The Oswego Independent, Friday, June 18,
Died: June 11, 1920
Known Oswego Pioneer Passed
After Brief Illness at Ripe
Age Last Friday---A Civil
Nathaniel Sandford, one of this communities best known and early citizens, died at his home just at the south limits of the city on the College road, at three o’clock last Friday afternoon, at the age of 84years, 8 months and 11 days. His last illness was brief. He had been enjoying his usual good health for a man of his age up until the day previous to his death. In doing some work in his garden and about his home, he had rather overtaxed himself and had rather a bad attack, but rallied alright and by evening was able to be out around the premises again. Friday morning he was indisposed again, however, and his condition gradually grew worse until his death.
Funeral services were held from
the family home at, two o’clock, Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. J. H.
Lamb, pastor of the Presbyterian Church. The funeral services proper was
in charge of the Oswego Commandery Knights Templar, No. 7, of which the deceased
was a charter member.
Adams Lodge No. 68, A. F. & A
M., was also there in a body and assisted. The Knights Templar funeral
service was used at the home and the burial program at the cemetery. The
members of the order were in full uniform. Burial was made in Oswego
Deceased was born in Edgar County
Illinois, on the Old Sandford homestead, near the city of Paris, on Sept. 30,
1835. From the time of the birth to the breaking out of the civil war he
was getting his schooling, both in books and practical farming and stockraising,
near Paris. On April 15, 1861, President Lincoln issued his Proclamation,
calling for 75,000 troops to enforce the laws and protect the government.
On the 17th of April a company was organized at Paris, Ills., of which Young
Nathaniel Sandford was one of the Lieutenants. This company was mustered
into the regular service as Company E, 12th Illinois Volunteer Infantry.
The first enlistment was for only three months. At the expiration of this
time the company all re-inlisted, except Mr. Sandford. Instead, he
remained at home and raised another Co. which he took to St. Louis where it was
mustered into the regular service, but because of some political reason, Mr.
Sandford was not retained as captain. He returned to Paris again, but in
the fall of 1862, the position he had held with the 11th Illinois Vol. Inf.,
became vacant. He was offered the position and accepted, reaching the
Company at Corinth, Miss., just the day before the battle there. His
commission not having arrived he could not be mustered in, but notwithstanding
this he took a musket, fell into ranks and went into battle, and was badly
wounded in the knee, injuring him for life and closing his career as a soldier.
During the remainder of the war he
and his father engaged in stockraising and buying on their farm near Paris.
To his dying day he bore the marks of his sacrifice for loyalty and devotion to
his country, and faithful friends bowed their heads in grateful tribute of
appreciation for his work as a soldier and as a citizen.
On September 30, 1868, he was
married to Ella Cornelia Johns, at Vermillion, Illinois. Two years later
the young couple came west to Oswego, Kansas, where he began as a grocer in
partnership with the late Henry C. Draper. After three years in this
business and partnership, he sold out his share and took up the business of
growing and shipping fruit. With the exception of the years between 1880
and 1884, during which time he was in the hardware business at Terra Haute,
Ind., with his brother-in-law, he continued in this business at Oswego until
about 20 years ago when he retired from active business, living in his beloved
home at the edge of town.
For fifty years he has been a
citizen of this community. In this time he had revealed himself so that he
was known far and wide. Everyone knew Uncle Nate Sandford. In these
years he had manifested a clean and honorable life worked for all the things
that were worth while and good, raising a family, directing his children in the
way they ought to go, so that one of his joys was the capable, worthy and
industrial family of children, who loved him as much as he loved them.
Soon after moving to Indiana in
1880, he endured the grief of having his beloved wife taken from him in death.
Death also brought sadness into his life at two other times in the history of
his family life. A little baby boy was taken in infancy, and in 1903,
Mary, his youngest daughter, suddenly was called home by a loving God.
There is left to mourn his loss in his home circle, three daughters, Ada May, of
St. Louis, and Anise and Laura of Oswego, and one son Charles Samuel Sandford,
of Kokomo, Indiana. Besides these there is a wide circle of other
relatives and friends who mourn his going.
He was identified always with the
work of the G. A. R. and his few remaining comrades were at the funeral in a
body. He was a man who loved the outdoors. While he was an
industrious business man, yet he never lost an opportunity to enjoy God’s bid
out-of-doors. And he enjoyed more than the mere hunting and fishing---he
loved the trees and the flowers and the fruit---the streams, winding their way
among the hills. It all thrilled and gladdened his soul, and refreshed his
zeal for living. He was not fortunate enough to amass a large amount of
this world’s goods, but he certainly enjoyed a great fortune in his ability to
enjoy to the full the realms of nature. He was unselfish in his enjoyment
of life. He delighted in having his friends go with him into the woods or
along the streams there to commune together in the charming atmosphere of the
outdoors. He was widely known for his generous spirit of hospitality and
Mr. Sandford has been a member of
the Masonic Fraternity nearly ever since his arrival in Oswego, having joined
the Blue Lodge in 1872, and was one of the three remaining charter members of
Oswego Commandery No. 7, this charter having been granted May 5, 1875. He
has always been in good standing in these orders and so long as his health
permitted always took a prominent part in the work. He made a profession
of his faith in Jesus Christ when but a boy, and joined the Methodist Episcopal
Church near Paris, Ills. His church membership always remained there, but
he lived always loyal believer in his Great Lord and was a true friend of the
church. It is no surprise to learn that his favorite song was the familiar
hymn “By Sweet Siloam’s Shady Hill,” one that breathes the very spirit of
the out doors. He stopped to live and God richly blessed him in it.
Possibly more of us should follow his example and stop oftener to really live
and enjoy the world that God has so gloriously endowed us with.
Card of Thanks.
We wish to extend our sincere
thanks to friends and neighbors for their kindness and sympathy in the death of
our father.---The Misers Sandford.