Isaac C. (1842 - 1911)
Surnames: GOTCHY STOW FINN
----Sources: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) 05/25/1911
Gotchy, Isaac C. (19 JUN 1842 - 12 MAY 1911)
I.C. Gotchy, another one of the early and respected settlers of Colby has gone. Another name is stricken from the ever lessening roll of our old settlers. The following letter was received Monday from his daughter Mrs. A.C. Finn, who resides at Santa Cruz, Calif.:
"It is with sadness I inform you that my father passed away at the National Soldiers’ Home near Los Angeles, from Paralysis, May 11, 1911, at five o’clock, and was buried in the Home Cemetery at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 13th. The news of his death came as a shock to us. He had only been away from here a short time. He had been failing since the latter part of January, and we knew that he could never get well, for he had hardening of the arteries, and had some slight shocks, but when he left here he was better than he had been for a long time, and we had hopes that he might live for some little time. A comrade of his wrote me the particulars of his death. He did not seem to suffer, and was in a stupor for several days. This comrade hunted up Charlie Clark, formerly of Marshfield, Wis. They went to see what they could do for him, but nothing could be done. He had the best of care, and sleeps in a beautiful cemetery, where his grave will always be green and well cared for. Since my mother left us he had never been satisfied nor contented in any place for more than a few weeks. He was constantly moving from one place to the other. His sickness made him very unhappy. It is all over now, and he is at rest."
Isaac Charles Gotchy was born in Detroit, Mich., June 19th, 1842, and lacked but one month and seven days from his 69th birthday. Before the war he lived in Fond du Lac, from which place he enlisted in Co. K, First Wis. Volunteer Infantry in 1861, and served until the close of the war. After the war he lived in Neillsville, Clark Co. and ran a sawmill for A.W. Clark. Sept. 1st, 1867, he was married to Cynthia S. Stow of Loyal, Clark Co., and resided on a farm near that place until 1873, when he moved to Colby and opened a feed store, then a hardware store, and was postmaster. Four years later he sold his hardware store to G.J. Walbridge and moved back on the farm. After a year or two absence, part of which time was spent in Kansas, he returned to Colby and resided here until his wife’s death, May 7, 1901, when he went west and resided with his children part of the time, and a part of the time in the U.S. Soldier’s Home in California. While residing here he was a member of the Masonic and I.O.O.F. Lodges, and the G.A.R. Post. He leaves to mourn his death, his daughter Laura (Mrs. A.C. Finn), and son Albert, both residing in California.
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