Clarence was my great great uncle and a veteran of the 55th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. From September 19, 1933. Any information on his descendents would be welcome.
"LAST BENSON CO. CIVIL WAR VETERAN BURIED LAST WEEK
Clarence Linn, 93, Taken by Heart Attack, Had Served As Drummer Boy
Benson county's last surviving Civil War veteran, Clarence Linn of York answered the final roll call on Tuesday September 19th. Not only did the county lose its last of "the boys in blue" but a pioneer, a scholar and a fine citizen.
Mr. Linn was born, in Ohio in 1841 and there spent his boyhood. When the Civil War broke out he entered the service of the Union Army as a drummer boy. Through-out the conflict from "61 to "64 he served his country, taking part in many of the campaigns and was honorably discharged.
In 1887 he came to Dakota territory and homesteaded two miles west of York. The following year he brought his wife and son Ralph to the homestead and he made his home on the farm until moving into York some years ago.
His death was due to heart failure, brought on by old age. He had attained the age of 92 years, eight months and nine days.
Surviving are a grandson Earle, a great-grandson, Harold, both of Chicago and a daughter in law, Mrs. Anna Linn of York who has cared for him the past six years. One daughter Ethel died in infancy. Mrs. Linn died about twenty years ago and his son Ralph passed away in 1927.
Funeral services were held last week with Rev. Nelson of Rugby officiating and burial was made in the cemetery north of York.
Clarence Linn was a well educated man and a great reader and student. He was known for his remarkable memory and up until four days preceding his death there was nothing that he had ever seen or heard that he could not recall and explain in detail as to dates and location. Reminisences of the Civil War were particularly vivid and he could convey his impressions to his hearers. Of particular delight to him was the Gettysburg Address and its story.
Mr. Linn was the last Civil War veteran of the county, his comrade, Mr. Christopherson of Maddock having died a year ago next month.
The entire county mourns his passing and extends sympathy to the bereaved relatives."
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