Levi Hoover

Photo courtesy of the Joshua Brackett Eagle Scout Project
Photo courtesy of the Joshua Brackett Eagle Scout Project

(1816 - February 27, 1888)

The Lusk Herald
March 2, 1888

Uncle Levi Hoover died last Monday night. He was an uncommonly cheerful and pleasant neighbor, a loving father and kind husband. His funeral occurred at his late residence on Wednesday. The family have the sympathy of all.

The Lusk Herald
May 26, 1927
Legion Will Conduct Memorial Services

Memorial Day services in Lusk this year will be in charge of the local post of the American Legion, and preparations have been made to observe the day in a fitting manner. While the Legion has charge of the various ceremonies of the day, it is to be understood that the general public is invited to participate, especially at the services at the Garden Theatre and at the cemetery.

The program for the day will be taken up by a Memorial service at the Garden theatre, at which Judge C.O. Brown will be the principal speaker, after which the body of Levi Hoover, a Civil war veteran, will be accompanied to the Lusk cemetery and buried for the third time, with proper ceremonies. The decoration of the graves of former soldiers will then follow. After the program at the theatre, which will commence promptly at 2 o'clock, the procession will form in front of the theatre building and accompany the body of Mr. Hoover to the cemetery, where services incident to the reburial will take place.

Upon arrival at the cemetery, the legion will conduct the ceremony at the grave, after which the graves of all other veterans will be decorated.

The Legion would appreciate any flowers that might be offered for Mr. Hoover's grave, or for the decorating of the graves of other service men who have found their last resting place in the Lusk cemetery. Fresh-mown grass to cover the graves will also be acceptable. If you wish to assist in this way call either Frank Chambers or Dr. Corman.

The reburial of Levi Hoover, the old Civil war veteran, will form one of the most unique ceremonies ever witnessed here.

Mr. Hoover, who was born in 1816 enrolled for service in the Civil war at Three Oaks, Mich., on August 11, 1862, as a private in Company F, Michigan Infantry Volunteers. After serving his enlistment and being honorably discharged he re-enlisted for the duration of the war and was finally honorably discharged at Raleigh, North Carolina, on November 11, 1865.

Together with his wife, Mr. Hoover came to Wyoming in the early days in a wagon drawn by an ox team. He died in November, 1888, and was buried at the head of Old Woman creek. John Schmidt and Frank DeCastro, residents of Lusk, who will have the unique distinction of attending the same man's funeral three times, were with him when he died and helped bury him at Old Woman creek.

In 1906, the body was disinterred and brought to Lusk and reburied in the old Lusk cemetery with fitting ceremonies. Messrs. Schmidt and DeCastro also attended this funeral as pallbearers.

Now, in 1927, almost forty years after his death, the mortal remains of Levi Hoover are again to be removed and reburied with proper ceremonies by this Legion in the Lusk cemetery, beside his wife, where the graves can be properly taken care of in the future.

To properly record these ceremonies, as a matter of history and public interest, the Legion has arranged for a moving picture to be taken by a Pathe News cameraman, and the film will be shown in every theatre in the country.

All the services conducted by the Legion are open to the public, who are invited to participate.

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