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John Willis Fairchild Jr.

Birth
Washington County, Nebraska, USA
Death
24 Aug 1898 (aged 25)
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Burial
Blair, Washington County, Nebraska, USA
Plot
Block 20 Lot 2 Grave 8
Memorial ID
60056610 View Source

April 6, 1899
Blair Pilot
Blair, Nebraska

John Willis Fairchild was born Aug. 6, 1873, near Canton, South Dakota. When about two years of age, he came to Blair with his parents where he resided until the month of his 21st birthday when he enlisted in Co. B. 17th Inf. and served three years, being honorable discharged in August 1897, and re-enlisted in Co. C 10th U.S. Infantry. His regiment being ordered to Cuba, they landed June 22 at Baequari. He participated in the Battle of San Juan, and fought at the left of El Caney, and Battle of Santiago. Almost immediately after the surrender of Santiago, he was taken with typhoid fever and after a month’s illness in the hospital died Aug. 24, 1898, age 25 years and 10 days. In writing of him his Captain spoke of him as being a favorite with the Company and that he showed himself brave in the hottest of the conflict.

He became a member of the Presbyterian Church of Blair at the age of 16 years and served his Church and Sunday School faithfully while at home.

His remains were interred temporarily at Santiago and were shipped home for burial Monday. Memorial services were held at the Presbyterian Church on Easter Sabbath, Dr. Williams based his discourse James 4-14, “What is your life?” He treated life as a great mystery, as a great reality, as of immeasurable value, and of the stern discipline of life as the source of the ultimate glory. He paid a fitting tribute to the memory of the heroic dead as one who gave his life to his County in humanities service.

The entire record of the deceased was one of very high honor and many a noble tribute from his comrades and commander has been received.

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April 6, 1899
Blair Pilot
Blair, Nebraska

The body of John W. Fairchild, who died in a hospital at Santiago, arrived on the morning train and was interred in the Blair Cemetery this afternoon.
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The relatives of J. W. Fairchild, whose body was laid to rest in the Blair Cemetery last Monday, desire by this means to extend their thanks to the many who offered assistance and sympathy. They desire especially to remember the G.A.R. boys who took charge of the funeral, together with the Third Regiment boys who acted in the capacity of pallbearers. Mr. Fairchild will be remembered as the Blair boy who went through the Santiago campaign and later died of fever. He was a member of Company C 10th United States Infantry.

~~~~~Obituaries courtesy of the Washington County Genealogical Society. Newspaper clippings on file in the Blair, Nebraska library.

April 6, 1899
Blair Pilot
Blair, Nebraska

John Willis Fairchild was born Aug. 6, 1873, near Canton, South Dakota. When about two years of age, he came to Blair with his parents where he resided until the month of his 21st birthday when he enlisted in Co. B. 17th Inf. and served three years, being honorable discharged in August 1897, and re-enlisted in Co. C 10th U.S. Infantry. His regiment being ordered to Cuba, they landed June 22 at Baequari. He participated in the Battle of San Juan, and fought at the left of El Caney, and Battle of Santiago. Almost immediately after the surrender of Santiago, he was taken with typhoid fever and after a month’s illness in the hospital died Aug. 24, 1898, age 25 years and 10 days. In writing of him his Captain spoke of him as being a favorite with the Company and that he showed himself brave in the hottest of the conflict.

He became a member of the Presbyterian Church of Blair at the age of 16 years and served his Church and Sunday School faithfully while at home.

His remains were interred temporarily at Santiago and were shipped home for burial Monday. Memorial services were held at the Presbyterian Church on Easter Sabbath, Dr. Williams based his discourse James 4-14, “What is your life?” He treated life as a great mystery, as a great reality, as of immeasurable value, and of the stern discipline of life as the source of the ultimate glory. He paid a fitting tribute to the memory of the heroic dead as one who gave his life to his County in humanities service.

The entire record of the deceased was one of very high honor and many a noble tribute from his comrades and commander has been received.

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April 6, 1899
Blair Pilot
Blair, Nebraska

The body of John W. Fairchild, who died in a hospital at Santiago, arrived on the morning train and was interred in the Blair Cemetery this afternoon.
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The relatives of J. W. Fairchild, whose body was laid to rest in the Blair Cemetery last Monday, desire by this means to extend their thanks to the many who offered assistance and sympathy. They desire especially to remember the G.A.R. boys who took charge of the funeral, together with the Third Regiment boys who acted in the capacity of pallbearers. Mr. Fairchild will be remembered as the Blair boy who went through the Santiago campaign and later died of fever. He was a member of Company C 10th United States Infantry.

~~~~~Obituaries courtesy of the Washington County Genealogical Society. Newspaper clippings on file in the Blair, Nebraska library.


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