Collins, Albert (January 31, 1840 - December 18, 1915)

Death of Captain Collins

Douglas Budget - December 23, 1915

Captain Albert Collins, veteran of the Civil war, did at the Douglas hospital Saturday midnight, Dec. 18. Captain Collins had been a helpless invalid for the last four years, suffering a paralytic stroke in November, 1911.

Services were held Sunday morning at the Hofman chapel. Burial was in the family lot at Ainsworth, Neb. Monday, the sons, M.R., Emory and Wilkie accompanying the body there.

Albert Collins was born at Georgetown, New York, January 31st, 1840, where he lived until his early youth when he moved to Newark, Ills. At the outbreak of the Civil war he was attending school at Jennings Seminary, Aurora, Ills. He enlisted in the three months service with the Ellsworth Chicago Zouaves, re-enlisting in the cavalry and serving until the end of the war, retiring with the rank of captain. He was at the battles of Pea Ridge, Iuka, Corinth and in the Red River Campaign.

In 1866 he married Mary E. Ravlin, at Aurora, Ills., who died in 1890. He moved to Kellogg, Iowa, and later to Desoto, Iowa, where for ten years he was engaged in the mercantile business. In 1875 with his brother William, he joined the Gordon expedition to the Black Hills, and the following year located at Custer, S.D. He located at North Loup, Nebr., in 1885 and engaged in the lumber business, moving the following year to Ainsworth, Nebr., where he continued in the lumber and grain trade for several years.

He retired from active business about 1895, since which date he has been living with his sons in Douglas.


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