Santa Cruz County History - People

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

KENYON, ALONZO (1847-1916)

Santa Cruz Surf (November 2, 1916)

Headstone of Alonzo Kenyon
Alonzo Kenyon
IOOF Cemetery in Santa Cruz

Veteran Called Away: Alonzo Kenyon is Dead

Alonzo Kenyon, veteran of the war of the rebellion and a resident of Santa Cruz for the past ten or twelve years, died last night at his home at 58 Walk circle following an apoplectic stroke which he suffered Monday. Mr. Kenyon had been previously affected by a stroke some years ago, but in the interim had been in good health and spirits. His death was a great shock to his faithful wife, Mrs. Helen E. Kenyon, who today is receiving the condolences of many friends.

The deceased was born in Wisconsin about seventy two years ago. He served gallantly in the Civil War and is reported to have had an especially fine record as a soldier in that historic struggle. He was a well-known figure in Santa Cruz, having manufactured and sold horseradish to the merchants here for several years.

He is survived by his wife and five children. Mrs. W. Giles, Claude Kenyon, an employee of the San Vicente Lumber company, and Arthur Kenyon, a student at Heald's college live here. Two other sons, manufacturers of knocked down houses and tents, are in business in New York. The funeral will be held under G.A.R. auspices tomorrow afternoon from Wessendorf and Staffler's undertaking parlors.

Santa Cruz Sentinel (November 2, 1916)

DIED - KENYON in Santa Cruz Nov. 1, Alonzo Kenyon aged 72 years. A native of Wisconsin.

(The funeral of the deceased will take place this Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock from Wessendorf & Stafflers UP)

Editorial Notes from Robert L. Nelson (January 13, 2001)

Alonzo Kenyon enlisted as a private in Company K of the 46th Wisconsin infantry on Feb 2, 1865 in Arcadia Wisconsin. Since that was only 3 months after his 17th birthday his parents may have had to agree to let him join. The 46th Wisconsin Regiment of Infantry was organized at Madison, Wis., and mustered into federal service on March 2, 1865. They moved to Louisville, Ky., March 5-10, and were then moved to Athens, Alabama between April 22-24, 1865. While in that area they performed duty along the line of the Nashville and Decatur Railroad (probably as guards) unit September 27, 1865 when they were mustered out of federal service and discharged. Presumably Alonzo and the 46th Wisconsin returned home as a unit.

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