Santa Cruz County History - People

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

ELSE, WILLIAM H ( 1847 - ? )

Sawtelle Soldiers Home Records

NAME: William H Else
REGISTER #: 12,620

Military History

RANK/CO/UNIT: Pvt/Co C/39th PA Mil Inf
ENLISTMENT: 1863/06/30 Reading PA
DISCHARGED: 1863/08/02 Harrisburg, PA
RE-ENLISTMENT: 1864/02/20 Reading, PA
RNK/CO/UNIT: Pvt/Co A/7th PA Cav
DISCHARGED: 1865/06/14 Harrisburg
DISABILITY: Phymosio, slight cardiac hypertrophy

Domestic History

BORN: PA (1847?)
AGE: 68
HT/CMP/EYE/HR: 5'9"/Dk, Gr, Gr/Literate
RELIGION: Protestant
RESIDENCE: California
NEXT OF KIN: (Wife) Margaret A Else Rt2 Box 632, Santa Cruz, CA

Home History

ADMISSION: 1914/08/26
DISCHARGED 1914/09/25 Own Request

General Remarks

PENSION CERT: 1,1141,507

Unidentified Newspaper Article Contributed by Phil Reader (June 11, 1917)

Celebrate Golden Wedding

The W.R.C. and Wallace Reynolds Post, G.A.R. gathered at native Sons hall Saturday to celebrate the golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. W.H Else. Three daughters from Butte, Mont. , Mrs. A.E. German, Mrs. J.T. Reed, and Mrs. A.F. Henderson, one daughter from Salt Lake City, Mrs. W.H. Cole, and a son W.C. Else of Santa Cruz, all helped the honored couple to celebrate the day.

At 12 o'clock Phillip Hynes and Mrs. G. Cook led the grand march to the banquet hall, where a sumptuous repast awaited them. Immediately following, Mr. Hynes and Mrs. Cook were the honored couple and their family and they in turn were followed by all couples who had celebrated golden weddings.

The W.R.C. quartet rendered very sweet music while all enjoyed the bountiful spread. Col. W.V. Lucas gave an address and read congratulatory telegrams which had been received. Rev Shoptaugh of the First Christian Church added his felicitations, after which all adjourned to the larger hall, where recitations, congratulations and music and singing were enjoyed. Messrs. T.E. Blanchard and W.H. Else vied with each other in seeing which could tell the best yarn of the courtship days of fifty years ago, causing much merriment.

Notes from Phil Reader

According to the Penn 1890 Vet Census: S.H. Colz William Else B: 1848 Schuylkill County Pennsylvania SC in 1917 Father: Thomas Else, Carpenter. Mother: Eliza.

Phil Reader recalls that William Else served at least one term on the Live Oak school district and then, upon sale of his property moved out of the area.

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