The Shelby Democrat
Taps sounded for another of the few remaining Civil War veterans in Shelby
county Saturday afternoon. Mathias Holliday, aged eighty-six, died at his
home in Fairland following three years illness. He had been bedfast for the past
year and his death resulted from a complication of diseases.
Thursday July 11, 1935
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TAPS SOUNDED FOR CIVIL WAR VETERAN
Mathias Holliday, 86, Died at Fairland
Saturday—Had Lived There Since 1931
Funeral services will be held at the Fairland Methodist church at 9:30 o’clock
Tuesday morning. Rev. Charles E. Query, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be
made in the Linden cemetery in Montgomery county in charge of C.F. Fix &
Son, funeral directors.
Mr. Holliday had lived at Fairland since June 6, 1931.
He was born in White
county on August 12, 1848, and was eighty-six years, ten months and twenty-four
days of age.
He served as a drummer in the union forces while only fourteen years of age,
and was a member of Company A, 63rd Regiment of Indiana Infantry. He enrolled
February 18, 1863, served three years and was honorably discharged May 3, 1865.
During his service as a drummer boy, he talked with Abraham Lincoln when the
president was inspecting the army.
Mr. Holliday was married to
Lydia Lee on January 20, 1929. Mrs.
Holliday survives with five daughters and a son by a former marriage. They are
Allie Layton, of Chicago; Mrs. Hattie Simmons, Mrs. Flora
Dorsey and Mrs. Oris Fisher, of Lafayette, and William Holliday, of
Iowa. He is also survived by two step-sons, Oddie Lee, of Fairland, and
Lee, of Tipton; two grandsons, Dr. Norman Booher, of Indianapolis,
and Fred Fisher, of Lafayette, and several nieces and nephews.
The deceased was a member of the Christian church at Linden.
Friends may call at the late home at any time.
Contributed by Barb Huff