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Santa Cruz County History - People
Old Soldiers: Santa Cruz County Civil War Veterans
by Robert L. Nelson
ROWLEE, FRANCIS M (1839-1925)
Santa Cruz Sentinel (May 12, 1925)
Pioneer Cemetery, Watsonville
DIED: ROWLEE - In Watsonville May 11, Francis Marian Rowlee, aged 85 years 11 months and 15 days.
Santa Cruz Sentinel (May 13, 1925)
F.M. Rowlee Dies at the Family Home in Watsonville
Francis Marion Rowlee died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Della Peterson, 37 Marchant street, this morning, following a brief illness.
Mr. Rowlee had attained the age of 85 years, 11 months and 15 days. He had resided in Watsonville for eighteen years, in Santa Cruz county twenty nine years, and in the State of California, fifty three years. He is survived by three children Charles A. Rowlee, of Redding, Calif; Mrs. Della Peterson and Mrs. George Tindall, of Watsonville. Also by ten grandchildren and two great grand children.
He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, having enlisted in 1861. He served with the 8th Ohio Regiment, and fought at Gettysburg in the thickest of the battle. He was a native of Lansing, Mich.
Mr. Rowlee was a gentleman of the old school, a fine upright man. He was a gallant soldier, and a most worthy citizen in every respect. We were greatly shocked at the news of his death, for he was a valued friend of the editor of the Pajaronian.
Arrangements have been made to hold the funeral services over the remains on Wednesday, May 13th at 2:00 o'clock p.m. from Burland's Chapel, with the interment at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery at this place.
Watsonville Pajaronian (May 14, 1925)
Military Honors Accorded Francis M. Rowlee at Funeral
As a mark of respect to Francis M. Rowlee, veteran of the Civil War, whose funeral was held at this place, yesterday, the Watsonville Post of the American Legion provided a firing squad and bugler from the Monterey Presidio, to sound taps and give the farewell military salute.
The funeral services over the remains of the late Mr. Rowlee were held at Burland’s Chapel, conducted by Rev. W.T. Howe, pastor of the Presbyterian church, and were attended by many friends, including those of the G.A.R., who were able to be present.
Interment took place at the Odd Fellows’ cemetery, the pallbearers being as follows: George Silva, W.E. Lucia, Jack Nunes, William Rasmussen, Adam Barber and Emile LaPorte.
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