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19
Month
August
Year
1881
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OLMSTED, WILLIAM B.-Iu Oedües on the morning of Üie8tü inst., Major William B. Olmsted, aged 72 years. 9 months and 0 duys. Williain Belden Olmstead was bom in Auburn, N. Y., in 1808, moving from there to Michigan when about thirty years of age. He was au enthusiast in all pertaining to the National Guard, or as it was known in those days, militia; and in 1838 was elected second lieutenant in the Monroe City guard. I7th regiment of tho MJJ4 tfirau In 1839 hc ¦¦¦ elected captain of the Ann Arvuv ntle conipany. Soon aller he moved back to Auburn, and was appointed adjutant of the ljth regiraent of riflcmcu of that village. In 1843 he moved to Syracuse and was elected first lieutenant of the Syracuse cadets, and was in command of the company during nearly all the time of its existence. In 1845 Lieutenaut Olmsted moved to Chicago and interested himself in military matters, acting as brigade inspector in 1853: as captain of Coinpany A, National Guard, 18th Odd battalion, in 1855; as engineer-in-chief on the stafl'of Gen. John B. Beaubien, in the same city, in 1857. In 1859 he was elected captain of the Chicago Continentals, and it was at that time he organized anddrilled the youtliful KUsworth Zouaves, so wklely known afterward in our civil war. Entering the service as a volunteer early In the war, he was promoted to major in 8eptember,1881,ta "Figbting Joe HookórV brigade, acting as colonel tkrough the war. The writer has in hia possession at present, words of commendation from Gen. Hooker as follows : "Mnjor Olmsted, 5th Excelsior Brigade, we regard as au offleer most eniinently iualilied for his, or any positlon In the Held, or active service." Since the war Major Olnisted's health has been far from good, and his military life closed with his service. Many of the large hotels and public buildings built In Chicago before the fire were planned by him, as was the Brooklyu ferry house and in ourown city the old Empire house. Two years ago Major Olmsted moved here from Brooklyn and opened an anhitect's oftlce in the Onondaga county savings bank, but failing health prevented his contiuuing further labor and he was obliged to give it up. A long life full of experiencc and usefulness closed yustml;iy with the coming of the morning üght. By the courtesy of Mr. G. E. Dibble, we were furnished with the above from the Syracuse Sunday Times, August 9, 1881. - [Ed.]