Obit: Greely, Paul A. (1832 - 1924)

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Surnames: GREELY SNOW STINSON PIERCE GARDNER FREEMAN HOLMES

----Source: LOYAL TRIBUNE (Loyal, Clark County, Wis.) 11/13/1924

Greely, Paul A. (1 OCT 1832 - 26 OCT 1924)

(Shiocton News)

Paul Ames Greely was born at Chilton, Maine Oct. 1, 1832, and died at his home at Beach, N.D. of paralysis, on Oct. 26, 1924, aged 92 years. He was the seventh and youngest son of Augustus and Hannah Greely, his mother died when he was a boy only 5 years of age, his father remarried and Mr. Greely went to live at the home of a friend until he grew to manhood. He was married on July 4th, 1854 to Miss Martha Stinson, the same years he was married, he left Maine in company of several other families from his home vicinity, among whom were David Stinson, George Speers, Paul Greely and John Whitmore, and went to Wisconsin.

The decided to settle in the town of Maine. They named the township Maine, which name it bears today. He lived in the town of Maine for nearly 40 years. Here Mrs. Greely died, Aug. 2, 1892, soon after her death, he left there and went to Loyal, Clark County, Wis., where on Jan. 9, 1902 he was married to Mrs. Anna Snow. In 1909, Mr. and Mrs. Greely moved to Sentinel Butte, N.D., where they settled on a homestead, living there until 3 years ago when his failing health made it necessary for them to move near to Beach and a year ago into the city.

He was early employed as a lumberman in Maine and in Wisconsin. The greater part of his life was spent in farming. He served many years as post master at Stinson and later as mail carrier from Shiocton to Shawano. He held the office of assessor and chairman several terms. He answered his country's call in time of need. On Feb. 20, 1864 he enlisted in 3rd Wis. Cavalry. He served until the end of the War and was honorably discharged with the rank of quartermaster sergeant.

He was converted and joined the M. E. Church at Greenwood, Clark County, Wis., in that faith he has ever since lived.

He was always upright in his dealings with his neighbors and was held in his esteem by all who knew him.

To him were born nine children, all by his first marriage. They are Mrs. Martha Pierce, Hibbing, Minn., Mrs. Rose Gardner, Hylyard, Wash., Mrs. Delia Freeman, Hoquiam, Wash., Mrs. Dora Holmes, Aberdeen, Wash., Winfield and Sewell Greely, town of Maine. One died in infancy, one son, Leforest, died at the age of 55 years. He also leaves to mourn his loss, his wife, one half-brother, Oliver Greely, Blue Lake, Cal., 43 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at Leeman Church, interment in Oak Hill Cemetery, six grandsons acting as pallbearers. Rev. Conkle of Shiocton Congregational Church conducted the services.

 

 


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