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 William “Billie” Roberts

William “Billie” Roberts

Birth
Ontario, Canada
Death 10 Dec 1899 (aged 28)
Garneill, Fergus County, Montana, USA
Burial Judith Basin County, Montana, USA
Memorial ID 100015208 · View Source
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Fergus County Argus, Lewistown, MT, 13 Dec 1899

Another Hero Succumbs
William Roberts, Late Soldier of Company I, Laid to Rest at Garneill

William Roberts, who has suffered from chronic diarrhea since mid-summer and was hardly able to return to Lewistown with his comrades of Company I, died at Garneill Monday morning. The soldier was in bad condition when the regiment reached home and comrades desired he remain in the hospital in Great Falls, but Alvin Hall, who also suffered from diarrhea, had been cured through the use of medicine furnished by his father, Dr. Hill of Garneill, and Roberts had great faith in the use of the same medicine. His wishes were respected notwithstanding the opinion of many friends, and he was brought to Lewistown with Company I and sent to Dr. Hill's at Garneill. For some time there appeared to be some improvement but a relapse occurred when Dr. Hill quite despaired, but nevertheless labored to save the young man's life. Monday morning the deceased's uncle, Samuel Phillips, received the announcement of his death.

The young man was a brave and faithful soldier and officers and privates had none but the best words for him. Years ago he was a resident of Lewistown but at the time of his enlistment was conducting a jewelry store in Belt.

Private Roberts leaves a wife and a child, the former a daughter of William Lutz, formerly of Ubet. Richard Roberts, a younger brother and also a member of Company I, and an older brother residing near Ubet, are the only other members of the family in Montana, excepting his uncle, Samuel Phillips. The Roberts boys came to Montana from Canada.
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Fergus County Argus, Lewistown, MT, 3 Jan 1900

We laid poor Billie Roberts away to rest in the cemetery at Garneill on Friday, Dec. 12th. He made a gallant fight for life; there were times when the spark of life went so low that it seemed as though it could burn but a moment longer. The willing hearts and hands redoubled their efforts to keep the spark from going out, and as the lamp grew steadily brighter, it seemed their efforts would be crowned with success and death cheated of a victim, and so the fight went on day by day and week by week. A few days of hope and as many of despair, until the week before he died, when his friends and medical advisor could say a most encouraging change for the good had come. The poor fellow, encouraged by his bettered condition, commissioned his brother, Dick, to order more goods from the east to stock a place of business he planned to open in Garneill. But when out hopes for him were the brightest, the grim reaper came again and would not be denied, and the friends who had stood by him, ministering to his wants so long and faithfully, realizing the struggle was at an end, bowed their heads and said, "Thy will be done." The Rev. St. Hill, who officiated at the funeral, spoke many beautiful and consoling words to his relatives and friends, who at the end of the sermon with loving hands wrapped him in the flag he had fought so nobly for, and carried him to his last resting place. He had answered "taps with lights out," never again to stand at attention until the Angel Gabriel upon "that great morn" sounds the reveille.


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  • Created by: cara
  • Added: 1 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100015208
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William “Billie” Roberts (26 Aug 1871–10 Dec 1899), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100015208, citing Ubet-Garneill Cemetery, Judith Basin County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by cara (contributor 47072115) .