from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky
Friday, June 12, 1936
Colonel William Joshua Bohon, who was 93 years old last December, died at noon Tuesday, June 9, 1936, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Emmett B. Johnson, and Mr. Johnson, in Birmingham, Alabama. The funeral service was at 3 o’clock Wednesday at the family lot in Spring Hill Cemetery in this city, conducted by Rev. T. Hassell Bowen, pastor of the Christian Church.
Colonel Bohon, born in Monticello, Kentucky, a son of William Bohon and Verlinda Hutchison Bohon, came to Harrodsburg when quite young, with his parents, where his father established a large merchantile business which he conducted the remainder of his life. Colonel Bohon was a confederate veteran and for more than sixty years a traveling salesman in Kentucky and middle Tennessee. He was one of the best know of the old time “drummers” in the state, and his genial personality won him a large following of patrons and friends. He was a member of the old dry goods firm of Hay, Curry and Bohon, and started as a traveling salesman in January, 1866. His first trips were made on horseback, but for fifty years or more he never missed a season. In some cases he sold to the third generation of customers’ families. He continued to travel until 1926, and the next year went to Alabama to live with his daughter. In spite of his great years he retained his keen mind almost to the end.
Colonel Bohon enlisted in the Confederate cavalry in 1861 while clerking in his father’s store in Harrodsburg. For four years during the war between the states he served in the Fourth Kentucky Cavalry under General John Hunt Morgan. He was wounded twice; was captured and placed in Rock Island prison; returned in exchange for war prisoners, and surrendered with the Confederate forces at Mt. Sterling, May 9, 1865. He returned to Harrodsburg after the war, where he resided; later he lived in Danville over a long period until his wife died some years ago. He also lived in Louisville.
At the time of his death he was the oldest member of the Falls City Lodge of Masons and was also a member of the DeMolay Commandery Knights Templar, and of the Christian Church. He was well known and much loved in Harrodsburg, which he visited regularly until advancing years kept him from venturing very far from home. His ancestors came from Orange County, Virginia, and were dwellers in Old Fort Harrod and active in settling this first town in Kentucky.
He is survived by a son, George C. Bohon, Louisville; two daughters, Mrs. Wallace Crume, Chicago, and Mrs. Emmett Johnson, Birmingham, Alabama. The deceased also leaves a number of grandchildren; a brother, R. S. Bohon, Decatur, Illinois, and a sister, Mrs. A. H. Peacock, Dallas, Texas.
Bearers at the funeral were H. C. Bohon, Charles Bohon, Davis Bohon, Lindsey Ingram, Banks Hudson, Jr., Danville, and Owen R. Mann, Louisville.
Besides members of his family, a number of out-of-town relatives and friends were here to attend the funeral.