|Published in the Pilot August 6, 1919|
John King was born in Bloomville, Ohio, March 2, 1835 and died at Blair, Friday morning, August 1, 1919 at the age of 84 years. He was a veteran of the Civil War having enlisted at Clinton, Illinois in 1861, for the duration of the war. In 1864 he was married to Maria Arnold, at Clinton, Illinois. To this union two children were born, Etta, Mrs. John Brant, who reside with her parents, and Iola, Mrs. Iola Saunders, of University Place, Nebr. Mr. King came to Blair from Iowa six years ago and has since resided here. The ranks of the Civil war veterans are thinning as the years go by, and with the passing of another of our nation’s defenders in ’65 we begin to realize how much they contributed towards this country of ours. Mr. King was a loving husband, father and friend, no greater epitaph can be attached to his name than these three words. He will be missed, not only in the family circle but by a host of friends who were proud to call him “friend.” The Pilot extends sympathy and heartfelt sorrow to the bereaved ones left behind, but the memory of this splendid soldier should serve to lesson the grief and feeling of loss. The funeral took place at Lincoln, the remains being taken there Monday morning for burial by the side of his grandson, who death occurred during the late war.
Obituary courtesy of the Washington County Genealogical Society. Newspaper clipping on file at the Blair Public library.