Stockton's Last Civil War Soldier Dies At Home In Country\On Saturday

Weston Pulfrey, who fought with the Union forces during the Civil War, joined his commanders on the other shore Saturday. Although past 90, he frequently came to town from his home near Stockton Center and was a familiar figure on the streets.

He was sturdy and well preserved but time took it's toll the latter part of the week when he was laid low by a stroke which terminated in his death. The recent death of Jacob Nading and that of Mr. Pulfrey completely wipes out the Civil War Veterans in this section. Weston Pulfrey, son of John and Ann Weston Pulfrey, was born Dec. 4, 1842 at Harlaxton, Lincolnshire, England and passed away at Stockton, Illinois at the ripe old age of 90 years, 9 months and 19 days.

He came to this country when but a boy, first making his home at New Milford, Ill. and later, at the age of 10 years, he came to Stockton and has resided in this community until his death. He enlisted with the 75th Ill. Infantry, Co. H.. Aug.22, 1862 and served faithfully until he was discharged July 5, 1865 at Indianapolis. Mr. Pulfrey was one of the guard of honor over the body of Abraham Lincoln while it lay in state at Springfield following his assassination in April, 1865.

He was united in marriage Sept. 26, 1876 to Nellie Eustice. To this marriage was born two children, one daughter, who died in infancy, and one son, Irving W. His wife passed away March 13, 1894 and he was again united in marriage to Amelia Garner, March 22, 1909. He leaves to mourn his departure his widow, one son and 10 Grandchildren and many friends and neighbors. The funeral was held at the Methodist church Monday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock.

Submitted by Linda Harms