Wallace Mc Cloud
Death of an Old Soldier
Kendall County Record, April 16, 1924
Comrade Wallace McCloud was born July 28, 1840, the oldest child of Samuel and Calista McCloud pioneers of Plattville who came from Vermont. Wallace McCloud received his early education at what is now the McKanna School. On August 9, 1862 he joined Company H, 89th IL Infantry Volunteers. He was appointed First Sergeant January 17, 1865 by Captain John A. Beeman. His army record is one of hazardous experiences, having been in the important engagements of Chickamauga, Mission Ridge, Franklin, Atlanta, Lookout Mountain, Stone River, Kenesaw Mountain, and other smaller battles. Although he received several wounds he never missed a roll call. He received his discharge on June 19, 1865 at Nashville, Tennessee and returned to his home in Plattville, Illinois. He wa united in marriage to Miss Ella Tremain, February 25, 1869 in Plattville. His wife departed this life July 26, 1915. Their only child, Jay T. McCloud survives them. He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Helen J. Blake of Chicago and one brother, Frank McCloud, who lives on the old home place in Plattville. Death came at the close of a lingering illness when his life quietly slipped away near midnight, April 8, 1924 at the age of 82 years, eight months and ten days. He was one of the few surviving members of Yorkville Post No. 522, G. A. R.
Funeral services were held from the home at 1:30 Friday and at the Plattville Methodist Church at 2:00 o'clock. The services were conducted by the local pastor assisted by Rev. J. C. Jones of Yorkville, an old friend of the family. Rev. Jones related past incidents, one of which was telling of Mr. McCloud's desire 32 years ago to have memorial exercises held in Plattville and decoration of the soldier's graves. This custom has been followed ever since. World War (One) veterans acted as pall bearers and attended the body. Three Civil War veterans were present. Mmes. C. C. Davis and A. J. Bishop sang sweetly "Abide with Me" and "Jesus Savior Pilot Me." Floral offerings were beautiful. He was laid to rest in the family lot in Plattville beside his wife.