Summoned to Headquarters
Kendall County Record, February 24, 1915
Samuel Hagerman Answers Call to Devine Commander. Members of G. A. R. in Charge of Burial.
Samuel Hagerman, one of the well known members of Post No. 522, G. A. R., died at his home in Yorkville Thursday, February 18, after a long illness. Cared for with unequaled attention by his wife, Mrs. Millie I. Hagerman, this old gentleman wasted away, his once powerful frame becoming but a skeleton with disease.
A large company attended the funeral on Saturday afternoon and listened to the sermon of Mr. Williams at the Yorkville Methodist Church, a talk which bore upon the circumstances. This was followed by the funeral service in charge of Commander, N. P. Barnard and Adjutant, B. F. Herrington of the local Post.
Samuel Hagerman was born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania September 20, 1833. He died at his home in Yorkville on Thursday morning February 18, after a long and distressing illness.
In the great struggle for our national existence he entered the military service of the United States on June 21, 1861 in Company K, 20th IL INF and served until June 16, 1865, serving as Corporal and First Sergeant of his company. He served with General Grant at the battle of Fort Donelson and in the battle of Shiloh and many other battles. He was with General Sherman in the battles near Atlanta. He was struck by missiles seven times, several of the wound being dangerous. His comrades serving in the same company with him have always spoken of him as a brave and faithful soldier and kind and considerate to the men in his command.
He joined Yorkville Post on September 5, 1885 as a charter member at its organization, having worked diligently in organizing the Post.
The old soldiers who attended the funeral were N. P. Barnard, John Fitzgerald, O. W. Beebe, W. F. Donovan, E. E. Howes, Barney Phillips, Andrew Brown, John Murley, J. R. Marshall, S. S. Boomer, M. C. Skinner, A. D. Curran, Henry Chappell, D. C. Wilson, and four comrades from Aurora.
Mr. Hagerman was well known throughout the county. He formerly made his home in Oswego and later moved to Yorkville. He has served as a deputy sheriff, constable, and justice of the peace. He has always been ready at the call of his comrades. A genial man, he was possessed with exceptional strength when a young man and was called upon many times to assist in the arrest of criminals. He has been missed all winter from his usual walk downtown and now many will miss him when they realize he will not make the trip again.