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Haddleston, Daniel
ca. 1835 OH-7 May 1910
Co. I, 4 CA Inf.
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (GAR plot)
Pension No. 943,346

Daniel Huddleston [sic] died Saturday night after an illness of several weeks and the funeral occurred Monday afternoon. The deceased had been a resident of this section for a number of years. Ukiah Republican Press 13 May 1910.

1910 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Ukiah City, ED 70, p. 383-A, sheet 21, dwelling 402, family 402, Daniel Haddleston; NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 88.
Hagans, Wallace Montgomery 
1839 IL-4 April 1891
Mt’d Detachment CA Cav.
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (S-5, Lot 6, SE)

Death of W. M. Hagans. – The many friends of Wallace M. H.[sic] Hagans throughout Mendocino and neighboring counties will learn with much regret of his death, which took place at his home in Ukiah last Saturday afternoon. Deceased had been confined to his bed for almost a week, and had been in poor health for several years. The funeral took place on Tuesday morning from the Masonic Hall, the services being conducted by Abell Lodge, No. 76, F. & A. M., of which he was a member. Despite the stormy weather it was largely attended.
Wallace M. Hagans was born in Fulton county, Illinois, in 1837. He came to California in 1854 and settled in Sonoma county. In 1859 he went to Humboldt county and ran a dairy ranch until burned out by Indians in 1862. He went to Montana in the same year and engaged in the butcher business, and remained there until 1872 when he came to Mendocino county, since which time he has been connected in the hotel business with his brother, W. A. Hagan[s], in Ukiah. Deceased was married to Miss Louise Westbrook in 1875, who died about fourteen months after their marriage. In 1880 he married Miss Georgie Reed, who survives him.
During his long residence here he acquired a wide circle of friends by which he was highly esteemed. He leaves a wife, two brothers, W. A. Hagans, of Ukiah, and E. B. Hagans, of San Francisco, and one sister, Mrs. L. S. Sullivan, of Ukiah, to mourn his loss. Dispatch and Democrat, 10 April 1891, p. 3, c. 3.
Halstead, Charles A.
1843 NY-7 December 1921
Co. C, 25 NY Cav.
Rose Memorial Park, Fort Bragg
Pension No. 670,424

CIVIL WAR VETERAN DIES IN METROPOLIS – Charles Halstead, a Civil War Veteran and a highly respected citizen of Fort Bragg, died in San Francisco last Wednesday from complications brought on by old age.
Mr. Halstead was a native of New York State and was 78 years old. For the past three years he made his home with F. Armstrong in Fort Bragg, who cared for him during his failing health prior to the time he was taken to the metropolis for treatment.
Impressive funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon from the Fort Bragg Undertaking Parlors under the joint auspices of Missionary Ridge, G. A. R., and Sequoia post of American Legion. Interment was made in the Grand Army plot in the Fort Bragg Cemetery. Fort Bragg Advocate, 14 December 1921, p. 1, c. 3.

1920 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Fort Bragg City, ED 122, p. 179-B (stamped), sheet 3, dwelling 77, family 78, Charles A. Holstead; NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 121.
Ham, Charles M.
16 January 1846 ME-18 April 1907
Co. B, 10 NH Inf.
Rose Memorial Park, Fort Bragg
Pension No. 638,181

Death of Old Soldier – Charles M. Ham, a resident of Fort Bragg for the past three years and a half, died Thursday morning after a short illness.
At the time of his death Mr. Ham was 61 years, 3 months and 2 days old. He was born in the State of Maine, and served in the 10th New Hampshire, Company B, when the great struggle between the north and the south raged. Although a comparatively new commer [sic] here, we have heard him spoken of in the highest terms by those who knew him. A widow and a son Arthur G. ham survive him.
The funeral took place Friday afternoon, Rev. A. J. Sturtevant holding service in the undertaking parlors. At the grave the G. A. R. ceremony was performed by the old soldiers. Fort Bragg Advocate, 24 April 1907, p. 3, c. 4.
Hansard, Calvin B.
1816 TN- 5 December 1881 (Confederate)
Maj., 8th Div., MO State Guard
Redwood Valley Cemetery

DIED – In Redwood, December 5, 1881, Calvin B. Hansard, a native of Tennessee, aged 65 years. Ukiah City Press, 9 December 1881.

