Dr. Wm. M. Orth
1843 - Jan 29, 1891

Obituary from Lafayette Journal and Courier

Death of Dr. Wm M. Orth

   At 2 o'clock this afternoon Dr. Wm. M. Orth closed his eyes peacefully in death at his home on North Fifth street. The end has been expected for a long time. Last night he was seized with an attack of choking, and the worst was feared. He partly recovered, however, but this morning remarked to those about his bedside that the finale had come. Deceased was the son of the late Godlove S. Orth. He was born and raised in Lafayette. He was about 48 years old. On July 21, 1862, he enlisted in the sixty days' service to put down the Morgan raid and after that time entered the Army of the Potomac as assistant surgeon, serving until the close of the war. As early as 1854 he enlisted and served through the Kansas border war and in all the conflicts distinguished himself as a brave soldier. He graduated Jefferson Medical College at Philadelphia and began the practice of medicine in Lafayette in 1867. He was a member of the G. A. R., John A. Logan Post No. 3, and also a member of the Masonic fraternity, initiated in the old Perry lodge. Up to the very moment of death he was conscious and knew the great change that was taking place. A wife and one daughter, Miss Lizzie Orth, survive to mourn the loss of an affectionate husband and father. He was an excellent physician, and at one time enjoyed a lucrative practice, but declining health compelled him to relinquish it. The funeral arrangement have not been perfected.