Luke H. Blackmer's Obituary
Death of a War Veteran
Published in Kendall County Record, June 7, 1899
Luke H. Blackmer died at his home in Plano, Thursday June 2, 1899, aged 84 years, seven months and seven days. Deceased was born at Greenwich, MA, October 25, 1814. He enlisted in the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry and served two and a half years. He was discharged for disabilities after the battle of Balls Bluff, Virginia in 1863. He was taken prisoner and was an inmate of Libby prison in Richmond for four months when he was exchanged. He came home in broken health, receiving his discharge soon after.
In July 1864 he moved with his family to Little Rock, this county where he lived for ten years. When his house was destroyed by fire he and his family moved to Plano where they have lived ever since.
He was married to Miss Huldah Packard in May 1841 in Massachusetts. The devoted couple has lived in loving companionship for a little over 58 years. To them were born six children, one son and five daughters, all of whom with the aged wife survive him. The oldest daughter, Mrs. Lucy Erwin, resides at West Pullman; the only son, P. C. Blackmer, at Peterson, Iowa; Mrs. Mira Hedges at Rallston, Iowa; Mrs. Littie Harwood and Mrs. Fidusia Carpenter live in Plano, while the youngest, Mrs. Ida Carpenter, lives on a farm in Big Rock.
In March 1865, Mr. Blackmer re-enlisted in the 23rd Illinois Volunteer Infantry as a recruit. As the war closed soon he was discharged four months later. His only son, Peter, was a member of the 127th Illinois Volunteers during the war.
The writer has been personally acquainted with Mr. Blackmer for 25 years. He has never seen an act of his life that would offend anyone or make an enemy. He always tried to render to all men their just dues and we believe has the honor and respect of all that knew him. He was a member of the M. E. church and of R. B. Hayes Post, No. 120, G.A.R.
The funeral was held at the Methodist church Sunday afternoon. Reverend E. J. Rose officiating, and the few remaining members of the G.A.R. Post attending as an escort and performing the burial rites at the grave.
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