Santa Cruz County History - People

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

AUSTIN, WILLIAM (1846-1919)

Santa Cruz Sentinel (January 17, 1919)

DIED: AUSTIN In Santa Cruz, Jan 16th, William Austin, aged 72 years and 6 months, a native of New York. Funeral from the undertaking parlors of Wessendorf and Son on Saturday at 2 P.M.

William Austin Dies Suddenly of Heart Stoppage

William Austin, one of the prominent residents of the East Side, passed away yesterday. Up to the time of his illness Mr. Austin was a remarkably vigorous man for his age and was a familiar figure on Pacific Av. Austin lived a life of retirement and was rated as a capitalist by friends who enjoyed his personal acquaintance.

William Austin was born in Hudson, N.Y. nearly 73 years ago. As a boy of 17 he enlisted from his native state with the forces of the north in the Civil war. Later in life he went to Minnesota and in the town of Appleton he became a Mason and entered the banking business, finally rising to be a director of the Appleton bank. He still has considerable interests in Minnesota, both at Appleton and in Minneapolis. His interest in Masonic affairs led him to contribute $10,000 to the lodge in Appleton and a sum said to be $40,000 to the Minneapolis lodge of Masons for a Masonic home.

Deceased was reputed to be worth about a quarter of a million dollars, with a good deal of ready cash. He purchased $25,000 in municipal wharf bonds and also held $25,000 worth of the third Liberty loan issue.

Besides his niece Miss Cora Holloway, with whom he lived and has been his constant friend and companion for 20 years, a brother in New York and two nieces in Connecticut survive.

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