“Dr. Lemon Relates the Story of His Life”
Editor’s Note: The following is an obituary written by Dr. John
Herschell Lemon about a year ago, in which he gives an intimate
of his life:
Dr. John Herschell Lemon, physician and surgeon since 1867
Albany, Ind., was born on a pioneer farm one mile west of
time village of Harrodsburg, Monroe County, Ind. in 1844. He
Bloomington in 1857, entering the University of Indiana at
the age of
13, and stayed until the senior year, except time out for
the Civil War as a private soldier in Company A, 54th
Indiana, in 1862
and as acting hospital steward, 82nd Regiment of Indiana,
3rd Division, 14th A.C. from 1863-1864.
Dr. Lemon was much attached to memories of his fine old home
Harrodsburg. His father, John Andrew Miller Lemon introduced
varieties of apples and peaches to the new orchards of the
new west. He
organized and for years helped maintain the Cumberland
Church at Harrodsburg.
Dr. Lemon wrote much. Among his published pieces were
Old,” a mosaic of a boy (sic)life on an Indiana farm; “A
Dilemma,” a satire on the Wilson administration; “Ghosts I
“Our National Cemeteries,” and many reminisces of
which appeared regularly in the “Alumnus” for a time
Light of the Burning University, April 13, 1854,” “Indiana
During the Civil War,” “Butternuts,” “Copperheads,” “When
Stood Under Arms,” “The First Sigma Chi, 1859,” and “No
From the Beginning of Indiana University to After the Civil
“Service of Company A. 54th Indiana in West Kentucky During
of 1862” written by Dr. Lemon is the only account of this
before slavery was abolished in June 1862. A company of
secessionists crossed the Ohio River at Newburgh above
robbed a store of government drums, guns and cavalry swords.
Gov. Oliver Morton ordered the 54th Indiana to cross over
and recover the stolen arms. The narrative is historically
of a time when Kentucky proposed to be neutral, or to fight
both sides, if the ‘sacred soil’ of the state was invaded.
Dr. Lemon said that his company was for a short time provost
over Henderson, Ky., and one of his duties was to keep to
keep the negroes in subjection.
On such service Company A, 54th Indiana, from Bloomington,
tolerated by the nervous citizens of the ‘sacred soil.’ This
valuable manuscript was stolen and portions of it have
other names. Dr. Lemon’s writings were graphic and truthful.
His family came from Kent county England in 1608 with a
eight having a king’s charter to land in Accomac, Virginia.
One of the
party married Judith Shakespeare, daughter of William
Dr. Lemon’s father was the nephew of James Lemon chairman on
organization of First Constitutional Convention of Indiana
in 1816. He
is buried at Bloomington. On his mother’s Cynthia Taylor
Lemon side Dr.
Lemon was related to President Zachary Taylor. The Taylors
Harrisons are for several generations buried in the Taylor
Beaver Dam, Ohio County, Kentucky.
Dr. Lemon was the longest in practice of medicine of any
doctor in the
state. For the past year, it was difficult for him to go out
Dr. Lemon formerly owned much property in New Albany and
helped organize the Southern Fruit Growers Association of
and held membership in that organization until a few years
About 1885, Dr. Lemon bought of James Haines the site of the
St. Edward’s Hospital, living in the property which was
Charles Shipman in 1854 for 10 years and then selling it to
Failer his long time neighbor and friend who requested the
deed be made
to the Sisters of Saint Francis. Work was immediately
house itself being left intact and additions built to form
In the early times of New Albany a forest road went along
street. At the northwest corner of the hospital is a well.
At the time
of the forest road it was a spring of fine water—when the
filled the spring was made a well of fine water. The site of
Edwards was low ground and was filled by Mr. Shipman and he
tamping and pounding the selected res and white clay to
insure a firm
Mr. Shipman built several homes in New Albany and was noted
workmanship and using the finest of materials. Shipman and
had an extensive iron foundry on the river front west of
Steamboat and mill casing were made. They credited sugar
operators about New Orleans.
At the rebellion against the North the debtors ‘outlawed’
all claims of
the hated North or ‘Yanks’ so Lent South and Shipman became
reduced in means.
Dr. Lemon is a direct descendent of Capt. John Innes Lemon
the Battle of Brandywine in the Revolution.
Dr. Lemon was the last of a family of four brothers and one
Judge Alexander Downey Lemon of Phoenix, Ariz., Dr. William
S. Lemon of
Lawrence, Kan; Alfred Homer Lemon of Little Rock, Ark., and
Lemon Hamilton of San Diego, Calif.
July 11, 1935. The New Albany Tribune published
it on the
front page of the paper...
Source: Gregg Seidl