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Gale, Thomas Clark

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 22, credited to Newport, VT
Unit(s): 10th NH INF
Service: enl, Andover, NH, 8/7/62, m/i, Pvt, Co. E, 10th NH INF, 9/1/62, m/o 6/21/65

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VITALS

Birth: 04/08/1840, Andover, NH
Death: 06/24/1924

Burial: East Main Street Cemetery, Newport, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Denis & Karen Jaquish
Findagrave Memorial #: 167112745

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Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 6/23/1883, VT; widow Amelia F., 6/20/1924, VT
Portrait?: Unknown
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)

Remarks: None

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East Main Street Cemetery, Newport, VT

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Obituary

HOLD FUNERAL SERVICES FOR THOMAS GALE
Long Time Resident of Newport Was 84 Years Old.

The passing of Thomas Clark Gale at 4 o'clock Monday morning came as a shock and a sad surprise to the friends of the family throughout the city. Mr. Gale was in his usual health until two weeks ago, when he was taken ill with a bilious attack, which greatly aggravated a chronic heart trouble and the end came unexpectedly and very quietly.

Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church at two o'clock Thursday.

Interment will be in the family lot in the Main street cemetery. Mr. And Mrs. Gale and Miss Ivah Gale returned May 23 from Florida, where for several seasons they have spent the winter in Belleview, having purchased a home there.

Thomas C. Gale was born in West Andover, N. H., April 8, 1840, and was 84 years old. His parents were James Gale and Roxanna Currier Gale. He began railroading at the age of 11 as a newsboy, selling on the Old Northern railroad running from west Andover - which has since been designated as Gale in honor of the Gale family to Concord.

In 1862 after alternate seasons of work and school he enlisted in Co. E, 10th New Hampshire Volunteers, and served his country for three years until the close of the war. His regiment was one of the first to enter Richmond, April 8, 1865, and he was honorably discharged June 30 of that year.

Retired in 1920

He again tried railroading first on the Passumpsic Railroad and later on the old Southeastern now the Canadian Pacific Railway, running as freight and passenger conductor between Newport and Montreal. In 1891 he received the appointment of postmaster, the post office being at that time in the Exchange Block, now the property of the National Bank. From 1895 to 1897 he was associated in business with A. C. Fairbrother under the name of Fairbrother & Gale, but retired from any active association with the firm when he was appointed United States customs inspector running between Sherbrooke and Newport. IN 1920 he retired from active business and was superannuated with pension.

He leaves his wife, Amelia Frances Whitney, to whom he was united in marriage, Jan. 1, 1868. Of their eight children, five are living, - Harry L. Gale, of White River Junction, wife of Dr. Harry Whitaker, of Brooklyn, N.Y., Alfred E. Gale, South Braintree, Mass., Oscar M. Gale of Belleview, Fla., and Miss Ivah W. Gale of Newport.

There are also eight grandchildren. Mr. Gale is one of a family of 8 and is the last to go.

He was a faithful and consistent member of the First Baptist Church and served as deacon for many years. He belonged to the fast-thinning ranks of the G. A. R., and took great interest in the order, always enjoying the reunions and discussions of the stirring days of the war.

Mr. Gale had many friends and deserved them; he had no enemies, for his life was a just one. He leaves a name untarnished, an unblemished reputation. His genial, kindly presence was always welcome among friends, and he will be greatly missed by those to whom he was endeared by years of pleasant association.

Source: St. Johnsbury Caledonian-Record, June 24, 1924.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.