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PVT: RICHARD CHARLES WORNES, of the 7th California Infantry, Company B of the California Column, Civil War Veteran of Monterey County.

Richard C. Wornes Not much is known about this man, he is mentioned many times in attendance at GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) local functions and meetings in the City of Pacific Grove, his birth place and date of birth is unknown at this time.

During the Great War of the Rebellion, he enlisted into the 7th California Infantry, of Company B out of Marysville, California on October 1, 1864 and was mustered out at the Presidio of San Francisco on April 26, 1866. His wife was named Mary Ann (when they married is unknown at this time), He created the St. Charles Hotel in Pacific Grove. His wife Mary Ann died in Monterey on August 1, 1910 and is buried at the El Carmelo Cemetery in Pacific Grove. Richard C. Wornes died in his sleep of apparent heart failure on February 13, 1921 at his daughter’s home in San Francisco; his body was transported by railway to Monterey County and is buried next to his wife in El Carmelo Cemetery in the GAR Plot in Pacific Grove, CA. R.C. Wornes was a member of the Lucius Fairchild GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) Post #179.

Below is the Obituary transcription for Richard C. Wornes, it is a brief obit from the Monterey Daily Cypress and Monterey American, issue February 14, 1921.

WORNES, RICHARD C (-1921) Pacific Grove El Carmelo 
(Monterey Daily Cypress February 14, 1921) 
Monterey Pioneer Passes Away

Richard Charles Wornes passed away yesterday in San Francisco at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Donaldson. The remains will be brought to Pacific Grove tomorrow on the noon train, from whence the body will be escorted to the Pacific Grove cemetery by local Grand Army men for interment. The body will be placed beside that of Mrs. Wornes, who passed away a number of years ago.

Mr. Wornes was one of the real old timers of this section, having started the St. Charles hotel here many years ago. For many years he lived up back of the high s chool. Of late years he has resided in San Francisco. He was a veteran of the Civil War and is well remembered by the older residents of the city.

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Compiled and Submitted: by Tim P. Reese, PCC  
Camp Abe Lincoln #10 based out of Santa Cruz, Ca  
Dept. of Calif. and Pacific  
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War  
Sep 2009