REDWOOD VALLEY, Dec. 19th, 1881. To the Editors of the Dispatch and Democrat:...There was a burial at the graveyard, at the school-house, last week – Calvin Hansard, aged sixty-five years, and a native of Tennessee. He had been in bad health for years. His father, John Hansard, now in his eighty-ninth year, is living in this valley, and is in excellent health and pretty stout, which should be a strong point in favor of the healthfulness of our valley. Dispatch Democrat, 23 December 1881.

1870 U.S. census, Yuba County, California, population schedule, Linda township, Marysville post office, p. 557 (stamped), dwelling 75, family 66, Calvin Hansard in J. Hansard household; NARA microfilm 
publication M593, roll 93.

1880 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Calpella township, ED 58, p. 216-D (stamped), dwelling 155, family 155, John & Calvin Hansard; NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 68.
ca. 1825-1 October 1900
Co. K, 4 Provisional MO Militia
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (GAR?)
Pension No. 508,127

Death of Robt. Harrison – Robt. Harrison, a veteran of the Civil War, died in Ukiah Monday, October 1, 1900, at the age of 75 years. The deceased was, during the Civil war a member of Company K, 4th Provisional Missouri Regiment, and at the time of his death a member of the Grand Army Post at Sacramento. He leaves a widow, one son and one daughter, besides many friends to mourn his demise.(Sacramento and San Francisco papers please copy.) Dispatch Democrat 5 October 1900.
Heap, Charles Wells 
29 November 1844 IN-25 April 1911
Co. H, 130 IL Inf.
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (R-6, Row 6, no. 16)
Pension No. 732,938

CHARLES WELLS HEAP ANSWERS LAST CALL – Charles Wells Heap died at his home in this city April 25 and the funeral services were held at the St. John’s Methodist Episcopal church Wednesday afternoon at 3 p. m. A large concourse of sorrowing friends followed the remains to their last resting place. The deceased was a native of Indiana and came to this county from Humboldt in 1890. He was a progressive and energetic citizen and a strong Republican.
Since moving to his section he has been interested in mills and has brought a number of people into this county to invest their money in timber and mill properties. Some months ago he was taken ill and has steadily grown worse until the end.
Charles Wells Heap was born in Madison, Ind., Nov. 29, 1844, and moved with his parents to Illinois when a small child. When the civil was broke out he enlisted in the 26th Mo. Volunteer infantry for three months service, at the age of 16. On the expiration of this enlistment he again enlisted this time in the 130 Ill. Volunteers and was captured at the battle of the Sabine Cross roads and taken to Tyler, Tex., where he was held a prisoner of war for fourteen months, or until the close of the war.
At Olney, Ill., January 26, 1869, he was married to Miss Ella Wright and they moved to California in the fall of 1885 finally locating in Humboldt county. Here the deceased engaged in lumbering. He moved to Ukiah in the fall of 1889 and engaged in the lumber business near Orrs springs and has engaged in saw milling and lumbering in and around Ukiah up to the time of his last illness.
Besides the bereaved widow four children–Mrs. Nathan Beckley of this city, J. W. and Will Heap of Willits and Mrs. W. A. of San Francisco–survive him to mourn his loss and share the sympathy of the community. All of the children were here to attend the funeral. Ukiah Republican Press 28 April 1911.
Heckendorf, Louis (Ludwig) Otto
23 January 1850 WI-5 August 1922
Co. G, 51 WI Inf.
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (S-1, Lot 3, SE ½)
Pension No. 1,157,729

