Bill, David Keyes

Morning Enterprise, Tuesday, August 27, 1912

Former Commander of Meade Post Expires After Short Illness
Served Throughout Civil War
Born in Vermont He Went to Minnesota Early in Life Where He Enlisted in Army – Was Brave Soldier

David K. Bill, veteran of the Civil War and well known in Oregon City, died at his home in Gladstone Monday morning after an illness of a few days. The funeral will be conducted at the Christian church, Gladstone, Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock, Rev. A. H. Mulkey officiating. The services will be in charge of the Meade Post, G. A. R., of which Mr. Bill had been a member since coming to Oregon City about sixteen years ago. Mr. Bill was past commander of Meade Post, having served as commander in 1911. He took much interest in the work of the post. He also was a prominent member of the grange, having been a member for many years of Abernethy Grange at Parkplace.

Mr. Bill was born in Vermont and enlisted in Company B, Third Minnesota Infantry, and was orderly for General Powell until the regiment went home for a furlough, after which he acted as duty sergeant. He was brave and loyal to the flag, and was held in the highest esteem by his comrades and by the higher officers in the regiment. Mr. Bill served for four years in the army, and in 1866 he married Miss Hattie Bolser in Minnesota.

In 1882 Bill came to Oregon City from Aonaka, Minn., and settled on a homestead east of Portland. He remained there for some time, and in 1894 he became a member of Sumner Post, G. A. R. of Portland. From Portland, Mr. Bill moved to Hillsboro, Or., and later came to Clackamas County, where he and his family made their home on the Clackamas river until about fourteen years ago when they came to Oregon City. Mr. Bill for several years has resided at Gladstone.

His three sons and C. H. Dauchey, the latter being an old soldier and comrade of Mr. Bill during the Civil War, were with him when he died. Mr. Bill had many friends in this city as well as Gladstone, and his death was a great surprise, as his condition was not thought serious until a few days before his death. Mr. Bill’s death was indirectly due to a sunstroke received during the Civil War.

Mr. Bill is survived by the following children: Leroy A. Bill, of Portland; Lester E. Bill, of Ecola, Clatsop County; Mrs. W. C. Brown, of Sheridan, Oregon; Llewllyn W. Bill, of Portland. He also leaves two brothers, J. N. Bill, of Santa Anna, California; Edward S. Bill, of Minnesota.


Name: David K Bill
Residence: Waterford, Dakota Co., Minnesota
Age at Enlistment: 22
Enlistment Date: 26 Sep 1861
Rank at enlistment: Corporal
Enlistment Place: Waterford, Dakota Co., Minnesota
State Served: Minnesota
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Enlisted in Company B, Minnesota 3rd Infantry Regiment on 26 Sep 1861. Promoted to Full Sergeant. Mustered out on 02 Sep 1865 at Devall’s Bluff, AR.
Birth Date: abt 1839
Death Date: 29 Aug 1912
Death Place: Clackamas County, Oregon
Sources: Minnesota in the Civil and Indian Wars 1861-65 Minnesota Adjutant General’s Report of 1866. Research by Harold Slavik


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