Santa Cruz County History - People

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

WARD, RICHARD B (1844-1920)

Santa Cruz Sentinel (March 6, 1917)

Richard B. Bard, an old Civil War veteran and member of the local post G.A.R. received a stroke of paralysis a few days ago and is in a helpless condition at his home in Boulder Creek.

Santa Cruz Sentinel (November 23, 1920)

Old Soldier Found Dead in His Bed

R.B. Ward, an old soldier and civil war veteran was found dead in his bed on Sunday afternoon at his home on Bethany Circle, Garfield Park by his friend and neighbor L.B. Kenyon, of Raymond Circle.

They were in the habit of meeting one another daily and on Saturday afternoon Mr. Kenyon saw Mr. Ward for the last time.

Not seeing him on Sunday morning he went to the house in the afternoon and finding the door open, he walked inside and found Ward lying in his bed dead.

Dr. W.R. Congdon, the coroner was summoned and later the body was removed to Wessendorf and Sons Undertaking Parlors where an inquest will be held.

It is believed that death was from a stroke as he had one some time ago and had to use a cane to go about.

Mr. Ward was about 72 years of age.

Santa Cruz Sentinel (November 24, 1920)

Inquest Held Over R.B. Ward

The inquest over Richard B. Ward, who was found dead at his home at Garfield Park was held yesterday morning at Wessendorf & Sons Undertaking Parlors before the coroner.

The verdict was that he was 76 years of age, a native of Tennessee, and that his death was caused by cerebral hemorrhage.


The Wallace Reynolds Post GAR will meet on Nov 26 1:30 sharp to attend the funeral of our late comrade R.B. Ward I.R. McAdam Post Commander.

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