Marengo Republican News

Gideon L. Buck

Gideon L. Buck died at his home in this city on Friday morning, June 20, 1897, after a protracted illness, aged 71 years, 2 months and 8 days.

Deceased was born in Buck's Settlement, Schuyler County, New York, April 10, 1826. He was the tenth of a family of eleven children, only two of whom are now living. He was married June 2, 1856, to Miss Elizabeth Youmans, in New York, and came to this township the same year, and lived on a farm a few miles northwest of this city. In 1865, he moved to this city and engaged in businesses, running a restaurant and bakery, and later was for several years proprietor of the Pacific Hotel. A few years ago he disposed of the property and retired owing to advancing years and infirmities. His wife died four years ago and since that time he lived with a family occupying his home in the north part of the city.

Mr. Buck was an active, enterprising business man in his day and accumulated a fine property, which he leaves to relatives as he has no children. He was genial and social, kind-hearted and accommodating and had a wide circle of friends and acquaintances.

When the 95th Regiment went into camp at Rockford in 1862, Mr. Buck was engaged as cook for Co. A., and when the regiment went south he accompanied it as cook and remained several months. The boys thought a good deal of him, as, aside his duties as cook, he did many helpful things, and was a sort of father to them, especially if any were ailing and required a little care, not sick enough to go to the hospital and doubtless saved many of them from going there.

The funeral was held at his late home Sunday afternoon at 2:30, Rev. E. J. Rose, of the M. E. Church, officiating. There was a large attendance and the services were impressive and appropriate to the life and character of the deceased. Many flowers placed upon the casket bespoke the thoughtful love and respect of numerous friends.

The pall-bearers were Geo. Redpath, S. B. Rhapstock, Wm. Howe, and S. B. Oakley. Burial was in the family plot in our city cemetery, by the side of his wife.

The relatives of the deceased wish to express their thanks for kindness and assistance during his long illness and for sympathy and kindness on the occasion of his death.

A picture of Gideon Buck's tombstone

Photo courtesy of John Aguiar