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COMPHER, JOHN H (1838-1884) IOOF 
(Salinas Weekly Index December 18, 1884) 
Death of John H. Compher John H Compher died at the Globe Hotel in this city on Monday last, having succumbed to that insidious malady, consumption. The deceased was a native of Illinois, aged 46 years, and leaves a wife and one child to mourn their irreparable loss. He was tolerably well-to-do, being the owner of a stock ranch and the possessor of considerable stock in the mountains near Tassajara Springs. He was an officer in the Indiana militia during the war of the rebellion and presented his sash, belt and sword- a fine outfit, costing over $100- to the Steedman Post No. 59, G.A.R. of Salinas. Having never been mustered in the regular army, he couldn’t belong to the Grand Army organization, but Steedman Post elected him an honorary member. He was a kind husband and father, a good neighbor, and honorable in all his dealings with his fellow men. His death is regretted by a large circle of warm friends who d eeply sympathize with the little family left behind. 

The funeral took place at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon, the following named members of Steedman post acted as pall-bearers. O. Cayer, A.W. Anderson, F.J. Trope, Dan McDougall, J.H. McIntyre and M Fall.

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Researched and Compiled by : Timothy P. Reese, PCC of Salinas , CA. & Robert L. Nelson ,PCC. of Santa Cruz.CA. Both members of the “Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War”. Department of California & Pacific. Camp Abraham Lincoln # 10. The Reese-Nelson CWV-MC Data Base
Sep 2009