Conner, Hugh Alexander (July 11, 1846 - August 29, 1925)

Hugh Conner, War Veteran Is


Douglas Budget - September 3, 1925

Again taps sounded for a Civil War veteran and a pioneer of the west when the summons came to Hugh Alexander Conner, age 79 Saturday morning at 9 o'clock at his home on Second street.

Up to the last few minutes of his life Mr. Conner went about his usual duties, rising tarly (sic) early as was his usual custom to take up his daily activities. He complained of being tired chilly and suffered a few pains about his body, and returned soon to his bed. Death followed shortly.

One of the events of his life was his military service during the Civil War. At the age of 16 he enlisted with the 45th regiment of the Illinois Infantry as a drummer boy. While with the regiment he saw much active service and was wounded in action on April 26, 1862. He was discharged July 7, 1862, but re-enlisted in August of the same year before he had fully recovered from wounds he had received on the battlefields a few months prior. He served with the army until the close of the war and was honorably discharged June 2, 1865.

Hugh Alexander Conner was born July 11, 1846, in West Freedom, Clarion county, Penn., where he lived until he enlisted in the army during the Civil War period. On December 31, 1869, he was united in marriage at Carroll, Iowa, to Miss Lydia Margaret Davis who survives him. Twelve children were born to this union, seven of whom are living. The surviving members of the family are Mrs. John Hopkins, Boise, Ida.; Julius Conner, Douglas; Arthur Raymond Conner, Del Ray, Calif.; Mrs. Charles Campbell, Hudson, Wyo.; Mrs. W. Taylor, Casper, Wyo.; Mrs. Seely Hollenbeck, Fort Smith, Ark.; Glenn Alvin Conner, Toledo, O.; and his widow.

In the spring of 1901 Mr. and Mrs. Conner came to Douglas and took up a homestead in the Flattop district, where they made their home until 1924, when they moved to Douglas.

Funeral services were held Monday at the Hoffman chapel with Rev. R.M. Jones officiating. Burial was made at the Douglas cemetery. Pall bearers were John Stansbury, W.J. Morsch, Charls F. Maurer, T.W. Milburn, M.L. Jackson and E.S. Brown. A squad composed of members of the 115th Cavalry fired a salute and sounded taps.


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