L. HECKENDORF IS DEAD OF INJURIES – Death came to relieve the suffering of Louis Heckendorf Sunday morning at two o’clock. Mr. Heckendorf was injured in an automobile accident Thursday about ten miles from town on the Hot Springs road. In company with a party of friends Mr. Heckendorf and his son, Charles, were returning from a visit to the coast. The other members of the party took the lead, the Heckendorf car being the last in the party. The accident occurred when the car struck a rock and Charles Heckendorf, who was driving, lost control of the wheel. The car skidded and overturned pinning the dead man underneath until it turned turtle the second time. The driver’s foot caught between the brake lever and the coil box, causing a compound fracture of the ankle and severing an artery. He would have bled to death, but for the timely arrival of a party from San Francisco among whom was a professional nurse who carried a first aid equipment with which she gave treatment to the injured until the other members of the party could be overtaken and the victims of the accident brought into the city where Louis Heckendorf was found to be suffering from internal injuries which resulted in his death as stated above. 
Long Lived Here – Mr. Heckendorf was a well known and highly respected citizen of Mendocino where he had resided since 1888 and many friends mourned when news of his death became known. The funeral service was held yesterday at 10:00 a. m. from the Cleland chapel the Rev. A. N. Martin of the Christian church officiating. The pall bearers were J. L. McCracken, Ed. Sanford, F. O. Scott, B. Miller, William Nickle and S. A. Richey.
Louis Heckendorf was born in 1850 and came to California in 1888 with his wife and family. He located in Calpella where he was the village balcksmith for many years, genial and honest, with sincerity of purpose ever uppermost.
During this time Mr. Heckendorf became owner of a ranch in Coyote valley which he possessed up to the time of his death. He retired from active work about ten years ago since which timehe has resided with his family at 936 West Standley St.
Served During War – During the civil war Mr. Heckendorf, at the age of 17, served with the union forces as a member of Co. G, 51st Wisconsin volunteer infantry. Surviving Mr. Heckendorf are a wife, Minnie, five sons, August Heckendorf of San Jose, Wiliam Heckendorf of Willits, Henry Heckendorf of Lake county, Charles Heckendorf of Ukiah, George Heckendorf of Kerby, Oregon, and three daughters, Mrs. E. P. Shearer of Chico, Miss Lillie Heckendorf of Ukiah and Mrs. P. F. Scammon of San Francisco, all of whom were here to attend the funeral and to whom the sympathy of many friends is extended. Ukiah Republican Press 9 August 1922.

1910 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Ukiah City, ED 68, p. 319-A (stamped), sheet 21, dwelling 216, family 219, Lewis Heckendorf; NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 88.
Hely, George V. 
ca. 1837 Ire.-10 November 1918
Co. A, 3 CA Inf.
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (GAR plot)
Pension No. 1,112,254

HEALY, GEORGE V. – A Grand Army Veteran died November 10, at the Mendocino State Hospital, and was laid to rest the following day, in the Soldiers plot, in the Local Cemetery, Deceased was 81 years. Dispatch Democrat 15 November 1918

1910 U.S. census, Humboldt County, California, population schedule, Eureka City, ED 7, p. 44-A, sheet 3, dwelling 43, family 58, George V. Hely; NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 77. Union Army
Herring, George Henry 
1843 MD-3 November 1913
Co. B, 59 IL Inf.
Cuffey’s Cove Cemetery, Elk
Pension No. 1,113,414

COAST PIONEER PASSES AWAY AT GREENWOOD – Last Monday George Herring, a resident of this coast for over forty years, and who for the last fourteen years has been employed in taking care of stage stock at Greenwood, passed away at the age of 71 years.
Deceased was well-known and liked by the many friends and acquaintances which he made during his long residence on this coast. He was a veteran of the Civil War, and so far as is known left no relatives. The funeral took place Wednesday. The place of interment was the cemetery at Cuffey’s Cove. Mendocino Beacon, 8 November 1913, p. 1, c. 2.

1910 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Cuffey’s Cove Township, ED 60, p. 117-B (stamped), sheet 6, dwelling 76, family 83, George H. Herring; NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 88. Union Army
Hickman, Benjamin F. 
1840-30 November 1896
Co. K, 20 WI Inf.
Westport Cemetery
Pension No. 450,598

– B. F. Hickman committed suicide at Westport on Monday night of last week. He had been ill for some time past, and becoming despondent, shot himself. He was a carpenter by occupation and leaves a widow and four daughters, being a native of Indiana and a civil war veteran. Fort Bragg Advocate, 9 December 1896, p. 3, c. 2.
Hilliard, Reuben Andrew 
October 1838 PA-24 August 1903
2nd Lt., Co. B, 47 PA Inf.
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (Robert Hilyard, GAR plot?)
Pension No. 1,040,259

Dropped Dead at Handley’s – About five o’clock Tuesday morning Rueben Hillyard, the hostler for the Johnson stage lines at Handley’s on the Mendocino road, arose as usual to pursue the duties of the day. He started to dress himself as usual but had not proceeded far when he was heard by a lodger in an adjoining room to fall heavily to the floor. The room was entered and Hillyard was found lying upon the floor breathing his last.
The news of his death was sent to Ukiah and on Wednesday Coroner Taylor went out to hold an inquest. Dr. Rea went out to perform an autopsy which showed that valvular lesion of the heart was the cause of death. The remains were brought to Ukiah Wednesday night for interment.
Deceased was a native of Maine, aged 69 years, and was a Grand Army veteran. We have been able to learn nothing with regard to relatives of the deceased. – Dispatch. Mendocino Beacon 5 September 1895.
Hohn, John 
b. Ger., d. 8 November 1899
Lt., Co. E, 4 OH Cav.
Rose Memorial Park, Fort Bragg
Pension No. 567,328

