Individual Record -- Hanscom, Hiram
Age: 27, credited to St. Johnsbury, VT
Unit(s): 3rd VT INF
Service: enl 6/1/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. C, 3rd VT INF, m/o 12/15/62
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Birth: abt 1834, Holderness, NH
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 9/17/1879
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: Wife is buried at Lakeview Cemetery in Burlington, VT; however, the cemetery office at Lakeview has no record that he is buried there with her.
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Aged Radio Fan Died in Harness.
Franklin, N.H., March 11. -- (AP) Hiram Hanscom, ninety-two-year-old Civil War veteran and radio fan, is dead. And he died in harness.
Hanscom was found dead, with the radio phones over his head. An organist hundreds of miles away was playing "Nearer, My God, to Thee," when the aged veteran passed into the great hereafter.
"Hi," as he was familiarly known to his friends, passed away painlessly as the strains of the hymn drew fainter and fainter, according to a physician.
Source: Santa Cruz (CA) Evening News, March 11, 1925
Webmaster's note: the syndicated article appeared verbatim in newspapers in at least Indiana, Ohio, Texas, Alabama, Florida, Pennyslvania, New York and Tennessee.