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Oliver Benjamin Navarre

"[Peter] Navarre's Last Son Succumbs." Toledo Blade?. Tuesday, 10 November 1925. Image (23K) of this article

Navarre's Last Son Succumbs
Oliver, Aged 85 years, Dies in Toledo; Devoted Life to Army.

Oliver Benjamin. Navarre, the last surviving son of Peter Navarre, Toledo's pioneer scout for whom Navarre park is named, died yesterday [Monday, 9 Nov 1925] afternoon at his residence, 314 Steadman street. He was 85 years old.

He leaves a record of nearly 30 years of service in the military forces of the United States.

He, with his five brothers [Peter, James, Daniel, Eli, and Lambert], all of whom preceeded preceded him in death, served thruout the Civil war in the Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He went thru the four years of the struggle as a private.

Returning to civil life at the close of the war, he found it too uneventful and five years later, in 1870, enlisted in the regular army where he remained until 1895.

As his father had done before him in helping to remove the Indian menace from this part of the country, so did the son during that quarter of a century.

This service was in the Seventh United States cavalry with which he was a trooper. The greater part of this long enlistment was spent in campaigns against the Indians in the Dakotas.

His nearest surviving relatives are his widow, Adeline, with whom he made his home, and a sister, Susan Navarre, of Havana, Cuba.

He also leaves a host of second, third and fourth cousins, nieces and nephews, as practically every Navarre in Toledo is related in some way.

The body is at the Hoeflinger funeral home from which services will be held at 2 p. m. Thursday [12 Nov 1925]. Burial will be in Willow Cemetery.


"Memory of Peter Navarre, Famous Scout Will Be Perpetuated Here." Toledo Times. 29 August 1923.

Navarre Memorial

Mayor Bernard Brough is shown breaking ground for the Peter Navarre monument in St. Mary's cemetery, Lagrange street and Manhattan boulevard. In the other picture Oliver Navarre, son of the famous scout, is shown pulling up Old Glory.

Oliver Navarre pulling up Old Glory

WITH fitting ceremony, ground was broken Tuesday morning for the monument which is to be erected to the memory of Peter Navarre, famous scout, in St. Mary's cemetery. Mayor Brough turned the first spade of earth where the monument will stand, while Mrs. Charles Stephens, chairwoman of the monument committee also turned a spade of dirt.

Attending the ceremony were city officials, officers and members of the Peter Navarre chapter, National Society of the United States, Daughters of 812, which is erecting the monument, and members of the St. Mary's cemetery board, which donated the ground.

A flag was raised on the staff, about 400 feet form the monument site, by Oliver Navarre, son of the famous scout. It was announced that the cemetery board would donate a 60-foot flagpole to be placed at the head of the Navarre grave.

The monument will be a granite shaft, eight feet high, about 400 feet from the grave and facing Windamere boulevard, where it can be seen by passersby. The dedication for the monument will take place October 6, which has been designated by the mayor as Peter Navarre day.

"No name is more prominent among the early settlers of the Maumee valley than is that of Peter Navarre," according to the history of the city of Toledo and Lucas county.

"He was said to be a grandson of Robert Naverre Navarre, a French army officer, who visited this section in 1745. Peter was born at Detroit in 1785, where his father before him was born. In 1807, with his brother Robert, he erected a cabin near the mouth of the Maumee (east side), which continued to be his residence while he lived.

"Beside Canadian-French, he could speak the Pottawatomie Indian dialect, and partially those of other tribes. In woodcraft and Indian methods he was very skillful, while his bearing was ever that of a 'born gentleman.'

"For several years he was employed by a Detroit house in buying furs of the Miamis near Ft. Wayne, Ind., where he made the acquaintance and friendship of Chief Little Turtle. The war of 1812-1815 closed the fur trade, when Peter and his three brothers--Robert, Alexis and Jaquot (James) -- tendered their services to General Hull. He also besought General Hull to accept the services of the Miamis, which were declined, and they afterwards took part with the British.

"Before seeing active service, the Navarres were included in the surrender of General Hull and paroled altho they denied the right to treat him as a prisoner of war, and at once took an active part for the United States, whereupon, General Proctor, the British commander, offered a reward of 200 pounds for Peter's head or scalp.

"Until the close of the war he acted as scout for General Harrison. He used to say that the worst night he ever spent was as bearer of dispatch from General Harrison than at Fort Meigs, to Fort Stephenson (now Fremont). Amid a thunderstorm of great fury and fall of water, he made the trip of over 80 miles thru the unbroken wilderness and the morning following delivered to General Harrison a reply.

"Because his name was not on the enlistment roll, the law provided no pension for his great service, but by special act of congress his last days were made more comfortable by pecuniary relief. At the close of the war he returned to his home, near the mouth of the Maumee river, where he spent the balance of his life, dying in Toledo, March 20, 1874, in his 89th year.

"For several years previous to his death he served as president of the Maumee Valley Pioneer association."


Oliver Navarre
Enlist DateEnlist PlaceEnlist RankEnlist Age
23 August 1861 Priv32

Served Ohio Enlisted C Co. 3rd Cav Reg. OH disch disability on 23 July 1862
Source: Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio
Abbreviation: OHRoster
Published by on 1886

At a meeting of Ford Post last evening the project to errect a monument to Peter Navarre was discussed but no action taken. It is likely that the matter will be placed in the hands of a citizens' committee and if the proper sentiment is shown the movement will then assume definite form. It develops that Peter Navarre is survived by seven direct descendants, five sons and two daughters: James, Lambert, Daniel, Oliver and Eli Navarre and Misses Susan and Zoa Navarre. One son, Peter Navarre, died about three years ago. All reside on the East Side and adjacent townships.

Marshall Davies Lloyd