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Whitelaw, Oscar Livingston


Age: 21, credited to St. Johnsbury, VT
Unit(s): 15th VT INF
Service: enl 8/28/62, m/i 10/22/62, Pvt, Co. K, 15th VT INF, m/o 8/5/63

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Birth: 05/10/1841, Ryegate, VT
Death: 1917

Burial: Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, MO
Marker/Plot: Block 159, Lot 3057
Gravestone researcher/photographer:
Findagrave Memorial #: 148407814


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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WHITELAW, Oscar Livingston, oils, paints, etc.; born Ryegate, Vt., May 10, 1841; son of William T. and Lucy (Morse) Whitelaw; educated in district schools in Vermont, and three terms in Peacham (Vt.) Academy; married, St. Louis, May 8, 1873, Lillie Dwight Lathrop; children, Mrs. Grace L. Wallace, Mrs. Bessie D. Terry, Mrs. Lucy L. Rexford, Hamilton D. Served in Civil War as private in Company K, 15th Vermont Volunteers, from which was honorably discharged on expiration of term of enlistment in July, 1863. Since 1866 in paint and oil business, and in 1885, with brother, acquired the business, established 1853, now conducted as Whitelaw Brothers, wholesale dealers in oils, paints, naval stores, drugs and chemicals. Member Merchants Exchange (2d vice-president, 1897, 1st vice-president, 1898, president, 1899); president National Paint, Oil and Varnish Association, 1889; president National Transportation Association, 1897-1900; member Business Men's League. Republican; member of board, and president several years, St. Louis Public Library. Congregationalist; president Congregational City Missionary Society; treasurer St. Louis Bible Society; registrar St. Louis Association of Congregational Ministers and Churches; trustee Iberia (Mo.) Academy. Member New England Society, Ransom Post, G.A.R. Clubs: Commercial, Round Table, Mercantile. Office: 409 N. 2d St. Residence: 3631 Washington Ave.

Source: John W. Leonard, The book of St. Louisians, St. Louis Republic, 1906, p. 607.


Oscar Whitelaw Also of St. Johnsbury
Became Nationally Prominent

Caledonia County people learned with regret of the death of an illustrious son of Ryegate when Oscar Whitelaw passed away in St. Louis on Sunday. His death was the result of a fall down a flight of stairs at his office last April. He suffered a slight concussion of the brain from which he never fully recovered, although he rallied to some extent.

Mr. Whitelaw was born in Ryegate, May 10, 1841. He attended public schools and Peacham Academy, and was employed as clerk at Baldwin and Burpee store, and in the store of J. C. Bingham in St. Johnsbury. He was a telegraph operator here in town until 1862, when he enlisted in Co. K., 15th Vermont regiment. After his discharge he was with a Boston firm of druggists, then went to St, Louis as clerk for George P. Whitelaw in the paint and oil business . In 1885, he and his brother Robert succeeded to the business under the name of Whitelaw Brothers, dealers in oils, paints, and drugs.

On My 8, 1873 he married Lillie Dwight Lathrop, and had four children, Mrs. Grace Wallace, Mrs Bessie T. Terry, Mrs Lucy L. Rexford, and Hamilton Whitelaw. The Caledonian, February 14, 1917

Courtesy of Deanna French

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