GEORGE D. STRATTAN
Evening Kansan-Republican, Friday, Dec. 1, 1916
Died: Nov. 30, 1916
Pioneer of County and An
Old Soldier Gone to
CAME HERE IN 1870
Funeral Will Be Held Saturday
Forenoon at Baptist
“Taps” was sounded for a well known old settler of Harvey county and a Civil war veteran, Thursday morning at 3:30 o’clock and G. D. Strattan passed peacefully away after an illness of seven months. His funeral will be held at the Baptist church Saturday morning at 10:30. Dr. W. A. Elliot of Ottawa will officiate assisted by Rev. Sam Bristow, pastor of the church. His body will be taken to the family lot in the cemetery at Walton for burial.
George Strattan was born in Shelby county, Ky., March 19, 1842, and when quite young moved with his parents to Claysvile, Ind., where he resided until the beginning of the Civil war. He enlisted in the 66th Indiana regiment, Co. D, served his country for four years and was an officer when mustered out. At the close of the war he returned to Campbellsburg, Ind., and November 5, 1865, was united in marriage to Miss Camilla Russell. They resided in that city until about 1879 when they started westward coming to Harvey county and homesteading a farm in Walton township, continuing to live there until eight years ago when they came to Newton and purchased their residence at 700 West Fifth street which had since been their home.
Eight children were born to them, two of whom have preceded their father to their eternal home. Those who survive to comfort the aged mother are Mrs. C. R. A. Marshall of Stronghurst, Ill., Russell Strattan of Hayden, Colo., David Strattan of Walton, William S. Strattan of St. Louis, Guy Strattan who is in the Philippine islands, and Mrs. J. C. Guthrie of Walton. Other relatives who survive Mr. Strattan are his brothers and sister of Campbellsburg, Ind., a brother in Eugene, Ore., his sister, Mrs. Serepta Peters of Newton and brother Sam Strattan of Walton.
Mr. Strattan was a very staunch member of the Baptist church at Walton where he engaged in every line of church activity and transferred his membership to the Baptist church of Newton when he moved here. He lived in Walton township at a time when neighbors wee few and their homes were far distant, and each were accustomed to lend a helping hand. It was his neighborly love and his many kind acts that first endeared people of that community to Mr. Strattan, and they have always prized his friendship. He was a man of strong Christian principles, and a big heart and loved to do good to others. He was ever active in community affairs and in school and church. His useful life had an influence for good and the community will be better because he lived in it. During his eight years in Newton Mr. Strattan has shown the same interest in church and in the town affairs, and his many acquaintances soon became friends. He had not been in robust health for the past two years and had been confined to his bed since the month of May. A year ago November 5, he and his wife celebrated their golden wedding anniversary and had the pleasure of a family reunion.
The members of the family who resided at a distance who started here when they received the summons of their father’s serious condition are Mr. and Mrs Wm. Stratton and son of St. Louis, Mrs. C. R. A. Marshall of Stronghurst, and Russell Strattan of Hayden, Colo., and other relatives who are nearby have been with him often during his illness.