Obituary for WILLIAM E GARRISON

Transcribed and submitted by Rebecca Alexander, © 1999, 2000.

The Edgerton (Kan.) Gazette, Oct. 4, 1895.

In Memory of William E. Garrison

"Friend after friend departs,
Who hath not lost a friend?"

William E. Garrison, born in Rockport, Indiana, October 25, 1833, died in Edgerton, Kansas, September 29, 1895. For many years almost an invalid, the result of exposure while a soldier in the Union army, the immediate cause of death was consumption induced by an attack of the grippe last winter. He was a well known and highly esteemed citizen of Edgerton for nearly twenty-five years, having been postmaster several terms, always proving an efficient, agreeable and faithful public servant. The G.A.R. will, no doubt, miss him. He was a genial comrade, who loved to recall reminiscences of the late war, yet did not seem to feel any bitterness toward those who fought on the other side. Many of us will long remember his pride in and devotion to the old flag, manifested on Memorial and Decoration days, when, with other old soldiers of the Union, he did honor to the comrades who had gone on to answer the roll call in eternity. Mr. Garrison was a sincere Christian, feeling his own imperfections and trusting only in the merits of his Savior. He was an elder in the Presbyterian church, and, as his pastor said at his funeral, "always on the side of religion and morals, ever a friend of law and order."

The earthly record of our friend is ended; he has gone to join the "innumerable throng" who have "wrapped the drapery of their couch about them," and whose bodies have "lain down to pleasant slumbers" to await the resurrection morning and their spirits are with the God who gave them.

Monday afternoon, September 30, a large concourse of friends and neighbors assembled at the Presbyterian church to pay the last sad tribute of respect to Brother Garrison. A long procession followed his remains to the cemetery, where the I.O.O.F. buried the body with the beautiful and impressive service of their order.

M. A. M.

The Edgerton (Kan.) Gazette
October 4, 1895

Resolutions

The following resolutions were adopted by Pine Bluff Post No. 313, Department of Kansas, G.A.R.:

Whereas, On the 29th day of September 29, 1895, in the wise Providence of the Great Commander, our esteemed comrade, W. E. Garrison, past commander of this post, has been removed from our midst. In the death of Comrade Garrison, the post loses one of ite loyal supporters and earnest workers in all that pertains to the interest of old soldiers, and we will ever cherish bright recollections of our past associations: Therefore be it

Resolved, That we extend to the family and friends of the deceased our sympathy in their sad bereavement.

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be presented to the family of the deceased, that they be spread upon the minutes of the post and a copy be sent to the county papers for publication.

E. ESSEN,
JOHN TALBERT,
D. P. DETAR,
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Com.

The Edgerton (Kan.)Gazette
October 26, 1895

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