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

BARE, WILLIAM C (1843-1922)

Watsonville Register Pajaronian (December 22, 1922)

Headstone of William C Bare
William C. Bare
Pioneer Cemetery, Watsonville

"Daddy" Bare Crossed the Divide Today

After a long illness, super induced by the disabilities of his advanced age, William C. Bare passed into eternal rest at 10:50 o'clock this forenoon. He was conscious up to almost his last breath.

Deceased was born July 3, 1843, in Clark's county, Indiana, and was aged 79 years, 5 months and 23 days. At the early age of three his parents moved to Illinois, from which state, in early manhood, he enlisted in the Civil War.

He was a member of Company H, 79th Illinois Infantry, and served with great distinction for three years. He took part in many battles, and in one of them received an injury, the results of which followed him through his remaining life.

He used to relate as a peculiar incident that once, whilst on march, he passed through the home site of Dr. C. S. Rodgers of this city, who with Dr. A.R. Lawn, were in attendance upon him when he passed away today.

His marriage to Hannah J. Clemans took place in Kansas, Illinois, Oct. 5, 1869. She passed away on Christmas Eve, in 1908.

With his family, Mr. Bare settled in Tulare, Calif., in 1888. He came to Watsonville in the fall of 1903, and has lived here ever since. For a number of years, together with his son Guy, he conducted a livery stable and hack business in this city.

He is survived by two children, his son Guy Bare, and daughter, Mrs. Lola Evey, who were with him at the time of his death. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Clemans Ivy and Guy William Bare and Carl Evey.

Pending the arrival of his daughter in law, Mrs. Guy Bare, the date of the funeral has not yet been fixed.

Deceased was a fine old gentleman, familiarly and affectionately known to all as "Daddy Bare." He was a member of the local post of the G.A.R. and an honorable, upright man in every respect. The Pajaronian editor feels a deep personal loss in his passing, for he was a valued acquaintance.

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