Ashland Clipper, July 17, 1913
George W. Curtis, Civil War Veteran.
A Birthday Party.
On July 15th, 1913, occurred the 86th birthday of Mr. George W. Curtis, an old
Mexican Soldier, and veteran of the Civil War, the father of Mrs. M. G.
Stevenson. Invitations were sent out to all the old soldiers of the town and
vicinity, to assemble at the home of Mrs. Stevenson in honor of her father's
birthday, and to partake of a six o'clock dinner. Fifteen of the old boys
responded and to say that they were totally entertained would be putting it very
mildly. The contrast between the grub of war times, and the feast to which the
boys were invited to sit down to was so great that it was feared the Ambulance
Corps would have to be called in to help some of the old fellows home, for it
certainly was a feast fit for the gods, but fortunately they were able with a
little assistance to rise from the table and Mr. Stevenson was not required to
trot out his hearse although through it all he remained near at hand in case any
such exigency should arise. If any one came away from that table without his
heart being filled with gratitude (and his stomach with grub) to Mrs. Stevenson
and the two young ladies who so ably assisted her, his name is not on the Roster
of the G. A. R. Those who responded to the invitation, and whose hearts were
made glad by the kindly consideration shown them by the hostess were: Daniel
Snyder, David Deffenbaugh, W. H. Swayze, Byron Clark, Isaac N. Cassity, W. N.,
Wallingford, Manford Brown, F. R. Kerns, John H. Brown, Jacob Haindel, John
Good, David Santee, H. V. Ingram, J. H. Sawyers and A. B. McNickle with Comrade
Curtis, sixteen in all, their combined ages 1171 years or an average of about 73
years. Comrade Curtis at 86 being the oldest and H. V. Ingram, 65 the
youngest. Two out of the number had received wounds during their service.
We most heartily wish for Comrade Curtis many more returns of his birthday and
for Mrs. Stevenson we voice the sentiment of all when we say, we most earnestly
pray that sixteen more stars may be added to her crown of glory.
Contributed by ~Shirley Brier~ October 5, 2005.
to Kansas AHGP and ALHN