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Gabriel Bouck obituary
The Stevens Point Journal (Stevens Point, WI) - February 27, 1904
Col. Gabriel Bouck
Distinguished Attorney Passes Away at Oshkosh
Col. Gabriel Bouck, who
has been in failing health for some time, passed away in his room at the Athearn
hotel at Oshkosh, Sunday morning at 2:45. Death was the result of general
debility due to old age. He was 76 years old. He had been confined to his room
for four months.
Gabe Bouck was one of the most widely known attorneys in the state for his ability, his peculiar name and his still more peculiar habits and taciturnity. He was born in Fultonham, Schoharie county, N. Y. He came to Milwaukee in 1848, read law with Finch & Lynde for about a year, when he removed to Oshkosh and had been engaged in the practice of law in that city ever since. In the Civil war he was appointed a captain in the Second Wisconsin and went to the army of the Potomac. Later, after Col. Alban of Plover was killed at Shiloh, Bouck was promoted to colonel of the Eighteenth Wisconsin, serving with the regiment until Jan. 4, 1864, when he resigned and came home. During part of this time the late Judge G. L. Park of this city was adjutant of the regiment. One of the many stories told of Bouck's eccentricities when he was colonel of the Eighteenth was that on one occasion it was reported that six men of a New Jersey regiment in the brigade had been baptized that morning. On hearing of it Bouck called Adjutant Park and issued this command: "Adjutant, have six men detailed for baptism tomorrow morning; I am not going to have any blank Jersey regiment get ahead of the Eighteenth Wisconsin."
In 1857 Bouck was elected attorney general of the state on the Democratic ticket, the last time a Democrat was elected to a state office in Wisconsin for a period of sixteen years, and served two years. At the next election he was sent to the assembly from Winnebago county. He was elected again in 1874 and was made speaker of the assembly by the Democratic majority. In 1876 he was elected to congress and re-elected in 1878. In 1880 he was re-nominated but was defeated by Richard Guenther. His great political ambition was to be governor of Wisconsin, as his father was in his own time governor of the state of New York, but this ambition was never realized.
He was very fortunate in money matters and has for many years been rated as a millionaire by those who claim to know his financial condition. Although always maintaining a brusque exterior he was really a very kind hearted man and gave away a great deal in charity to people whom he knew were worthy.
The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Masonic temple and will be in charge of Oshkosh Lodge No. 27. It was his wish that his funeral services be conducted in accordance with the Masonic ritual.
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