WILLIAM L. LAMAN Esteemed Resident of Coventryville and Veteran of Civil War Answers Last Roll Call (Staff Correspondent) Mr. Laman was in usual health, attending his store work and dur- ing the week of May 15, he and his wife took a trip to Johnson City visiting his daughter and family and his brother. Upon his return home he remarked to friends what a de- lightful visit he had, also how well he was feeling but Thursday, May 25, he took a severe cold which de- veloped into pneumonia. Everything that doctors, nurse and loving friends could do was done but of no avail. He suddenly grew worse and, Memorial morning his soul took its flight to the Great Beyond. As was his custom he had made and complet- ed the arrangements for Memorial Day services. He was deeply inter- ested in these annual services as is attested by his last request. Early Memorial morning he asked that the speaker of the day, Rev. A. Land- messer of Coventry, also the choir might come to his bedside for a brief memorial service. Ere the hour of service had arrived the roll had been called and he was mustered out to meet his beloved comrades who had gone on before. A deep gloom was cast over the entire community and the service at the church was a solemn one, yet it was a great spiritual message for all. In well chosen words Rev. Land- messer dedicated to the memory of the departed comrade a beautiful waxen wreath and bouquet borne to the platform by his granddaughter and nephew. William LeRoy Laman, the second son of William and Maria Rice La- man was born in Greene, July 9, 1843. He obtained his education from the district schools also at- tended the old Norwich Academy. Later he taught school until his country called for volunteers. To this call he gladly responded offering his services and life if necessary to save his country. He fought in the war of the rebellion, joining the 114th regiment of the New York State Volunteers serving the full term of the war from 1861-1865. He was enlisted as a private, promoted to Corporal April 15, 1863 and promot- ed to Sargent February 1, 1865. He received a medal for being the best drilled soldier in the 19th Army Corps which is now in the Capital building in Albany. He fought in many of important bat- tles among the most noted were Cedar Creek, Winchester and Gettys- burg. In the battle of Opequau he was severely wounded in the head and leg. It was in this battle that two out of every three soldiers were killed. June 15, 1867 he was united in marriage to Miss Julia E. Minor, daughter o George and Eliza A. Minor of Coventryville. Mrs. Laman died May 19, 1899. On November 14, the same year he married his wife's sister, Miss Henrietta Minor. He was associated with his father and brother in the cooper business for several years. In the year 1890 he purchased the mercantile busi- ness of Geo. R. Johnson of Coven- tryville which he successfully con- ducted to the time of his death. Mr. Laman was a staunch Demo- crat, a public spirited citizen, serv- ing acceptably in different town offices. He possessed a keen intel- lect, his many friends often sought his advice on important subjects. He united with the First Congrega- tional church in Coventryville in 1878. He always gave liberally of his means of support of his church. He is survived by his faithful wife, Mrs. Henrietta Laman, an adopted daughter, Mrs. Earl S. Laman of Johnson City; two grandchildren, Julia and Paul Laman. Two broth- ers, James G. Laman of Coventry- ville and Sidney E. Laman of John- son City, also a number of nieces and nephews. The funeral service was held at his late home Friday, June 2, at 2 o'clock p. m. The service was con- ducted by Rev. Robert B. Stratton of Oxford, a former pastor, he speak- ing words of comfort from a passage in Paul's letter to the Phillippians, "For me to live in Christ and to die is gain." A favorite song selection of the deceased, "Only Remembered by what we have done" was impres- sively rendered by his five nephews, Fred, Earl, Donald, Albert and Wil- liam Laman of Johnson City. Also a solo, "Looking this way" was ef- fectively rendered by Mrs. E.B. Matteson of this place. The profus- ion of beautiful and costly flowers were silent tributes showing the high esteem in which the departed was held by relatives and friends. Those present at the funeral from out of town were: George H. Minor and his wife, New York City; James Minor, Brooklyn; Clinton S. Minor, Albert Pearsall and wife, Deposit; Ernest R. Pearsall, Salamanca; P. H. Parker, C.J. Parker, Jesse Jacobs, William Merritt, Oxford; Frank La- man, Binghamton; Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Laman, Endicott; Mr. and Mrs. Sidney E. Laman, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Laman, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Laman, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Laman, Miss Julia Laman, Paul Laman, Wm. Laman, Fred Laman and Herbert Laman, Johnson City; L.A. Miles and wife, Ivan Miles, Juliand Miles, Frank Willoughby, Norwich; Mrs. Mary De Lamarter, Greene; Fred L. Foote and wife, Franklin; Miss Lena Dorwin, Utica, Delos Decker, John- son City and Floyd Laman, Oxford.
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