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Williams Farmer 1931
Luther Hoy, Williams Pioneer Found Dead

Colusan who fought with General Lee

img064Luther Hoy, 88 for 55 years a resident of the Williams district in Colusa County, one of the few remaining veterans of the confederate Army of the Civil War days was found dead in his bed this morning by members of the family he had reared to affluence and influence in the Williams district. Infirmities of old age and a busy worth-while life were held directly responsible for the sudden peaceful death.

The funeral will take place Thursday afternoon at 2 0’clock from the late residence south of Williams with Rev. Tom Watt of the Williams Community church officiating. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Smith will assist with the music. The pall bearers have been selected to be Charles and Roy Schaad, C. E. Blevins, John L. Mendenhall, Elbert Brim, and Clifford Griffin. Interment will be made in the Williams Cemetery.

Luther Hoy was born in Platte City, Platte county Mo. on July 24, 1843, attending a subscription school in his boyhood. At the opening of the Civil War in 1861 he enlisted under Colonel John T. Hughes, in General Price’s confederate Army.

After serving about 15 months and surviving the great battle of Shiloh, Hoy was wounded in the right knee by grape shot at the battle of Wilson Creek and was for some time disabled. On regaining his health he re-enlisted and remained with the Confederates to the end of the war. After capture and being forced to give the oath of allegiance to the Union, he returned to the Missouri farm.

He farmed there for some time, moving later to Kansas where he purchased land. In 1876 he carried out a long felt want to come west. That very year he landed in Colusa County and became an employee of Howell Davis of Sycamore, this county, operating a ferry for 18 months. In 1878 he bought 160 acres of railroad land in Colusa County and on this he had since made his home.

In Johnson County, Kansas, Mr. Hoy was united in marriage to Miss Luella Brown and to this union eight children were born, four of whom are living and all reside in Colusa County where they are well known and highly esteemed. They are: Mrs. George Poe of near Arbuckle, Robert E. Hoy, Mrs. Gilbert Britton and Willard P. Hoy all of the Williams district. There is also one grandchild, Garnett Mendenhall.

The father of Mrs. Hoy was also prominent in the affairs of early development of the state, her father once owning much land in Colusa county. He came west with the gold rush.

The deceased was liberal in his views, politically although affiliated with the Democratic Party. He was greatly interested in school affairs and their progress and was clerk of the board of trustees of the Williams district for some time.

He was essentially a home man and did not seek public notice. He built himself high in esteem of all who knew him.■


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