The Last Soldier Project: Waushara County
Corydon J. Farwell

C.J. Farwell, Waushara County(Obituary from The Daily Tribune, Wisconsin Rapids – 15 June 1937)

Last of Waushara County's Civil War Veterans Dies

Wautoma, Wis – C.J. Farwell, 95, last of Waushara County’s Civil War Veterans, died at his home at 10:20 p.m. Monday after being confined to his bed for several months during which time he was cared for by his wife, who survives him.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1:30 at the home and 2 p.m. at the Methodist Church with the Rev. J.W. Perry, a former pastor, officiating in the absence of the Rev. A. Tink. Burial will be in the Devoe lot at the Wautoma cemetery.

Friend of Buffalo Bill

While serving with the 3rd Wisconsin Cavalry, Mr. Farwell was the only soldier left living from his company, although he was given up for dead on three occasions, had a horse shot from under him and was injured twice during the war. Among his friends in the early days he listed Buffalo Bill and Wild Bill Hickok and delighted in telling about the experiences of his younger days, his mind and memory remaining clear until the last. He was one of two remaining members of the Ed Saxe Post No. 135, Grand Army of the Republic.

Enlisted at Sparta

Born at Crown Point, Ind., May 1, 1842, he came to Wisconsin at the age of 12 and after living at Janesville for some time, went to Sparta, where he enlisted in the Army in 1861 at the age of 19. He was first married in Sauk County in 1872. In 1910 he came to Wautoma where he married Clara (Jones) Devoe on March 2. Besides his wife, he leaves three daughters, Lily Park and Lottie Stevens of Sparta, MO and Cora Stinett of Garrison, MO, and one son, Charles Farwell, also of Sparta, MO.

(Corydon J. Farwell enlisted at Sparta in Co. A, 3rd Wisconsin Cavalry on Dec. 30, 1861. He reenlisted and was transferred to reorganized Co. K on March 23, 1865. He mustered out on July 17, 1865)

Information from:
The Daily Tribune – WI Rapids, WI – Tuesday, 15 June 1937, Pg 3
Pic in The Daily Tribune-WI Rapids, WI – Thursday, 17 June 1937, Pg 3
Janet Eiler - Winnebagoland Genealogical Society
Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion

Researched by Bro. Vince Barker

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Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Department of Wisconsin


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