Martin, William Henry
Age: 19, credited to Middlebury, VTVITALS
Birth: 11/1846, St. Johns, PQ, CanadaADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Hanford Cemetery, Hanford, CA
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William H. Martin
Fresno Bee Republican (CA)
Wednesday - 8 May 1935
LAST MEMBER OF HANFORD G.A.R POST SUMMONED - William Henry Martin Enlisted at 16, Fought in Gulf States
Hanford (Kings County) May 8 - William Henry Martin, 88, the last member of General McPherson Post of the Grand Army of the Republic , died at 3:55 pm yesterday at his home, 410 North Harris Street, after a two months illness.
At the time of the post's fiftieth anniversary two years ago, there remained but three members: S.W. Wescott, of Los Angeles County, the commander; L.C. Wescott, of San Carlos, adjutant and quartermaster, and Martin of Hanford, the officer of the day.
When the death of the first two left him the sole survivor, Martin turned the post archives over to the Hanford American Legion Post No. 3 and was made an honorary member of the post.
Although he had become somewhat enfeebled in the last two years by an arm fracture and partial paralysis he continued to ride every year in the Memorial Day parade and in the annual Kings County Home Coming parade.
Headed Post 25 Years Ago
Martin was commander of McPherson Post a quarter of a century ago. He joined it in 1888, when he moved to this county from Galt, Sacramento County, where he had moved from Vermont in 1877. He also lived for a time in Fresno.
Martin's first ten years in Kings County were spent in the historic and now extinct town of Kingston, which was located on the south bank of the Kings River a mile and a half southwest of where Laton now is. He was a ranch superintendent at Kingston. He moved to Hanford and was night watchman in a packing plant here for many years. He helped organize Kings County in 1893, when it withdrew from Tulare County.
Martin was born in Canada. He was one of three brothers who enlisted in the Union army in the Civil War, he being 16 and his brothers 15 and 14 at the time. He served with the Seventh Vermont regiment and saw active service in Louisiana, Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi. He came through the war with but one wound that made by a charge of buckshot in the side.
Brothers Married Twins
Surviving relatives are the widow, Mrs. Margaret Martin of Hanford; a son, Chester P. Martin of Hanford, a daughter, Mrs. D.O. Nathan of Berkeley, a sister Mrs. Elizabeth Burr of Oakland, and a granddaughter, Lois Ann Nathan of Berkeley.
A military funeral will be conducted by the American Legion. Services will be held tomorrow at 10 am with Rev. A.B. Dickerson officiating and the Knights of Pythias participating.
The body will lie in state in the funeral parlor until 8 o'clock tonight. The Legionnaires and Pythians are alternating this afternoon and evening in furnishing an armed guard. Burial tomorrow will be in the Hanford cemetery.
Contributed by Erik Hinckley.