William H. Tozer

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W. H. Tozer, 92, Civil War Vet, Dies In Decatur.
Resided In Menard County 50 Years; Rites To Be At Petersburg.

William H. Tozer, 92-year-old Civil war veteran, a former resident of Springfield, but who lived most of his life in Menard county, died Tuesday night [15 January 1935] at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. W. Cressler, in Decatur.

Funeral services will be held at 1 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the Christian church in Petersburg. Interment will be made in Farmers Point cemetery.

Mr. Tozer, who claimed friendship with Abraham Lincoln, once conducted a grocery store in this city. The greater part of his life was spent in Menard county, where he lived more than fifty years in the same house. The last four years he lived with is daughter in Decatur.

Mr. Tozer's Civil war experiences included eighteen months' service in Company K, 106th Illinois infantry. He was present at the surrender of Vicksburg, July 4, 1863. He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Cressler, Decatur, and Mrs. J. F. Hickey, Chickasha, Okla.; five sons - F. D. Tozer, Oklahoma City, Okla.; E. C. Tozer, Decatur; H. C. and A. C. Tozer, Petersburg; W. B Tozer, Springfield - one sister; Mrs. E. Ayres, Springfield; fourteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Matthew Ferricks