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Paul, Stephen C.


Age: 0, credited to Vermont
Unit(s): 88th IL INF
Service: Co. F, 88th IL INF

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Birth: Abt 1829, Vermont
Death: 09/24/1911

Burial: Elmhurst Cemetery, Joliet, IL
Marker/Plot: No_Marker; GAR Section - Linwood 8/1
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


Alias?: None Noted
Pension?: Yes, 12/7/1885; widow Rozilla, 12/4/1916, NY, not approved
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: IL, WI
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: No marker; cemetery confirms burial in GAR Lot


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Elmhurst Cemetery, Joliet, IL

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Veteran of 61 Dies in Chair; Faithful Dog Repels Efforts to Reach Body.
Parrot, Another Companion of the Late Stephen Paul, Found in Room With Dead Master.

Alone with his parrot and dog, his companion of years, Stephen Paul, 83 years of age, was found dead in his room, 101 Bluff street Friday. He was sitting beside a window which overlooked Exchange street. Death came suddenly. His head fell back on his chair. Passersby in the street could see the aged man and the pallor of his face convinced them that he was dead. Soon the few who had first observed him, were joined by others and others until the street was mass of men, women and children. Scores of boys and girls on their way home from school joined the throng. It was a strange throng. There was no confusion. Hundreds of people were in the crowd. Yet scarcely a whisper could be heard.

Dog Prevents Entrance

When neighbors attempted to enter Paul's apartments a huge dog confronted them and with fierce growls and snapping jaws drove them back. He had never acted o strangely before, In fact he had been a pet and the children even played with him and their parents never feared that the big fellow would injure their little ones.

When the police arrived and it was announced that they proposed to kill the faithful animal, a shudder ran through the crowd.

But it was unnecessary to kill him. He was caught with a long piece of rope and pulled from the doorway.

An hour later when the undertaker came with his ambulance to take the body of the old man away, he found him still sitting in h is chair. Nearby hung a cage and from it a parrot blinked inquiringly.

Paul was taken ill yesterday morning. His condition was not regarded as serious. He had frequently experienced just such spells. At noon Clarice Borg carried him up the two flights of stairs to his room and later called a doctor. Shortly before four o'clock, neighbors were alarmed by the unusual quiet which prevailed in Paul's apartments. They attempted to open the door but the dog drove them back. They hurried in the street and from there could see the aged man sitting in his chair. Then they realized that he was dead.

The coroner's jury returned a verdict that Paul died from heart failure.

Funeral To Be Held Today

Funeral services are to be held this morning at 10 o'clock from the home of his daughter, Mrs. H. Larson, 1215 Benton street. Burial is to be in Elmhurst cemetery. Friends are requested to omit flowers.

Besides Mrs. Larson, three other children, Mrs. Viola Brown of Norwich, N. Y., Mrs. Emma Ferguson of Kalamazoo, Mich., and W. E. Paul, of Winnemucca, Nevada, are living.

He was a veteran of the Civil War and prior to coming to Joliet about ten years ago resided in Wilmington.

Source: Joliet (IL) Herald News, September 24, 1911.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.