Col Elliott Durand


Col Elliott Durand

Colchester, Chittenden County, Vermont, USA
Death 12 Oct 1919 (aged 72)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 135247085 View Source
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Civil War veteran
Company K
132nd Illinois Infantry
Enlisted 5/11/1864
Mustered in 6/1/1864
Mustered out 10/17/1864

Spanish-American War veteran
1st Illinois Infantry
retired 7/18/1902

Another well known figure in the paint industry of former days has gone with the passing of Col. Elliott Durand. While not active during the past eleven years for the twenty-five years preceding he was known throughout the country as Vice President of the Heath and Milligan Manufacturing Co. and his warm hearted personality made him a host of friends both in the industry and among the most prominent citizens of this city. During the year 1898-1899 Col. Durand was president of the Chicago Paint Club and during many years he took an active part in National Association work.

Col. Durand was born in Vermont and came to Chicago soon after the war. He was at one time reporter, and later an editor, on The Chicago Tribune. He was associated with the Heath and Milligan Manufacturing Company from 1883 to 1908. When he retired from that position he went into the insurance business in which he continued till the time of his death.

Col. Durand was a veteran of the civil war and Colonel of Durand's Provisional Cavalry regiment during the Spanish-American war.

He was always prominent in military affairs and believed in military preparedness. He was the organizer of the Illinois State Guard which afterward became the Illinois National Guard and was a major in the famous first Illinois Infantry. He was also Inspector General of the Illinois National Guard with the rank of colonel. He trained up his sons to a thorough sense of loyalty to their country and when the last war came both enlisted in the aeroplane corps and both died in the service. Lieut. Eugene Durand died at home, a victim of influenza contracted as he was about to embark for France. Lieut. Elliott Durand Jr. was killed in an air battle. Their father wanted his son Elliott to remain buried on French soil.

"Let him sleep where he fell, from his last battle in the clouds," he said, "in the poppy fields of France, the birthplace of his grandfather."

He was one of the first and most prominent members of the Chicago Athletic Association, the South Shore Country and the Hamilton Club, St. Bernard Commandery, K.T. and belonged to many other organizations. His funeral occurred on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at Oakwoods Chapel. His widow, Mrs. Helen Heath Durand, and his daughter, Mrs. Myrtle Durand Hawkins, survive him.

Paint, Oil, and Drug Review 10/15/1919 p. 10

Son of Moses Durand (or Dandurand) and Charlotte Hamilton Bartlett

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