Santa Cruz County History - People

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

FIELDS, JAMES K (1827-1907)

Sawtelle Soldier's Home Records

Photograph of James K. Fields
James K. Fields

NAME: John [James?] Fields
REGISTER #: 3502

Military History

RANK/CO/UNIT: Pvt./Co B/17 IL Cav
ENLISTMENT: 1863/11/30 Hampshire IL
DISCHARGED: 1865/12/16 Ft. Leavenworth KA
DISABILITY: Hernia and piles

Domestic History

BORN: 1846? Illinois
AGE: 51
HT/CMP/EYE/HR: 5'6"/Lt/Literate
RELIGION: Protestant
NEXT OF KIN: Eliza Fields, Santa Cruz

Home History

ADMISSION: 1897/05/14, 1916/08/02
DISCHARGED: 1912/05/20, 1917/10/18 Own Request

General Remarks

PENSION CERT: #912,228

Santa Cruz Sentinel (June 8, 1926)

Death Claims J.K. Fields, Local Veteran

Death crept in early yesterday and sealed closed the life work of James Kingley Fields at his flower bordered home at 96 Barson Street. With his passing there is removed a well known and respected Santa Cruz figure, who has made this city the city of his residence for nearly forty four years. He was known and called friend by hosts of the older folk and was familiarly known also to many of the younger generation. His integrity, conscientiousness, and strength of character were outstanding.

The end came following an illness, which confined him to his bed for the past month, but he was cheerful and bright up to within a few hours of his demise. Two of the bereaved children were at his bedside when he passed away.

A residence of nearly fifty years in California was started at Red Bluff when Mr. Fields and his late wife, who preceded him in death by a little over two years, arrived in the northern city from Illinois with a family of five children.

After a residence of about three years in Red Bluff the family came to this city and settled permanently, the family residence being 29 Campbell St. the greater part of the time.

The deceased was a member of the local post of the G.A.R., which is to have charge of the funeral services.

Surviving are two sons and two daughters, and eight grandchildren. E.W. Fields of the Sentinel Publishing Co. is the eldest bereaved son. Irvin Fields of Fresno, Mrs. Frank Sawyer of this city and Mrs. J.V. Rathke of San Francisco are the remaining children.

James Kingsley Fields was born in Kane county Illinois almost 80 years ago. As a youth he enlisted as a private in Co. B 17th regiment of cavalry, Illinois volunteers under C.L. Shapley. He served over two years or until honorably discharged at the age of 18 at Fort Leavenworth Kansas in Dec. 1865.

He was married at the age of 20 to Eliza A Gardner. The wedding took place in Bailey Township, McHenry Co. Illinois.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Wessendorf mortuary. Interment will be made at SCruz/OMP cemetery.

Santa Cruz Sentinel (June 10, 1926)

Aged Veteran is Taken To Final Rest

The fast thinning ranks of local G.A.R. men figured yesterday afternoon in impressive though simple and beautiful funeral services over a late comrade, when Wallace Reynolds post paid solemn tribute to the last mortal remains of James K. Fields at the Wessendorf mortuary chapel. Grouped before the bier, the steadily decreasing company carried out the touching ceremony, being represented by about fourteen individuals.

Words of comfort and cheer to the bereaved relatives were included in the prayer by Rev. J.N. Hoover [First Baptist church], who spoke preceding the G.A.R. ceremony and again at the open grave.

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Pierce of San Francisco, with Mrs. Alfred Bowman as accompanist, sang beautifully, the hymns, "Jesus, I Come" and "Face to Face."

The floral offering was profuse and strikingly beautiful.

A long line of friends, neighbors and former acquaintances filed past the remains to pay homage before the funeral cortege proceeded to SCruz/OMP cemetery where interment was made.

The pallbearers, all Grand Army comrades of the deceased were Wm. Brown, J.W. Smith, W.R. Sargent, L.M. Tucker, A.J. Holtslander and J. Slaven.

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