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John D Colvin

DEATH OF JOHN D COLVIN
He Was a Prominent Resident of Parsons Borough.
John D. Colvin, one of the most prominent residents of Parsons died this morning at 8:30 from heart failure. Mr. Colvin's health had not been of the best for some time but his immediate family nor physician did not think he was in a dangerous condition, and his sudden death was not only a shock to them but also to every resident of the town in which he lived. Mr. Colvin had been a resident of Parsons for more than thirty years and during that time he manifested an enthusiastic interest in the progress of the place and all of its affairs. He was especially interest in the schools and in the position of school director, which he filled several terms he devoted much of his time in building up and strengthening the school system of the place. For many years he was a district superintendent for the Delaware & Hudson Coal company, leaving that corporation to accept a similar position for the Lehigh Valley Coal company at its Mineral Spring and Henry colleries, a position which he was compelled to resign on account of impaired eyesight. Deceased subsequently accepted the superintendency of the Algonquin Coal company at Parsons, which position he held until the end of the late prolonged strike. During President Harrison's administration, Mr. Colvin was made postmaster of Parsons, a position he filled with credit to himself and to the satisfaction of every patron of the office.
Mr. Colvin was a stockholder in the Parson's Electric Light Company. He served during the entire war from '61 to '65, and performed valiant service. Later he became a member of the Ninth Regiment, National Guard arti(?) when that body was reorganized and company E was enlisted at Parsons. Mr. Colvin was made its captain. That was in February 1882 and he was an enthusiastic member of the regiment until 1886 when he was forced to resign by reason of impaired heath. Deceased was a past commander of Conyngham Post No 97, G.A.R. Union Veteran Legion No 135 and of the POS of A. He is survived by his wife, one son Fred and three daughters, Miss Anna who is a school teacher at Parsons, Miss Alice, a student at Wyoming Seminary, and Miss Lena. The funeral will be on Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the residence at Parsons, and will be attended by members of belonged.
In Mr. Colvin's death, Parsons has lost one of its best citizens. He was especially noted for his kindness and consideration to all with whom he came in contact, notably to those less fortunate than himself and many friends not only at his old home but throughout the valley will learn with sincere regret that he has passed away. -- Wilkes Barre Times, Friday, March 15, 1901.

U.S. Army
Civil War
U.S. Signal Corps
2nd Lt.


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  • Created by: Clare Bradley
  • Added: 8 Dec 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 81715808
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John D Colvin (25 Jun 1835–15 Mar 1901), Find A Grave Memorial no. 81715808, citing Hollenback Cemetery, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Clare Bradley (contributor 47161387) .