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16 January 1933
John I. Slack
Collinsville's Oldest Citizen Killed Bear in Grant's Camp
Special to The Democrat
Collinsville - The oldest citizen of this community, John I. Slack,
died at the
age of 92 at the home of his son, Will Slack, Sunday at 4:45 a.m.
He had been
ill for a week with pneumonia.
Funeral services were held Monday at 2:30 p.m. at the Methodist
by the Rev. Alba Bates and the Rev. J. T. Brown, with interment
cemetery. Gibson funeral home was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Slack was born in Jackson county, Ohio, April 25, 1840, and
was married to
Miss Rebecca Nunnel in 1858. Nine children were born to this
union of whom
three survive: John Slack, Coleman; Harrison Slack, Gainesville,
Slack of Collinsville. His wife died in 1910. There
are 21 grandchildren
and 36 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Slack entered the union army in 1861, serving under General
years and seven months, in company A, 56th Ohio regiment.
He was in the siege
of Fort Donaldson, the battle of Shiloh, the sieges of Corinth,
Pemberton, and two battles at Fort Bigson, the battles of Champion
Black River, the sieges of Vicksburg and Cairon Bayou in Louisiana,
of Mansfield, Pleasant Hill and Snaggy Point.
He used to tell of an incident when he was on picket duty near the
General Grant. He heard a noise, decided it was an enemy and
shot into the
darkness. The noise aroused the entire army and the men rolled
out to investigate,
among them General Grant and his staff. Investigation proved
that he had killed
a prowling bear.
Mr. Slack came to Texas in 1877, arriving in Sherman, Nov. 22 when
he moved to
Collinsville and lived five years. He lived another five years
in Fort Smith,
Ark., returning to Collinsville, where he has made his home since.