AUSTIN,  George Washington

AUSTIN, George Washington

Male 1848 - 1925  (76 years)

 

George Austin Obituary



GEORGE AUSTIN, OLD CIVIL WAR VETERAN, TOWN FIGURE, DIES


The faint echo of Taps from the battlefields of Appomattox, Chickamauga and Gettysburg, floated over Hollister away, it caught up in its train the soul of an old Civil War veteran, George Austin, one of Hollister’s leading, but humblest, citizens for many years.

Suffering for many months, but holding onto life at times only by the tenacity of the “61” spirit that made him “keep on”, George finally answered the last Roll Call a few minutes after ten o’clock this morning, and “fell in” the ranks of the Great Commander.

Austin was for many years the town Constable of Hollister, a familiar and welcome figure with the law-abiding and a terror to the wrong doer but with that a just and cool law enforcer.

His death further thins the ranks of all too few veterans of the Civil War of the community, and though his passing was expected at any moment, the actual news of his death came as a distinct shock to all of his old buddies and the rest of the community.

Funeral arrangements in the hands of W.W. Black, have not been completed at this early hour of going to press; but burial will probably be on Monday in the I.O.O.F. cemetery, with the younger veterans of the Great War as an honorary escort.

George volunteered in the 62nd Illinois infantry, a unit of the famous “Iron Brigade” at the opening of the Civil War, and saw much active service and experienced many hardships, as fell to the lot of them all in those heroic days.

He was born in Illinois in 1848, so was a mere kid by the time the bugle sounded for him to volunteer and serve his country. Shortly after the end of the war, during the period of reconstruction, he moved West and settled in California.

This afternoon announcement was made the funeral would be held on Monday at 2:30 p.m. from the Christian Church, with burial in the I.O.O.F. cemetery. A guard of honor from the young veterans of the Great War will attend.

He survived by his wife, Mrs. Annie M. Austin, one son, C.J. Austin, and three daughters; Mrs. Ralph De Cries (of Oakland), Mrs. J.A. Ebi (of Hanford), and Mrs. Alvin Ebi, of Hollister.

Hollister Free Lance
Saturday, March 14 1925

DateMarch 14, 1925
PlaceHollister, San Benito, CA
Latitude36.84913134182604
Longitude-121.40768051147461
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