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James Addison Porter


































Shawano County Advocate

Taps Sounded for Civil War Veteran

May 30 1928

James Addison Porter, for forty years a resident of Belle Plaine, died at his home on Saturday, May 26th. Born in the state of Pennsylvania, June 7, 1848, he grew to manhood there. When the call to the colors came, in 1861, young James enlisted and served during the entire war. He was a private in Companies F and B, of the 104th Infantry, of Pennsylvania and fought in many of the more prominent battles of the war.

Upon receiving his discharge at the close of the war, James Addison Porter joined hands and fortune with that of Miss Belle Howard. Two children brought joy to their union, Fred, who lives in Belle Plaine, and Jenny, now Mrs. Brockhaus, of Yonkers, N.Y. In 1889, the Porters came to Wisconsin where they settled on a farm in the town of Belle Plaine. They have made their home there since.

Surviving the aged veteran was his two children, ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. John Spencer, of Tacoma, Washington.

Burial took place on Tuesday with full military honors by the Edwin Ellefsen Post of the American Legion. Rev. Plopper had charge of the service. Internment was made in the Friendship Cemetery near Belle Plaine.


Shawano County Journal

Ad. Porter Died at Homestead Farm

May 31, 1928

James Addison Porter died Saturday at the old Porter home in Belle Plaine. He had lived on this farm for a little over 40 years. he was one of the better known of the few living pioneers who have helped develop the Wolf River Valley.

He was a typical easterner. Born in Pennsylvania, he grew up in that state, and acquired the habits of the eastern people. He brought their ideals with him to his western home. He was a soldier in the Civil War where he made a splendid record, having been active throughout the entire conflict.

After the war he came to Shawano and married Miss Belle Howard. The children born to them are Fred of Belle Plaine and Jennie, Mrs. Brockhaus of Yonkers, N.Y.

The funeral was held Tuesday. The Shawano American Legion boys had charge. The sermon was preached by Rev. Plopper.

James Addison Porter

Enlisted 10 Dec 1863 as Pvt.  104th Penn Inf. Company F & B

Mustered out 25 Aug 1865 at Portsmouth, VA

Time served 1y 8m 15d

Born 7 Jun 1848 Wayne County, Pennsylvania

Died 26 May 1928 at Belle Plaine, Shawano Co WI

Buried at Friendship Cemetery, Belle Plaine, Shawano Co. WI

Wife Isabelle Howard

Children Fred and Jenny