"TAPS SOUNDS FOR CIVIL WAR
A. L. Sloan passed on following Illness of Few Months
With the passing of Alex L. Sloan, on Friday of last week, McLeansboro has
lost one of its most honorable and esteemed citizens. Death came following
an illness of a few months. Mr. Sloan was 82 year of age and had been
active until this last illness.
Few men in Hamilton
County enjoyed a more extensive acquaintance than Mr. Sloan. This was
attested by the packed church building in which relatives, friends, and
neighbors assembled to pay their last respects. Hundreds who could not
gain admittance stood through out the services on the outside.
Mr. Sloan was a
soldier in the Civil War, having joined an Ohio regiment at the age of 14.
His is the first death in the immediate family of thirteen children,
thirty-one grandchildren and four great-grand children in 46 years.
Another feature of the family was that veterans of three wars were
represented, the deceased of the Civil War. A. H. Sloan of the
Spanish-American War and John Sloan of the World War.
Deceased was a
rural mail carrier for a period of fifteen years, school teacher for
sixteen. Rev. Prince who officiated at the services attended his first day
of school under Mr. Sloan at Oliver School. He was active in Hamilton
County politics and prominently identified with the activities of the M.
E. Church here.
Services were held
at the First M. E. Church of which he was a member, Sunday afternoon,
conducted by Rev. C. M. Prince, assisted by J. B. Maulding, S.W. Baker and
M. C. Holder. Internment was made in the Odd Fellows Cemetery.
From the church the
burial services were conducted by members of the American Legion and
Spanish War veterans with full military honors. The remains were removed
to the cemetery carried on a flag draped caisson, drawn by 2 white horses,
accompanied by members of all patriotic organizations.
composed of Spanish War veterans were, Willie Vaughn, W. McDonald, H.G.
Sandusky, Will Alden, Sam Wilson and M. M. Grumans. Color bears were
Arthur (blurred last name) , George D. Danley and James Morlan.
out-of-town who attended the funeral of A. L. Sloan, Sunday were: Mr. and
Mrs. C. L. Jones, Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Waite, W. A. Kelley and wife, Z. A.
Cox and wife, Gus Chaniot and wife, T. P. Carter and wife, Robert
McCord and wife, N. R. Council (note: tombstone spells it COUNSIL)
and wife, George Nipper and wife, Orville Sladen and wife, W.F. Smith and
wife, Lynn Vaughn and wife, Ola Barnett and wife, Earl Woods and wife,
Ernest Brown and wife, J. R. Partain and wife, G.A. Brown and wife, Mrs.
Alice Craul, Mr. Frank Douglas, Mrs. Ina Russell, Mrs. Gus Gann, Mrs. C.A.
Summers, Mrs. James Dawson, Miss Laura Dial, Miss Mary Morris, Miss
Elizabeth Payne, Messrs. George Kimberlin, M. M. Fox, Finis Morgan,
W. M. Elders, N. P. Wooldridge, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Selvage, Mrs. A. L.
Selvage, Mr. and Mrs. G. M. Stokes, Mrs. Gus Dulenback, Mrs. Agnes Lampkin,
Mr. And Mrs. Pete Wentzel, all of West Frankfort: Mrs. Louise Campbell,
and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Cordes of East St. Louis; Mr. and Mrs. Newt Arbaugh
of Carmi; Mr. Ed Sloan of Belleville; Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Purcell and
family of Dix; Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Kimberlin and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Keith
of Harrisburg; Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Davis of Marion; Mr. Jett West of
Carterville; Mr. and Mrs. U. H. Hutson and Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Cansey of
Mt. Vernon, Ind. and Mrs. Ollie Pearce of Mt. Vernon, Ill.
The Obituary follows:
Alexander Lee Sloan was born in Washington, Iowa in the year 1850 the 18th
day of January. Early in his youth he moved with his parents to Ohio and
at the outbreak of the Civil War, when only 14 years of age, the mind of
this patriotic youth was so stirred that he ran away to enlist, and
despite his youth his enthusiastic spirit prevailed over all obstacles and
he entered the conflict to fight for his Nation by the side of his two
brothers, David, who made the supreme sacrifice, and Thomas who with Uncle
Alex were honorably discharged at the close of the War. Alexander Sloan
better know as Uncle Alex, was the youngest soldier to shoulder arms in
the strife of the '60's. The patriotic spirit of Uncle Alex was never
dimmed and last November 11th, Armistice Day, when his earthly tabernacle
was weak and weary, the patriotism of his mind so lifted him up that he
was able to deliver an impressive message to the boys and girls, many of
whom afterwards spoke in a proud and honorable manner of this loveable
At the close of the
Civil War he came to Hamilton County where he has since made his home.
Following the War,
he was united in marriage to Teressa Hutson, December 23, 1869. To this
union seven children were born, six of whom are living. In 1885 he was
bereft of the mother of these children, the youngest then being only five
months of age. The winter following her death in 1885 he was again united
in marriage to Mary E. Wheeler and to them were born eight children, all
of whom surviving except one who passed away in infancy. Due to the
loveable nature of this man and wife these children have been reared in an
honorable and religious home, a home of love and devotion where all the
children love each as though they were own sisters and brothers. Uncle
Alex taught school 16 years and carried the mail 16 years, retiring at the
age of 66 to live a quiet life in the home he so dearly loved in east
McLeansboro. Uncle Alex and his good wife whom he praised in his last
hours for her devotion to him, lived happily together for 46 years. Uncle
Alex was converted in 1885 and united with Bethel M.E. Church as a Charter
member a short time before his marriage and has lived close to his
conviction and Christian experience ever since. He was a member of the
First M. E. Church of this city. He was also a member of the K. of P.
Lodge and G.A.R. On Friday, April 21st, at sunset of a beautiful
spring day, the death angel visited this home, the second time in 46
years, calling the devoted husband and father to the land where there are
no sunsets. Where heartaches never comes.
He is survived by
the following: his wife Mary E. also the following children:
Ora L., Harry, Fred, and Eugene Sloan and Lucreta Stokes all of
McLeansboro; Cora Hale, Julia Pharis, Grace Brown and T.O. Sloan all of
West Frankfort; Dave Sloan of Murphysboro; Rella Dudley of
Jonesboro, Ark. ; Rolla Sloan of Lincoln, Ill.; and John Sloan of Tulsa,
Oklahoma; 31 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 1 brother, C.O. Sloan
of Houston, Texas; and a host of other relatives and friends.
were held Sunday 2 P.M. , in the First M. E. Church, conducted by his
pastor, Rev. C.M. Prince. Other ministers present who assisted in the
service were; J.B. Maulding, S.W. Baker, M.C. Holder, and Paul Stephens.