Captain Hohn died last Wednesday night and was buried Friday afternoon under the auspices of the Grand army. Fort Bragg Advocate, 15 November 1899, p. 3, c. 3.
Holland, Lawrence Christopher 
11 January 1846 SC-22 November 1928 (Confederate)
Co. B, 58 AL Inf.
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (R-6 SW ½, Row H, sp 13)

L. C. Holland Dies in Ukiah Thursday – L. C. Holland, father of Elbert Holland of this city, passed away Thursday. Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 2:00 o’clock at the Cleland Funeral Home.Lawrence Christopher Holland was born in South Carolina, January 11, 1846 and was aged 82 years, 10 months and 11 days at the time of his death. His boyhood was spent in Georgia from where he enlisted in the Confederate army, under General Bragg. In 1866 he was married to Miss Adeline Maddux in Alabama. The Holland-Maddux families soon moved to Texas where the only child was born. In 1887 the Holland family came to California, locating in Lakeport, from where they moved to the Sherwood valley section in 1889. This was his home until about six years ago, when he came to live in Ukiah. The wife preceded him to the grave 25 years ago this month. He leaves besides his son, Elbert, a grandson, Elston. Dispatch Democrat, 24 November 1928. 

L.G. Holland Buried Here Saturday Last – Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, at two o’clock, at the Cleland Funeral Home for L. G. Holland, who died here Thursday following a long illness. Mr. Holland was the Father of Elbert Holland, local clergyman and was 82 years old. He was a native of South Carolina and had been a resident of Mendocino county 40 years, most of which was passed in Sherwood Valley. Mr. Holland was greatly respected for his kindly, sterling qualities of manhood. Beside his son, Mr. Holland is survived by a grandson, Elston Holland of this city. Ukiah Republican Press, 28 November 1928.

1880 U.S census, Jack County, Texas, population schedule, Pct. 1, ED 158, p. 9-B, dwelling 162, family 162, L. C. Holland; NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 1313.

1900 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Little Lake Township, ED 71, p. 95-B (stamped), 
sheet 9, dwelling 199, family 199, Lawrence C Holland; NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 93.

1920 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Sherwood Pct., ED 114, p. 81-B, family 114, 
Christopher L. Holland; NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 121.
Horr, Riley James 
6 October 1832 NY-16 March 1920
Co. E, 10 NY Heavy Artillery
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (Y-4, Lot 5)

RILEY HORR PASSES AWAY AT YOUNTVILLE – Riley Horr, a resident of Yountville, died at his home on March 16, aged 88 years. He was the father of Ben Horr of this city. The remains will be brought here for interment, and the funeral services will take place today from the Eversole funeral parlors. Besides Ben Horr of this city, the deceased is survived by two other sons, George Horr of Red Bluff and Fred Horr of Burney. Dispatch Democrat 19 Mar 1920.

HORR FUNERAL TODAY The funeral of Riley J. Horr, father of Ben and George Horr of this city, who died at Yountville Tuesday, was held here at 10 o’clock this morning. He was a native of New York and was aged 88 years. Ukiah Republican Press 19 Mar 1920.
Howe, Newton Phineas 
27 September 1837 NY-5 June 1912
Co. B, 13 IL Inf.GAR
Potter Valley Cemetery
Pension No. 747,054

NEWTON P. HOWE. – ...His father was also Newton P. Howe, and a native of New York state. He went to Missouri in an early day and there taught in the public schools until the opening of the Civil war, when he enlisted in the cause of the Union and served with distinction. Later he again taught in Missouri, and in 1876 came to California, locating in Shasta county. Here he followed his profession as a teacher until 1884, when he removed to Potter valley and continued teaching in conjunction with farming until about 1909, when he retired to Berkeley, dying there in 1912. His wife, and the mother of the present honored citizen of Point Arena, was Laura Bates, a native of Illinois, and is now residing in Berkeley... (Aurelius O. Carpenter and Percy H. Millberry, History of Mendocino and Lake Counties, California... [Los Angeles, Cal.: Historic Record Co., 1914], 729.)

