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Milo M. Porter












































Shawano County Journal

Milo Porter, Last of the Old Guard to Go, Died Sunday

March 24, 1932

The last of the Civil War Veterans passed out into the great beyond, when Milo M. Porter died Sunday afternoon at the old homestead in the town of Lessor, where 59 years ago he carved a home from the forest.

Mr. Porter was born in Alleghany county, New York, in 1844. When but twenty one years of age he offered his services to the country and was enrolled in Company C of the 52nd Regiment, enlisting at Madison and was made First Corporal in the company. He was honorably discharged at the end of the war at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.

In 1868 he was united in marriage to Miss Lucy Leach of Waushara county. Five years later they came to Lessor where they located on a farm which has been their home for many years, with the exception of the 13 years that were spent in Shawano.

For 2 years Mr. Porter served as sheriff of his county, the remainder of the time being spent in lumbering. In 1902 they returned to live on their farm home in Lessor. During the early part of their residence on the homestead, hard work, trials and so many pleasures fell to their lot as they struggled like all the other pioneers to establish a home.

This aged veteran has lived  life in the interest of all whom he has contact. He was a man of plain words and his honesty and integrity are worth of comment. Fourteen years ago Mr. and Mrs. Porter celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary when a large reception was held at their home.

Mr. Porter was a man outstanding character. He believed his beliefs and disbelieved his doubts. He was loyal to his friends. In the war he saved a friend's life. A young man from the east had become so exhausted that he went to sleep on picket duty. This of course means death. Mr. Porter took responsibility for the thing in which he was in no way to blame, and saved the young comrade's life.

He loved nature and pretty things. Flowers and trees were his friends. When he first went onto the Lessor farm he planted butternut and walnut trees, started a big orchard, and in his older years these very trees were an inspiration to him. He took care of his bees and every spring he had an absorbing pride in making the best maple syrup and sugar.

In physique he was tall, rugged and strong and rather slender frame. When the family came to Lessor he carried the goods on his back to the homestead from Black Creek. Sometimes the pioneers would get lost in the forest and the firing of a musket, muzzle-loading, was a guide signal to help the lost traveler get his bearings.

Mr. Porter was one of the oldest readers of the Shawano Journal. He has read it faithfully for many many years and probably next to Clarence Barker is the oldest subscriber. A few years ago we had a write-up in which his name was involved in which we said that Mr. Porter was the only living soldier in Shawano county. at that time a response came back from Birnamwood naming an old soldier who lived out from that village. That old settler has since died and so far as we are able to learn Milo Porter was the last Civil War veteran remaining in Shawano county.

M. J. Wallrich in an interview with the reporter of this paper said; "I became acquainted with Milo Porter in 1885 while I was a member of the county board. I was appointed by the county board to clean up some special work of the county on account of the sickness of the District Attorney and Milo Porter rendered me very helpful assistance.

Milo Porter was sheriff from January 1, 1889 to January 1, 1890, and during the same time I was district attorney and no tow peace officers could work any more in harmony then we did. Before he was in office 80 days there was no roadhouse of bad reputation left in the county, and none appeared to demoralize  the community during his term of office. He spared no pains to rid the county of all crimes, and all questionable and immoral places. It was a real pleasure to work with him."

"As a public officer his record could well be taken as a model of efficiency and honesty during the term of office as sheriff."

He leaves to survive his wife, five children; Minnie Porter, Navarino; Mrs. George Frank, Sr., Shawano; Fred Porter, Birnamwood; Clifford Porter, Navarino; and Frank Porter of Priest River, Idaho. Besides the members of his family he leaves one sister, Mrs. Ed. Benjamin of California and a brother, Art Porter who lives in the west.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at the Congregational church at Navarino where the Rev. Moland officiated. Services were in charge of the Shawano American Legion Post. Full military honors were given in his memory. The pall-bearers were chosen from the Bonduel Post of the American Legion.

Milo M Porter

Enlisted as Pvt 52 Wis. Inf. Co C. on 16 Feb 1865 at Marion, Wis.

Mustered out Cpl. 52 Wis Inf Co C. on 28 Jul 1865

Time served 5m 12d

Born 1844 in Washington, Alleghany Co. New York

Died 20 March 1932 Lessor twp. 20 Mar 1932

Buried Union Cemetery, Lessor twp.

Wife Lucy Leach

Married 24 Sep 1868 Waushara Co.

Children; Lucy Mae, Fred, Frank, Clifford, Minnie, Edward and William

Occupation; Farmer, Sheriff