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
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
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 1831 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