Jan. 19, 1928 Hood River Hood River County Oregon, USA
Obituary, January 26, 1928 Grand Army Veteran Buried Saturday (By S. F. Blythe) Comrade Edward D. Calkins, who died at his home in Frankton last Thursday, was Hood River's only civil war soldier who left a limb on the battlefield. In 1861, at the age of 17, in the buoyancy of youth, Comrade Calkins enlisted at the call of President Lincoln for 300,000 volunteers to put down the rebellion and save the Union. He was mustered into Company A, 6th Wisconsin Infantry, and took part in the battles near Richmond, Va., under McClellan in the early part of 1862. Later in the same year his regiment took part in the hard-fought battle of Antietam. The 6th Wisconsin was a part of the Irish brigade commanded by Thomas Francis Meagher, the intrepid soldier and brilliant orator who as an Irish revolutionist received the death sentence in England. His sentence was commuted to transportation for life to Tasmania, from where he escaped to America in 1852. [The 6th Wisconsin Infantry was actually part of the equally famous "Iron Brigade" and fought at Antietam under Gen. John Gibbon - probably in the cornfield.]
The battle of Antietam ended Comrade Calkins' career as a soldier. He received a shot that shattered his right leg which was amputated in a field hospital. Comrade Calkins in his younger days was energetic and ambitious in all his business enterprises. Coming to Hood River 40 years ago he opened and conducted a harness shop in the town. He engaged at one time in stock raising on a ranch in eastern Klickitat county, Washington. Later he retired to his small farm at Frankton until, overtaken by ill health, he was compelled to aandon all activities and was a "shut in" for years. Owing to the snow storm and he icy condition of the streets his comrades of the G.A.R. Post, all enfeebled by age, were unable to attend the funeral last Saturday. But one comrade, the commander of the post, R. F. Frasier, was able to walk to the Anderson chapel. He draped the coffin with the flag and read the service of the Grand Army of the Republic, and then called on Mrs. Jonathan Johnson to read the chaplain's praer. Thus passed a brave and true soldier of the Republic. Mr. Calkins was born in Ohio on June 21, 1843. He developed farms and did pioneer service in Kansas and Colorado. He was married to Sarah Coats at Emporia, Kas., November 29, 1877. Mr. Calkins came to Hood River valley in 1888. The funeral was held Saturday at the Anderson chael, internment following at Idlewilde cemetery. Mr. Calkins is survived by an only son, Thos. D. Calkins, Hood River, and four brothers and one sister, Mrs. Edgar Locke, Hood River; W. D. Calkins, Eugene; Homer Calkins, Marshall, Wis.; R. A, Calkins, Pasadena, Calif.; and C. C. Calkins, Los Angeles, Calif.