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Thurston Hill Cemetary
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Description: Civil War Veteran Drops Dead While Returning From Visit With Comrades Another Civil War Veteran has passed to the great beyond. After having spent a pleasant day with his comrades at the home of Silas Howe in the town of River Falls, Jonathan Moore Locke, passed away on January 22, 1914, before his fellow veterans,peacefully and without a struggle. What more fitting death can soldier ask for than to die among his comrades? The bus containing the members of the Ellsworth Post,G.A.P. was halted at the foot of the Salton Hill just southeast of Beldenville, as the comrades had decided to walk up the hill. Although the hill told on them,none of the men complained and they were in a cheerful mood when the top of the hill was reached. Again entering the bus the ride was resumed. At the corner near the Advent Church, Mr Locke and Clark Williams left the bus and with a hearty, "so long, Comrades" started on their short walk home. Mt Locke took a few steps and then fell to the ground. Mr Williams at once knelt by his side and those in the bus,who saw him fall, immediately hurried to his aid. A.F.Ottman at once felt for the stricken man"s pulse but there was no sign f life. It is thought that he died instantly. The fallen veteran was tenderly carried to his home and Dr Lumley summoned, but nothing could be done. It was a sad blow to his wife and children and to his comrades in whose company he had so lately been. Jonathan Moore Locke was born on Feb 15,1844, at Lyman,N.H. He moved with his parents from Pleasantville,Penn., where he remained until at the age of eighteen years, when he enlisted in the 57th Regiment, Company K,from Pennsylvannia at the beginning of the Civil War. He took part in several battles and was taken prisoner at Gettysburg in July 1863. He was confined at Libby prison two months, in Belle Island nine months, in Andersonville six months and Savannah and Millen,Georgia, one month each. He was honorably discharged at Petersburg,Virginia,at the expiration of service in 1865. On Sept 26, 1867, he was married to Ellen A Foster. Four children were born of this union,who with their families were present at the funeral. They are Mrs G,B.Reed of Ellsworth, Mrs M.F. Reed of River Falls, H.B. Locke of Trimbelle and J.M. Locke,Jr. He also leaves, besides his wife, two brothers, and two sisters-Harrison Locke of Bradford, Penn, Stephen Locke of Ohio, Mrs Truxall of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Mrs Sarah Logan of Lexington, Kentucky. The funeral was held on Monday afternoon, Jan 26, 1914,from the home and was attended by a large number of old friends and relatives. Interment is in the Thurston Hill Cemetary. In his remarks Rev.Davis paid a fitting tribute to the dead comrade. "Those who knew him loved him best."
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Locke, Jonathan M. 98784757
b. Feb. 15, 1844 d. Jan. 22, 1914
Thurston Hill Cemetery
Pierce County
Wisconsin, USA
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