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

PARKER, GEORGE W (1839-1922)

Santa Cruz Sentinel (September 10, 1922)

Headstone of George W Parker
George W Parker
IOOF Cemetery in Santa Cruz

DIED: PARKER - In Santa Cruz Sept. 9 George W. Parker, a native of Ohio, aged 83 years, 1 month and 2 days.

Funeral from Chase's undertaking parlors Tuesday at 2 P.M. Friends and acquaintances invited. Interment in I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

Geo. W. Parker Dies in This City

George W. Parker died at his home yesterday from a general breaking down due to his advanced age. The end came peacefully, surrounded by his immediate family who had been summoned.

He was born in Ohio, August 7, 1839, and came to California to make his home in 1905, settling first in San Jose. After residing in that town a number of years, he moved with his family to Selma in the San Joaquin Valley, thence going to Laytonville in Mendocino County, and from there came to Santa Cruz about seven years ago to live.

He was a retired farmer and highly respected by all who knew him for his many sterling qualities and many friends.

Mr. Parker is survived by his wife, Mrs. Gillie Catherine, a son Abram Parker, and four daughters, Mrs. Eleanor Ebele of Fonda IA, Mrs. Jessie Cobb of Santa Cruz, Mrs. Ann Sargent, wife of C.G. Sargent of Santa Cruz, and Miss Alice Parker. He also leaves three sisters in Illinois.

Santa Cruz Sentinel (September 11, 1922)

In Memoriam

George W. Parker was born in Champaign county, Ohio, August 7, 1839, and died September 9, 1922, having reached 83 years of age.

With his parents, in an early day, he settled in Clinton, Dewitt county, Illinois, they having been among the oldest and highly respected families of the central west.

One of Mr. Parker’s greatest pleasures was in speaking of Lincoln, he having been an old personal friend of his parents. Mr. Lincoln always made his stopping place while in Clinton with Mr. Parker’s parents, and many is the time Mr. Lincoln has cuddled him on his knee when a child.

Judge Davis was also a personal friend of the family, and both he and Lincoln happened to be at his home the same night. There were other guests in the house. It was a puzzle as to where all would sleep. Judge Davis, of rather an arrogant mind, was awarded the guest room. Mr. Lincoln walked over to Mr. Parker, who was then a small boy, and said, "I will sleep with this boy" which he did. Mr. Lincoln loved children and so Mr. Parker also loved children and flowers.

Mr. Parker ran for representative of Illinois from the 30th Illinois district in the 38th general assembly. He was a friend of every one. His motto was "Moral worth, not wealth , should be the standard of greatness." Mr. Parker spent three years in the civil war for the service of his country, enlisting in Clayton Illinois , in Company C, 41st Illinois volunteers. He was also a nephew of Col. George W. Parker who led the expedition at Stone river.

The deceased leaves to mourn his death his beloved wife; also the following children; Mrs. Alice Parker, Mrs. Eleanor Eble of Fonda Iowa, A.H. Parker, Mrs. Ann Sargent of Modesto, and Mrs. Jessie V. Cobb of Santa Cruz; also three sisters, Mrs. William Booth of Clinton, Ill, Mrs. Mary Blue and Mrs. Elizabeth Byerly of Illinois.

The funeral services were held at Chase's undertaking parlors on Tuesday afternoon conducted by the G.A.R. and W.R.C. Burial was in Odd Fellows Cemetery.

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