Frost, David Gilbert

Oregon City Enterprise, December 19, 1902
The death of David Frost occurred at his home in Ely Tuesday, the 16th; the funeral took place from the family residence and was conducted by Rev. A. J. Montgomery and Rev. Ghormley, of Portland. The deceased was a highly respected citizen and his death is a source of deep regret to his many friends. In next week’s issue of the Enterprise we hope to have a biographical sketch of his life.

Oregon City Enterprise, December 26, 1902
David Frost Passes Away December 16 at his Home in Ely

Died at his residence in Ely, December 16th, 1902. David Gilbert Frost, aged 71 years, 9 months and 9 days. The funeral services at the house Wednesday at 2 o’clock P. M. were very impressive and attended by a large audience. Rev. J. F. Ghormley, pastor of the First Christian Church, Portland, assisted by Rev. A. J. Montgomery of the Third Presbyterian Church, Portland, officiating.

Mr. Frost had been under the doctor’s care for fourteen months during said time having undergone an operation at the Good Samaritan hospital, in Portland, said operation having been pronounced successful, he having been able to return to his home and was believed by his physicians and friends to be on the road to recovery, but ulceration of the bowels and other complications setting in, after much suffering he quietly passed away at 4:30 A. M.

Deceased was united in marriage to Ruth Stout, July 1st 1855. To this union six children were born, the two eldest preceding him to the spirit-land in early childhood. Four sons survive him: Clarence A., Elwood and Allen E., residing at Oregon City were in attendance at this bedside during his illness. Albert M., a resident of Oberlin, Kansas, who with his wife had made his father a lengthy visit during the summer was unable to attend. Mrs. S. J. Dean an only sister of Mrs. Frost, of Oberlin, Kansas, has been with the family several months and has been a great support with her tender care and Christian words of consolation.

Deceased was born in Lodi Township, Athens County, Ohio, and at the age of 21 years he united with the Christian church and for fifty years he has faithfully walked with God. One of his chief characteristics was the love of God, and humanity, independence of spirit, and a strong indomitable will. He was elected elder of the church serving in that capacity 20 years or until his removal to Oberlin, Kansas, in 1887, residing there until 1891. From there he came to Oregon City and while not having the privilege of attending the church of his choice, yet he was faithful so long as his health permitted in meeting with Christian people every Lord’s day and joining in the worship of the master whom he loved to serve.

He was one of the first to respond to the call of President Lincoln in 1862 for 600,000 men to enlist in the Union cause, being a member of Company B, 116th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, serving in the army of the Potomac and participating in most of the great battles of the southeastern campaign until the close of the war. The Union Veteran Unions took charge of the remains and conducted the ceremonies at the grave.

Politically he had been a life long republican standing loyal for his country and his party, being fearless, outspoken and rather aggressive in his views, yet willing to accord to his fellow men the same right, and respect the opinions of those who saw fit to differ with him.

There are three divine steps by which men get away from the groveling and slavish and climb towards the heavenly and sublime, and rise superior to death. Viz: the good thought, the good word and the good deed. He whose stiffened clay lies prone and silent in yonder grave, was a man who enjoyed the luxury of a free brain. His thought was manly and honest, and so a good and wholesome thought. He spoke his thought bravely and simply, without flattery or evasion and such speech is the good word. The work of his hands, like his speech, was straightforward and thorough, and this made the third grand step, the good work. Such a one should receive commendation on either side of Jordan, “well thought, well said, well done.”

We cannot refrain and do not believe we ought to refrain and do not believe we ought to refrain from expressing what we know is in the hearts of many, profound admiration for the fortitude and faithfulness of the wife and sons who have accompanied him hand in hand to the brink of the river Jordan, and through many months of anxious watching and tenderest care. If there is no crown of honor for such faithfulness, then crowns of honor were made in vain. Yet they have ample reward in the sweet consciousness of loving duty well done.


Name: David G. Frost
Side: Union
Regiment State/Origin: Ohio
Regiment: 116th Regiment, Ohio Infantry
Company: F&S (Field & Staff)
Rank In: Musician
Rank Out: Principal Musician
Film Number: M552 roll 36

Record of the One Hundred and Sixteenth Regiment Ohio Infantry Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion, Record of Company B, 116th Regiment, O. V. I. in the service of the United States –

David G. Frost
Age. 31
Rank. Musician
Date of Enlistment. Aug 12, 1862
General History and Final Record. Transferred to non-commissioned staff, as Drum Major, April 1, 1863.

Name: David G Frost
Age at Enlistment: 31
Enlistment Date: 12 Aug 1862
Rank at enlistment: Musician
State Served: Ohio
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Enlisted in Company B, Ohio 116th Infantry Regiment on 18 Aug 1862. Promoted to Full Principal Musician on 01 Apr 1863. Mustered out on 14 Jun 1865 at Richmond, VA.
Birth Date: abt 1831
Death Place: Clackamas County, Oregon
Sources: Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio, Research by Harold Slavik


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