Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday June 29, 1905
Page 8   column 1
          Mrs. Catherine Hasket  died at the home of her niece in Cincinnati at 11 p.m. Monday, June 26, aged 79 years.  The remains will arrive here tomorrow and taken to the home of her brother, Mr. Wm. Young, of Harrison avenue.  The funeral will be from the First Baptist Church at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.  The interment will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery.  Mrs. Hasket was born in Yorkshire, England.  She came to Cincinnati at the age of 7 years.  Thirty-five years of age she came with her husband to this city.  She has been a member of the First Baptist church and active in all its work all these years.  Edwards & Hageman are in charge.

Thursday July 6, 1905
Page 1 column 4
          The will of the late  Catherine Hasket  was filed for probate Monday.  The instrument was drawn on the 27th of March 1902, and was witnessed by  Sarah J. Appleton  and  Samuel Laughlin.  She names her grand-nephew, William O. Young  as executor of the will with power to sell her property and divide the money according to the provisions of the will.
          After the payment of her just debts, she directs that her property be divided as follows:  to  Maggie E. Young  and  Charles H. Young, 5/35ths of the estate; to  Elizabeth,  Kate  and  Minerva Johnson, 5/35ths;  Julia Hargrave, 2/35ths;  William,  Julius  and  Ed Hargrave  and  Lydia Lee, 7/35ths;  William H. Young, 5/35ths.
          William O. Young  qualified in the sum of $6,000 as executor of the will.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Cincinnati  Commercial  Tribune
May 19, 1890
Page 2
William Haskett.
          On Tuesday, May 6, Mr. Wm. Haskett,  a former Cincinnatian and a resident of Shelbyville, Ind., had a stroke of paralysis, and on Saturday, May 10, his spirit gently passed away.  On the following Tuesday he was buried from the beautiful Shelbyville Baptist Church, with all the honors of war by the Shelbyville Grand Army Post, of whom he was a member.  Mr. Haskett was born at sea in 1827, being sicty0three years of age at the time of his death.  He lost his mother when he was only six months old, and was raised in Toronto.  At the early age of fourteen he began to provide for himself, eventually drifting to Cincinnati, where, in May, 1859, he married  Miss Catherine Hargrave  who survives him.  So, at the time of his decease he lacked but a few days of seeing the fortieth anniversary of his wedding.
          Mr. Haskett was in the famous Fremont bodyguards, being a member of Captain Boley's company, of Covington.  He was wounded and taken prisoner at the battle of Springfield, Mo., but had the good fortune to soon be exchanged.  After the war he resumed his trade of painting, and about twenty years ago moved from Cincinnati to Shelbyville, Ind., where he has since resided till removed by death.
Contributed by John Addison Ballard

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, May 15, 1890
Page 3 column 4
Another Gap Made In The Already Decimated
Ranks Of Those Who Fought To Save The Union
William Haskett, One of Gen. Fremont's Body Guard,
Who Was Wounded In The Famous Charge of
That Body at Springfield, Missouri in 1861
Dies of Paralysis Saturday
He Was a Brave Soldier and Deserves All
The Honors That Can Be Paid Him
          William Haskett  died at his residence on West Pennsylvania street at three o'clock Saturday afternoon, of paralysis, aged sixty-two years.  The funeral services were held at the Baptist church at two o'clock, Tuesday afternoon, Rev. John Reece, officiating, assisted by Rev. Goff.
          The remains were interred in the City Cemetery, under the auspices of Dumont Post, No. 18, G.A.R., of which deceased was a member.
          William Haskett was a member of  General John C. Fremont's body guard, commanded by Major Zagonyi, a brave Hungarian officer, who emigrated to this country in 1852, and who, at the breaking out of the war, accepted a commission under General Fremont, of whom he was a great admirer.  This body guard consisted of three companies, one hundred and sixty picked men, armed with light sabers and revolvers, the first company also carrying carbines, and this little body of men reinforced by one hundred and forty of  Major White's Prairie Scouts, led by Major Zagonyi, made a charge at Springfield, Missouri on October 25, 1861, that for desperate valor equaled that made by the famous Light Brigade.  On the date last mentioned Fremont was near Springfield, which was in possession of the enemy, who were supposed to be only three or four hundred strong, and Major Zagonyi was ordered to make a reconnaissance with his three hundred men and disperse the enemy if possible.  He did so and found a body of 2,200 rebels confronting him, they having been warned of his approach.  As considerable fun had been made of Freemont's body guard, who were contemptuously called “holiday soldiers,” Major Zagonyi, determined to charge upon the force in his front, regardless of the overwhelming members against him, and with a cry, “Fremont and the Union,” the little band of heroes rode straight at and through the solid ranks in front, their sabers gleaming like lightning as they swung in swift circles over their heads, keeping time to the crack of their revolvers.  Their desperate valor was too much for the “Johnnies.” Who broke and fled, only to rally repeatedly in the streets of the village, down which Zagonyi's heroes charged, as he himself states in his official report, twenty-two times, until every rebel had been swept away.
          In this band of heroes, whose name deserves to be made immortal, rode William Haskett, one of the bravest of the brave, until finally struck in the head by a musket ball and knocked off his horse.  He was left lying on the field for dead all that day and captured by a rebel scouting party at night and held prisoner but a few days and then exchanged, being discharged in November following, unfit for further duty.  The wound he received then he never recovered from and the paralysis from which he died resulted from the injury he received while fighting for his country.  May he rest in peace.
Contributed by Barb Huff

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