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The Late Jesse Booher

Dayton Daily News - August 29, 1902

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The death of Jesse Booher at the hospital at the Soldiers' Home has removed one of Dayton's most interesting characters. He had the distinction of being the oldest person born in Dayton up to the time of his death, and the 82 years of his life he had practically spent in this city. He was born in the old Jewett property on East Second street, on February 15, 1821.

He was a carpenter and general mechanic until the breaking out of the civil war, he was running a small shop in an alley known as Booher lane, which runs east and west and is the first north of Second street. The old shop still stands and was used by the deceased until a few months ago, when he entered the Soldiers' Home.

Mr. Booher was married to Miss Cynthia A. Reynolds in April, 1839. He was 18 and she was 16. They lived happily until some seven years ago, when Mrs. Booher died.

When the war broke out Mr. Booher enlisted and was sent to Camp Dennison near Cincinnati. He was assigned to Co. A, 11th O.V.I., Capt. Calvin Childs, for 90 days' service, and was mustered out August 26, 1861.

It may be interesting to older residents to know who were his comrades in Co. A. The following is a list of those now dead: Col. Findlay Harrison, Lieut. Col. J. W. Frizell, Major A. H. Coleman, Capt. Calvin J. C. Childs and Lieut. George W. Hatfield, and these comrades of Co. A have long since answered the last roll call--Sergeants John W. LaRue and John C. Reed, Corporal Elias Shank, Benjamin Munday, James R. Hogue and David K. Curtis and Frank Witwer, Jacob Pritz, George A. Caswell, John W. Cline, John W. Wulchet, John Turner, George Engle, Joe D. Cotterell, James O'Davis, Gum Minnick, Ben Wetherd, William T. Harris, George LaRue, Joseph Staley, Elias B. Simpson, John D. Kenney, Sam B. Shoup, Luther Sheets, Sam J. Henderson, Ed Rule, David Hummel, Charles Allen and Samuel A. Ambrose.

Among the living comrades who served with Mr. Booher, most of whom will attend the funeral, are: Capt. Thomas L. Steward, and Sergeants William K. Young and John C. Kiefaber, and Robert Beatty, George Wentz, John B. Steward, H. B. Sortman, Clay Clark, Dan H. Carson, John F. Cotterell, Lewis Eby, Milo G. Newcom, Julius Ogler, Charles Green, William Harvey, Elias Reeder, George Solomon and William Hatfield.

The deceased belonged to Old Guard Post, G.A.R., and attended many of the national encampments.

The funeral will take place Saturday afternoon with services at the chapel at Woodland cemetery. The local G.A.R. posts will attend the funeral. The remains were brought to the city from the Soldiers' Home by Undertaker O. P. Boyer, at whose establishment they are now being prepared for burial. The several living children of the deceased are Mrs. Louis Creamer of Huntington, Ind.; Mrs. Belle Gager of New York City; Mrs. Emma Ruhl of Portland, Ore.; and Mr. Orvis Booher, who cannot be located at the present time, although he was here to see his father a few months ago.

The grandchildren are: Mrs. Fannie J. Lowry, Dayton, and Jesse T. Whelan, George C. Whelan, Denver; Edward Creamer, Chicago; Mrs. Edith Wolverton, Mobile; Louis Ruhl and Earl Ruhl and several children of Portland, Ore. The great grandchildren are Clarence Lowrey and Luetta Lowrey of Dayton.

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