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

HIRSHBERG, THOMAS J (1846-1916)

Santa Cruz Surf (May 10, 1916)

Headstone of Thomas J Hirshberg
Thomas J. Hirshberg
IOOF Cemetery in Santa Cruz

Death of T.J. Herschberg
Passing of Well Known and Highly Esteemed Resident

Thomas Jefferson Herschberg passed away this morning at the family residence, 18 Garfield street, after several months' illness. Mr. Herschberg was one of the highest type of manhood, whose traits were of honesty and uprightness in his own life and his dealings with his fellow man. He held to the highest ideals and was a good husband and devoted father and brother.

He came to Santa Cruz nearly 15 years ago and has lived a quiet life, but his friends learned to know and esteem him most highly. He was 79 years of age and was born on July 28, 1846, at Cincinnati, and when about 20 years old removed to Batavia, OH. He enlisted during the Civil War and is a veteran. He was a member of [Company G] the eighty second Ohio Regiment and was in the service a year and participated in Sherman's march to the sea.

After leaving Ohio he resided in Indiana, Tennessee and Illinois and in September, 1902 he came west and located in Santa Cruz. In 1870 he was married near Cincinnati to Harriet E. Howard, who has been his companion in life and the companionship has been beautiful. He leaves his wife and two daughters, Mrs. Cora Shaffer, who made her home with her parents, and Mrs. Addie Dickens of Oklahoma; two sisters, Mrs. Ella H. Barnard of Santa Cruz and Mrs. Anna S. Moore of Berkeley.

At the age of 19 he united with the Methodist Church and has been a consistent member and lived an upright Christian life. He was sexton of the First Methodist Church, this city, and by his courteous and gentle manner won the friendship and love of all the members. He was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and of Wallace-Reynolds Post, G.A.R. He was injured some time ago while lifting; had an attack of la grippe and a growth at the chest affected his heart. An autopsy is to be held.

Santa Cruz Sentinel (May 14, 1916)

Funeral of an Old Civil War Veteran

The local post of the G.A.R. attended in a body at the funeral of their late comrade Thomas J. Hirshberg which was held Friday afternoon at the 1st Methodist church, Rev. W.P. Grant of the Pennsylvania Ave. Methodist church officiating. Hymns were sung by Mrs. J.L. Dake, and Mrs. Fred Melts, Miss Margaret Baum and Miss Lizzie Tarlton. The floral offerings were beautiful. The pallbearers were Col W.V. Lucas, Cyrus Bibbins, R.A. Williams, H. Peck, FP Wheeler, and Caleb Izant. Interment was at I.O.O.F. cemetery. Commander H. A. Wagner and H.C. Henney conducted services for the G.A.R.-----Eva L. Colvin, Press Correspondent.


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