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The Fairbanks Brothers
of Bethel and Royalton
by Grant and Lee Fairbanks Henry Fairbanks

Henry A. Fairbanks... is 27 years of age, 5 feet 8 inches high, dark complexion, brown eyes, dark hair, and by occupation when enlisted a Harness Maker. During the last two months said soldier has been unfit for duty 60 days.

STATION: Brattleboro, Vt [signed] Abel Morrill
DATE: March 15, 1864 Lieut 3rd Vt. Infty
Commanding Company


I CERTIFY that I have carefully examined the said Henry A. Fairbanks of 2nd Co. Vt. Drafted men, and find him incapable of performing the duties of a soldier because of Disease of Heart being insufficiency of the aortic valves accompanied by grave constitutional symptoms to such an extent as to greatly impair the use of his limbs & faculties and so to affect his health strength activity & constitution as to prevent his laboring in earning his subsistence. The causes & origin of this disability in my opinion existed before enlistment. He is not a fit subject for the Invalid Corps.

[signed] Ed. E. Phelps

DISCHARGED, this twenty-second day of April 1864 at Brattleboro, Vt.

Mower County Transcript
July 26, 1882, Austin, MN

Sudden news came Monday, to this city of the death of Dow Henry, son of H. A. Fairbanks of Ramsey [village abt 2 mi. N of Austin]. A week ago today Dow was in Austin in usual health about among his schoolmates and full of boyish glee. Upon returning home he complained of not feeling well and soon after was taken vomiting. A physician was called and no one thought of danger. He was up about the house a greater part of the time, each day and Sunday though not feeling quite so well sat up in the afternoon. About five o'clock p.m. he seemed to grow rapidly worse and at eleven o'clock of that evening he died. Died before father, mother, or physician could possibly realize that death was so near. Dow had expressed himself from the beginning of his illness as not expecting to get well. And Sunday afternoon he asked his parents what they would do without him. He was a bright manly little fellow aged thirteen years and an only remaining child. This being the sixth [fifth, according to interment records] child buried by Mr. Fairbanks. Words of sympathy seem almost idle in such an affliction and yet we cannot help offering them to our afflicted townsman.

Mower County Minnesota Transcripts
December 30, 1885, Austin, MN


A telegram was received, yesterday morning, by Alonzo Fairbanks, of this city, bearing the sad news of the death of his brother, Henry A., at Fergus Falls, Monday evening, of inflammatory rheumatism, and that the remains would be brought to Austin for interment. Henry A. Fairbanks came to Austin about fifteen years ago, and has resided here during that time, with the exception of the past two or three years, when he has been in the hotel business at Wells and Fergus Falls. He served his country in the late war in the Army of the Potomac, going out from Vermont, his native State. His age was 50 years. Oakwood Cemetery in this city contains the remains of his five children--three by his first wife and two by his second; the [second] wife alone survives him. Mr. Fairbanks had many good qualities, chief among them kindliness and generosity. He was a member of the Odd Fellows lodge of this city, and will probably be buried by that Order, and by the McIntyre Post, No. 66, G.A.R., of which he was also a member. Funeral today at the Armory, at 3 p.m.

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