Potter, Edwin C.
Age: 19, credited to St. Johnsbury, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF
Service: enl 7/31/62, m/i 9/1/62, Pvt, Co. A, 11th VT INF, dis/dsb 2/1/65 (valvular disease of the heart), Finley Hospital, Washington, DC
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Birth: abt 1843, St. Johnsbury, VT
Burial: Mount Pleasant Cemetery, St. Johnsbury, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Carolyn Adams
Findagrave Memorial #: 108100111
Alias?: None noted
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)
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Edward C. Potter
Certificate of Disability for Discharge
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EDWARD C. POTTER DIES SUDDENLY IN BOSTON BANK
Well-Known St. Johnsbury Veteran of Civil War
WAS SOON TO BE MARRIED
Accompanied by Miss Charlotte B. Rich, Fiance, When Stricken
Boston, May 9 - Edward C. Potter, 78 years of age of St. Johnsbury, Vt., an eminent jurist of that city, died very suddenly in the lobby of the Home Savings bank at 75 Tremont street just before 11 o'clock Saturday morning.
Judge Potter entered the bank in company with Miss Charlotte B. Rich the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Rich of 10 Salcombe street, Dorchester, with whom he had been making his home since the death of his wife.
Judge Potter collapsed upon a bench near the main entrance to the bank quite unnoticed and when assistance reached him later it was found that he had died.
Judge Potter was born in a small suburb just outside of St. Johnsbury. He was a familiar figure in St. Johnsbury, where he was deacon of the South Congregational church for many years. He was a Civil War veteran, enlisting from the Green Mountain state in 61 and serving for the duration of the war.
He was for many years a justice of the St. Johnsbury court and took a prominent part in the civic affairs of that city. His wife's death which occurred about two years ago was a severe shock to the aged juror, according to those who knew him best.
He was in Boston prior to making his home with Mr. and Mrs. Rich.
According to Miss Rich, she and the aged Vermonter were engaged to be married. The young woman sobbed out the story of her broken romance last evening.
"We were to have been wed next week," She said. "All our plans were made, and we had everything ready to renew our happiness together. He died in my arms a few moments after we had entered the bank together."
"I was transacting some business with the treasurer when the judge became weak and sat down on a bench near the door. The next thing I knew he was in his death agony."
"I was with him in the end," she cried, sobbing bitterly.
Source: Bennington Banner, May 9, 1922.
Contributed by Tom Boudreau.
FUNERAL OF EDWIN C. POTTER
The funeral of Edwin C. Potter, who died suddenly in Boston Monday morning, was held at the Masonic Temple Thursday afternoon and was largely attended by friends and relatives. The service was in charge of Rev. W. A. Warner Peacham. and two beautifully rendered solos were given by Mrs. Collins Brodien. The casket was covered with the American Flag and choice floral offerings. Palestine Commandery, K.T., Mystic Star Chapter, O. E. S., Chamberlain Post, Chamberlin Relief Corps, Apollo Lodge. K. of P., and the Lucy Young Tent, Daughters of Veterans contributed floral offerings. Mr. Warner spoke very fittingly of Judge Potter's long and useful life, and his Sterling character, and his love for his friends, He spoke of the significance of immortality, the joy of the hereafter, and the blessings that come in life for those that walk with God.
A delegation of Masons from the Lodge at Lyndonville, of which he was a member, attended the funeral and conducted the service at the grave. The honorary bearers were the deacons of the South Congregational Church, Edgar R. Brown. Robert B. Shields, Azro Peck, Charles Ross, Vernon Ticehurst, and Charles H. Horton. The bearers were, Charles Braley, B. A. Johnson, W. B. Eastman, D. C. Horner, Fred H. Dolloff and James Weeks.
Source: St. Johnsbury Caledonian, May 12, 1922
WE WERE TO BE MARRIED TODAY
DECLARES MRS. CHARLOTTE RICH AT BURIAL
J. ROLF SEARLES GOES WITH RELATIVES TO BOSTON TO
INVESTIGATE MONEY AFFAIRS OF AGED JUDGE
Rather sensational stories were carried in most of the Boston papers regarding developments surrounding the announced forthcoming wedding, and sudden death, of Judge Edwin C. Potter, formerly a resident of St;Johnsbury, where burial took place yesterday in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, beside the body of his wife who died two years ago.
That there are some basis for the reports contained in the Boston papers is the fact J. Rolph Searles retained an attorney for the family of Judge Potter, had a lengthy interview with Mrs. Charlotte B. Rich, of Dorchester, Mass, widow, who came to St Johnsbury with Judge Potter's body, and who attended the funeral service yesterday. Mr. Searles went to Boston last night with O. M. Gracey of Somerville, Mass, , one of the nearest relatives of Mr. Potter to make a careful investigation in the event preceding the death of Judge Potter, and to inquire rigidly into money affairs of the judge since he went to Boston last July.
Source: St. Johnsbury Caledonian, May 12, 1922
Courtesy of Deanna French.