Oct. 10, 1927 Gettysburg Potter County South Dakota, USA
Co A 39 ILL INF
Impressive Funeral Services for William Combellick
Founder of Gettysburg And One of Remaining Civil War Vets Called to Beyond
There was a large attendance at the funeral service of William Combellick, held in the M.E. Church Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. After the services at the church the body was taken to the local cemetery where it was buried with military honors. The services at the church were conducted by Rev. J.M. Hunter, Rev. J.W. A. Collins paid tribute to the church work and spiritual services rendered to the community by Mr. Combellick. Rock of Ages, Jesus Lover of my Soul, and Nearer my God to Thee, Mr Combelluck's three favorite hymns were sung by mixed quartet. The following history and work of Mr Combellick was given by J. F. Sargent:
William Combellick,son of John and Grace Sincock Combellick, was born July 29, 1842, near Council Hill, Illinois, one year after his parents came to the United States from England, and died at his home in Gettysburg shortly after 12 a.m., October 10, 1927, aged 85 years, 2. Months and 10 days. He grew to young manhood on his father's farm in Illinois.
On October 12, 1864, he enlisted in Co A 39th, Illinois Voluntary infantry and was musters out at Springfield, Illinois, December 16, 1865.
January 4, 1866, at Council Hill he was married to Hester A. Alderson. To this marriage were born, five children, namely, Nellie, Minnie, William A., John and Olin E. Combellick. Nellie, Minnie, John and Hester A. Combellick, the wife and mother, were taken by the grim reaper, death, during a scourge of diphtheria and within a three weeks time, in December 1878.
On September 30, 1879, at Weston, Illinois, William Combelluck was married to Sarah Belwett. To this marriage were born three children, namely, Olive Grace, now Mrs O.P. Edison, Benjamin I. Combellick who is now in a sanitarium IATA Edgemont, South Dakota and Lester Raymond of Billings, Montana.
William Combellick is survived by his faithful helpmate and companion of 48 years, Sarah Combellick, three sons, Olin E., Benjamin I., Lester Raymond, and one daughter Mrs O.P. Edson, 18 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, and an unusually wide circle of friends and acquaintances who mourn his death.
William Combellick was the youngest son and the tenth child in a family of 11 children of John and Grace Combellick, His father lived to the ripe age of 76 years. Born, as William Combellick was, of sturdy Christian parents, noted for Christian fortitude, sincerity of purpose, steadfast religious service, going to extent, even in those days, of total abstinence from the use if liquor or tobacco, in any form, he inherited a true Christian character, which has been exemplified and modestly lived during his long life of usefulness and service. Although offered promotion in the army, he chose to remain in the ranks, but in recognition of his bravery, and ability as a leader, he was called upon by officers of his company to substitute for them, at times, in the command of the company. On April 2, 1865, during a charge by the Union Troops at Fort Gregg, near Petersburg , the officer in command of the company William Combellick was in, was wounded and became unable to lead his company further. He called William Combellick, from the ranks to lead and to command the company. Before the battle was over, and while leading the company William Combellick was wounded by a gun shot in the hip. Perhaps few of his late friends know he carried and nursed an ugly sore caused by that wound from that day until his death. Much is the suffering and annoyance he has borne without complaint and without the notice and knowledge of his closest friends and associates during these sixty odd years. Upon his return from the war, a part of business men who had organized a woolen mill company near Galena, Illinois, insisted that William Combellick, then 23 years of age, take the active management of the company. Hr entered upon the duties, but the wool had been purchased at exorbitant war prices, and the slump came before the manufactured products could be sold upon the market., thereby, causing great loss and the failure of the company. He then took the management of his father's farm and carried on the farm until 1873, with the exception of one year spent in Austin, Minnesota, after which he moved to Sheffield, Iowa. At Sheffield he engaged in the mercantile business for a period of eight years, during which time he held various local offices, including Justice if the Peace. Combellick court was an active justice court and he tried many cases, rendering decisions based on good sound judgement he possessed, none of which was ever reversed on appeal to the higher court. During the remainder of his life, he possessed an unusual ability to grasp legal situations and to arrive at a logical conclusion and solution of the problem at hand
William Combellick was born for service; his happiest moments were when he was helping one in need. He was a builder, and being a builder he was early possessed of the pioneering spirit.in 1883 he made an inspection trip to North Dakota, returning to Sheffield, Iowa, where he sold his business and started west. He first came to the old river trading post, LeBeau and there learned of a settlement being made by war veterans southeast of LeBeau. Arriving at Appomattox, a location now in Potter County, Combellick found his former army commander, Gen. O.L.Mann. The following day a party led by William Combellick went on a scouting trip to find the location they desired for themselves, and they drew rein beside a pond of water., May 21, 1883, T the approximate present location of Potter County court house. From the first Willuam Combellick was convinced that the location he had selected offered the greatest possible, opportunity for further prosperity. His faith in this locality was carried unshaken, throughout his 14 years of residence here. He always maintained that no place can be found which offers greater opportunity for prosperity, a better climate or more peaceful surrounding than this community. He was indeed the pioneer in Potter county, and the advancement and growth of the country we now so much enjoy, is due in no small measure to the precedes and labors of William Combellick. He has always been foremost in the religious activities of the community; the first religious service was brought about by him. The first Methodist minister to arrive in the county was O.H. Sproll, who with a wife and five children, were housed and cared for in the Combellick home with the Combellick family, in a house 12 x20.