|Birth: ||Mar. 11, 1845|
|Death: ||May 30, 1909|
Tabor Beacon - June 4, 1909
Bickford, Oscar A. During the Decoration Day exercises at Hastings, an old soldier, Oscar A. Bickford, snare drummer in the band, was stricken with heart failure and carried out of the church by his comrades, dead.
Glenwood Opinion Tribune, June 3, 1909, pg 3
Sunday afternoon, May 30 at 2 o'clock, Hastings was suddenly and very unexpectedly plunged into mourning when the sad news went flying from home to home that Oscar Bickford had fallen dead while in apparent good health and best of spirits, he was performing his duty to his country and fallen comrades as a prominent member of the drum corps They had just finished the soul stirring national air "Marching Through Georgia" and had taken his seat to listen to the discourse before marching to the cemetery to cover the honored dead with flowers, when it was noticed that something was wrong with him, he was carried out and medical aid procured immediately, Dr. Whitnal being present. But death was almost instantaneous, no sign of recognition or knowledge of his fate came to him. The body was carried home and all that loving hands could do for him and his family and sympathizing hearts responded to the call. The fatality was not without effect on the remainder of the program which was carried out the best as could be under the circumstances. Altogether it was the saddest ever happening in Hastings. Two of his children were present at the church at the time of his death.
Mr Bickford was a pioneer merchant of Hastings, being in the grocery business for a great number of years, and was well known throughout Mills County, was a kind father and loving husband, and a quiet retiring disposition, tending strictly to his own business and probably had as few enemies as any man in Mills County, Iowa.
Having passed away so quickly and without a moments warning, it is hard to believe it was not a long restful sleep instead of death.
The funeral services were, held Tuesday a under the auspices of the G.A.R post of which he was a member.
Oscar Bickford was born in Washington County, Ohio, March 11, 1845, where he grew to manhood and answered the call of Abraham Lincoln for more men to enlist in the army to defend the nation. So he enlisted in the army August 16, 1864. in Co. A 173 Regular Ohio Infantry at the early, age of 19 years and he belonged to the Drum Corps, was honorably discharged June 26 1865 at Nashville, Tennessee. He was married to Miss Martha Livering at Irvington, Ohio, July 5, 1868. The first 8 years of their life was spent in Ironton, Ohio. In 1876 they went west to Des Moines, Iowa and in 1882 they located in Hastings, Iowa where he was a plasterer and bricklayer and later in the mercantile business. To this union four children were born, all of whom survive, Mrs. Maggie Shane of Malvern, Chas of Rockwell City, Iowa, Willard of Hastings, and Mrs. Hazel Lookabill of Emerson.
Peace be to his immortal dust.
Mills County Tribune
June 1, 1909 pg.1
OLD SOLDIER AT HASTINGS DIES ON DEORATION DAY
Oscar Bickford Plays Drum for Last Time and Drops Dead at Memorial Service
The Memorial Day services at Hastings last Sunday were saddened and relatives and friends shocked by the sudden death of Oscar Bickford, an old soldier and well known citizen of Hastings. Death resulted from heart disease.
Mr. Bickford for a number of years has belonged to the Hastings drum corps, in fact was a drummer boy in the war. He played the snare drum. The rain on Sunday changed the plans of the Hastings people who had arranged for services in the tow cemeteries near there, and instead a program was given in the afternoon at the Methodist church.
Mr. Bickford marched to the church with the drum corps and after a few pieces were played on the outside entered the building. He had been seated but a few moments when he suddenly fell over and it was but a moment or two till he breathed his last. Dr. Whitnall was present at the time and rendered prompt assistance, but without avail.
The funeral will take place this Tuesday afternoon and will be conducted by Rev. Davis of the Hastings Methodist church.
The deceased was 65 years old and was born in Ohio. He served in the civil war as a member of company A of the 173d Ohio infantry. He had resided in Hastings for the past 27 years, and at the time of his death and for some years previous was engaged in the grocery business.
He is survived by a wife and four children, two sons and two daughters, Pete and Charles Bickford, and Mrs. Had Lookabill and Mrs. Joseph Shane.
All obituaries typed by Dori Chrisp 47796684.
Ervin Dudley Bickford (1819 - 1877)
Phebe Winchester Bickford Andrews (1824 - 1904)
Martha Levering Bickford (1850 - 1928)*
Margaret Bickford Shane (1871 - 1940)*
Chas W Bickford (1872 - 1948)*
Hazel D Lookabill (1886 - 1958)*
Maria A Henry*
Otis B Bickford (1843 - 1920)*
Oscar C. Bickford (1845 - 1909)
Roena Bickford Henry (1852 - 1922)*
Ervin Dudley Bickford (1856 - 1919)**
Thomas Shelby Bickford (1858 - 1921)**
Alonzo Elmar Bickford (1862 - 1922)**
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