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

HUDDLESON, LOUIS B (1843-1917)

Santa Cruz Sentinel (October 14, 1917)

Headstone of Louis B Huddleson
Louis B. Huddleson
Pioneer Cemetery, Watsonville

Respected Pioneer is Summoned

Captain Louis B. Huddleson passed away at noon yesterday at his residence, 91 Riverside Avenue, where he had resided for the past ten years. He was 74 years of age last July.

Decedent was born in West Virginia, on July 9 1843. He enlisted at Nashville in July, 1861 in Co. F. Seventh Mounted Infantry, and served that company and a succeeding one until mustered out in 1865 with the rank of captain.

In 1866 he was married to Miss Mary Hannah Lawrence in St. Claire county, Missouri. In 1871 he crossed the plains and settled in San Jose. The family moved to Santa Cruz in 1882 and engaged in farming near Watsonville.

Five children survive him, as follows: Mrs. May Thorpe of Santa Cruz, Police Officer A.W. Huddleson and M.C. Huddleson, also of Santa Cruz, W.L. Huddleson of San Francisco and EE Huddleson of Tracy Cal.

Deceased was a member of the local G.A.R. post and belonged to the order of Owls.

He was sterling American and had the esteem of all who knew him. The sympathy of the community is extended to the children who mourn his loss.

The funeral will be conducted under the auspices of the G.A.R. from the undertaking parlors of Wessendorf & Son on Tuesday. Interment will be in the I.O.O.F cemetery at Watsonville.

Santa Cruz Sentinel (October 17, 1917)

Last Sad Rites

Captain L.B. Huddleson, veteran of the Civil War, his casket covered by the flag for which he had fought, was shown the last honors by friends and comrades on Tuesday morning, as his body lay in state at the Wessendorf and Son undertaking parlors.

The funeral was under the auspices of the Grand Army, Wallace-Reynolds Post, No. 32; and Commander Wagner conducted the ceremonies. Not only Grand Army people were present but the large parlors were crowded, testifying to the general esteem in which the deceased was held. When Commander Wagner had pronounced the eulogy, those of the officers and comrades who had been nearest to him in life, laid tributes of flowers emblematic of the fine traits in his character, on the coffin, already covered with floral remembrances from friends.

Chaplain Hill offered the prayer of the ritual of the soldier's service; and there was not a dry eye in the vast assemblage. Rev Shoptaugh and Mrs. Shoptaugh conducted the music, assisted by Mr. Putney and Miss Carson.

The remains were taken to Watsonville, accompanied by Wallace Reynolds Post and Women of the Relief Corp.

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