The Last Soldier Project: Portage County, Wis.
Peter Felio

The last surviving Portage county Civil War veteran, Peter Felio, age 88, 1015 Mary Street, died this morning at 7:30 o'clock at St. Michael's hospital, where he had been a patient since Thursday morning. Although he had been in ill health since January, he was able to be up and about until last Wednesday night when he became ill and confined to bed.

Born at Bytown, Canada in April 1848, Mr. Felio came to the states when he was a child with his parents, John and Lydia Felio. They lived in the state of New York for a short time and then came west to Wisconsin. The family located at Appleton, where at the age of 16 on October 6, 1864, he enlisted in the Civil War in Company C, Twelfth Regiment of Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. He became attached to the First Brigade, Third Division, Seventeenth Army Corps, and was honorably discharged on July 16, 1865, at Louisville, Kentucky.

During his war experience Mr. Felio participated in numerous battles and was with Sherman on his march to the sea. He suffered wounds on the leg and was shot through one hand.

After the war Mr. Felio returned north to his former home at Appleton. He worked in logging camps and helped his father, who was a stone mason, to lay stone for Lawrence college at Appleton. He resided for a short time at Black Creek and Shiocton, then located on a farm near Pittsville. During the summers he worked his farm and in the winter he logged and in the spring worked on the log drive. He subsequently acquired an 80 acre farm in the town of Plover near the Grant town line, where he lived for 30 years or until 1916. He later lived at Duluth, at Davenport, Iowa, at Bonduel, at Suring and at the Wisconsin Veteran's home near Waupaca for a short time and four years ago came to the home of his son, Louis, at the Mary street address.

A community tribute was paid to Mr. Felio at Memorial day services in Stevens Point this year.

His marriage to Olive Elizabeth Robinson, took place on August 9, 1874, at Black Creek, Outagamie county. Mrs. Felio died on April 6, 1929.

Mr. Felio was the youngest of a family of four sons and three daughters. He and his three brothers were Civil war veterans.

Surviving besides his son on Mary street are another son, Leo, residing at Laona; a daughter, Mrs. M. J. Jensen at Monrovia, California, nine grandchildren and one great grandchild.

The body is at the Boston funeral home where it will remain until the time of the funeral. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. William R. Peterson will officiate and burial will take place in the Meehan cemetery.

Information Sources:
Stevens Point Journal, July 6, 1936
Portage County Historical Society
Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society

Researched and submitted by Bro. Vince Barker

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Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Department of Wisconsin


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