Santa Cruz County History - People

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

FAY, HAMILTON (1841-1913)

Records Of Members Of The Grand Army Of The Republic, William Ward

Photograph of Hamilton Fay
Hamilton Fay

HAMILTON FAY, Senior vice commander of JF Reynolds Post, No. 98, department of California; was born in Muscatine, IA, December 3 1841; is a son of Pliny Fay, who was a prominent and respected citizen and druggist of that city. Enlisted, September 18, 1862, in the 35th Iowa Infantry; served as private, corporal, and sergeant; was attached to the Seventeenth Army Corps, and took part in the battles at Vicksburg, Port Hudson, Tupelo, Shreveport, Jackson, Nashville, Spanish Fort and mobile, and many skirmishes; was slightly wounded in the side by a ball at Vicksburg, while on skirmish duty; marched in different parts of Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama and Kansas, covering in all about 3,000 miles of marching under the leadership of Generals Grant, Sherman, Thomas, Rosecrans, Banks and Canby. Comrade Fay is at present a resident of Santa Cruz, Cal, where he is engaged in the drug business.

Unidentified Santa Cruz Newspaper (January 7, 1913) Contributed by Phil Reader

Passing H. Fay

Hamilton Fay, who passed away yesterday, died as a result of a fall. On Saturday afternoon he fell, and after 2 o'clock Sunday morning he became unconscious and never regained consciousness.

For 37 years he has been one of the well-known residents of this community and has been identified with its life, as he came here 1875.

He was a son of the late Pliny Fay, for a number of years a highly esteemed resident, and was born in Muscatine, Iowa, and enlisted when under 20 years of age and served in the Civil War for three years, and for many years has been a member of Wallace Reynolds Post, G.A.R.

He succeeded his father in the drug business, with whom he was associated until a few years ago.

Mr. Fay was a pioneer pharmacist of this city, and of late has been in the Dr. Walter Johnston drug store on the East Side.

Mr. Fay, besides being a member of the G.A.R., has been a member of the San Lorenzo Lodge of the Odd Fellows and of the A.O.U.W. and has been an office holder in both orders.

When a young man he united with the Congregational church and was at one time a deacon in the local church, where he was a regular attendant.

He leaves a wife, who as Miss Ella Howe, he married when she was one of the teachers of the local schools. They were married on July 17 1877, at the residence of Dr. C. L. Anderson on Front street, and on Oct 7, 1877, moved into their present home on Riverside avenue, where they have since resided.

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