Name: Alexander Lee Sloan
From: The Times-Leader, McLeansboro, Illinois
Date: Thursday, April 28, 1932
Alexander Lee Sloan was born in Washington, Iowa in the year
1850 the 18th day of January. Early in his youth he moved with his parents to
Ohio and at the outbreak of the Civil War, when only 14 years of age, the mind
of this patriotic youth was so stirred that he ran away to enlist, and despite
his youth his enthusiastic spirit prevailed over all obstacles and he entered
the conflict to fight for his Nation by the side of his two brothers, David, who
made the supreme sacrifice, and Thomas who with Uncle Alex were honorably
discharged at the close of the War. Alexander Sloan better know as Uncle Alex,
was the youngest soldier to shoulder arms in the strife of the '60's. The
patriotic spirit of Uncle Alex was never dimmed and last November 11th,
Armistice Day, when his earthly tabernacle was weak and weary, the patriotism of
his mind so lifted him up that he was able to deliver an impressive message to
the boys and girls, many of whom afterwards spoke in a proud and honorable
manner of this loveable man.
At the close of the Civil War he came to Hamilton County where he has since made his home.
Following the War, he was united in marriage to Teressa Hutson, December 23, 1869. To this union seven children were born, six of whom are living. In 1885 he was bereft of the mother of these children, the youngest then being only five months of age. The winter following her death in 1885 he was again united in marriage to Mary E. Wheeler and to them were born eight children, all of whom surviving except one who passed away in infancy. Due to the loveable nature of this man and wife these children have been reared in an honorable and religious home, a home of love and devotion where all the children love each as though they were own sisters and brothers. Uncle Alex taught school 16 years and carried the mail 16 years, retiring at the age of 66 to live a quiet life in the home he so dearly loved in east McLeansboro. Uncle Alex and his good wife whom he praised in his last hours for her devotion to him, lived happily together for 46 years. Uncle Alex was converted in 1885 and united with Bethel M. E. Church as a Charter member a short time before his marriage and has lived close to his conviction and Christian experience ever since. He was a member of the First M. E. Church of this city. He was also a member of the K. of P. Lodge and G.A.R. On Friday, April 21st, at sunset of a beautiful spring day, the death angel visited this home, the second time in 46 years, calling the devoted husband and father to the land where there are no sunsets. Where heartaches never comes.
He is survived by the following: his wife Mary E. also the following children:
Ora L., Harry, Fred, and Eugene Sloan and Lucretia Stokes all of McLeansboro; Cora Hale, Julia Pharis, Grace Brown and T. O. Sloan all of West Frankfort; Dave Sloan of Murphysboro; Rella Dudley of Jonesboro, Ark.; Rolla Sloan of Lincoln, Ill.; and John Sloan of Tulsa, Oklahoma; 31 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 1 brother, C. O. Sloan of Houston, Texas; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Sunday 2 P.M. , in the First M. E. Church, conducted by his pastor, Rev. C. M. Prince. Other ministers present who assisted in the service were; J. B. Maulding, S. W. Baker, M. C. Holder, and Paul Stephens.