Obit: Phillips, George N. (1839 - 1929)

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----Source: NEILLSVILLE PRESS (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) 08/01/1929

Phillips, George N. (8 MAR 1839 - 25 JUL 1929)

George N. Phillips, one of the few Civil War veterans, passed away at his home on South Grand Ave., Thursday, July 25, 1929. His death was due to old age, he had reached the advanced age of 90. For more than 60 years he had been a resident of Clark County, Wis.

Mr. Phillips was born in the State of New York, March 8, 1839. When a young man he came to Wisconsin and settled near Berlin. He was married to Miss Mary S. McKeand, Jan. 6, 1860, in the Presbyterian Church at Waukesha., Wis.

On Aug. 15, 1862 Mr. Phillips enlisted in Co. I. Eighth Wis. Infantry and served to the close of the Civil War. At the time President Lincoln was assassinated at the close of the war he was assigned to special police duty and was one of the soldiers detailed to guard the remains of the President.

July 1, 1865 he was honorably discharge from the army and came back to Berlin to resume farming. He had learned the carpenter trade and worked at his trade at different times and places. About 60 years ago he came to Clark County and followed farming for a time. A good many years ago he sold the farm and moved to Neillsville, working at times at his trade.

Mrs. Phillips died July 2, 1919. One adopted daughter, Alice, Mrs. Henry Hanson, died several years ago. He leaves several nephews and nieces, but all his near relatives have passed on before him. He was a man of high principles, honest, industrious, patriotic, a fine citizen in every way.

The funeral was held at the Presbyterian Church Saturday afternoon, Rev. W. H. Norton officiating.

The Odd Fellow Lodge, of which deceased was a member, attended in a body and took part in the ceremonies.

Nelson Robb, one of the few surviving Civil War veterans in this locality, attended the funeral. Nephews and nieces from a distance attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Junghans of Wausau, Clarence Phillips and George Woodford of Humbird, Will Phillips of Granton.



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