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

PERNELL, HARRY (1840-1906)

Watsonville Pajaronian (September 09, 1906)

Headstone of Henry Pernell
Henry Pernell
Pioneer Cemetery, Watsonville

DIED: Near Corralitos, Sept. 11, 1906, Harry Pernell, a native of New York, aged 66 years.

Watsonville Pajaronian (September 12, 1906)

Harry Pernell Called Hence
Died Last Evening on the Wittner Ranch Above Corralitos at the Age of Sixty-six

Harry Pernell, who for many years had been employed in the vicinity of Corralitos as a woodsman, choked to death last evening at the Chas. H. Wittner place above that village, as the result of getting a piece of beef steak fastened in his esophagus. Deceased was a native of New York aged 66 years. He had been a hardworking industrious man all his life. He was an old soldier, having seen service with Company A, 3d Inf., Delaware Volunteers. He occupied the position of Sergeant of his company while in the army and served his country faithfully, being finally honorably discharged from the service.

Deceased was well known by the lumber men of this section and had many friends. He was a typical woodsman and took great interest in his work. He resided in this vicinity when the mountains were covered with valuable timber and witnessed the felling of many of the giants of the forest. It was during his long residence here that the hills hereabouts were all but denuded of the magnificent timber that once graced their sides.

The body of the deceased was brought to Wyckoff & Aston’s undertaking parlors in this city, whence it will be buried tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock under the auspices of R.L. McCook Post No. 26, G.A.R. The interment will take place in the G.A.R. plot in Odd Fellows’ cemetery. Deceased was not a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, but in recognition of past service in the interest of his country the local veterans desire to pay a last tribute of respect to his memory.

In case of the death of an old soldier the county is authorized by law to expend the sum of $50 toward the expenses incident to burial, and Supervisor J.A. Linscott has authorized the undertakers to proceed accordingly with funeral arrangements.

Deceased has a family, but had not been residing with his wife for a long time. It is stated that he leaves three daughters, two of whom are married.

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