Eidemiller, Christopher Troy Daily News 4/26/1923 Company F 71st OVI

Troy has lost one of its pioneer citizens in the death of Christopher M. Eidemiller whose death occurred at 3o’c.ock Wednesday afternoon in his home on Jefferson street after six months illness due to hardening of the arteries and a complication of diseases. Mr. Eidemiller complained of being short of breath while sitting upon a davenport on which he had been reclining. His wife left his side to open the door and when she returned he was dead.

Mr. Eidemiller was one of five children born to Nicholas and Elizabeth Eidemiller and was the last member of the family to die. He was born years ago in the Eidemiller home stead on the corner of Main and Elm streets which stood on the lot now occupied by the Gerkins oil station. Surviving member of the family are the widow and three daughters, Mr. Charles Emmell of near Fletcher, Mrs. Oscar Beal of Staunton, and Mrs. Edward Cap enter of Lockport and six grandchildren.

In October 15, 1861, he enlisted in the Civil war and was mustered out at Columbus on December 6, 1866. He and his brother, the late Charles Eidemiller, served under their father, who was a lieutenant in the army. He was a member of Company F. Seventy-first O.V.I., and fought in the battles of Shiloh, Pittsburg Landing, F. Dollison, Fr. Henry, Ft. Harmon and was a reserve at Atlanta, Jonesboro, Franklin, Nashville and Flinn’s Lick. He marched through Texas and was paroled at Clarksville. Tenn. According to his army record he was the only one at one time who was able to carry water to the perishing boys. The water was carrier in four canteens and two coffee pots a distance of four miles. Me. Eidemiller stated he was offered as high as $1,000 for one swallow of water but he had orders not to give water until the men fell.

Mr. Eidemiller was a member of the First Lutheran church, Brotherhood, and at one time superintendent of the school. He was well versed in the Bible having read it through eight times during the past three years, the family Bible five times and small print three times. He was like a father to all and was beloved by all who knew him regardless of race or religion.

The deceased was a stone mason by trade but retired about 10 years ago. Funeral services will be hld at 2:30 o’clock Saturday afternoon in the First Lutheran church. Rev. H.L. Meister the pastor, will have charge and he will be assisted by Rev. J.E. Turner and Rev. Enos Pemberton of West Milton. G.A.R. services will be held at the church.

Burial will be made in Rose Hill cemetery. Six American Legion boys will act as pall bearers and six Civil war veterans will be honorary pall bearers.

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