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Died, at the resident of his brother-in-law, Reuben Woods, in Pitt township, this county, [Wyandot Co, OH], Comrade David Pettit McClain, of chronic gastritis, aged 44 years, 10 months and 5 days. The deceased contracted the above named disease, which resulted fatally, during his service in the army, in the late civil war. He was treated by the most eminent and learned physicians, whose skill was baffled by the disease, which had made such inroads upon his system, that for the last ten years he had been pronounced incurable. He made his home with relatives, friends and neighbors for the last several years, making as he called it, visits to his friends. Last winter he staid (sic) mostly with his sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh C. Mason. For the last two months preceding his death he visited with his sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Asa Quail. While there his two neices (sic) Maty and Mary Quail, anticipated his every wish, and did much to alleviate his intense suffering. A few days prior to his death he called upon his sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Woods, where he died, and in his last battle for life, he suffered untold pain, and all that kind hands and loving hearts could do, was done to alleviate his intense suffering. His near relatives are six brother and six sisters, and a step-mother, his mother having died in his youth, and his father, Mr. Abraham McClain, died two years ago last August. His relatives are consoled with the thought, that while they did all that was possible to make his life happy, his death released him from pain of which he was a patient sufferer for over ten years.
Comrade McClain enlisted in company A, 144th regiment, O.N.G. in April 1864, and served with his regiment during the rebellion in the campaigns of Maryland and the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, during that summer, and was mustered out with his company at the expiration of his term of service. Since the war he has resided in this county, Indiana, Iowa and Kansas, going to those places to consult eminent physicians, hoping to be cured, but alas, he came home, where for the past ten years he has suffered from periodic attacts (sic) of the disease, knowing that sooner or later, he must answer to the last rollcall.
In the early history of Robbins Post, No. 91, department of Ohio, G.A.R., he connected himself therewith, and became one of the most ardent, and earnest members thereof, commanding the love and esteem of all who were connected with the mystic letters, F.C. & L. As a meighbor (sic) and friends, he was warm and affectionate, often discommoding himself to oblige and accommodate his fellow men. Always being of a jovial disposition, even with the promonition (sic) that death's cold and icy embrace would release him from his intense suffering, he would make every one with whom he was associated forget with his pleasantries, that he was nearing death's door. He often told the writer that he would rather suffer silently, than cause his friends and associates any trouble, or make them misreable (sic) in his presence.
An able sermon was delivered at the house from the words selected from the 26th verse, 15, C. 1st Cor, viz: "The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death," by the Rev. G.W. Farley, of the M.E. church, Fowler, Ohio, after which the members of the G.A.R. took the remains in charge, depositing it in Oak Hill cemetery, using the beautiful ritual of the order, for the burial of the dead.
Here, in the demise of our dear Comrade, we are admonished that the survivors of the rebellion, who fought its battles to a successful issue in defense of our dear old flag, are rapidly passing away to join the legion of volunteers who have passed over the dark river to the Parade Grounds of the Spirit world. Thus one by one, as our names are called by the Great Commander, we drop out of the ranks of the G.A.R., and in a few more years, our places in society will be assumed by the civilian, and our names and forms will only be remembered by our families, and a few intimate friends and neighbors, but He, who created the Heavens and the Earth, has prepared a House beyond the skies ror (sic) the patriot soldier who sacrificed house, family and all the luxuries of social life, for the dear old flag, when insulted and degraded by traitors, who on the dreary march, on the picket, or skirmish line, or on the dreadful battle-field, offered his life that this country should be handed to future generations one and undivided, at the awful cost of four hundred thousand souls!
The writer has known comrade McClain as boy, pupil, friend and comrade for the past twenty-nine years. We will know him in life no more forever. His memory will always be cherished by those who knew him well. Farewell, comrade, farewell until the resurrection morn. J.P.D.
--Wyandot County Republican, Upper Sandusky, OH, Thursday, 28 FEB 1889
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