Obit: Bryant, James H. (1839 - 1904)

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----Sources: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) 07/14/1904

Bryant, James H. (8 APR 1839 - 9 JUL 1904)

Once more the Phonograph is called to perform the sad duty of chronicling the death of one of our city’s old and honored citizens, James H. Bryant.

The deceased was born at Cavendish, Vermont, on the 8th day of April 1839, and at the time of his death was sixty-five years, three months and one day old.

When yet a small child he removed with his parents to Weston, Vt., where he lived until he grew to manhood.

In 1862 he enlisted in Co. C, 16th Regiment of Vermont Volunteers, and performed distinguished services on behalf of the Union, participating in a number of important engagements, among which was the battle of Gettysburg in July 1863.

After the war Mr. Bryant returned to Weston, Vt., where he engaged in the manufacturing business of woodenwares, with the firm of Bryant Bros. In 1877 he moved from Weston to the city of Appleton, Wis., and in 1879 he came to Colby, Clark Co., Wis., where he made his home until his death.

Mr. Bryant and L.D. Reynolds the same year built the first grist mill of its kind between Stevens Point and Ashland. After running this mill a short time they sold out the business and Mr. Bryant gave his time to the millwright business from then up until about seven years ago, when he had a partial stroke of paralysis, and for the past two years was entirely helpless.

The deceased leaves to survive him, two brothers, Adin E. of Weston, Vt., and Edward D. of Gardner, Mass., and one half-sister, Mrs. Mary Dunbar of Boston, Mass., besides his widow, his son William, and daughter Cora, who were at his bedside at the time of his death.

Deceased was a member of the Masonic Lodge, also the Isaac N. Earl Post of this city, and a highly esteemed and respectable citizen, one who was like by all who knew him, always kind hearted and ready to help anyone in need. It is needles to say that he will be much missed in our community and the Phonograph joins with the many friends of the stricken family in extending them their heartfelt sympathy.

The funeral was held Monday afternoon from the M.E. Church and was largely attended, the G.A.R. and W.R.C. being present in a body. Rev. W.M. Philpott conducted the services at the church and the G.A.R. at the grave.



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