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Lake, Albert L.

Age: 18, credited to Stamford, VT
Unit(s): 69th IL INF, 52nd iL INF
Service: Pvt, Co. B, 69th IL INF, Pvt, Co. I, 52nd IL INF

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Birth: 02/1846, Stamford, VT
Death: 03/19/1915

Burial: Green Valley Cemetery, Homer, NE
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Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 8/16/1890, NE; widow Sophia L., 6/10/1915, NE; both units
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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Green Valley Cemetery, Homer, NE
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Albert Leroy Lake passed away in the seventieth year of his age, at his home, "The Homestead" west of Homer, Neb., on Wednesday, May 19th., after a brief illness, and was laid to rest at Green Valley Cemetery On Saturday afternoon. The Rev. Van Tassell of the First Unitarian church of Sioux City, IA. Officiating. assisted by Grand Army men from Dakota City, South Sioux City. They were Comrades Wm. Clapp, . Dakota City;Funk, Woodcock, Swartz, Nash and Pilgram of South Sioux City; H. Rockwell of Homer, and Seth Barnes of Shell Lake, Wisc. Pallbearers were Wm. and Clyde Lake, sons; V. O. and J. B. Lake, nephews; Leroy Scott, grand-son, and A. G. Rose, son-in-law. A Quartette choir from the First Presbyterian of Sioux City sang.

Albert Leroy Lake was born in Stamford, Vermont February 22 1846, and came to Manconda, Ill., where his boyhood days were spent. When the Civil War broke out he enlisted at the age of sixteen for three months, and later for three years. He was in Sherman's march to the sea, and returned via Washington, D. C. for the Grand Review, where he was mustered out of the service at the close of the war. For many years he had been a member of the 52nd Illinois Veteran Volunteer Association at Elgin, Ill., and attended their gatherings annually.

After the close of the war he and his brother, the late O. A. Lake, of South Sioux City, Nebraska came to Nebraska. and 45 years ago last Saturday he filed on the homestead where he has lived continuously since.

He was married May 26, 1870, to Sophia L. Jones of Leroy, IA., who is still living. Six daughters and three sons were born to them; Mrs. May Scott and Mrs. Mary Rose of Sioux City. IA, Mrs. Harriet Lake Burch of Bloomington, Ill; Clyde A. Lake of Sac City, IA, Wm. Lake of near Homer. And Misses Prudence and Grace at home. Edna died in childhood, and Albert Edgar, 21, was killed by lightning six years ago.

Being a lover of nature his studied efforts transformed the pioneer prairie into a place of wooded beauty, where acres of small fruit and orchards, planted one after another, has taken place of earlier shade trees. They stand as memorials for his love for the great heart of nature, which seemed to understand and respond with unstinted gladness. The homestead has been a fixed point where all life is touched with change -- our children and grandchildren have returned always to find it the same--the trees a bit larger, the white haired old man a whole lot whiter, and growing feeble. But time dealt kindly with him, taking his vigor gradually, and when at last his strength failed it was his first illness. He had never in his long life had a physician or a prescription.

His temperate out door habit of life, his retiring nature his open hearted, to both stranger and friend, covers his memory like a benediction. All wanderers were his guest and he shared his shelter and his goods with all classes regardless of cost or condition. Sharing his goods was a sacrament with him. Honest and honorable in the dealings with men, his character was unimpeachable. We who knew him a father and friend esteemed his loyalty with increasing tenderness as the sadness of age settled upon him. His memory will live in our hearts forever.

It is a matter of gratitude and satisfaction to us all that the members of the G. A, R, responded so graciously to his request, he being so far removed from the Commandery to which he belonged. May the spirit which animated them be their reward, There is no word to name the feelings in response to the kindly service of friends and neighbors, but above all serious living is that deeper consciousness of appreciation, which distance nor time make dim.

To those who sent flowers, and those who were with us through our ordeal, we are truly grateful.

Harriet Lake Burch

Dakota County (NE) Herald , May 27, 1915

Courtesy of Deanna French