Bahan, George Welch
Age: 18, credited to Bennington, VTVITALS
Birth: 1845, Bennington, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Old First Church Cemetery, Bennington, VT
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GEORGE W. BAHAN
Three score and ten years ago in a modest home, standing on the east slope of the steep north hill, and near where the Bennington Battle Monument now stands, George W. Bahan first saw the light of day. On August 28 of the present year in the city of Minneapolis, Minn., Mr. Bahan suddenly and peacefully laid aside the cares incident to a long and active life, and passed to the Great Beyond. The boyhood of George W. Bahan was not only passed in a region of great scenic beauty, but in an atmosphere of patriotism, for again and again his listening ears had heard the story of Stark's great victory on the Walloomsac Heights, and when the appeal to arms was made in the early 60's it was as a trumpet call to duty and it was not long before young Bahan wore the Federal blue. Mr. Bahan served about four years in the Civil war. He participated in 28 important battles. After being honorably discharged, he turned his face westward and finally settled in Minneapolis, Minn. He became in time connected with the police force of the above-mentioned city, twenty-three years of which time he was rated as one of the most valuable detectives connected with the police force. For some years previous to his death he was retired from active duty and found himself well situated to enjoy the remaining years which should be allotted to him. In July, 1913, Mr. Bahan and his friend, Felix C. Cole, came to Bennington direct from the Gettysburg celebration. At the time of this visit both were most graciously received by old-time friends and it was their intention to visit Bennington at least every two years, but that was never to happen. Mr. Cole having passed away a few months after returning home, and now his friend and comrade has also answered the last roll call. Mr. Bahan was the third son of James and Louisa Bahan, in their day highly respected residents of Bennington. Mr. Bahan belonged to the Masonic Order and was a Knight Templar. His wife, who was Miss Laura Crawford of Bennington, died six years ago. The remains of Mr. Bahan will be brought to Bennington. the burial will be in the old cemetery; funeral services will be held at the Old First Church at 3 o'clock on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 2, Rev. Isaac Jennings officiating.
"We know that Summer moons shall wane,
And birds from far will cross the southern sea.
That Autumn's hue will touch the golden grain;
But who shall teach us when to look for Thee."
-- John V.S.D. Merrill.
Bennington Banner, Wednesday, September 1,1915
Contributed by Tom Boudreau; photograph courtesy of Mary Ellen Bahan Chrispell.