California Genealogy and History Archives
Civil War Veterans
SGT: JOHN R. PATRICK, of the 28th Illinois Infantry of company H. Civil War Veteran of Monterey County.
John R. Patrick was born in Columbia County, New York on April 2nd, 1838. At the out-break of the Civil War, he enlisted in the Union Army in the 28th Illinois Infantry, Company H as a Commissary Sergeant from October 15th 1861 to August 26th, 1864. He arrived in Monterey County in 1879 and took employment with the local Rail Road Company. He was an honored member of the Lucius Fairchild GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) Post # 179 based out of Pacific Grove. He died on March 9, 1909, at his place of business on Grand Avenue of heart failure. He is buried at the El Encinal Cemetery in Monterey.
The following are newspaper clips of his obituary, the GAR summons for funeral service, and a small bit on his campaign for a second term as City Clerk for Pacific Grove.
PATRICK, JOHN R. (1838-1909) Pacific
Death of J. R.
Mr. Patrick had been a sufferer from heart trouble for years, and has been far from well for some time, and it was on this account that he was accompanied to his place of business on Grand avenue yesterday morning about 8:30 o’clock. Upon entering the store Mr. Patrick complained of feeling oppressed, and said he must get off his coat at once, and proceeded at once to the lavatory in the rear of the store.
Mr. Patrick felt alarmed when several minutes elapsed and he had not returned, and following found him dead.
She gave the alarm at once. H.B. Burling, who was close at hand, ran to her assistance. Dr. Ritchie was called but could do nothing, as life was already extinct. Coroner Muller was at once notified and the remains were removed to the undertaking parlors of J.K. Paul.
The deceased was well known all over the Monterey peninsula, having come to Monterey to work for the railroad company in 1879 or 1880, when the Del Monte Hotel was being built. He was a native of Columbia county, New York, but when a you man moved to Vermont, IL, where at the beginning of the Civil war he enlisted in the Twenty eighth Illinois Infantry, serving during the entire war in the capacity of quartermaster sergeant.
After the close of the war he settled in Nebraska and during a portion of the time he was a resident of that state he was adjutant general of the state.
In 1874 he became interested in mining and came to California, where he settled in Forest City, later removing to Sacramento, where he followed his trade of a carpenter, coming from that place to work on the Del Monte Hotel.
He has always liked this part of the state and never cared to leave it. He was for some time justice of the peace in Pacific Grove, and also served for several years as city clerk, retiring from that office about a year ago.
Mr. Patrick was an honored member of the Lucius Fairchild Post, G.A.R., a member of the Masonic lodge of Monterey and a member of the Christian Church. He will be missed by many friends in the community who loved him for his honesty and kindness of heart.
Besides his grief stricken widow whom he married forty six years ago in Illinois, he leaves a son, Harry Patrick of Sacramento, a sister, Mrs. H.J.C. Bickford of New Monterey, a niece, Mrs. V. Barber of New Monterey, and a nephew, H.R. Bickford of Monterey.
The funeral services will probably be held on Thursday from the Christian Church under the auspices of the Masonic lodge.
Coroner Muller held an inquest in the afternoon, and the jury returned a verdict of death from natural causes.
(Monterey Daily Cypress, March 11,
Funeral of J.R. Patrick
Interment will be in the Masonic cemetery at Monterey.
(Pacific Grove Daily Review, January
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and Submitted: by Tim P. Reese, PCC