Santa Cruz County History - People

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

BOND, SAMUEL (1848-1935)

Santa Cruz Sentinel (June 19, 1924)

Celebrates 76th Birthday

A birthday celebration was held at the Bond home in Garfield Park yesterday attended by old soldiers and the Woman's Relief Corps on the occasion of Mr. Bond's 76th birthday. There was an informal social afternoon, with music, singing of old time songs and refreshments of ice cream and cake.

Santa Cruz Evening News (May 30, 1930)

GAR Well Represented

Samuel W. Bond, 75 Woodrow Avenue, was born in Wisconsin June 18, 1848. After several attempts to enlist, he succeeded in entering Company C, 156th Illinois Infantry at the age of 16 and went to Springfield Ill, to draw his arms.

His early duty included service at Nashville, Tenn., where he was confined to a hospital for two weeks. Later he saw service in Georgia, where provision trains were operated under military guard at Dalton.

He was mustered out September 26, 1865, and returned to his home in Wisconsin. In 1881 he went to Colorado, where he lived for two years. The next 14 years were spent in Oregon and Washington. In 1897 he came to California and has since made his home in Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz Sentinel (October 24, 1935)

Samuel A. Bond, Veteran of the Civil War, Dead

Only one member of Wallace-Reynolds Post, G.A.R. is now a resident of this city. Samuel A. Bond, Civil War veteran, passed away yesterday at his home on Woodrow avenue. The one remaining member is James Baldwin. The roster of Wallace Reynolds post remains at two as the second surviving member John Smith, is now at the Yountville Soldiers Home in Napa County.

Samuel Bond was born in Wisconsin. His death follows shortly after that of a comrade C.O. Powell another past commander of Wallace Reynolds post.

Bond entered the ranks of the Union army at the age of 16 years and, with two schoolmates ran away from home to enlist. He entered the service in March 1861, going to Springfield IL for his arms. He was in the 156th Illinois Infantry.

His early service included duty in Nashville, Tennessee, and a couple of weeks in a hospital. He saw service in Georgia, where provision trains were operated under military guard at Dalton.

He had been a member of the G.A.R. for years and was an honored guest at affairs by Wallace Reynolds Women's Relief Corp and the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

After his discharge on September 25, 1865, returned to Wisconsin and moved to Iowa in 1866. From there he moved to Colorado in 1881 and thence ever westward he made his way to Oregon in 83 where he lived for seven years. He was in Washington for seven years and came to California in 1897 and since then has resided here. He followed in this state his trade of carpenter.

Mr. Bond is survived by a daughter, Ada B. Bond who has made her home with him on Woodrow avenue for may years and a son in Sacramento.

Funeral services will be held at the C.C. Chase mortuary but the date has not been decided upon.

Santa Cruz Sentinel (October 27, 1935)

Last Rites Are Held For Late Samuel W. Bond.

Funeral services for Samuel W. Bond were held yesterday at the chapel of the C.C. Chase Mortuary with many friends especially from the Women's Relief Corps and Daughters of Veterans of Civil War. The church rites were conducted by Rev. Cecil Morris of the Garfield Park Christian church.

The ritual of the Daughters Civil War Veterans was read and the hymns sung were "Some Time We'll Understand" and "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere."

Four Civil War veterans were present - James Baldwin, George Colby, John W. Smith, and W. Henry Friedenburg. The latter lives in Santee, Calif.

A squad from the American Legion post fired a volley at the Odd Fellows crematory after the services. It included John Hall, Forrest Faneuf, William Davenhill Jr. Charles Faneuf, Paul Levy, Joe Harris, Wayne Gettys, C. Martin, Craig Potter, George Cason and Charles Dorn.

Pallbearers were Carl Hofer representing the Disabled American Veterans of the World War; C. Martin of the Legion and Charles Dorn, John W. Tattershall, W.W. Cotnam and Harris Lane, all of the VFW Taps was sounded at the crematory by the Legion post bugler Charles Faneuf.

Notes from Phil Reader

Samuel Bond was member of Co. C 156th Illinois Infantry. R: Belvedere Mar 2, 1865, mustered Sept 20, 1865.

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