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

JENNINGS, NATHAN T (1822-1903)

Santa Cruz Sentinel (March 11, 1903)

DIED; JENNINGS in Santa Cruz March 10th Nathan Jennings a native of Norwalk Oh. Aged 81 years, 2 Mo, 3 days.

Nathan T. Jennings was in Flannery's store Tuesday morning and was suddenly stricken with paralysis. Later he was moved to his home at Vue de l'Eau where he died about 7 o'clock in the evening. The deceased was a veteran of the Civil War and leaves a widow.

Santa Cruz Sentinel (March 14, 1903)

The Late Nathan T. Jennings

Nathan T. Jennings, deceased, was followed Thursday morning to his last earthly resting-place by many bereaved relatives and friends. He was a native of Ohio, and had attained the ripe age of 81 years. And although he had been a resident of Santa Cruz but five years, his active social nature had secured for himself a large circle of friends and acquaintances, many of whom had become strong personal friends.

The funeral service was held at his late residence on Alta Av. Surfside, and was conducted by Rev. J.R. Knodell, pastor of the Congregational Church, which church he loved to attend. He was buried in the Odd Fellows Cemetery. He was the first to die of a family of five brothers and sisters. And the suddenness of his departure was a great shock to his friends.

He arose the morning of the 10th as usual and after breakfast went down town to do some shopping and to pay some bills, and seemed well and cheerful. While paying a bill he accidentally dropped a piece of money, and was in the act of stooping to pick it up when the stroke of paralysis caused him to fall unconscious to the floor.

Physicians were hastily summoned and he was taken to a house near by, where his sister was stopping. The physicians gave no hope of recovery and said it was only a matter of a few hours that he could possibly live, but he seemed to rally a little in the afternoon and was taken home on a bed quite comfortable. But the end was near at hand, and he passed quietly away at 7 P.M. and just about five minutes before the arrival of his daughter from Oakland, Mrs. F.J. Fluno, who had been telephoned for in time to catch the afternoon train. One daughter, Mrs. L.A. Cornish, is well known in Santa Cruz. There is also another daughter and a son, who lives at a distance and was unable to be here. It was a severe blow for the bereaved wife, but she bore up bravely through it, and has the loving sympathy of many kind friends who will comfort her in her great sorrow and loss. Mr. Jennings came to California in 1889, and previous to his coming to Santa Cruz, resided in Oakland. The career of Mr. Jennings was a checkered one, his having been a scholar, a soldier, a teacher and a farmer. He was thoroughly interested in the growth and prosperity of our country, and the advance of the nations of the world, and was a great reader of the best current periodicals; and was always ready to give information upon almost any general topic of interest. He will be missed by a large circle of friends and neighbors.

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