March 24, 1898
ANOTHER VETERAN ANSWERS THE LAST CALL
Captain Walter Crook Numbered Among the Dead
Captain Walter Crook died at his home in Tadmor, Monday evening, in his seventy third year. At the breaking out of the war, he raised a company in his immediate neighborhood and was elected captain and started to the front. The captain joined the 74th O. V. I. Regiment at Camp Chase and was soon on its way to join General Sherman at Chattanooga, Tenn. He took part in many hard fought battles between Lookout Mountain and Atlanta and was with Sherman's army on its famous "March to the sea " At the battle of Stone River he received a severe flesh wound in the thigh but did not leave the field. He was a brother of the late Gen. George Crook, U.S.A., the famous Indian fighter, and, also brother of Charles W. Crook, a resident of Dayton, and ex-commissioner of Montgomery County. He was elected State Senator by a handsome majority, and served the State with credit to himself and the district which he represented. He erected a large elevator at Tadmor, and carried on an extensive grain business for several years after the close of the war, and served as railroad agent, and post-master at that place for a number of years. Owing to feeble health and financial troubles he was compelled to quit business, a few years since, and spent his declining days in his comfortable home. He was possessed of a kind of genial disposition and was loved by all who knew him. The funeral was under the auspices of the G. A. R. of Vandalia and was largely attended. REX
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