“Vedra ‘looking forward’ to life out of politics – 1997

Source: Rockford Register Star April 3, 1997; article by Phil Borchmann, photo by Ken Love

 

 

Andrews, William

“Death Summons Wm. Andrews at Age of 82 Years” Civil War Veteran and Long Supervisor of Rockford, a past commander of G.L. Nevious Post #1, G.A.R. 10 year member of that Illinois patriotic order for many years prominent on Winnebago County Board as supervisor. Found dead in his bed at 1724 Harlem Blvd. He had suffered from stomach troubles for several years. Born in County Armagh, Ireland, Oct 15, 1945 (photo says 1840) came to America with his parents c. 1847. Located in Boone County where he attended public school. At 20, went to Capron, where he taught school 2 years. August 22, 1862 enlisted in Co. E, 95th Illinois infantry/Col. Humphrey he fought in battles of Champion Hills, Vicksburg, Red River and more. Awarded a medal for battle of Vicksburg. Mustered out Aug. 17, 186_ he returned to Capron where he taught 4 years. In 1869 he entered the dry good business at Capron, 29 years later he sold his business and moved to Rockford. Married Miss Mary Smith in Capron, in 18__who survived as do 2 children: E.E. Andrews, Chicago and Mrs. Fred L. Burr, 1725 Harlem Blvd.

Source: Rockford Morning Star 8/30/1923