California Genealogy and History Archives
Civil War Veterans
|PVT: CHARLES FRANKLIN FRENCH of the 31st Maine Infantry of Company F, Civil War Veteran of Monterey County.
Charles Franklin French was born in Hollowell, Maine on September 20, 1847. During the Civil War he enlisted into the 31 Maine Infantry of Company F on January 2, 1864 in Chelsea, Maine and was mustered out on July 2, 1865 in Augusta, Maine. He married, and his wife’s name was Eva Josephine (maiden name unknown at this time). Charles F. French died on March 2, 1920 in his home in Monterey. His internment was made at the El Encinal Cemetery in Monterey, California. He was a member of the Lucius Fairchild GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) Post #179, based out of the City of Pacific Grove, California.
The following are obituaries from the Monterey Cypress & American and the Pacific Grove Daily Review Newspapers.
FRENCH, CHARLES FRANKLIN (1847-1920) Monterey, El Encinal Cemetery
Monterey Daily Cypress & Monterey American March 3, 1920)
Passing of C.F. French
C. F. French died at his home in this city last night after a brief illness, aged seventy two years. He was born in Hollowell, Maine, he was but sixteen years of age at the outbreak of the Civil war, and had just entered college, but he discontinued his studies and entered the United States Army, serving for several years in putting down the rebellion.
He served one term as City Councilman of Monterey, being in office at the time Carmel Martin was Mayor of this city.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge at Santa Rosa, a member of Lucius Fairchild Post, Grand Army of the Republic at Pacific Grove, and a member of the Monterey Eastern Star lodge.
Besides his wife, Eva J. French, he leaves two daughters, Mrs. Samuel Palmer of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Miss Bessie French, a teacher in the Los Angeles public schools.
He had been a resident of Monterey for the past fifteen years, and was a highly respected member of this community.
Arrangements for the funeral will not be made until word is received from the daughters.
Mr. French was an honored member of the local lodge of Masons and also of Lucius Fairchild Post, Grand Army of the Republic, and both orders participated in the funeral ceremonies, the first named at the grave and the Post at the church.
He was also an esteemed honorary member of Fairchild Circle, Ladies of the Grand Army, and the flag service of that order was given by Mrs. Wallace C. Brown.
The different organizations and many relatives and friends attested their esteem by sending beautiful flora offerings.
The choir of the church sang the beautiful hymn, “Lead Kindly Light” and “Abide With Me.”