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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.

Pacific Grove Daily Review March 4, 1920)
Service Record of Charles F. French
I was born in Chelsea, Maine, Kennebec County on September 20, 1847. Received a grammar school education and was attending what would be called a high school at the time of entering the Army. I enlisted January 2nd 1864, was mustered into the United States service January 8th going as a substitute of a drafted man assigned to Company F Unattached Maine Volunteers. Was then with four additional companies transferred to the 31st Maine Infantry and left Augusta April 6th, 1864. Served in the First Brigade, Second Division, Ninth Corps, through the campaigning of 1864 and spring of 1865. He was mustered out on July 2nd 1865 at Augusta Maine.

You are hereby requested to assemble at Post Headquarters, Work Hall, Pacific Grove, Friday march 5th, at 9 o'clock a.m., to attend the funeral of Comrade C.F. French, which will be held from the Presbyterian Church in Monterey at 10 o'clock a.m. under the auspices of the Grand Army of the Republic.
Following the ritualistic service of the Grand Army, the Masonic Order will take charge of the funeral and accompany Comrade French's remains to the Monterey Cemetery, and interment will be made under the direction of their Order and Comrades of the Grand Army of the Republic will return to Pacific Grove.
By order of S.A. Woolf, Post Commander. Eli Fisher, Adjutant.

Monterey Cypress and American March 5, 1920)
Funeral of Charles F. French
The Funeral of Charles F. French was held this morning from the Presbyterian Church in this city, with the Rev. Orville Coats and the Rev. T. J. Barkle as the officiating clergyman.

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.”
Interment Carmelo Cemetery.


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