Obituary Record

Napoleon Bonaparte (N.B.) Loomis
Died on 4/6/1894
Buried in Blair Cemetery

(The website Find A Grave lists his given name as Napoleon B., but also states that cemetery records list him as N. B. ) Find A Grave Memorial # 57412144

Published in The Pilot, April 12, 1894

DIED - - LOOMIS - On Friday last, April 6th, 1894, at 3:30 P.M. of absesses of the liver, Mr. Bonaparte Loomis, aged 60 years, 10 months and 26 days.


Bonaparte Loomis was born in Ohio on May 11, 1833, and removed to the state of New York with his fathers’ family when only a boy, where he grew to manhood and was married to Ruth Flynn in Sept. 1853. Two years later he and his young wife concluded to try their fortunes in the far west and removed to Tama county, Iowa, where they resided until 1871, when they came to Washington county and settled in Blair, where the family has resided since.

Mr. Loomis was of a family of twelve children, of whom five were boys and seven were girls, only four of whom survive him, viz: W. H. Loomis of Colorado; Mrs. J. L. Gardner of Monticello, Iowa; Mrs. Amanda Armstrong and Mrs. Sheldon Peck of this city. The three latter were present at his death bed and funeral.

To Mr. and Mrs. Loomis five children were born, viz: Lenn, now Mrs. Dulany of McCook, Nebr.; John H. of Onawa, Iowa; Vernon B. of Brainerd, Nebr.; Nettie E., now Mrs. Tomlinson and Chas. T., the two latter of whom reside in Blair. The children were all present when he died, to mingle their sorrow with that of their mother and the three beloved aunts who had hastened to his bedside to comfort him in the last hours of his sickness.

Sometime since Mr. Loomis was taken pneumonia, from which he seemed t0o recover when an abcess formed on his liver from which his death was the result after four weeks of suffering. He was a life-long Christian, having united with the Methodist church while living at home with his parents in York state and lived an upright, conscientious Christian life.

He enlisted in the service of his country in Company A under Captain Clark of Toledo, Iowa and was mustered into the 24th Iowa Infantry in 1862. He was taken sick after a few months service and was placed in a hospital and was honorably discharged at the expiration of about one year on account of disability. He was a member of the John A. Dix Post in this city and was quite well known throughout the county.

During his last hours his bedside was surrounded by all those nearest and dearest to him, with the exception of the one in Colorado. He assured them all that his death to them meant eternal life to him and that he was ready and prepared to meet his Maker.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. McLean of the Congregational church at the Y.M.C.A. rooms which adjoin the home of Mr. and Mrs. Loomis, after which the remains were taken in charge by the John A. Dix Post under the auspices of which he was buried. The attendance at the funeral and grave was very large.


Blair Courier 11 April 1894

Died – In this city April 6th, 1804, N. B. Loomis, in the 61st year of his age. Mr. Loomis was an old settler in Blair and had served in Co. “E” 24th Iowa infantry in the late war and was a pensioner at the time of his death. His remains were taken to the U.M.C.A. rooms on Sunday afternoon and after appropriate services led by Rev. Mr. McLain of the Congregational church also by the G.A.R. post they were taken for interment to the Blair cemetery.

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

Find A Grave Memorial # 57412144

Printed in the Blair Pilot on 4/12/1894