Dyke, Horace Meeker
Age: 0, credited to Bethel, VTVITALS
Birth: 08/08/1834, Bethel, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Died in Springfield, MO
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HORACE MEEKER DYKE
Dyke's early life, and home while in college, was at Bethel, Vermont, where he was born August 8, 1834, his parents being Augustus and Polly (Southard) Dyke. His father was a carpenter and farmer, in which occupations our classmate received a valuable training that could hardly have failed to be helpful had not his career been so suddenly closed. His preparation for college was at the academy at West Randolph, Vermont.
After graduating he went immediately to Falmouth, Kentucky, where for two years he was engaged in teaching, and at the same time in reading law. His studies being completed he was admitted to the bar at Lawrence, Kansas, in 1860, where he went into practice. The excitement growing out of the effort to make this a free state was a strong contributing motive that led him to Kansas, and into the struggle he threw himself with all his energies. The Civil war breaking out the next year Dyke was one of the first to enlist. The Record and Pension Office of the War Department gives the following as his military record: -- "Enrolled, May 14, 1861, at Lawrence, Kansas; mustered in, June 21, 1861, as corporal Company D, Second Kansas Infantry; died, October 8, 1861, from wounds received at the battle of Springfield, Missouri, August 8, 1861."
Dyke had qualities of mind and will that, had he lived, would have given him a high standing in his chosen profession; his early death seems a sad loss to friends, but it is his contribution to the cause of freedom and union.
Source: Samuel L. Gerould, Biographical Sketches of the Class of 1858 Dartmouth College, (Telegraph Publishing Co., Nashua, NH), 39.