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Streeter, Rufus


Age: 44, credited to Barre, VT
Unit(s): 10th VT INF
Service: enl 7/28/62, m/i 9/1/62, Pvt, Co. B, 10th VT INF, m/o 1/28/65

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Birth: 06/22/1805, New Hampshire
Death: 10/15/1875

Burial: Elmwood Cemetery, Barre, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Monica White
Findagrave Memorial #: 95587656


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 3/13/1865; widow Matilda, 1/17/1891, VT, not approved
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: 10th Vt. History off-site


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Elmwood Cemetery, Barre, VT

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A Horrible Murder Near Barre, Vt.

Barre, Vt., Oct. 15. - One of the most diabolical murders ever committed in this vicinity has just occurred about two miles above Barre, on the main road leading to Washington. From information which the journal representative has just gleaned, having paid a visit to the scene of the murder, it seems that this old man named Rufus Streeter, at least 70 years of age, has been for some time separated from his wife and has been living with a man named Asa Magoon, near Corinth. Yesterday afternoon, Magoon and Streeter were seen together in a team going toward Barre. They were seen by a woman named Hannah Perrin, who lives within fifty yards of where the murdered man was found at daylight this morning, by a pedlar named Clark, of Topsham. Great excitement now prevails in the neighborhood. The people are flocking to the scene, and the officers have gone to arrest Magoon who lives about eight miles distant. The murdered man was undoubtedly stunned by blows and beaten in the roadway as the marks plainly indicated. A whip said to belong to Magoon lays in the roadway on the spot of the marks of the scuffle. The man was then drawn across the roadway down into a gully and his face beaten into a sickening mass. The body was drawn into a field and left. The clothing about his body was completely cut asunder about his waist, a long gash extending from side to side, as if made by a butcher knife. The intestines protruded and the sight was most ghastly. The authorities are on the scene and the woman Perrin is under arrest. She is a widow about forty years of age, has borne bad reputation as a drinking woman, and at whose house Streeter has often stopped for liquor. In reply to questioning she states that she heard no scuffle of words in the road during the night, that she retired at 9 o'clock, and the first she knew of the murder was when Clark wrapped at her door this morning, and told her of his discovery. An inquest will be held this afternoon, when Sheriff Jackson returns with Magoon.

Source: Burlington Free Press, October 15, 1875
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.