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TUTTLE, HIRAM (1837-1895) IOOF (Monterey County Library Search 2001) 

After a great deal of research and investigation I was unable to secure many facts pertaining to the life of Dr. Hiram Tuttle Dr. Tuttle was one of the early day doctors in Salinas, having practiced here prior to 1886. 

Before securing his medical degree Hiram Tuttle taught school in Watsonville. He married a Miss Johnson from that city. He was the father of a large family. After practicing medicine in Salinas he moved to the state of Oregon to live with one of his sons who resided in that state.

(Salinas Weekly Index September 26, 1895) 
Death of H.C. Tuttle 
Hiram C. Tuttle, a pioneer of Salinas, died of pneumonia, at his home in San Miguel Canyon, about 4 o’clock last Monday afternoon, leaving a wife and several children to mourn their great loss. The deceased was a native of Ohio and in the fifty eighth year of his age. He had been sick only a few days. he was highly esteemed and respected by a large circle of friends and acquaintances. he was senior vice commander of James H. Steedman Post G.A.R. of Salinas, under whose auspices the old soldier was laid away to rest in the I.O.O.F. cemetery yesterday afternoon. A vast concourse of people followed the remains to the grave.

(Salinas Morning Democrat Sept 28, 1895) 
Buried With G.A.R. Honors 
All that was mortal of the veteran Hiram C. Tuttle, the devoted father, steadfast friend and exemplary citizen was laid away at rest yesterday in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in this city. The burial was under the auspices of Gen. James G. Steedman Post, No. 56 G.A.R., of which the deceased was Senior Vice Commander. This is the first death in the Post since its re-organization and the first funeral here that has been conducted strictly according the G.A.R. ritual.

Troop C,N.C.G.C., turned out dismounted under the command of Captain M.J. Burke, and escorted the G.A.R. Post to the Southern Pacific railroad crossing on San Juan street where the procession accompanying the remains of the late comrade were met. From there the hearse and long line of carriages as escorted to the church with Troop C. in the lead and seventeen out of the thirty two remaining members of the Post marched immediately in front of the hearse conveying the remains to the U.P. Church, keeping step to the muffled drum of the cavalry troop. Arriving at the church, the G.A.R. comrades entered with the mourners, Troop C being required by the military rules applying to escort duty to remain outside until the procession moved to the cemetery. The veterans declare that too much praise cannot be accorded the members of the troop for their fine turnout and the soldierly spirit shown in the very prompt and willing manner in which they performed their escort service.

At the church the pastor, Rev. George McCormick, DD preached an impressive and eloquent sermon, extolling the many good qualities of the deceased and offering the consolations of the Word of God to those into whose hearts the arrows of deep affliction had so deeply sunken.

At the grave the coffin was surrounded by the comrades, the commander at its head, the chaplain at its foot, with the members of the Post in the rear of the chaplain. The commander thereupon announced the purpose of the Post’s assembling to pay their last tribute to the dead soldier and the chaplain invoked the Divine blessing. Then followed the ritual address by the commander, and the first comrade placed a wreath of flowers upon the coffin, a symbol of undying love for comrades of the war; then the second comrade deposited a rose, the symbol of purity at the lowly grave, and the third comrade laid the last token of affection from comrades n arms, a laurel leaf, the emblem of victory. The casket as then lowered into the grave, three salutes were fired to the sound of tattoo and bugle calls, the chaplain’s address was concluded, the benediction as pronounced by Rev. Dr. McCormick, and the dead comrade was left to his undisturbed repose until the bugle call of the resurrection morn.

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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