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Sleeping Heroes: Biographical Sketches and Performances

Sample biographical sketches written by Glasco students.

Biographical Sketch of Isaac N. Dalrymple (1836-1914) by Laura Darnall, Glasco student

Isaac Dalrymple was born on March 22, 1836, in Clark County, Ohio and immigrated with his family to Grant County, Indiana, at age six, then moved again to Stark County, Illinois, at ten where he lived until maturity.  In May, 1862, he enlisted in Company B of the 112th Illinois Volunteer Infantry.  He was captured by Confederate soldiers while scouting and confined in Libby prison of Richmond, then transferred to Belle Island in the James River, and finally moved to the infamous Andersonville Prison in Georgia.  He was exchanged on November 21, 1864, and mustered out of the army in the spring, 1865.

The following year, he settled on a homestead seven miles southwest of Glasco, Kansas.  In 1868, Isaac was elected to represent Could County in the Kansas Legislature.  On September 1, 1870, he married Adelaid Kilgore of Abilene.  The couple had six children, all of whom survived their father who died of “cerebral hemorrhage” at Siloam Springs, Arkansas, on June 27, 1914, after jumping down from a wagon and injuring his “right thigh together with other complications” that resulted in his death.  Four days later, his body was laid to rest in the family plot of Glasco Cemetery.                 

Biographical Sketch of Owen Day (1841-1906) by Carrie Brayton, Glasco student                 

Owen Day was born on May 24, 1841, and passed away on September 2, 1906. 

When the war broke out in 1862, Mr. Day enlisted in Captain Valentine’s company of Porters regiment in the Confederate ranks.  Owen participated in the battles of Helena and Little Rock, Arkansas, seven days’ fighting with General Steele, Cape Girardeau, Marshall, Springfield, Missouri and many other minor engagements.

On March 14, 1872, he married Amanda Vanlandingham of Palmyra, Missouri.  On that same day, they, along with Mrs. Day’s brother, started “in a ‘prairie schooner” bound for Kansas to seek his fortune.”  These two had three children one son and two daughters.

In 1873 Mr. and Mrs. Day came to Glasco and homesteaded five and one half miles northwest of Glasco until 1866.  At this time he sold the farm and operated a hardware business until 1900.  From this time, until he died in 1906, he was in the implement and insurance business.

Interesting Note:  Due to the generosity of Mr. Day’s daughter, Mrs. Bert Nicol, the Glasco schools have the football field known as “The Day Athletic Field.”   

Biographical Sketch of Ezekial C. Davidson (1847-1926) by Cy Schmidt, Glasco student

E.C. Davidson was born in Franklin County, Ohio, on August 2, 1847, and moved to a farm near Bushnell, Illinois, when he was sixteen where he lived for seven years with his brother, Garrett.  During the Civil War E.C. served in Company C of the 151st Regiment of Illinois Infantry “where he served his country to the close of the war.”  While nothing else is available about his military service, a good deal is recorded about his life as a Kansas pioneer.

He moved to Kansas in 1869 and married Anna Franks the following spring.  On their Glasco, Kansas homestead they raised three sons and a daughter.  At the time of his death, E.C. Davidson was “the only resident in the community who still resided on his original homestead,” a period of “nearly fifty-six years” of continuous residence.

As a “frontiersman,” E.C. was “fond of the hunt” and brought in a lot of game for the pot, including buffalo, antelope, wild turkeys, and flocks of prairie chicken and quail.  He kept “a kennel of dogs for this pastime” of hunting.

He was also celebrated as an excellent farmer and stockman, raising fields of wheat and alfalfa and maintaining a herd of one hundred and fifty head of Short Horn cattle.  In 1901 he had constructed “one of the most perfectly planned feeding barns” in the area.

On January 21, 1926, at 78 years of age, E.C. Davidson died at his Glasco farm home.

First person performances by Glasco studentsSample performance scripts written by Glasco students.

Performance Script for Isaac Dalrymple, by Laura Darnall, Glasco student

My name is Isaac Dalrymple.  I served in Company H, 112th Illinois Volunteer Infantry.  I enlisted because Lincoln needed men and because of the spirit of Volunteerism.

I was an officer and while on a scouting expedition, I was captured.  A scouting expedition is where men crawl through the grass not wanting people to know that they are there—and you go and see where the Confederates are.  Twenty men got captured with me.  I went to Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia.  Then I moved to Bell Island in the James River.  Then I transferred to Andersonville, Georgia.  At Libby, it was a horrible sight.  There were people all over and no room.  There was nothing to do but sit all day long.  We had little water, but even that was nasty because it was at the bottom of the valley.  They told us we had to go to the bathroom at the top of the hillside, so when it rained all that waste went right into our water source.  I got sick here, and my health went downhill from there.  From then on, I felt horrible.

At Belle Island, it was almost the same as Libby, except there were tons of people who committed suicide by trying to swim their way out.  They were weak form being in different prisons.  I was smart and didn’t try that.  I saw many men die there. I could hear cannons being shot as people tried to swim away.  At the sight of people killing themselves, I was sickened to the bottom of my stomach.

Andersonville—I can’t even put that into words.  It was so terrifying there.  People died because they were weak and sick from Richmond prisons, like the one that I was at.  Anderson had bad food, and people suffered from diarrhea and scurvy.  Scurvy is if you don’t have vegetables, then your hands swell like you have arthritis, and your gums bleed.  Eventually, your teeth fall out.

Then, finally, I got mustered out of the service.  I went home, got married, and eventually had six children. I even represented Cloud County in the state legislature.  I fought in the Indian raids.

I must go now to see my family in Oklahoma.

Performance Script for Owen Day by Carrie Brayton, Glasco student

I enlisted because I had two uncles in the war.  My maternal grandfather was in the War of the Revolution.  I was raised with patriotism.  I read glory stories.

I was well educated because I was upper class.  I had more than one slave.  I had a good life.  We, as all slave holders, had the tendency or inclination to defend our right to own property.  The federal government can’t have one say in our property!

I fought with pride, like my two brothers did.

While I was in the enemy’s line, our troop broke up, and we kept going through most of the night.  When we woke up, we found ourselves alongside a public highway in imminent danger of falling to the enemy’s hands. We found another Confederate who helped us find a boatman who rowed them over the river, while the horses swam next to the boat.  Little after that, we crossed the river; we joined back up with the troops under command of Colonel Shelby.  I was among those who surrendered at Austin, Texas, August 5, 1865.  Even though we had to surrender, I was happy with myself.  I made it through the war.

In 1872, I married Amanda Vanlandingham.  The same day, I started overland in a “prairie schooner.”  I settled five and one-half miles northwest of Glasco.

In 1866, I became associated with J.R. Fuller in the hardware business.  One year later, J.R. Fuller sold the business to G.B. Vanlandingham; the firm still continued until 1894.  Mr. Vanlandingham retired.  I kept the business and called it Day & Day because I partnered with my son, Samuel T.  We conducted a successful business until the 1900s.

I was appointed postmaster under President Cleveland’s second administration.  I worked there little more than four years.