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

LANFEAR, CARLOS (1830-1907)

Santa Cruz Surf (September 28,1907)

Headstone of Carlos Lanfear
Carlos Lanfear
IOOF Cemetery in Santa Cruz

Death of Carlos Lanfear
An Old Soldier and Citizen Dies at his Home

Carlos Lanfear, an old and respected resident of Santa Cruz, passed away peacefully at the family residence, Friday, September 28, at 2:30 p.m. at the ripe age of 77 years 3 month and 7 days, after painful illness of several month.

Mr. Lanfear was well and favorably known in Santa Cruz, where he had spent some eighteen years of his twenty four years' residence in California.

He was a native of New York, removing to Illinois while a young man, where he met and married Miss Almyra Bowen of Pennsylvania, on March 19,1854.

Mr. Lanfear enlisted in the Union army in 1863 (Illinois, 15th Cav, Co H) and was honorably discharged at the close of the war.

His death is the first break in the family circle, Mr. and Mrs. Lanfear having lived happily together for more than fifty three years.

The family were all gathered at the family home on Avalon avenue, Santa Cruz, March 19, 1904 to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage, this being the last time they were all together.

Mr. Lanfear leaves a widow and seven children to mourn his death- Mrs. L.OP. Tilden, Mrs., TB Taylor, OD, E.G. and C.E. Lanfear, all residents of this city. J.E. Lanfear of Quincy, Plumas county, and G.C. Lanfear of Oakland.

The funeral will be from the family residence on Avalon Avenue at 3 P.M. Sunday. Interment in Odd Fellows cemetery.

Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.

Santa Cruz Sentinel (October 1, 1907)

The funeral services of the late Carlos Lanfear were held Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock from his late residence on Avalon St. Rev. F.A. Baker of the Advent Christian Church and a choir from the church rendered a number of appropriate hymns. The services at the Odd Fellows cemetery were conducted under the direction of Wallace-Reynolds Post G.A.R.

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