Albert Goltry was born March 23,
1841, in Jennings county, Indiana and died June 19, 1939 in Chanute, Kansas.
His mother was left a widow with five children when Albert was 9 years old.
In 1856, after his motherís death, Albert Goltry, then a boy of 15 years,
accompanied a friend to Hardin County, Iowa. He stayed there only a short
time, going then to Story County, Iowa 25 miles north of Des Moines, where he
engaged in farm work until 1867. Leaving Iowa, he went to Clark County,
Missouri, locating at Gregoryís Landing where he was employed chopping cord
wood for steamboats.
When 17 years old, he made a trip
on the Missouri river aboard a long raft to St. Louis.
Albert enlisted into the Union
army on April 17, 1861. He was 20 years old when he enlisted.
Mr. Goltry retired from military
service in late 1861 to engage in farm work, but military life called him again
in August 1862, when he reenlisted in Company B, 82nd Indiana Infantry.
For two years he served as an orderly sergeant.
In May 1864, Mr. Goltry was among
the 100,000 troopers leaving Chattanooga, Tennessee, with General W. T. Sherman
on his march to the sea. He was on the northward march from Savannah, GA.
with Sherman when the Confederates surrendered.
With the war ended the young
soldier was mustered out with the troops from Washington D. C. going from there
to Indianapolis to leave their muskets and receive their discharge from the army
June 28, 1865.
Albert Goltry was married July 20,
1865, to Oella Hamilton at Kentland, Indiana, and the young couple took up
farming on 160 acres of land, which Mr. Goltry had purchased in that locality.
The Goltrys sold their farm land
in Indiana and came to Kansas in August 1876, settling on 80 acres of land six
miles east of Chanute, Kansas in 1877.
Mr. Goltry was one of the early
day doctors of Chanute, having practiced in partnership with George H. Brown.
Prior to coming to Chanute, Mr. Goltry had prepared himself for his profession
in careful study under an old French doctor at Kentland, Indiana. He also
attended lecture courses at the Cincinnati, Eclectic Medical College in
Retiring from the practice of
medicine, he spent the next 21 years of his life, working in the fruit and
shrubbery on his farm east of town. He had 15 acres of his land planted to
trees and shrubs.
In 1902 Mr. Goltry retired from
farming and he and his wife moved to Chanute. Mrs. Goltry died September
At the time of his death he was
survived by his children; Mrs. Grace Smith and Mrs. Florence Rathbun, of
Chanute; W. E. Goltry, of Tulsa and Ralph Goltry, of Phoenix, Arizona.
Besides his four children, Mr. Goltry was survived by five grandchildren; Don E. Barbee, of Los Angeles; Travis Goltry, of Kansas City; Mrs. George Gibson, of Chanute; Mrs. Harry Coleman of Iola, Kansas and E. Dana Goltry of Chanute and a great-grandchild, Donna Lea Coleman.