Thursday, February 18, 2010

Obituary of Lawson Spielman & Photo

This photo of Blanche Lucinda Spielman with her parents, Lawson Spielman and Sarah Hathaway Spielman, was taken in the late 1880s in Northern California before Blanche left home.


An Honored Veteran, In Full Flush of Apparent Health, Lays Down Heavily and Falls Asleep

Lawson W. Spielman, an old and highly esteemed resident of this section, died suddenly at his home in West Anaheim, on Monday afternoon, at 5 o’clock of heart failure. Mr. Spielman had been in his usual health up to a day or two of his death, and had made arrangements to go to Los Angeles on Tuesday. On Monday afternoon he was not so well, and lay down for a rest. His wife sat beside him, when, at 5 o’clock, he breathed his last without a struggle. Physicians were immediately summoned, but life was found to be extinct.

Mr. Spielman had resided here for some eight years, coming from the northern part of the state, where he lived for many years. He was a native of Maryland, and was in his sixty-fifth year. He leaves a wife and several grown-up children to mourn his loss.

He was an enthusiastic grand army man, and participated in the four years’ struggle between the states. He was a prominent figure at the recent Memorial day exercises at the cemetery, and could have given little thought to the fact that of all those gathered there, he was marked as the one whose name was to be first called by the recording angel at the eternal summons on high.

He enlisted first in Company B, 126th Pennsylvania regiment, under Captain W. H. Davison, served nine months in the infantry. He was in Hunter’s raid four days and four nights without food or water; was in the reserve at South Mountain, Chancellorsville and Antietam fight, and re-enlisted under Captain J. C. Paine’s detachment of the signal corps, of the United States army to serve five years. In consequence of orders of the war department was honorably discharged in three years as a good and faithful soldier.

After the war he, with his family, moved to Berryessa valley, Napa county, California, where he resided for 28 years on Tule ranch, where he was engaged in cattle raising and orchard and vineyard culture. He then moved to Southern California where he has since resided.

Deceased leaves a wife and son and four daughters, namely, Harry G. Spielman, Mrs. W. Hill, Mrs. J. Shearer, Mrs. Craddock and Mrs. J. N. Hack to mourn his departure. He was a loving husband and a kind and devoted father. Let him rest in peace, sweet peace.

When his name is again called at the roll there will be no reply. A gallant old soldier has gone to his reward. Peace to his ashes.

Anaheim Weekly Gazette, Thursday, June 25, 1903

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