|Birth: ||May 18, 1836|
|Death: ||Oct. 10, 1914|
The Altoona Herald - October 15, 1914
Surnames: London, Ritter
PIONEER IS CALLED HOME
Wm. London Passes Away on Saturday Night after Continued Illness
In the death of Wm. London which occurred Saturday evening, Altoona lost one of its oldest residents and business men. He came here when Altoona and the surrounding community was a vast prairie and started in the blacksmith business, in which business he continued until about two years ago when he was compelled to give up his work on account of his health. He has been afflicted with asthma and dropsical trouble for years, which was the cause of his death.
He served in the Civil war and we are indebted to his comrade D. C. Bishard for his war record as follows:
Another trooper of Dorr Post Grand Army of the Republic is mustered out and goes to join his comrades in the silent camp. Wm. London put in three years to save the Flag of his country. He was in many long marches in all sorts of weather. He was a member of Battery F. Mich. Field Artillery, and was in the Battle of Look Out Mountain, Rocky Face Buzzard Roost Resaca, Cassville Dallas, New Hope Church, Kenasaw Mountain, Burnt Hickory, Battle of Atlanta and the Defeat of Hoods Army at Nashville. Brave and kind hearted William London has answered the last roll call. The earth may run red with other wars, but the shrill notes of the Battery Bugle will call him no more to duty. He is now with his comrades in a grand reunion that fell on the Battlefield and perished in rebel prison pens. His name is subscribed on the Archieres of his country.
He was also a member of the Masonic order, being a charter member of King David Lodge No. 407 A. F. & A. M. of this place and on of its officers for several years. He was a strong believer in the lodge and its principles.
William London was born in Ludham, Norfolk County, England on May 18, 1836 and came to New York in May of 1856 making him but twenty years of age when he came to America: six years later he took up arms for the defense of right in his new land and enlisted in Battery F. Michigan Field Artillery and was honorably discharged on July 1, 1865. He was married to Miss Anna Ritter, at White Pigeon, Mich. January 24, 1871 bringing his bride to Altoona where they resided until death has called him home. He is survived by his wife Mrs. A. R. London, one daughter Genesta W. London who is at home with her mother and one son Leslie R. London of Marshalltown, Iowa. The funeral services were held at the Methodist church Tuesday morning October 23 by Rev. E. W. McDade, of Atlantic, district superintendent of that district, and who was the pastor of the church here when Mr. London was young and active. The Dorr Post G. A. R. held short services at the house before going to the church, after which Masonic order escorted the body to the church. Following the service conducted by Rev. McDade and assisted by the pastor Rev. Miller, the order took charge of the body and conducted the burial service of the order after which the body was escorted to the Altoona cemetery and laid to rest. The floral offerings were many and beautiful Words of sympathy and esteem came from all as they paid tribute to this man and citizen, who was so well known and esteemed so highly. His nephew Mr. Harry London and wife of Des Moines and Leslie's wife of Marshalltown were here with the family in their bereavement.
CARD OF THANKS
We desire to thank all, for their kind sympathy and assistance rendered and floral offerings during the sickness and death of our husband and father. Especially we are grateful to the Masonic order.
MRS. A. R. LONDON, GENESTA AND LESLIE.
Anna R. Ritter London (1839 - 1925)
Leslie Ritter London (1881 - 1941)*
Genesta London Kirkman (1885 - 1986)*
Old Altoona Cemetery
Created by: Nancy Ritter Rau
Record added: Dec 29, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 32484468
Added: Nov. 2, 2013
LONDON, William ~~ CIVIL WAR VETERAN ~~ 18 May 1836 ~~ 10 Oct 1914 ~~ Old Altoona ~~Polk age 78~~; GAR Flag Holder|
Added: Dec. 4, 2010
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