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Algonquin Historic
Commission

The Crystal Lake Herald
September 21, 1911

Colonel W. H. Earley Dead

Member 95th Illinois Infantry and
Resident of Algonquin
in the 60's

The late Colonel W. H. Earley, who died in Dayton, Ohio, on Saturday, Sept. 9, was a former resident of Algonquin and had quite a circle of friends who still live in this vicinity and who will be sorry to learn of this death.

Colonel Earley lived with his parents on the homestead, next to the Morton House, which is now owned by Mrs. Fanny Mattas. Colonel Earley and his brother George a t one time published the town paper, "The Citizen". He was always known here as a young man of sterling qualities and was highly esteemed in the community.

Below is an obituary form one of the Dayton papers which may prove of interest to many of the readers:

After several months of ill health, William H. Earley, 69, adjutant of Encampment 145, Union Veteran Legion, and its former colonel, died Saturday afternoon at 4 at his home, 615 South brown street. Although Colonel Earley had not been well for some time his condition did not become serious until a few days before his death, which therefore came as a shock to relatives and numerous friends. For the past 15 years Mr. Earley was employed at the National Sign Co., as designer, and for 20 years was local correspondent of the Cincinnati Enquirer. He also wrote for the local papers and was editor of the "Soldiers' Column" in the Dayton Herald.

Colonel Earley was born in Albany, N.Y., in 1842. His family removed to Algonquin, Ill., where Wm. Earley resided until he was 18, when he was apprenticed by written contract to S. D. Childs & Co., Chicago, to learn the engraving trade. The civil war having been begun, the young apprentice caught the war fever and when the first call was issued for the three months' men, he tried to enlist, but having truthfully stated his age as 18, was rejected. When the next call for men was issued, in 1862, the young man was wiser, gave his age as 21 and was promptly sworn in as a member of Co. I, 95th Illinois Infantry, on Aug. 1, 1862, his patriotic father willingly paying a goodly sum to the Chicago firm on account of the breaking of the indenture which bound his son as apprentice for two more years.

The regiment of which Wm.Early was a member took part in all the important campaigns of the western army. He was mustered out in 1865, without a blemish on his record of three years' active service.

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