Smith, George Waldron

Oregon City Courier, January 9, 1919
George W. Smith
George W. Smith, the subject of this sketch, died at his home in Mulino, Thursday, January 2d at 8 p.m., at the age of 74 years, 5 months and 22 days. He was born in Romulus, N. Y., July 11th, 1844. At the age of 18 he enlisted as a private in Company C, 126th N. Y. Infantry, serving his country until March 22d, 1865, when he was honorably discharged charged with the rank of First Lieutenant, the result of a gun shot wound, totally disabling him for further service. He participated in many of the most sanguinary struggles of the Rebellion, including Gettysburg, Cold Harbor, The Wilderness and Petersburg. After the war he engaged in the grocery business as a commercial traveller, which calling he followed for a number of years. Drifting into express business as an employee of the American Express Co., at Chicago, Ill, he served that company a good many years as a messenger, traveling auditor, and agent, resigning the latter position to enter rural life in Oregon. He was married to Miss Ida M. Harvey at Loneaux, Ill., April 11th, 1883, his widow alone surviving him. Socially, he has been a life-long member of the Grand Army, an organization in which he took great pleasure. He was also a Mason, entering the organization in his early manhood, filling the chairs repeatedly, receiving state honors at various periods. He was a Knight Templar, and was laid away in a Knight’s Templar uniform. For a good many years he also carried a membership in the Modern Woodmen of America, and last, but not least, was brought up in the Presbyterian church. George’s body is dead, but his life, in the hearts of his friends, who are legion, goes on and on. In life he never temporized with wrong, always resenting injustice, and in death the hope of him and his friends and associates, has been fully justified. His body now lies in beautiful Mountain View cemetery, with Mts. Hood, Adams and St. Helen’s, as sentinels, with God’s eye shining upon him from the time the former mount reveals it, until submerged in the Pacific, back of our Coast Range. This old world needs more George W. Smiths.

Name: George Waldron Smith
Death Date: 3 Jan 1919
Death Place: Clackamas
Certificate: 4


Civil War Pension Index: Smith, George W.
Widow: Smith, Ida M.
C, 126 NY Inf
1865 Mar 39, Invalid, Application: 64697, Certificate: 43551
1919 Feb 11, Widow, Application: 1135949, Certificate: 191779, Ore

Name: George W Smith
Residence: Varick, New York
Age at Enlistment: 18
Enlistment Date: 9 Aug 1862
Rank at enlistment: Private
Enlistment Place: Varick, New York
State Served: New York
Was POW?: Yes
Was Wounded?: Yes
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Enlisted in Company C, New York 126th Infantry Regiment on 22 Aug 1862. Mustered out on 18 Mar 1865.
Birth Date: abt 1844
Sources: New York: Report of the Adjutant-General

Name: George W . Smith
Side: Union
Regiment State/Origin: New York
Regiment: 126th Regiment, New York Infantry
Company: K A
Rank In: Private
Rank Out: Corporal
Film Number: M551 roll 131

New York in the Civil War
New York 126th Infantry
Smith, George W. – Age, 24 years. Enlisted, August 12, 1862 at East Bloomfield to serve three years, mustered in as private, Co. K, August 22, 1862; surrendered, September 15, 1862, and paroled, September 16, 1862 at Harper’s Ferry, Va.; promoted corporal, January 24, 1863; wounded in action, July 2, 1863 at Gettysburg, Pa.; Transferred to Co. A, December 25, 1864; mustered out, June 6, 1865, at Armory Square Hospital, Washington, D. C.


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