Santa Cruz County History - People

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


Watsonville Pajaronian (June 8, 1935)

Photograph of Frederick A Jennings
Frederick A. Jennings

F.A. Jennings Borne to Rest
"Dad" Story and Scores of Friends Mourn Passing

He marched with the swelling legion of the dead "over there" today; he left one old soldier in the thinning ranks on earth behind.

Frederick A. Jennings, a grand old soldier of the G.A.R. was borne to his last resting place today while Asa A. "Dad" Story, the sole surviving member of the R.H. McCook post, stayed behind to mourn his passing with their mutual legion friends on earth.

The Rev. J.O. Richmond of the Baptist church delivered a heart touching eulogy on the 89-year-old Civil War veteran who succumbed Thursday to a lengthy illness.

The services held in the beautiful flower filled chapel at White's was attended by scores of friends and relatives of the beloved old veteran.

Mrs. Ida White sang "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Lead Kindly Light" in a voice that was sweet and soft.

The American Legion members attended the rites in a body and as the casket was borne from the chapel, Bugler Lido sounded "Taps".

Pallbearers, all members of the Edward H Lorenson post, were E. J. Beck, Sam Davis, Ed Engle, Paul King, Sydney and Vernon Gundrey.

Following the service the body was taken to Santa Cruz for cremation.

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