SETH NATION GRAVESTONE PHOTO
Jan 17, 1918
SETH NATION, A PIONEER, DEAD
HE HAD LIVED IN NEOSHO COUNTY FORTY-ONE YEARS.
Served It as Commissioner, Also as Treasurer for Four Years- Saw
Much Service During Three Years in Union Army.
Seth Nation, a former treasurer of this county, in which he had lived forty-one years, died at his home in Erie at 7 o'clock this morning.
The funeral services will be held at his late home in Erie tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.
Mr. Nation was 74 years old, having been born in Delaware county, Indiana, April 13, 1843. He and his wife celebrated their golden wedding anniversary two years ago this month. They were married January 18, 1866, in Howard county, Indiana. Mr. Nation died the day before his fifty-second wedding anniversary.
He was reared in Delaware and Henry counties, Indiana. August 13, 1861, he enlisted in Company A, Eighth Indiana Infantry, for service in the war of the rebellion. He was mustered in at Indianapolis and the regiment was attached to the command of General Fremont, who was stationed in Missouri to keep the rebels there in check.
The battle of Poa Ridge, Ark., was the first serious engagement in which Mr. Nation took part. Following that came the Vicksburg campaign and the Bayou Tesch expedition in Louisiana. The Eighth Indiana was then sent to Texas with other troops and rendezvosed for a time at Indianola, where Mr. Nation was transferred to the Sixty-ninth Indiana, which took part in the Red river expedition.
In July, 1864, he shipped with his regiment at New Orleans and went by way of Washington, D.C. to the Shenandoah valley, where at Charleston, Va., on September 6, 1864, he was discharged.
Mr. Nation resumed civil life by engaging in farming in Howard county, Indiana, in 1865. He came from there to Kansas in 1876 and located in Canville township, this county, where he bought a tract of raw and untamed land upon which he made his home until he retired from country life.
He served two terms as county treasurer, being elected in 1895, and of county commissioners in 1882, being the first member of the board from this district. He had also been justice of the peace and trustee of Canville township and mayor of Erie two years.
C. S. Nation of this city is a nephew of Mr. Nation. The latter's eldest son, James M. Nation, was formerly state auditor, and is now superintendent of the Erie city schools. A daughter, Miss Dora Nation, also lives in Erie and teaches in the schools there. She was the Republican candidate for county superintendent of public instruction two years ago. There are six children living.