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 William Monroe Cockrum

William Monroe Cockrum

Oakland City, Gibson County, Indiana, USA
Death 24 Feb 1924 (aged 86)
Oakland City, Gibson County, Indiana, USA
Burial Oakland City, Gibson County, Indiana, USA
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Obituary of Col. William M. Cockrum
Source: The Princeton Clarion Newspaper - February 25, 1924

Col. Cockrum Passes Away
-Distinguished resident of Gibson County summoned by death

Col. William M. Cockrum, distinguished as an Indiana historian, educator, manufacturer, farmer, and veteran of the Civil War, with more than ordinary experiences in that great conflict, died at his home in Oakland City at 1 o'clock Sunday morning. Six years ago he suffered a stroke of paralysis and had been an invalid since that time, having been for the last two and a half years absolutely helpless in bed. He was 86 years of age.

The funeral will be at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning at the family residence in Oakland City. Rev. F. G. Kenney officiating with Rev. John E. Cox of Evansville assisting. Interment will be in the Montgomery cemetery in Oakland City.

Early in his life he married Lucretia Garder of Oakland City. The couple settled in the home in which Col. Cockrum died. The wife died seven years ago on February 22, two days proceeding the date of Colonel Cockrum's death.

Surviving are seven children, three sons and four daughters as follows: John B Cockrum of Indianapolis, general solicitor for the Nickel Plate railroad; Ella C. Wheatley, dean of the women and head of the English Dept. at Oakland City College; Clara C. Campbell, wife of Mont Campbell of the Mont Campbell Auto company in Oakland City; Zoe C. Alrich, wife of Professor B. W. Aldrich, deceased, former head of the Latin department at Mooreshill college; May C. Dearing, wife of Dr. W. P. Dearing, president of Oakland City College; J. W. Cockrum, president of the J. W. Cockrum Printing company in Oakland City, and Dr. O. M. Cockrum, optometrist in Evansville. Oliver Morton Cockrum, a son, died several years ago at Bismark, S.D. Nine grandchildren survive, one of whom is B. W. Cockrum, principal at the Columbia school in Evansville and formerly principal of Princeton High School.

Colonel William M. Cockrum was born in Oakland City, Dec. 8, 1838. He enlisted as a Private in Co. F, 42nd Indiana Volunteers, Sept. 12, 1861. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant March 15, 1862, to Captain Nov. 9, 1862 and to Lieutenant Colonel May 1, 1865. He mustered out with the regiment July 21, 1865. While leading his company he was shot down on the battlefield of Chickamauga, was captured and taken to the famous Libby Prison at Richmond, VA. After his release from there, he was in charge of the Federal prison at Nashville, Tenn.

Colonel Cockrum was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic and also of the Loyal Legion, two patriotic orders which arose from the Civil war.

In politics, he was a Republican. He was also active in the Masonic Knights Templar and the I.O.O.F orders. He was active and prominent in the General Baptist church at Oakland City, having been a member of the church the greater part of his life.

Col. Cockrum through his writings was recognized as one of Indiana's foremost authors and historians. His "Pioneer History of Indiana" published in 1907, was incorporated into the Indiana history text books now in use in the public schools of the state. In 1915 he published "The History of the Underground Railroad," which gives an interesting account of the passing of slaves to their freedom through this and neighboring states.

It is interesting to recall that Col. Cockrum did his state and inestimable service by beginning the collection of historical data while still a boy, thus getting material from the original sources for the two books issued by him late in life. He was one of the founders of Oakland City College and a loyal supporter of this institution. From his farm he gave the ground, which is now the college campus. He was a trustee of the college from the time of its organization in 1885 until his death and he was at all times a liberal contributor to its needs.

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