Benjamin Clark Strattan
BEN C STRATTAN, AGED CIVIL WAR VETERAN, IS DEAD
Long Prominent in Local Business Circles died Yesterday.
Served with distinction, Through out Civil War, Had been in poor health
for sometime .Burial Tomorrow.
Ben C. Strattan, one of Mt. Vernon's oldest and most highly respected
citizens died yesterday afternoon at family home, 512 South sixth
street at 5:30 o'clock.
Mr Strattan had been sick for about a week but has been in poor
health for the last two years.
Funeral services will be held at the home at 2 o'clock tomorrow
afternoon, conducted by the Rev. C.I. Peterson of the first M.E. church.
Burial will follow at Oakwood.
Mr. Strattan was born April 23, 1841 in Wilmington Ohio, but his
family came to Mt. Vernon in the fall of 1873 and the remainder of his life
was spent here.
He served through the Civil War a member of Co. G. 124th Illinois
Infantry. He held a responsible position at a War Hospital two years of
the war and knew some of the most distinguished leaders of the southern
Confederacy. Gen. J. T. Beauregard of Louisiana, one of the most picturesque
figures of the Southern Army, received his pass to leave from Mr Strattan
after the close of the war. Gen Beauregard was a man of much dignity, and
was glad to receive the pass. Mr. Strattan enjoyed telling of the interview
with the General.
Mr Strattan was employed by his half brother, the late S.T. Strattan,
for years, and folliwing Capt Strattans death was employed by the late
R.L. Strattan in his hardware store.
Mr Strattan had hundreds of friends, not only in Mt. Vernon but
through out Jefferson County and news of his death was received with
He was a good citizen and in the days of his active life an excellent
business man, of a friendly social disposition, he made and retained
friends. He attended the M.E. Church until his health prevented.
He is survived by his wife, Adelia Gregg Strattan, and the following named
children. Edward D. Strattan of Chattanooga Tenn. Roy, Fred, and Charley
Strattan of Mt Vernon. One daughter Mrs. Kate(Katherine)Edwards died a year
ago last May.
Mr. Strattan was the last of his fathers family and was 62 years old,
April 23, 1923.
Mr Strattan was a member of the H. W. Hubbard Chapter Royal Arch
Masons and Mt. Vernon Lodge No. 31. A.F. & A.M. and Eastern Star.
Source: Mount Vernon Register News
Date: abt. Sept. 4, 1923
Submitted by Nancy E. Davis
Relationship: Great Grand daughter