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James Oscar Anderson
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Birth: Aug. 1, 1845
Decorra
Henderson County
Illinois, USA
Death: Sep. 26, 1917
Quincy
Adams County
Illinois, USA

Co H 28 Ill Inf

Col. J.O.Anderson died at the Illinois Soldiers' and Sailors' Home Hospital at Quincy on September 26th. The remains were brought to his late home here on Thursday and on Sunday afternoon funeral services were conducted in the Stronghurst M.E. Church. The Masonic fraternity of which the deceased was a member, had charge of the burial services. Music was by a special choir consisting of W.C.Ivins and wife, C.R.Kaiser and J.E. Amerman of Stronghurst, E.L.Werts and W.S.Wilson of Oquawka, and R.W.Park of Media. An honorary escort of veterans of the Civil War, consisting of Drs. Lambert and Law of Galesburg and Adoniram Edwards of Smithshire also participated.

The casket containing the remains was draped with the American flag and beautiful floral offerings given by friends and neighbors were nearby...Relatives and friends present at the funeral from other states were Frank Anderson of Bliss, Idaho, Mr. and Mrs. S.H. Peasley and Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Chandler of Fort Collins, Colo., and Mr. Marion Evans of Emerson, Iowa.

James Oscar Anderson, son of Alexander and Harriet C. (Davis) Anderson, was born Aug.1st near Decorra. He was born on the quarter section of land which was received by his grandfather (Abner Davis) for service in the War of 1812 having serviced on the Canadian border under Generals Scott and Ripley and participated in the battles of Niagara, Chippewa and Lundy's Lane.

His father died when James O. Anderson was 8 1/2 years old leaving a widow and four children, two sons and two daughters with James being the eldest...At the outbreak of the Civil War Mr. Anderson was too young to be accepted and his mother refused her permission for him to go. At the age of 18 years when a student at Monmouth College, he joined a company being organized composed mainly of students enlisting as a private in Co.A of the 138th Regt., Illinois Infantry and served until Oct.14, 1864 when he was discharged. He re-enlisted as a private in Co.H. of the 28th Regt., Illinois Infantry on March 13, 1865 and was sent with his regiment to Mobile, Ala.

After the surrender of the Confederate armies, Mr. Anderson's regiment was ordered to Texas where he served under Gen. Phil Sheridan in the "The Army of Observation" along the Rio Grande. During his term of service, he was promoted to Sergeant and First Sergeant and later commissioned 2nd Lieutenant of his company. He was mustered out at Brownsville, Tex. on March 13, 1866 and upon returning home engaged in farming.

On March 6, 1867 he married Miss Rhoda B. Paul who died Aug.31, 1899. To this union three children were born, namely, Francis Marion, now residing at Bliss, Idaho; Edwin Alvan, residing in Stronghurst, and Eva May Peasley, now living at Fort Collins, Colo.Mr. Anderson was elected sheriff of Henderson County in November 1878 and served three terms. In 1888 he was elected Representative to the 36th General Assembly of Illinois, 38th, 40th Assembly and was Sergeant-at-arms of the Senate during the 39th Assembly.

At the outbreak of the Spanish American War, Mr. Anderson organized a regiment but the war was over before they could be activated. He was commissioned as Colonel of the Provisional Regiment by a joint resolution of the 41st General Assembly. President McKinley twice tendered him a captaincy in the U.S.Volunteers for service in the Philippines which he declined owing to the ill health of his wife. In Feb.1899 he became a Special Internal Revenue Officer and was assigned to looking up and investigating violations of the internal revenue laws.

He continued in that service until Jan. 20, 1911 when he resigned to accept the Superintendent of the Illinois Soldiers and Sailors' Home at Quincy in which capacity he serviced until 1913.Mr. Anderson married a second time on May 21, 1911 to Mrs. Josephine Paul of Terre Haute who survives him. 
 
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 Parents:
  Alexander Anderson (____ - 1854)
  Harriette C Davis Anderson (____ - 1887)
 
 Spouse:
  Rhoda B. Paul Anderson (1844 - 1899)
 
 Siblings:
  Ada Ellen Anderson (____ - 1854)*
  Lauretta Alice Anderson (____ - 1854)*
  James Oscar Anderson (1845 - 1917)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Terre Haute Cemetery
Terre Haute
Henderson County
Illinois, USA
 
Created by: No Reins
Record added: Oct 29, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 60814320
James Oscar Anderson
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