George Wetzel

LEWISTOWN — George H. Wetzel, one of Lewistown township's best and most highly respected citizens, died on Wednesday of last week at his farm residence a short distance east of town. A few weeks ago he was stricken with kidney trouble. He was taken to Chicago where an operation was performed, but the relief sought was not obtained and his death resulted. He was a good man and splendid citizen. His age was about 60 years. In the civil war he served creditably in the Unionarmy. He leaves a wife, several children, many relatives and a host of friends to mourn his demise. The funeral took place Friday, Revs. McGaughey and Rogers officiating.

Published in the Astoria Search Light on 10/2/1902

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LEWISTOWN — George Harrison Wetzel died at his fine country home, two miles east of Lewistown, 22 Oct. 1902, aged 52, after a long and painful illness of kidney and bladder trouble. He had recently passed through a frightful operation at Chicago to no permanent relief.

He was born, 24 Nov. 1840, near Astoria, this county. He was married, 14 Feb. 1867, to Miss Cynthia Clark. — Their four children, with Mrs. Wetzel, survive him. Only one of his eight brothers and sisters are dead, his brother John having died, 30 May 1902.

On 31 July 1862 he volunteered in Co. H. 85th Ill. infantry, and soon became a corporal. At the battle of Kennesaw Mountain, Ga., 27 June 1864, he was seriously wounded and rendered unfit for further service in the field; but he was employed in hospital work until his honorable discharge, 29 May 1865. To the close of his life Mr. Wetzel made the Grand Army of the Republic his church and its precepts of loyalty to country and flag his religion. He made a notable success as a farmer and by his quiet, clean and useful life won the respect of all who knew him.

Rev. Messrs. John Rogers and John A. McGaughey conducted funeral services at the house, Friday, and Thomas Layton Post, G. A. R., buried him with the fine and soldierly rites of that order. A great company of neighbors and friends attended the funeral services and burial in Lewistown cemetery. He leaves a fine family and to them and his fellow citizens the good memory of his exalted patriotism and good citizenship.

Published in the Astoria Search Light on 11/6/1902

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