Bury Veteran of Civil War With Military Honors
Walnut, Ill, June 15 - (Special) - With
military honors the remains of Commodore Wm. Braught were laid to rest in
the Van Orin Cemetery Wednesday afternoon.
Wm. Braught was born June 1845, and nearly his
entire life was spent in Bureau County. For many year he lived in Van Orin
where his children were raised and his wife passed away. He came to Walnut
and married Josephine Meltzer in 1910 who passed away in July 1927. He is
survived by the following children: Mrs. Emma Moffot, Frank Braught,
Eulaliah Braught, Chicago; Mrs. Edna Greenwalt, Sycamore; Mrs. Lila Jordan,
Van Orin, and Mrs. W. F. Frederick of Walnut.
Mr. Braught enlisted in the Civil War in 1864
and served till the end of the war.
Walnut indeed regrets the passing of this fine
veteran whose smile and cheering word will be missed by the business people
as well as in church and patriotic circles. This leaves but one old soldier
in Walnut at the present time.
The services were conducted at the W. P.
Frederick home Wednesday afternoon by Rev. Thos. Bass, pastor of the
Christian church. Mrs. Ira White accompanied by Mrs. Mae Schraf sang
appropriate hymns. The cortege then proceeded to Van Orin where he was laid
to rest beside his first wife and daughter.
The burial was in charge of the American Legion
and the W.R.C. attended in a body. As taps were sounded this grand ole
veteran was laid to rest beneath the Stars and Stripes he helped to save.
(The Daily Gazette, June 15, 1928, pg. 10, submitted by Melva L. Taylor)