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McGarry, Owen

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 0, credited to Ludlow, VT
Unit(s): 79th NY INF
Service: 79th NY INF

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VITALS

Birth: 1838, Unknown
Death: 06/30/1924

Burial: Pleasant View Cemetery, Ludlow, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Joie Finley Morris +
Findagrave Memorial #: 158728750

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 10/8/1903, NY
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Remarks: None

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Pleasant View Cemetery, Ludlow, VT

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Owen McGarry

McGarry, Owen - born in New York City, Nov., 1838.. He died of old age and exhaustion in Ludlow, Vt.... 30 June, 1924 (age 86). His obituary: "an aged veteran of the Civil War, Comrade McGarry died Monday at 2:15 a.m. at 62 Pleasant Street in Ludlow, where he had made his home for the past three years with Mr. & Mrs. Charles Clay. He would have been 86 years old had he lived until November next. He enlisted in Company "C", 79th NY Regiment, and bore the rank of sergeant. He had two brothers in the ranks, both meeting death in the service-- one in battle, the other by disease. A man of rare musical talent, Mr. McGarry sang in grand opera for seven years in his native city. After his marriage, rather late in life, to a lady from Woodstock, Vt., he went to Montpelier, Vt. and engaged in business as an interior decorator. After 8 or 10 years of wedded life, his wife died, and he returned to New York city, broken in health. Having sufficient resources, he traveled to some extent, and in the fall of 1920, met with Mr. & Mrs. Clay in Tennessee, they also seeking rest and health. Mr. Clay and Mr. McGarry found much of common interest, both having served in the Civil War, and a lasting friendship sprang up between them, and the trio ultimately returned to Ludlow, the home of the Clays, in the spring of 1921. Mr. McGarry has been more or less an invalid for years, and Mr. Clay has been far from well, the two men (Civil War comrades) looking to Mrs. Clay for care. The demands of this situation caused some change in the household for Mrs. Clay to get a little rest. For this reason it was planned for Mr. McGarry to go to the Soldier's Home in Bennington for a few weeks' stay, which he did on the 6th of May, and remained there about three weeks, but pining for the companionship of Mr. & Mrs. Clay, feeble as he was, he made the journey alone from Bennington via Rutland, and arriving on the sleeper, was found by Mrs. Clay on their porch, spent with the effort he had made to reach them. He gradually failed until the end came. Mr. McGarry was exceedingly reticent as to his own life and affairs, a man of sterling character, strictly temperate in all his habits. He leaves no relatives. The funeral was at the Catholic Church Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock with High Mass. Burial took place in the new cemetery in Ludlow at the request of the deceased. 'Thus, one by one - They answer the last bugle call-- Their life's work done." NEWS ITEMS: 1922 -- Owen McGarry was the guest of honor at a surprise birthday party given by his neighbors on the evening of Nov. 9, the occasion being Mr. McGarry's 84th birthday. He is a veteran of the Civil War and has made his home with Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Clay here for the past three years. On his birthday, Mr. McGarry was showered with postal cards and other gifts from his many friends. At the party games were played and refreshments were served. -- 23 May, 1924: "Owen McGerry, who has made his home for the past three years at Charles Clay's, last week entered the Soldiers' Home in Bennington, accompanied there by Mrs. Clay and Miles Clay." -- 6 June, 1924: "Owen McGarry, who went some few weeks ago to the Soldiers' Home in Bennington, has returned to his home with his nephew, Charles Clay, on Pleasant Street."

Source: The Vermont Tribune, Ludlow, Vermont. Contributed by Linda M. Welch, Windsor County researcher.



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