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Atherton, Frank H.


Age: 20, credited to Duxbury, VT
Unit(s): 17th VT INF
Service: enl 3/11/65, m/i 3/11/65, Pvt, Co. K, 17th VT INF, enl one yr., m/o 7/14/65

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Birth: 03/07/1845, Duxbury, VT
Death: 11/28/1900

Burial: Hope/Village Cemetery, Waterbury, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 72799272


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 8/4/1890, VT; widow Corrilla C., 12/15/1900, 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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Hope/Village Cemetery, Waterbury, VT

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Frank H. Atherton died of Bright's disease at his home in Waterbury this morning. Tidings of Mr. Atherton's death will be received with keen regrets by his contemporaries, who remember the fearless officer whose efficiency and daring made him the most noted sheriff Washington county has had in recent years.

Mr. Atherton was born in Duxbury, the son of Newton Atherton. As a young man he indicated a capacity for affairs requiring a clear head and a resolute spirit. He was for many years a deputy sheriff of Washington county. His efficiency as an officer, where accuracy and certainty in the performance of duty and where a difficult piece of detective work were required, marked him for promotion, and in 1884 he was nominated to the chief office.

He was the only man who could be found who dared to face the violators of the fish laws on Lake Champlain and who was able to meet and subdue them. He as the hero of several daring arrests of criminals, showing a keen scent on the trail, a skill in planning and a resolution in making captures that won him high commendation and honor. He was faithful to duty and a duty confided to him was faithfully observed. His signal efficiency as sheriff secured him the distinction of repeated and unusual re-elections, receiving the last in 1888.

After his retirement from the office of sheriff he was engaged as a commercial traveler till the malady that had laid hold of him compelled him to retire from active labors. He has been a great sufferer. Frank H. Atherton will long be long and favorably remembered in the county of Washington.

Source: Vermont Watchman and State Journal, December 5, 1900.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.