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Shawano County Journal

Leader Advocate

26 Nov 1931


Mr. Sam Hunter Dies At Age Eighty-Three


Funeral services were held a week ago Saturday for Sam Hunter, 83, Birnamwood's only surviving Civil War veteran, who passed away at his home in that Village on November 12.


Born in Pennsylvania

Mr. Hunter was born at Harrisburg, Pa., on October 31, 1838 and when a small child came to Omro where he married Martha Gray on October 31, 1878. Following his marriage the deceased settled on a farm near Birnamwood and lived there until 14 years ago when he retired from actual farm life and moved to the village.

Mr. Hunter was a member of the Masonic order, fought in the Civil War and was prominent in the affairs of the community in which he lived.

He is survived by one son Gray Hunter of McLaughlin, South Dakota and two grandsons, Kenneth and Sam Hunter. one of his grandsons is a member of Co 2, 48th Wisconsin Infantry.


Masonic Funeral

Rev. J. Martin Peterson delivered a prayer at the funeral services while Rev. Jacob Spoolman of Ashland gave the sermon. The masons and Legionnaires had charge of the last rites at the cemetery. Ottis Pennington, John Roundhammer, Dr. R. C. Frohman, H. O. Weldon, Edward Kimball and Arthur Cady were pallbearers and laid the body to rest in the Forest Cemetery.

Among those from out of town present for the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Gray Hunter, McLaughlin, S. D.; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Cole, Ripon, Miss Myrtle Reinert, Burlington, Miss Janette Boyer, Miss Hulda Hunter, Milwaukee, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Boyer, Mrs. Harry Moss, Mattoon, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gray, Miss Emma Shipek, Antigo, Miss Mary Pennington, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Kimball, Wausau, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Reinert, Rev. and Mrs. Robert Hoffman, Mattoon, Mr. and Mrs. William Roepke and Fred Zimmerman, Schofield.