Santa Cruz County History - People

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

PARRY, ADAM M (1835-1904)

The Humboldt Weekly Times (April 9, 1864)


On the 2d inst., at the residence of Dr. Parry, Arcata, by the Rev. J.S. McDonald, Sergeant A. Millman Parry, Co. E 2d Inf. C.V. to Miss mary C. Albee, of Arcata.

Cake received and disposed of. May the happy pair parry all the shafts which adversity aim at their hearts, is our earnest wish.

Santa Cruz Sentinel (December 10, 1904)

PARRY - At the Veterans' Home, Napa county, December 7, Adam M. Parry, beloved husband of the late Mary C. Parry, and beloved father of Milman, Horace, Addison and William Parry, Mrs. G. Sandy and Mrs. James Walsh, a native of Ohio, aged 69 years, 7 months and 10 days.

The above name sounds familiar. Forty five years ago "Milt" Parry, as he was called, was one of the publishers of the "Santa Cruz Sentinel". His father was Dr. Parry, whose residence was located on Bay St., and one of his daughters was Mrs. James F. Simpson. "Milt" was a good printer, and for a quarter of a century held a case in the composing room of the San Francisco Examiner. During the sessions of the legislature he was often found working in the State printing office at Sacramento. When he sold is interest in the "Sentinel" and moved from Santa Cruz he seems to have bid this city an eternal farewell, for "he never came back, he never came back".

While in the three score and tenth year of his life, in the Home of the Veterans, after having lad aside his "stick" and "composed his form," he goes to that "press" to which there is no second edition in the volume of this good life.

God bye, Milman! You were in at the birth of the "Sentinel," are the last of its old guard, and go out while it is speeding down the last mile of its half century run. It can but lay this pioneer reminiscence on your grave, and in whose bosom rest the body of one of the most industrious and unassuming of devotees of the art preservative.

The Humboldt Daily Times (January 20, 1905)

Death of Former Editor

Death has called Adam M. Parry, soldier, a veteran printer and newspaperman, who back in the sixties had charge of the Humboldt Times for a short period. The following biography is taken from an exchange.

Adam M. Parry, veteran printer and publisher, died on December 7th at Yountville, Cal. He seemed to be enjoying his usual good health on the evening prior to the dread summons. His friends noticed that he slept beyond the usual time on the following morning, and it was soon discovered that it was the sleep that knows no awakening. The deceased is survived by four sons and two daughters. The funeral was held on the 10th inst. under the auspices of No. 21, the interment taking place in the national Cemetery, Presidio. At the request of the relatives the President of the Union read the burial service and n paying tribute to the sterling unionism and personal worth of the dead printer, said in part: "Adam M. Parry was born in Liberty Ohio, and lived but a few brief months short of the allotted span. When 11 years of age he started work at the printing business in Dayton, Ohio, and emigrated to California in 1852, at the age of 17 years. He followed his craft in Santa Cruz, Marysville and San Francisco, and in 1858 founded the Napa Journal. Mr. Parry enlisted in the California Volunteer Infantry in 1861, and served in Humboldt county during the troublesome times of the Indian outbreaks. He was mustered out at the presidio in 1865 with the rank of sergeant, and in 1866 took charge of the Humboldt Times in Eureka and then founded the Northern Independent. The deceased joined the staff of the old Sacramento Union, and in 1874 returned to the papers of the metropolis. In 1876 he started the Marysville herald and in the following year associated himself with the San Francisco Examiner, on which paper he worked for abort fifteen years. Mr. Parry joined Eureka Typographical Union, No. 21 nearly forty years ago. He never faltered in his allegiance, even when dark days came. An ex officer of San Francisco Typographical Union, No. 32 always a faithful member, we will ever remember him for his good qualities, his manliness, his truthfulness, his integrity, his generosity."

Notes from Stanley Steven

Source: Denise Parry Pye

Adam Millman Parry
Enlisted as a Comm? Sergeant on 03 November 1862.
Enlisted (inducted?) 07 December 1863.
Transferred on 10 August 1865 from company S to company I
Promoted to Full Sergeant on 10 August 1865 (As of Co. I)
Mustered out on 03 November 1865 at the Presidio of San Francisco.
Company E, 2nd Infantry Regiment CA

Source: American Civil War Soldiers Record

Adam is buried in Section NAWS, Grave # 557 San Francisco National CemeteryPresidio of San Francisco, CA.

His wife, Mary Caltha Albee Parry, is not listed on the headstone but is also buried at that grave site.

Adam's father, Isaac Parry also enlisted in the CA regiment.

Isaac Parry
Enlisted as a Surgeon on 08 October 1861.
Commission in on 16 October 1861.
Promoted to Full Surgeon on 15 October 1864 (Remustered at the Presidio, SF, Ca.
Resigned on 26 August 1865
Company S, 2nd Infantry Regiment, CA

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