|Birth: ||Apr. 8, 1828|
|Death: ||Apr. 15, 1906|
DANIEL GARBER was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, April 8, 1828. Moved with his parents to Richland County, Ohio, in 1834 and settled on a farm in Jefferson Township, where he grew to manhood. At about the age of nineteen years, he went to learn the shoemaking trade with Solomon Wagner, who lived near the old Greenwood Mills. In 1849 he married Matilda Oldfield. He then purchased an acre of land of Jacob Leedy near his father's farm, and built a house and shop; where he worked at his trade until 1851 when he built a property in Butler, known as the Daniel Loose property on the corner where the Solomon Block now stands, occupied by A.M. Stewart's store. He worked in Butler about 2 years when he bought 40 acres known as the Durbin Farm which joined his father's on the north. After living there a couple years he moved back to the house he first built and worked at his trade until August 18, 1862, when he enlisted in the service of his country in Co. E, 102 Regiment O.V.I. for three years during the war. His regiment was assigned to the 26th Army Corps. He engaged in pursuit of the rebel - Kentucky and Tennessee in 1862. In all the marches and engagements of his regiment he took part, from Louisville, Kentucky, until he was taken prisoner at Athens, Alabama, on September 23rd, 1864. He was confined in Cahaba prison in Alabama, until March 17, 1865, when he was taken to Vicksburg, Mississippi. On the 25 to 26 of April he was placed on board the ill-fated steamer "Sultana" with about 2100 paroled prisoners. Shortly after midnight on April 27 when about 7 miles above Memphis, Tennessee, the steamer's boiler exploded and about 1500 men perished. Mr. Garber was one of three out of 13 of his company on board that succeeded in getting out. He floated 11 miles down the river and was picked up, when nearly chilled to death by the gunboat, "Pocahontas". On May 21st, he was discharged by special telegram from the War Department. After returning home he worked at his trade about 10 years. Part of the time he worked in Butler when he built the property now owned by Mr. I.C. Ball. He afterwards engaged in farming and built the house and barn on the farm now owned by the Hitchman heirs. The last 13 years of his life he lived with his son D.S. Garber. He died April 20th, his age being 78 years, 12 days. He has seven children living, Mrs. Elmina Hamilton of Bellville, Ohio, Mr. Michael Garber of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, Mrs. Inez Lobach of Clinton, Oklahoma, Mrs. Anna E. Divelbiss of Butler, Ohio, Mrs. Belle Wineland, of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, J.S. and D.S. Garber, of Butler, Ohio. His children were all present at the funeral except his daughter, Mrs. Lobach of Oklahoma. He has 29 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren living. His funeral was conducted by Miller Moody Post, G.A.R., of Bellville, Ohio, of which he was a charter member. Mr. William Lockhart of his company, and one of the three who got off the Sultana, was one of the pallbearers. That Mr. Garber was held in high esteem by all who knew him was manifested by the large concourse of friends and relatives who followed him to his last resting place. The funeral discourse was delivered by the Rev. N.E. Spicer of the Universalist Church. Mr. Garber had been in poor health for the past year but his death was caused by a paralytic
stroke which occurred April 15.
(BUTLER TIMES: 28 April 1906, Vol. XIII, No. 36)
The regimental history incorrectly lists him as being killed on board the Sultana.
Matilda Oldfield Garber (1828 - 1915)
Anna Elizabeth Garber Divelbiss (1859 - 1935)*
Ohio Bell Garber Wineland (1862 - 1942)*
Jacob Silas Garber (1867 - 1943)*
Co. E, 102ND. O.V.I.
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