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Tuscola, Douglas Co, IL, newspaper
Sunday, August 17, 1941
Plan Dinner Sunday for Mrs. Dotson,
Widow of Civil War Veteran
By Lida Jane Hunt
TUSCOLA, Aug. 16 ---- (BSC) ---- Mrs. Malinda J. Dotson, widow of the late Civil war veteran, William H. Dotson, will be 96 years old Tuesday, but her children and grandchildren have planned a family dinner which will be honoring the occasion Sunday in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Emily Soper, with whom she lives.
Alert in mind, and in good health for one of her advance years, Mrs. Dotson wears a "wreath of smiles" and her blue eyes glow when she is interested in a conversation.
Four years ago, she fell while visiting a daughter and broke her leg, and since that time she has been confined to a wheel chair."I was flat on my back for two months," she said, "and it was such a long time.But my children have been so good to care for me and while I never leave the house, my friends come to see me and cheer me."
Born In Indiana
Born in Shelby county, Indiana, near the village of London, her maiden name was Malinda Jackson, daughter ofWilliam and Mary Jackson, natives of Ohio."I was the eldest of eight children," she recalled, "and of them, only myself and one sister, Mrs. Julia Mumford, 91, Casey, are left.My sister cannot live alone, so she lives with her children."
On December 24, 1865, after the close of the Civil war, she married William H. Dotson, a veteran of Company G, 123d Illinois Volunteer Infantry, at her parents' home near Casey. "My husband had been shot in the leg, during a battle, and he suffered from the wound, especially in the summer.Long after we came to Tuscola to live, Doctor W. T. Pulliam, now deceased, probed the wound and withdrew what appeared to be a fragment of clothing.After that, the wound healed and he did not suffer so much from it," she related.
He Died in 1919
On January 8, 1919, Mr. Dotson died at the age of 75, leaving his wife and family of nine children."We are a five generation family," she laughed, "my son, Joe at Charleston, and his descendants."
The following children are living to cheer the closing years of her life:Mrs. Emily Soper, Mrs. Cora Fry, both of Tuscola;Mrs. Molly Smith, Windsor, who has been caring for her mother since her accident, and who is her constant companion;Mrs. Esther Vance, Altamont; and Joseph, Charleston.
Attorney Charles Dotson, Tuscola, is a grandson.Mrs. Dotson remembers her wedding day, which was the day before Christmas in 1865."Things were awful high," she averred, "but people got along then, just as well as they do now, I think.They did not want so much, and were contented with what they had, and they were happy."
To Douglas in 1870.
Mr. and Mrs. Dotson came to Douglas county in 1870 and spent about two years on a farm north of the Mt. Gilead church.Then, on account of his war injury, they gave up farming and moved to Tuscola about 50 years ago, where Mr. Dotson carried the mail for 18 years.Mrs. Dotson owns her own home in the north part of town, which she left reluctantly when she was no longer able to do the work.She rents her home and lives with her daughters.She is a member of the Church of Christ.