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Birnamwood News

3 Aug 1904



Another old soldier has answered to the final roll call. Another old comrade has left the ranks of the Grand Army of the Republic, and there is another grave to be strewn with flowers on each succeeding memorial day. Another home has been filled with sorrow, another loving husband and father has gone to his silent rest in the city of the dead.


Edison D. York was born in the town of Lyme, Jefferson county, New York, on the 28th day of September 1839, where he spent his boyhood days, until he enlisted, September 29th 1861, with Co. E, 6th NY Cavalry. He was discharged January 31st, 1863 and returned to his home and was married to Cordelia A. Pease at Worth Center, NY, Dec 16th, 1863. March 14th, 1865, he enlisted with Co. G, 103rd NY Infantry. In the fall of 1867, they moved to Wisconsin, settling at Amherst, Portage county, where they continued to reside until 1893, when they moved to Birnamwood. Mr. York became a member of the Grand Army of the Republic at Amherst in 1880.His death occurred Thursday morning, July 28th, 1904.


The funeral was held Sunday morning, July 31st, under the auspices of Henry C. Isbel Post No. 178, G. A. R., rev J Lloyd Smith officiating. The services were largely attended, there being scarcely standing room for all of the old neighbors, friends and acquaintances. Appropriate scriptural passages were read, and all present listened with close and sorrowful attention to the service which followed. The singers, Misses Maude Corning, Flora Jessell, Blanche Cady and Blanche Morgan, and Messrs. Dee W. and C. W. Van Doren rendered several choice vocal selections, while Mrs. S. Leiby presided at the organ. The casket was almost hidden from view by the wealth of Beautiful flowers, contributed by the Post and Corps. The procession to the cemetery was headed by surviving comrades of the G.A.R., B. A. Cady acting as commander, which position was held by Mr. York at the time of his death. W. B. Rhodes served as Color bearer, at the head of the procession, which was nearly half a mile long, and Sam Hunter, A. J. Hunter, E. W. Hubbell, S.E. Ansbaugh and Phil. Smith as bearers. The impressive burial service of the G. A. R. was read at the grave; his favorite hymn, "Nearer My God to Thee" was sung by the choir, after which the surviving comrades and members of the W. R. C. paid a last tribute of love, honor and respect by gently placing a flower or sprig of evergreen upon the casket which was then slowly, carefully and tenderly lowered into the grave.


Having lived in Birnamwood during the past eleven years, Mr. York was well known. Being of a genial disposition, he was ever ready with a pleasant word of greeting for his friends and acquaintances. Next to the home where his cheerful presence will no longer brighten the pathway of life, he will be most sadly missed by the members of the Post and Corps, at whose meetings he was always an interested attendant, and which he often helped make pleasant by his ready wit and rare good humor; and some of his original poems will no doubt be remembered by the members of both societies as long as life shall linger.


Like many other young man in early sixties, he offered his services for the defense of his country, and like many another young man during the carnage of war, he received an injury from the effects of which he never recovered, and which finally resulted in his death. Though he has been gradually failing for some time, he was able to take part in the exercise on Memorial Day; he was also down town a little while on the Fourth of July, and only on two occasions since then. Besides his wife, he leaves five children, Mrs. H.B. Dunham of Globe, Arizona; Mrs. Claude Rollins of Crandon, Richard of Merrill, and Guy and Clifford, all of whom were in attendance at the funeral, this being the first time the family circle has been broken by the relentless hand of death. Mr. and Mrs. R.R. Fryer, Mrs. Fryer being an only sister, and Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Lee, old neighbors of Amherst were also in attendance at the last sad rites.