|Birth: ||Sep. 9, 1842|
|Death: ||Feb. 21, 1932|
South Dakota, USA
Thomas Lilly, Eldon Cook, John Lerum, Martin Grove, Peter Bowen Are Survivors – Old Soldiers Tell of Adventures During War of Rebellion
Dell Rapids, May 14 – Of the original membership of the Dalgren Post at Dell Rapids, there are remaining four Civil War veterans and one other, who lately moved to the city.
Thomas Lilly of Dell Rapids, aged 85, served three years in a duty regiment of Co. C, 102 Ohio Volunteer Infantry, enlisting Aug. 5, 1862, at 20 years of age.
War in "Duty" Regiment
The circumstances of war placed Mr. Lilly in a "duty" regiment. He fought in many skirmishes through Kentucky, Tennessee, and Alabama, and one three day battle at Decatur. He escaped injury, although being in a railroad wreck, and a steamboat disaster, where a number were killed, and suffered a siege of typhoid fever.
Three Wives Living
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lilly have only one daughter, Mrs. U.S. Earls, of Dell Rapids. Their grandson, Lester, is attending the state university at Madison, Wis., and their grand-daughter, Doreathea, high school at Dell Rapids. Mr. Lilly's sister, Mrs. Eliza Bitcher lives at Hoyt, Kansas. Two brothers deceased, fought in the southern army. Mr. and Mrs. Lilly have been married 54 years.
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This is only a portion of the article, that was which related to Mr. Lilly. Information from this article regarding the other members has been posted to their memorial page.
Argus Leader, page 18, unknown date.
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Mr. Lilly was mustered out with his company on 30 June 1865 in Nashville, TN.
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Taps for Our Last
Civil War Veteran
Thomas A Lilly died Sunday after
An Illness of Two Weeks:
Taps has sounded for Dell Rapids' last Civil War veteran, Thomas A. Lilly , who passed away on Sunday afternoon, February 21st, at his home here in Dell Rapids, after an illness of two weeks with the "flu".
Mr. Lilly was ready and waiting for the final summons from the Supreme Commander. During the past few months he often expressed a desire to pass away, and had made all the arrangements for his funeral, choosing his own casket, naming the pallbearers from among the sons of the Civil War Veterans, and in other ways preparing for his passing. While he was intensely patriotic, he had asked that no military honors except the sounding of taps be displayed. He also requested no flowers be at his funeral. Not that he didn't love flowers, for he did, and always took great pride in caring for his trees and flowers at his home. He requested these simple funeral rites because he had lived a modest and retiring life and desired such a parting.
Mr. Lilly had a kind heart that was touched by the needs of others and he gave liberally of his means many, many times to help those who he considered needed help. Often times he gave and no one except he himself knew who did the giving. He gave because he loved to give, and for not public honors he might receive.
He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and had been a regular attendant in earlier years, but on account of the infirmities of age was unable to attend as much of late, as he desired. He was also a member of the G.A.R.
The deceased was born September, 1842, in Lincolnshire, England. He came to America with his parents when he was nine years old and they located at Mansfield, Ohio, together with their five children. Here Mr. Lilly grew up and when the war broke out enlisted in Company C, 102nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry, enlisting August 5th, 1862.
He fought in many skirmishes through Kentucky, Tennessee, and Alabama. He escaped injury, although being in a railroad wreck and steamboat disaster where a number were killed, and suffered a siege of typhoid fever. Two brothers, now deceased, fought in the southern army.
After the war Mr. Lilly went back to the farm in Ohio but the call of the far places urged him on and he went first to Pennsylvania and then to Illinois. Later upon the death of his father he again returned to the Ohio farm. It was later that the west again called. This time he went to Missouri, where he entered in partnership with another young man in a shoe store. Later he was forced to assume control of the business, thereby losing his earnings, a very severe blow to a young man. However, in the later afternoon of his life he remembers with great satisfaction that no one has ever lost a dollar through any business ventures of his. Later he moved to Mr. Vernon, Ill.
Fifty-eight years ago last November 13th, he was married to Miss Harriet Louisa Mason of Richland County, Ohio. She was a sister of his tent mate during the war. They made their home at Mr. Vernon, Ill. Here their only daughter, Edna, was born.
Twenty some years ago Mr. and Mrs. Lilly came to Dell Rapids to be near their daughter, Mrs. U.S. Earls, whose husband was elected to the superintendency of the Dell Rapids public school.
Besides his widow, and daughter, Mrs. Earls, two grandchildren, Lester Earls, instructor in the extension division of the Wisconsin State University, at Milwaukee, Dorothea, student of Sioux Falls Baptist College, Sioux Falls, he leaves a host of friends who will greatly miss him.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, a short services being held at the home previous to the service at the Methodist Church at 2:00 o'clock p.m. Rev. Harold W. Wagar had charge of the service with the assistance of Rev. Roy L. Palmerton, pastor of the First Baptist Church and a very close friend to Mr. Lilly. Rev. Wagar took for his text one of Mr. Lilli's favorite verses of scripture, Micah 6:8 "he hath shewed thee, O man, what is good, and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly and to love mercy, and to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" A double quartet consisting of Mrs. Edwin Olson, Mrs. M.A. Haven, Mrs. D.H. Richardson, Mrs. Webster Drummond, Lloyd Loveless, Fred Paulson, Lyle Culp and Joe Hopkins sang two beautiful numbers. After a short prayer service at the grave P.L Peterson sounded the beautiful taps – taps which ever soldier loves - taps that means sleep and rest. Thus was closed the career of Thomas Lilly, a splendid soldier, husband and father of a fine citizen and thus was laid to rest last Civil War veteran Dell Rapids perhaps will ever have the privilege of paying a similar tribune.
Pallbearers were C.S. and V.T. Reynolds, E.P. Shively, Guy R. Neher, Claude Cook and Rev. Geo. A. Long. Hermanson undertaking establishment has charge of funeral arrangements.
Dell Rapids Tribune Feb. 25, 1932
Harriet L. Mason Lilly (1846 - 1941)
Edna Mae Lilly Earls (1875 - 1935)*
Dell Rapids Cemetery
South Dakota, USA
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Record added: Mar 24, 2008
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