Augustus S. Libby

May 19, 1854 – March 16, 1913
Div./Dept. Commander 1883
Descended from Edmond P. Libby; Pvt Co. A, 12th ME Inf.  Mustered in November 15, 1861

Obituary: Col. Augustus S. Libby
After a sickness of two weeks Col. Augustus S. Libby died Sunday at his home, 10 Wadsworth Street, East Deering, at the age of 59 years.  Mr. Libby was the second commander of the Maine Division, Sons of Veterans, having been elected in 1882, the year that the organization was started in this State.  He was elected lieutenant-colonel because of the resignation of Gen. Frank P. Merrill, who accepted the office of commander-in-chief.  A special meeting was held in the middle of the term, and Mr. Libby was elected to the command.  He was a charter member of S.. Camp, S. of V., of this city and for years was active in its membership.  He was a son of Edward P. and Mary E. Libby and was born in this city May 19, 1854.  In early life, he was connected with the American Express Co., and then was in the employ of Miliken Cousens & Short, the wholesale dry goods dealers, in their shipping department.  He later accepted an appointment as a railway mail clerk, and for a time he was on the run between Bangor and Boston.

At the time of a bad accident near Waterville some years ago, Mr. Libby while at work in the mail car, which was thrown from the rails, was seriously injured, and after recovering his health in a measure he entered the employ of Milliken Cousens & Short again and remained with that concern through the change which took place when the Clark-Eddy Co. took over the business.  About two weeks ago, Mr. Libby, while at work had a fall, injuring his head, and since then he has suffered congestion of the brain and acute indigestion.  Mr. Libby was twice married, and by his first wife he leaves a married son, Roy Libby, employed as a clerk in the Maine Central railroad offices in this city, and a daughter, Edna, the wife of Alexander Smith.  He was a member of Ivanhoe Lodge, K. of P., and of the Portland Veteran Firemen’s Association.  His second wife, who was Mary Elizabeth Kincaid, also survives him.  Mr. Libby was a lifelong Democrat, and was always an ardent worker for the success of the party, and held minor offices within the gift of his party, always declining the higher office which he was capable of filling.

Funeral Notice:  The funeral of Col. Augustus S. Libby for a number of years past, shipper for the Clark-Eddy Company, wholesale dry goods dealers and prior to that a railway mail clerk was yesterday afternoon from the Wilde Memorial Chapel and was well attended.  Included in the number present were representatives from the Clark-Eddy Company, Ivanhoe Lodge K. of P., and Shapley Camp, Sons of Veterans and Shapley Camp.

The services were conducted by Rev. M. Joseph Twomey while services were conducted at the grave by the officers of Ivanhoe Lodge.

The floral tribute in addition to those from individuals included a large standing cross of red pinks and yellow roses from the Clark-Eddy Company and employees, a set piece from the Knights of Pythias, and a bouquet from Past Division Commanders Waldo H. Perry, Robert L. Whitcomb, and Arthur M. Soule, all of this city who, with Mr. Libby, have served the Maine Division Sons of Veterans as division commander as representatives of the local camp.

Burial at Evergreen Cemetery, Portland, Cumberland, Maine

Find A Grave Memorial# 118627846

Posted in 1880-1900, Commanders