Bill, David Keyes
Age: 22, credited to Vermont
Unit(s): 3rd MN INF
Service: enl 26 Sep 1861, Pvt, Co. B, 3rd MN INF
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Birth: abt 1839, Vermont
Burial: Mountain View Cemetery, Oregon City, OR
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 32135100
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, death date/location
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: Died Gladstone, OR
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Mountain View Cemetery, Oregon City, OR
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D. K. BILL, LEADING G. A. R. MAN, DIES
Former Commander of Meade Post Expires After Short Illness
Served Throughout Civil War
Born in Vermont He Went to Minnesota Early in Life Where He Enlisted in Army - Was Brave Soldier
David K. Bill, veteran of the Civil War and well known in Oregon City, died at his home in Gladstone Monday morning after an illness of a few days. The funeral will be conducted at the Christian church, Gladstone, Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock, Rev. A. H. Mulkey officiating. The services will be in charge of the Meade Post, G. A. R., of which Mr. Bill had been a member since coming to Oregon City about sixteen years ago. Mr. Bill was past commander of Meade Post, having served as commander in 1911. He took much interest in the work of the post. He also was a prominent member of the grange, having been a member for many years of Abernethy Grange at Parkplace.
Mr. Bill was born in Vermont and enlisted in Company B, Third Minnesota Infantry, and was orderly for General Powell until the regiment went home for a furlough, after which he acted as duty sergeant. He was brave and loyal to the flag, and was held in the highest esteem by his comrades and by the higher officers in the regiment. Mr. Bill served for four years in the army, and in 1866 he married Miss Hattie Bolser in Minnesota.
In 1882 Bill came to Oregon City from Aonaka, Minn., and settled on a homestead east of Portland. He remained there for some time, and in 1894 he became a member of Sumner Post, G. A. R. of Portland. From Portland, Mr. Bill moved to Hillsboro, Or., and later came to Clackamas County, where he and his family made their home on the Clackamas river until about fourteen years ago when they came to Oregon City. Mr. Bill for several years has resided at Gladstone.
His three sons and C. H. Dauchey, the latter being an old soldier and comrade of Mr. Bill during the Civil War, were with him when he died. Mr. Bill had many friends in this city as well as Gladstone, and his death was a great surprise, as his condition was not thought serious until a few days before his death. Mr. Bill's death was indirectly due to a sunstroke received during the Civil War.
Mr. Bill is survived by the following children: Leroy A. Bill, of Portland; Lester E. Bill, of Ecola, Clatsop County; Mrs. W. C. Brown, of Sheridan, Oregon; Llewllyn W. Bill, of Portland. He also leaves two brothers, J. N. Bill, of Santa Anna, California; Edward S. Bill, of Minnesota.
Source: Morning Enterprise (OR), Tuesday, August 27, 1912
Courtesy of Karin Morey