Mount Union Stories: William Bohannon (1831-1901)

Published as it appeared on Oct. 5, 1901 in the Corvallis Times, Page 2, Column 2.

AN INDIAN WAR VETERAN.

His Funeral—Six Comrades Were His
Pall Bearers—W.E. Bohannon.

Borne to the grave by six comrades of Indian campaigns in which he took part, the remains of William E. Bohannon were laid away in their last resting place Wednesday afternoon. The funeral was delayed until Wednesday pending the arrival from Clem, Gilliam county, Oregon, of Rufus Bohannon, eldest son of the deceased. The funeral was largely attended by friends and neighbors far and near.

William E. Bohannon was born in Clark county, Kentucky, September 8, 1831, and while still a boy, he removed with his parents to Johnson county, Missouri. Before reaching the age of 21, he started on the long trip across the plains settling in Benton county in the autumn of 1852. In 1860, he was united in marriage to Miss Mehala Newton. Five children were born, four of whom still survive, the fifth, a daughter having died a few months ago.

The deceased was a veteran of the Indian wars, having served in the Rogue river campaigns in 1855. His pall bearers were J.E. Henkle, Caleb Davis, Andrew Williams, Peter Gellatly, Jesse Walker, and George Mercer.

William Bohannon grave marker
William Bohannon also has this separate marker, “Father,” that shows he served with Company A of the 1st Oregon Infantry. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Published as it appeared on Oct. 4, 1901, in the Corvallis Gazette, Page 3, Column 4.

W.E. Bohannon, a pioneer of 1852, died last Sunday, after an illness of several months, and interment occurred at Newton cemetery Tuesday afternoon. A widow, two daughters and three sons survive him. Mr. Bohannon was highly esteemed as a neighbor and citizen.

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