The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday July 11, 1935
Page 2 column 4
Mathias Holliday, 86, Died at Fairland
Saturday—Had Lived There Since 1931
          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.
          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  Mrs. Allie Layton, of Chicago;  Mrs. Hattie Simmons,  Mrs. Flora Booher,  Faye 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  Robert 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

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