Memorial Day - Grand Army of the Republic Plot

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Milo R. Barber who served in Company A, 26th Indiana Infantry. Mr. Barber was born at Franklin Indiana in June 1842. He was one of eighteen children, thirteen boys and five girls. He died an the veterans home in Leavenworth Kansas on April 15, 1917, and his body was returned to Ponca City to be placed beside his wife, Mary A., who died in Ponca City on July 16, 1895.
  Robert Case was born in about 1840 in Ohio or Indiana. He died on December 7, 1914. He served with Company E, 13th Indiana Infantry during the war. According to his obituary, in about 1874, he took a homestead in western Kansas where he resided until he came to Oklahoma soon after the opening of this country. Robert Case and his son, John, farmed on Indian land Southeast of the city.
Hiram C. Crouse was born in May 1847 in either Pennsylvania or Illinois. He was a member of Company C, 138th Illinois Infantry, and resided in Ponca City when he died on June 15, 1910. No obituary of Mr. Crouse could be found, but 1900 and 1910 Census information indicates he was a carpenter by trade. His wife, Florence and children Roy, Ima, Edith, Everet, and Elsie survived him.
Onan F. Griswold, died in Ponca City on 3 May 1903. His military unit was the 92nd New York Volunteer Infantry from the state of his birth in June 1841. “Dad” as Mr. Griswold was known to his friends in Ponca City had just returned from California when he was taken ill after working in his garden on South Second Street in cold damp weather. He had been in Ponca since the opening of the city and had drawn a lot on Grand Avenue in the original town lottery. Not a lot was known about Mr. Griswold but it was known that he had gone to California to see an old sweetheart of his whom he had been courting for the past forty years. It was presumed that he was making arrangements to sell his property here and move to California to marry his boyhood acquaintance.
  Louis Hartrodt, the correct spelling of the name that appears on the gravestone as “Hartroth”, was born in Northausen, Germany on December 23, 1843. He died at his home on South Second Street in Ponca City on January 3, 1916. Mr. Hartrodt came to the United States and enlisted in Company G, 4th Missouri Cavalry. He married, first, Annie Mary Beyer who died in about 1883 at Russellville, Kansas. He married , second, Eliza Meyers at Fort Smith, Arkansas on 14 April 1885. Louis and Eliza had two daughters, Lillie Anna, born in 1889 and Leona born in 1895.
  William O. Hartshorn was another early pioneer of Kay County who came here at the opening of the Cherokee Strip. They lived for many years on a homestead northwest of Ponca City. For about five years before the death of Mr. Hartshorn, he and his wife had been residents of Fort Smith, Arkansas. He died there on April 13, 1921. Born in about 1848, Hartshorn served with Company G, 1st West Virginia Light Artillery. The widow, son Dr. W. E. Hartshorn of Spiro, Oklahoma, a daughter, Mrs. H. B. McFadden, G. W. Hartshorn, Leon Kansas, and E. C. Hartshorn of Ponca City survived.
George W. Hollis was a Captain of Company I, 123rd Indiana Volunteers when the war ended in 1865. He also served with Company C, 76th Regiment Indiana Volunteers, and Company A, 123rd Indiana Infantry. He was discharged from the service at Lexington, North Carolina August 25, 1865. Hollis was married in 1857 to Clarissa Donnell and they were parents of two sons. Born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania on 1 May 1833, Captain Hollis died in Ponca City on January 14, 1897. He was one of the original settlers of Ponca City.
Andrew J. Hurst was born in Nashville, Tennessee and served with Company I, 2nd Tennessee Infantry. He died on 12 February 1907. Funeral notices in early Ponca City newspapers provide this sketchy information about Mr. Hurst.
  John Kizer, who served with Company G, 10th Illinois Cavalry, was born in November, 1843 in Ohio. He died on 13 August 1921 in Cross. His wife, Adaline and children Fayette, Ernest, Lora, Jim, Ralph, Tom and Claude survived him. All were Kay County residents except for Ernest who lived in Banning, California. Kizer also resided in Kansas, Arkansas, and Indian Territory before coming to the Ponca City area in about 1900.
