|Death: ||Jan. 19, 1912|
Mr. Bell was a veteran of the Civil War. He was a Private in Company D, 19th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. This unit was a part of the famous "Iron Brigade," also known as the "Black Hat Brigade" because of their distinctive headgear. General Lee's army met the Iron Brigade as the moved to Gettysburg. He first thought they were up against some local militia until they saw the famous hats worn by this unit. Thomas Stone 6/2011.
HENRY BELL FELL DEAD. OLD SOLDIER VICTIM OF HEART FAILURE WHILE RETURNING FROM VISIT. HAD LIVED HERE FOR YEARS.
Returning from a visit with his daughter at Tipton and stepping from a city street car at Tenth street, Henry Bell, 72, and for years a resident of Elwood, fell to the street and expired before anyone could reach his side. Heart failure resulting from the infirmities of old age, are thought to have been the cause of the death.
DEATH CAME INSTANTLY
Although he had been in feeble health for several years, he seemed as strong as usual this morniing when he left the home of his daughter, Mrs. Peck at Tipton, and even told her he would return soon for another visit. He left on the 12 o'clock traction car at Ninth street, and caught a city car with the intention of returning to the home of his son, Ora Bell, 721 North Twelfth street.
As he left the car the conductor noticed that he seemed very feeble and walked slowly, but attributed this to the slippery condition of the streets. He had just reached the sidewalk when he suddenly threw out his hands as though grasping for support and slowly sank to the ground. Neighbors who had witnessed the fall, hurried to his side, thinking that he had slipped on the ice, but when they reached him, life had already left his body. He was carried into the home of a neighbor and a physician called but this was found unnecessary, as it was obvious to all that the man was beyond help. The Clark's ambulance was called and the remains were removed to the son's home from which place the funeral will be held. Arrangements for this service have not been made.
LIVED HERE FOR YEARS.
The deceased was a veteran of the Civil War and a member of the local G.A.R. post. He had lived in Elwood since before the war and was one of the oldest and best known men in this vicinity. His wife had been dead for a number of years and he made his home with his children, spending the greater part of the time with the son here. He had hundreds of friends in the city and all will be deeply grieved to learn of his dad and sudden death. (Elwood Call-Leader, January 24, 1912)
The funeral of Henry Bell, the old soldier who dropped dead yesterday, will be held tomorrow afternoon at the North G and 14th street church with the Rev. William Wittkamper in charge. The interment will take place in the Aroma cemetery where he will be buried at the side of his wife. (Elwood Call-Leader, January 19, 1912)
Company D, 19th Ind Inf
Aroma Methodist Cemetery
Plot: row 9, gs 2
Created by: JP Smith
Record added: Jan 31, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7131830