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Taps Sound for Veteran: The Journal-Times Thursday, February 19, 1925 issue
Taps sounded at two o'clock yesterday afternoon for William J. Norin, a veteran of the Civil War and pioneer of Adams county. Mr. Norin was poorly for ten days past. Monday evening he had a slight stroke of paralysis. He remained conscious until Tuesday afternoon. He was tenderly ministered to by his wife, and friends responded when they heard of his illness to do whatever they could.
Despite his age of 85 years, Mr. Norin remained alert and active until a short time before his death. Last month he attended the installation of the Relief Corps officers. When the exercises were over he stayed till a late hour and called for the singing of the old songs, particularly the patriotic airs of Civil War days.
Wilhelm Julius Norin was born on January 21, 1840, in Stockholm, Sweden. When very young he was adopted by Mr. Swan Frid, who agreed to care for him until he could look out for himself. In the year 1852 or 1853, he and Mr. Frid came to America. They landed in New York and traveled by railroad, canal boat and wagon to Princeton, Bureau County, Illinois. There he attended school and acquired the language of this country. He lived two years in Bureau County, then went to Stark County where he was when the Civil War broke out. He enlisted on August 19, 1961, in Co. B, 37th Reg. Illinois Volunteers. He was discharged on October 4, 1864, having seen active service of over three years with the Union forces. After the war, he moved to Kansas but the adverse years of those times caused him to return to Iowa in the 70s. In 1886 he left Iowa and came to Adams county, Washington Terr. This county continued to be his home except for one year spent in California. He had a ranch north of Ritzville, which he sold a number of years ago to Matt Kubie. He was united in marriage on March 17, 1918, to Miss Louise J. Groesbeck at Afton, Iowa, who survives him. Mr. Norin was a member of the G.A.R. and his death leaves but two living members of the local post, we believe. He joined the Lutheran church. Here he was a faithful member of the Methodist church.
The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the M.E. church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. H.S. Randall. Interment will take place in the Ritzville cemetery. About ten years ago he and the late J.M. Harris, an old comrade in arms, purchased a lot in the cemetery and planned to be buried beside each other thus cementing in death their long friendship in life.
Buried at Ritzville Memorial Cemetery
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