Grave marker for Ulysses Grant Wilcox
The grave marker of 24-year-old Ulysses Grant Wilcox in Mount Union Cemetery. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Published as it appeared on Jan. 4, 1889, in the Corvallis Gazette, Page 2, Column 1.

After an absence of seventeen years, the grim monster returned to the broken family circle of Thomas J. and Martha A. Wilcox, of Philomath, Oregon, and laid his ruthless hand upon another son.

Ulysses Grant Wilcox died Dec. 26th, aged 24 years, 3 months and 7 days. The prospective usefulness and pleasure of continued healthful manhood was closed by a former illness, from which he hoped in vain to recover, but like others, a lingering, hope clung to him even to the last. In sickness he manifested a great deal of patience in suffering. No less marked was the sorrow he seemed to have when thinking of the grief his departure would bring to his mother and friends. Though wicked when among his associates, in his last sickness his heart was softened into submission and resignation to the will of God. In the last conscious moments, he called all the family to his bedside, kissed them, bade them good bye, and requested all to meet him in heaven, then asked them to lay him down to rest.