Evening Kansan-Republican, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 1910
Died: Feb. 7, 1910
Sad news came to Newton last night in a message telling of the demise of an esteemed pioneer resident of Harvey County, Mr. D. Shomber, of Walton one of the best known residents of the northeastern section of the county.
His death occurred at about seven o’clock last evening, and was due to stomach, trouble, from which he had been a sufferer. The funeral services will occur tomorrow afternoon interment at Walton.
Deceased was in this city but a short time ago, accompanied by his estimable wife, they at that time being enroute to their home from Las Vegas, N. M., whense he had gone in hope of receiving benefit from the climate of that section.
Brief Biographical Sketch
The subject of this sketch was born in Pennsylvania, on December 10, 1842, and was therefore in his sixty-eighth year. He came to Kansas in 1878, locating at Walton, or rather near that village, where he engaged in agriculture, at which, as in many other lines, he was eminently successful. He was a veterinary surgeon of ability, and practiced that profession to a considerable extent in the community in which he resided for many years. He was a man of very devote Christian spirit, and served the Master as a minister of the gospel, in forwarding the interests of the Dunkard church, often preaching to the members of that faith.
He served during the war of the rebellion in the One Hundred and Fifth Pennsylvania volunteer infantry, and with his regiment participated in many of the most sanguine conflicts of that great strife. He was severely wounded at Gettysburg, and returned to his command just in time to take part in the battle of Brandy Station. Again at the Wilderness he stopped a rebel bullet, which made an ugly wound in his thigh. He received no attention from the over worked surgeons until eight days after the battle, and as a result of this neglect, the wound long gave him trouble, and it was not until the investment of Petersburg that he was again able to join his command. He was then made color sergeant and carried his regimental flag from that time to the surrender of Lee.
He was married on December 28, 1865, to Miss Maria H. Basher, a native of Pennsylvania, who survives him. Four children, all of whom are living, blessed the union. These are Mrs. Luella Miller, of Walton; Benjamin and James, who are engaged in agricultural pursuits near Walton, and Edward, who is engaged in railroading.