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Henry E. Luther

Henry E. Luther, familiarly known as "Edd Luther," the youngest son of J. H. Luther, of Crown Point, Indiana, went to the "higher life" from Boulder City, Colorado, on the 10th day of December, 1875, aged 28 years, 11 months and 10 days. His body was buried in the Boulder cemetery by the Masons, with no other ceremonies. His life here, though short, was an eventful one. He entered the volunteer service as private in the 11th Kentucky cavalry, fifteen and a half years old, and discharged in January, 1863. He re-entered the service in June, 1863, as private in 7th Indiana cavalry, was transferred to 3d United States heavy artillery as regimental quartermaster sargeant in June, 1864, was promoted to captain and assistant quartermaster of volunteers in June, 1865, and honorably mustered out at the close of the war. He entered the regular army in January, 1867, as second lieutenant, 18th United States infantry, and served on the frontier against Indians; was promoted to 1st lieutenant in June, 1868, and resigned in January 1869. In April, 1870, he was appointed assistant marshall to take the census in Lake county, soon after which he received the appointment of deputy United States Marshall in Dakota Territory, during which service he was assigned to duty to the extreme northwestern portion -- Pembina district -- where the exposures to the extreme cold, incident to his duties, and privations of all that makes life bearable, affected his health so that he was forced to resign and return to his father's house, in 1872. In August, 1874, he went to California, and January 28th, 1875, he issued the first number of the Modesto Herald, the office of which he had purchased. He continued its publication with ability and regularity, and good prospects of success and fame, until the catarrh hd made such inroad upon his lungs that he was forced to abandon the best prospects of his life and again seek his father's home. On his way home he stopped in Boulder to visit his brother, A. O. Luther, where his father met him in response to a telegram and was with him three days. He appeared to gain in strength, and a few moments before his death he was most bouyant. Hemorrhage of the lungs or stomach commenced and inside of three minutes his life had gone out. We insert the following taken from the Dakotian as a sample of the numerous encomiums heaped upon this young man.

We find H. E. Luther, our present assistant United States Marshal, to be the celebrated Captain Harry E. Luther, late of the 18th United States Infantry, whose daring bravery and cunning Indian exploits are known all the way from Denver to Kerney. He is a fine gentleman and a thorough business man. At one time during the war, before he was 19 years old, he had an entire division of Q.M. business on hand, with men 30 years his senior in charge of the minor department.

Newspaper: Porter County Vidette
Date of Publication: January 13, 1876
Volume Number: 20
Issue Number: 2
Page: 3
Column(s): 7

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    Newspapers Published in Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana
                Chesterton Tribune
                The Tribune
                Westchester Tribune

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                Porter County Vidette
                Practical Observer
                Valparaiso Practical Observer
                Vidette and Republic
                Western Ranger

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