1910 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Potter Valley, ED 63, p. 194-A (stamped), sheet 6, dwelling 88, family 90, Newton P Howe; NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 88. Union Army
Huff, John Randolph 
15 July 1845 ME-3 September 1918
6 Battery, 1 Battalion ME Light Artillery
Evergreen Cemetery, Mendocino
Pension No. 867,958

PIONEER OF COAST PASSES AT MENDO – MENDOCINO, Sept. 4. – John Huff passed away at his home here Tuesday afternoon after an illness of several weeks. Mr. Huff was a pioneer of the coast. He is survived by his wife, Mary Huff. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon from the home. Fort Bragg Advocate News, 4 September 1918. Dispatch Democrat, 6 September 1918.

1910 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Big River Township, ED 58, p. 69-A (stamped), sheet 9, dwelling 188, family 189, Jno R Huff; NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 88.
Isbell, William 
4 July 1820 TN-9 May1900 (Confederate)
Capt., Co. E, 5 MO Cav. State Guards CSA
Russian River Cemetery, Ukiah (T-6, Lot 11, SE)

DEATH’S ICY FINGER – On last Tuesday morning this community was shocked and pained to hear of the death of William Isbell, one of our most enterprising business men. Mr. Isbell had been ill for some time past. A year ago he had a severe attack of pneumonia from which he never fully regained his strength. A few weeks ago he took a bad cold which rapidly developed into pneumonia, from the effects of which he passed away at 6 o’clock a. m. last Tuesday. William Isbell was born in Tennessee on July 4th, 1820. In the spring of ‘50 he started across the plains for California, arriving here in August of the same year, settling in Placer county. He visited the various mining camps of the state and finally run a stage line from Colusa to Shasta and continued in this business until January, 18[5]4, when he returned to his home in the states. After a short visit with his parents he returned to California with a herd of cattle, which he brought to Sacramento. He traded around the state and accumulated considerable property. In ‘56 he received news of his fathers death in Arkansas, and he returned home at once and took charge of the plantation. He then engaged in farming and stock trading until 1861, when the war broke out; in which he took an active part. He was captain of company E, Fifth regiment, Eighth division, Missouri State guards, in General Price’s army, in which he served four years, distinguishing himself on many occasions. In 1865 he moved to Benton county, Arkansas, and in 1870 was elected sheriff of that county, which office he held until September 15, 1874, in which year he returned to California, settling in Ukiah. He immediately bought the Ukiah Flouring mills which he thoroughly renovated, and has continuously ever since maintained this industry. 
Mr. Isbell has always held a high place in the esteem and regard of his many friends. He leaves a wife and three children – Nannie C. Morgan, William G. Isbell and Sterling Price Isbell to mourn his demise, besides a host of friends and acquaintances. Mr. Isbell stood high in the Masonic fraternity, being a Knight Templar. He will be buried under the auspices of that organization tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Baptist church. Ukiah Republican Press 11 May 1900.

1860 U.S. census, Newton County, Missouri, population schedule, Neosho township, p. 863, dwelling 363, family 361, William isbell; NARA microfilm publication M653, roll 636.

1870 U.S. census, Benton County, Arkansas, population schedule, Osage township, Bentonville post office, p. 291 (stamped), dwelling 657, family 655, William Isbell; NARA microfilm publication M593, roll 47.

1880 U.S. census, Mendocino County, California, population schedule, Ukiah township, ED 57, p. 197-A, William Isbell; NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 68.
Joy, Charles Henry 
1842 NH-26 December 1913
Co. E, 9 NH Inf.
Evergreen Cemetery, Mendocino
Pension No. 816,696

ANOTHER VETERAN ANSWERS CALL – Charles H. Joy, a Civil War veteran and former prominent rancher of the south coast, died at his home in Los Gatos Friday morning, at the age of 71 years.
Deceased was born in New Hampshire and came to this coast 44 years ago, first locating at Navarro Ridge and later at the old Rice ranch, north of Jack Peter’s Gulch. Ten years ago he and his family moved to Los Gatos. A widow and five children survive.
The funeral took place at Mendocino this week. Fort Bragg Advocate, 31 December 1913, p. 1, c. 2.

Charles H. Joy, a former pioneer resident of this coast, who left here about ten years ago and since then has been living in Oakland and Los Gatos, passed away at the latter place yesterday morning. His death was not unexpected as he had been seriously ill for some time. Mendocino Beacon 27 December 1913.