Wilcox, Zachary Taylor
Age: 17, credited to Whitingham, VTVITALS
Birth: 06/02/1847, Fletcher, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Lone Mountain Cemetery, Carson City, NV
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"Zach" Wilcox Passes Away.
"Zach" Wilcox died about three o'clock yesterday afternoon.
News of the passing of this noted character of Carson (Nevada) was a great shock, few persons knowing of his illness, and none realizing the seriousness of his condition.
A year ago last September Mr. Wilcox, while riding his bicycle, turned to get out of the way of an auto backing away from the curb and was struck by another machine. He suffered a fractured leg in the accident, which was unavoidable. His recovery from the accident was surprising. Although he never again essayed to ride a bicycle he often came down town, to get the mail, visit a few friends and get what he wanted at the stores. Since the latter part of November, he had been ailing and he had been confined to his bed during most of the last three weeks of his life.
Zachariah Taylor Wilcox was born in Whitingham, Vermont, in April of the year 1847. At the age of seventeen he enlisted in Company F, First regiment of Vermont cavalry and served until the end of the Civil War.
In 1888 he came to Carson City where he followed his trade of plasterer, bricklayer, and concrete worker. He spent some time in Alaska and many years ago did a great deal of prospecting in the vicinity of Carson.
Since some time in the 80's Mr. Wilcox had never shaved. According to one version, he was by the conditions of an election bet bound from ever making use of a razor on his face. Another story is that exasperated by a dull razor he vowed never to shave again.
When the promoters of the '49 celebration in Sacramento a few years ago heard of Mr. Wilcox and his beard of fourteen feet in length they at once arranged to have him exhibit the hirsute adornment at their month-long celebration, believing that nowhere in the world was there a man with as long a beard. The man who was crowned king of the whiskerinos at the celebration, however, was a resident of one of the Dakotas who possessed s seventeen-foot beard. Wilcox, ranking second in the world-wide contest, was called the 'crown prince' of whiskered gentlemen.
'Zack' riding his bicycle, with a pet parrot seated on the handlebars, were familiar figures on the Carson streets for several years and objects of great interest in the youngsters. Two or three years ago Wilcox ceased taking the bird for bicycle riding, fearing that he might become dizzy, fall and injury Polly. Wilcox drew a pension of seventy-two dollars per month under the special act of congress giving that allowance to disabled veterans. Funeral services will be under auspices of Custer Corps No. 15, WRC, and will probably be held Sunday or Monday.
Source: unknown, probably Carson City newspaper - contributed by his great-great grandnephew, Lawrence Nicodemus, Argyle, TX).
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