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Bemis, Arvin C.


Age: 18, credited to Vermont
Unit(s): 1st NH CAV, 5th NH INF, VRC
Service: enl 9/27/61, m/i, Pvt, Co. G, 5th NH INF, 10/12/61, dis/dsb 1/31/63, Alexandria, VA; enl 3/29/64, Pvt, Co. B, 1st NH CAV, tr to Co. 168, 2nd Btln VRC 4/17/65, m/o 6/7/65, Concord, NH

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Birth: 1843, Chester, VT
Death: 06/22/1919

Burial: Smokeshire Cemetery, Chester, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Ledoux
Findagrave Memorial #: 73867118


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 3/13/1891, VT
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: ME
(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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Smokeshire Cemetery, Chester, VT

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Arvin C. Bemis

North Adams Transcript
23 June 1919


Arvin C. Bemis Dies in Hotel Office


Came Here Few Days Ago From Soldiers' Home in Togus, Me., to Spend a Short Furlough

After having eaten a hearty breakfast, Arvin C. Bemis a veteran of the Civil war, who came here last Wednesday from the Soldiers' home at Togus, Me., was found dead in a chair in his room at the Mansion house on State street yesterday afternoon at 1 o'clock. Acute indigestion is believed to have been the cause of death.

While Bemis worked on the Welch farm in Clarksburg about 25 years ago and had since that time made several visits to North Adams but little is known regarding his history or family connections. He was about well preserved.

He left the Soldiers' home in Togus, Me., last Tuesday in company with several other Civil war veterans, among whom was Irving E. Fay of this city. Mr. Fay was with Mr. Bemis on the train but says he did not see him after the train reached this city.

Mr. Bemis went to the Mansion house and engaged a room. He was in apparent good health and was about each day. Yesterday morning he arose at about 11 o'clock and going to the office of the hotel told the clerk, Edward J. Richards, that he was not feeling well and would like to have breakfast sent to his room.

A hearty breakfast, obtained from a nearby restaurant, was procured for Mr. Bemis, who ate it in his room.

About 1 o'clock Mr. Richards sent an assistant, William Sanderson, to Mr. Bemis room. Sanderson found the old soldier, fully attired, seated in his chair, and dead. The police and Medical Examiner, Dr. O. J. Brown were at once notified.

After an investigation, Dr. Brown declared death was due to natural causes.

From papers found in Mr. Bemis pockets it has become known that he was endeavoring to secure a transfer to the Soldiers' home in Bennington, Vt. The sum of $16 was also found on his person.

The body has been taken to the undertaking parlors of J. L. Comiskey on Union street and will remain there until an effort has been made to ascertain the whereabouts of possible relatives or interested friends, relatives or interested friends.

North Adams Transcript
June 26, 1919


Medical Examiner Brown Makes Effort to Communicate With John Bemis

Although he has so far been unable to get into communication with any relative of Arvin G. Bemis, the aged Civil war veteran who was found dead at the Mansion House last Saturday, Medical Examiner O.J. Brown, in answer to a letter he sent has received a letter from the Soldiers' home at Togus, Me., of which Mr. Bemis was an inmate, which gives much light on his history, and shows that he was an inmate of that institution on three different occasions, each time being discharged at his own request and then being readmitted. He was first admitted to that institution on April 19,1904, and then he stated that he was a resident of Chester Depot, Vt. His age at the time of his death was believed to be about 75 years. He gave as his nearest relative a brother, John F. Bemis, of Gassetts [Chester], Vt.

He enlisted at Charlestown, N. H., on August 7, 1861 in Co. G, 5th Reg. N.H. Inf. He was discharged from the Soldiers' Home at Togus at his own request on September 24, 1907, was readmitted on April 14, 1911, discharged again on his own request on December 12, 1912, and readmitted on July 14, 1915. On June 17 of this year he left on a 90 days furlough, stating that he was coming to this city.

Medical Examiner Brown had already written to Gassette, Vt., in an effort to locate the brother, but has not yet received any answer.

North Adams Transcript
June 28, 1919

- In accordance with instructions contained in a telegram received late yesterday afternoon the body of Arvin C. Bemis who died at the Mansion house last Sunday was shipped to Gassett, Vt., on the 12:30 o'clock train this afternoon. In Gassetts the body will be taken to in charge by a nephew of the deceased who was located through the efforts of Medical Examiner Dr. O. J. Brown.

Contributed by Tom Boudreau.