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Lorin William Olds

Posted By: Leslie Vaughn
Date: Tuesday, 12 February 2008, at 11:25 p.m.

Unknown Wisconsin paper and unknown date March 1928

Lorin Olds
Civil War Veteran Dies in 91st year

The Surviving members of Charles H. post G.A.R. now number but 3. Lorin W. Olds, eldest of the quartet of veterans died Saturday night July 7, at his home in Caledonia. He was in his ninety-first year. Four months to a day had elapsed since his 90th birthday. Mr. Olds had been an invalid many months before his death. Although confined to his bed, he conversed with visitors until the last. Funeral Services were held Tuesday afternoon from the home in Caledonia. Burial was made in Evergreen cemetery in Centerville. The Rev. John J. Pauley, pastor of the Galesville, Presbyterian Church of which Mr. Olds was a member, conducted the services.

Veterans A. A. Beck and Will Kribs attended the last rites to the old comrade. Frank Sappee, third surviving member of the Post, was confined to his home by illness.

Mr Olds had been a resident of Trempealeau county seventy-six years. He was born in Greene, Chenango County, New York March 7, 1838. His parents came to Wisconsin and settled in the town of Caledonia in 1852, when the son, Loren, was 14. Five years later, in September, 1861, he volunteered at La Crosse for the Union Army as a sharpshooter. The unit there being filled, he was sent to St. Louis where he was enrolled in the Eighth Missouri. In the spring of 1862 he was stricken with measles and was for a long time in the Army hospital. Then he suffered a relapse and set home on a cot. He was mustered out in June of that year. He never recovered a full measure of health.

On July 1, 1865, Mr Olds married Nancy Compton. Thirty years later on their anniversary, she died a few hours after being thrown from a buggy when her horse ran away descending the hill at the Arctic Springs creamery. Three children were born in this marriage; two died in infancy; a son, Byron, resides on the old farm. Mr. Olds married Mrs. Marian Hamilton in September 1898, who survives him. A surviving sister, Mrs. Theodore Rieker, resides in California. Mr. Olds was a charter member of Charles H. Ford Post, G.A.R."

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