Leman Roswell Lacy was born on February 10, 1836, and died at Cross, Oklahoma on September 1, 1908. His military service was with Company G, 25th Missouri Regiment. He later made his home in Atchison, Kansas until the death of his wife on August 16, 1908. A residence of this area only briefly, he had come to make his home with his daughter, Mrs. Joseph Ingles.
William Landon served with Company I, 95th Illinois Infantry. Born in Illinois in April, 1840, he died at his home on South Ninth Street Ponca City on March 1, 1902. Left to mourn his death was his wife Samantha and children, Carlton, Thomas, William, Etta, Olie, Sherman and Virginia. The Landons were married in Illinois in 1858 and resided in Illinois, Indian Territory, and Kansas before coming to Oklahoma.
William Reynold Magreedy was born in Maryland in 1834, and died in Ponca City on 27 May 1899. At an early age, Magreedy moved to Sangemon County, Illinois where he resided at the outbreak of the hostilities and he enlisted with Company A, 3rd Illinois Cavalry. Magredy also resided in southern Kansas before coming here at the opening of the Cherokee Strip. At the time of his death, he was the commander of the R. B. Hayes Chapter, GAR.
  William I. McConnell lived in the Wylde Addition in west Ponca City at the time of his death on 18 August 1907. He was 73 years old and left a wife and two children. A son resided in Camchester, Kansas, and his daughter Mrs. Jones resided in Ponca City. McConnell served with Company A, 128th Indiana Infantry.
  Daisey Louise Phinney Miller qualified to be buried in the Grand Army plot because she was the daughter of a Union Veteran and a member of the Daughters of the Union Veterans, a successor organization to the Grand Army of the Republic. Born at Lexington, Illinois, on July 24, 1880, she was the daughter of John and Fannie Phinney. She was a Ponca City resident since 1907, and died here on April 26, 1949.
Harvey A. Smith was a native of Morgan County, Virginia, an area that became part of West Virginia at the outbreak of hostilities between the North and the South. Siding with the Union beliefs, he enlisted in Company H, 95th Ohio Infantry. Eleven months of his service were spent in Libby and Andersonville, Confederate prisoner of war camps that were noted for their brutality. Born in January, 1845, Smith died at Ponca City, Oklahoma on May 24, 1907. He had come to northern Noble County in about 1901 to be in business with his old friend Robert Case who is also buried in the GAR cemetery plot.
  Felix G. Snyder died in Ponca City at the home of his daughter, Mrs. James Welch, on January 30, 1914. Records that were found did not indicate his age or birth place, but he was probably about 76 years old. His gravestone shows his military service was with the Missouri Home Guards. A thank you note appearing in a Ponca City paper gives the names of his surviving children. Beside Mrs. Welch were Byron C, Miles M, and George H. Snyder. Some of his family lived in Iowa. It should be noted that his gravestone also spells his last name as Snider, but newspaper accounts consistently spelled it with a “y”.
Asa Staley, who had apparently not resided in Ponca City very long at the time of his death, was buried in the GAR plot, though he was not a member of the local chapter. He had come to be near two of this children, Mary Eustler and Ulysses Grant Staley. Grant Staley, as the son was known was the first fire chief of Ponca City. Asa was born October 1823 in Ohio. By the time of the war he lived in Marion County, Iowa, and he served with Company A, 46th Iowa Infantry. According to a descendent, Don Staley, of Kingwood, Texas, Asa was married to Charity Teter.
William Tannahill died in Cross, Oklahoma on 24 February 1898. Cross, once a separate town about a mile north of town, was incorporated into the boundaries of Ponca City in 1927. Mr. Tannehill served with the 5th Missouri Cavalry. During his residency in Oklahoma he was very active in Populist Party politics. Newspaper notices of his death spell the name with an “e” Tannehill.
Francis M. Ward lived in Cross, Oklahoma, at the time his death on the Fourth of July, 1910. He was born at Gentry County, Missouri in May 1845. He enlisted in Company C, 11th Missouri Cavalry for the duration of the war. He came to Oklahoma in about 1897 to be near his daughter Mrs. Roy McCoy of Bressie in Noble County. Two other daughters, one who resided in Nebraska and one in California, survived him


Contributed By: Loyd Bishop


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