Santa Cruz County History - People

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

GOUGH, PAUL H (1844-1922)

Watsonville Pajaronian (July 3, 1922)

The Passing of Old Grand Army Veteran

Paul H. Gough, an aged resident of this city, passed away at his home 56 Van Ness Avenue, yesterday morning.

Deceased, a native of England, came to California when he was three years old, and has lived in this valley more than forty years, and at his last abode for twenty years. He was 78 years 5 months and 14 days old at the time of his death.

Mr. Gough was a Grand Army veteran, and members of the local post acted as honorary pallbearers at the funeral, which took place from the Aston & Neal undertaking parlors at 3:30 o'clock this afternoon. Interment was in the I.O.O.F. cemetery. Rev. Chas G. McHatton, pastor of the Christian Church of this city, officiated at the ceremonies and the pallbearers were Joseph Perry, John Kennaugh, Harry Freiermuth, Chas. White, Sylvester Whitsitt and Peter Nelson.

Mr. Gough, though in a feeble state of health owing to his advanced age, was to be seen on our streets almost daily. He came down town Saturday afternoon and was on his way home when he was stricken with an attack of heart trouble on Lower Main street in front of the Army Store at about 3:30 o'clock. He was taken into the store and placed on a cot and Dr. Geo. P. Tolman, who has been attending him recently, was called and he was sufficiently revived to be taken to his home, but recurring attacks followed and he passed away between six and seven o'clock Sunday morning.

The deceased was a Civil War veteran, having enlisted in the Union army when he was but eighteen years of age, and served throughout the rebellion. He participated in many of the principal engagements and received wounds in three different battles, which were of such a nature as to entitle him to receive a pension from the government.

Mr. Gough was married in San Antonio, Monterey county, April 6, 1876, at the age of thirty two, to Miss Laura L. Plaskett, of that place, and from that union four children were borne, three of whom survive him, they are Mrs. Gladys Foster and Mrs. Beatrice Akers, of Watsonville; H.R. Gough, of San Francisco, and a daughter, Josie, who died at an early age. His wife passed away in this city three years ago last November. Other survivors are a brother, Robert Gough, of Oakland, and a sister, Mrs. Sarah Gasper, of San Jose.

The deceased followed the vocation of ranching until age and feeble health compelled him to retire from active life several years ago. he was a man of sterling character, honest and upright in all his dealings and had a wide circle of friends who sincerely mourn his passing.

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