of the Spanish War camp from Des Moines. A number of years ago the deceased was made an honorary member of the camp and if weather permits, representatives may honor his memory by participating in the military services.

The Osceola Tribune, December 29, 1936.

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