Obituary Record

Samuel D Hudleson
Died on 12/31/1914
Buried in Blair Cemetery

#1-Pilot 6 Jan 1915

(Photo) (Civil War Veteran)


Pioneer Settler Passed Away Last Thursday Afternoon

S. D. Hudleson died at 4:45 last Thursday afternoon, the last day of the old year, at his home in Dexterville. He had been down in bed only since the Saturday before, though he hadn’t been really well for a year.

The end came peacefully. At about 4 o’clock he asked what time it was. Then he apparently went to sleep and death came at 4:45 without a struggle. He had realized he might go for several days, and the day before he died he confessed to Rev. Volck his belief in God, though he had never joined the church.

The funeral was held at the Baptist church at e1* o’clock Sunday morning, Rev. F. E. Volck officiating. Six member of the G.A.R., of which he was a member, acted as pallbearers, Andrew Jones, Wm. Wilson, J. E. McCracken, Sam Gearhard, Joe Cook and Sam Bassett.

Mr. Hudleson was born Oct. 3, 1842, in Orange county, near Orangeville, Ind., where he grew to manhood. On Aug. 12, 1864, at the age of 19 he responded to President Lincoln’s call for volunteers and enlisted at New Albany in Co. D. of the 66th Ind. Inf.

He was engaged in battle at Richmond, Ky., Aug. 30th, 1862, and with sixty of his comrades was captured by General Smith, of the Confederate army, and placed in Andersonville prison, where he saw some pretty hard times before he was paroled. He again joined his regiment and served to the end of the war, being mustered out in Washington June 3rd, 1865.

He returned to his old Indiana home and on December 18th, 1866, he was married to Miss Mary E. Pipher, the daughter of a neighboring farmer and early school friend. Eight children were born to them five of whom are now living: James Oliver and Miss Lucy Ellen Hudleson and Mrs. Fannie J. Dixon, of this city, Henry M. of Orleans, Ind., and Alves, of Boulder, Colo. All were present for the funeral on Sunday, also Mrs. Hudleson’s brother, D. W. Pipher, of Crawford, Neb., who is the father of Mrs. W.P. Cook.

He is also survived by one brother, Jas. N. Hudleson, of Paoli, Ind., and one sister, Mrs. Sarah Wilson, of Spokane, Wash.

Mr. and Mrs. Hudleson came to this county in 1882 and settled on a farm near the Kindred school house, in Cuming City township. He bought 80 acres at first and afterwards homesteaded 160 acres. In 1902 they moved to this city and have lived here ever since.

Mr. Hudleson was a hard working man and was always a good provider for his family. He was a good citizen and will be missed by the many friends he made in the thirty-two years spent in and around Blair. He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic and six of his fellow members laid all that was mortal of their old comrade quietly away in the tomb last Sunday to await the final call of the angles.

*This is the way it was in the obituary.

#2-Published in the Enterprise January 8, 1915

S. D. Hudleson Dead

Samuel D. Hudleson, age 72 years, passed away at the family home in Dexterville, west Blair, December 31st. With his wife he came to Washington County from Indiana, thirty-two years ago and settled northeast of Tyson station in the neighborhood of the Kindred School, taking 160 acres homestead and purchasing 80 more acres. Thirteen years ago they moved to Blair where they have since moved.

Mr. Hudleson was born in Indiana, on the farm and here his early life was spent. When a call was issued for volunteers at the outbreak of the Civil War, he was one of the first to present himself at New Albany where at the age of nineteen years he enlisted in Company D 66th Indiana Volunteer infantry and was in several engagements of the war, Aug 12, 1862, during the battle of Richmond, he was captured along with sixty others of his regiment and was taken to Andersonville prison but was finally paroled and rejoined his company. He was honorably discharged in June 1865. He then returned to the home of his parents where he was married to Miss Mary E. Piper, the daughter of a neighboring farmer and his boyhood friend. To this union eight children were born, the twins dying in infancy and Elizabeth dying at the age of 10 years. He is survived by his wife and four children as follows: James Oliver, Mrs. Fannie Dixon and Miss Lucy Ellen, all of Blair, and Henry M., of Orleans, Ind., and Alves, of Boulder, Colo., and ten grandchildren. The entire family were in attendance at the funeral services which were held at the Baptist Church in Blair, Rev. F. E. Volck officiating, and his comrades of G. A. R. Post were the pallbearers.

Mr. Hudleson will be greatly missed by his family and old neighbors and friends and the sympathy of the entire community goes out to the family in their bereavement.

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