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Old Soldiers: Santa Cruz County Civil War Veterans
by Robert L. Nelson

STOWE, LEWIS A (1843-1929)

Santa Cruz Sentinel (October 25, 1929)

Lewis A. Stowe Passes Away

Lewis A. Stowe, for many years a resident of this county and well known here, died near Watsonville. The Pajaronian says:

Funeral service for Lewis A. Stowe Sr. who died Wednesday night at his home in the Prunedale district will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock from Aston & Neal's Funeral Home. Interment will take place at the Watsonville I.O.O.F. cemetery.

Death came at the end of a brief illness at the advanced age of 86 years. Mrs. Stowe was well known to a host of friends and relatives all over Santa Cruz county, and his death comes as a great shock to them.

Mr. Stowe was born in Fon du lac Wisconsin, in 1843. At the age of 17 he volunteered during the Sioux outbreak, serving for two years with Company M. First Minnesota Mounted Rangers. He re-enlisted in Company L, First Minnesota Cavalry, and served for another three years in quelling the Sioux and Blackfeet Indians. He was a member of the company which captured "Little Crow," famous Sioux chief at Devil's Lake, ND. Later he aided in cleaning up the "bad lands" of South Dakota.

Mr. Stowe came to California in 1870, residing for a number of years at Wright's Station. For about 45 years he lived at Capitola, where he is very well known. He moved to Prunedale in December of 1927, where he lived until the time of his death. He was a charter member of W.H.L. Wallace G.A.R. of Santa Cruz.

Harriet M. Stowe, widow of the deceased, and the following children survive: James M, Archie B., William A., and Clifford C. Stowe of Watsonville; Lewis A Stowe Jr., of San Jose; Theodore E. Stowe of Los Angeles, Mrs. Elizabeth Hall of Santa Cruz, and Mrs. Neva Veriplot, Mrs. Augusta Miller and Mrs. Harriet Gregory. Twelve grandchildren and six great grandchildren also survive.

There also remain to mourn his passing three brothers, Theodore Stowe of San Jose, Elmer Stowe of Spokane, Washington, and Ernest Stowe of San Jose, and a sister, Mrs. Bell McCrery of San Jose.

Close relatives of Mr. Stowe live in New York, Minnesota, Washington, California, and other parts of the country. He was a first cousin of Rev. Andrew Stowe, noted Minnesota Clergyman.

Watsonville Evening Pajaronian (October 26, 1929)

L.A. Stowe Given Military Funeral This Afternoon

L.A. Stowe was buried from the Aston and Neal funeral home this afternoon with full military honors by the members of the American Legion and the Grand Army of the Republic of which the deceased was a member.

Reverend Ralston preached the funeral sermon with many friends, neighbors and comrades present to pay their last respects.

The burial took place in the Grand Army plot in the I.O.O.F. cemetery. The legion firing squad fired the soldiers burial volley over the grave and Art La Arthur Landon played taps on the bugle. Other members of the firing squad were Herbert Rappe, Frank Gill, Albert Wulff and Adam Barber.

The pall bearers were Herbert Rappe, George A. Smith, William Costa, L.J. Scrivani, Harlow Ford and Rotus Harvey.


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