Obituary Record

Kendrick S Sprague
Died on 4/14/1899
Buried in Blair Cemetery

Civil War, 12 IA Inf Co A Oct 1861, 4 yr., 3 mo.


After a lingering sickness aggravated by army complaints and wounds incurred during the Rebellion, Kenneth S. Sprague died at his home in Fairview, last Friday at 5 a.m. The burial was from the residence at 2 p.m. on Saturday under the auspices of the G.A.R. Post. The service was by Rev. Gardner of the Congregational Church and the burial was in the family lot at Blair Cemetery.

Deceased was born in Cleveland, Ohio, Jan. 21, 1844. In Oct. 1861 he enlisted in the army, was discharged and re-enlisted in Dec. 1863. Saw a great deal of service, was taken prisoner and badly wounded in two places at the battle of Shiloh and was honorably discharged after serving four years and three months.

Later he married, moved to this state and his first wife died at Kearney in 1879, leaving a daughter, now Mrs. Jack Hall, who at present is sick in a hospital at Lincoln. In 1880 he moved near Vacoma in this county, where he married Mrs. Celia Carr, whose daughter Jessie became in every good sense a loving and helpful daughter to her stepfather. Frankie, eight years of age, is the only issue of the last marriage. Years of suffering had prepared him for the last roll call, and though all that fond affection could suggest was done by his excellent wife, family and helpful friends to mitigate his suffering there is no doubt that, death came as a blessed boon to him. Most of his relatives reside in Michigan. The family in their bereavement have the sympathy of the entire community.

#2 17 Apr., 1899 - The Pilot - K. S. Sprague The funeral of K. S. Sprague took place last Saturday at two o'clock the pastor of the Congregational Church, Rev. Gardner, officiating. We are unable to get the particulars of Mr. Sprague's life, up to the present time but hope to get them before Thursday.

#3 April 20, 1899 - The Pilot - Kendrick S. Sprague ( same as K.S. Sprague)

The death of one of the old inhabitants of this city, Kendrick S. Sprague, occurred April 14 after an illness of several weeks. Mr. Sprague was born December 14, 1844 in Cleveland, Ohio, where he spent his early life. He enlisted in Co. A,12 Iowa Infantry Oct. 6, 1861, and was veteranized two years later. At the Battle of Shiloh he was severely wounded and captured.

In 1870 he was married to Mary R. Brown of Michigan, in which state they remained for nine years when they removed to the west and settled in Kearney, Nebraska. Two children blessed this union, Jesse now at home, and Myrtle married. Two weeks after their arrival in the west, occurred the death of Mrs. Sprague. The family resided in Kearney for some time after her death, when they came to this city.

In 1884 Mr. Sprague married Celia Carr wbo survives him. One child, Frankie Bell, was born to them. Since his discharge, he has been troubled with chronic diarrhea and diseases of the liver and kidneys, the wound which he received at Shiloh has been very troublesome for some four or five years and combined with the other diseases mentioned caused his death.

Mr. Sprague was a very strong character and was confined to his room for only three or four weeks, though we have missed him from our streets all winter. Having lived here for many years Mr. Sprague is well known and his mapy friends with THE PILOT express their deepest sympathy to the wife and three children who live in the city.

~~~ Obituaries courtesy of the Washington County Genealogical Society. Newspaper clippings on file in the Blair Public Library at Blair, Nebraska.~~~

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Printed in the Blair Pilot on 4/17/1899