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Conant, Alphonso


Age: 21, credited to Fair Haven, VT
Unit(s): 2nd MA INF
Service: enl 5/25/61, 2nd MA INF

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Birth: About 1840, Salisbury, VT
Death: 01/30/1880


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not found
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: Died in Atchison, KS


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A Sad Fate

A young man named Alphonso Conant died in the city prison yesterday morning at 9 o'clock. He was found in Redington & Co's stone sawing yard near the gas works early yesterday morning by a gentleman who notified Officer Hiller, who conveyed Mr. Conant to the prison. When found by the officer he was sitting on a stone, bare-headed, his clothing saturated by the rain of Thursday night, and thick with mud. He was nearly insensible, trembling with cold and weakness and unable to speak. As soon as he was conveyed to the prison medical assistance was summoned, but he died before it reached him. We learn from old acquaintances that the deceased, Alphonso Conant, was born in Salisbury, Addison county, Vermont. He was a carpenter by trade and had resided at Topeka, Oskaloosa, Valley Falls, Lancaster and other points in Kansas for the last ten or twelve years. He was a good workman, was never married, and was what might be called an occasional drinker, but by no means a common drunkard. He had been employed for some weeks in building Gallagher's Hall in Effingham, and had contracts for other buildings in Atchison county. It is supposed that he came to Atchison a day or two since and got on a spree, wandered out to the stone yard, and died from cold and exhaustion.

Yesterday afternoon Coroner Fischering summoned a jury and an inquest was begun in J. A. Harroull's undertakers shop, and a number of witnesses were examined, from whom nothing was elicited save that Mr. Conant was seen drinking Thursday evening, and was found dead yesterday morning as here stated. It is said that there are well-founded suspicions that the man was purposely got drunk and then robbed. To clear up this point witnesses will be examined to-day before the coroner's jury which meets at ten o'clock this morning.

The man whose sad ending is here recorded, was of good New England family, and was a brother-in-law of Judge Joseph L. Bliss, of Oskaloosa, an old and well known citizen of Jefferson county. Judge Bliss was yesterday notified by telegraph.

The Atchison Daily Champion, Atchison, KS, January 31, 1880

Courtesy of Heidi McColgan