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Daniel W. Wedge, age 106, dies 1947

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Daniel W. Wedge, age 106, dies 1947

Jim Derk (View posts)
Posted: 1092929461000
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Wedge, Hooker
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Chicago Tribune (IL)


Daniel W. Wedge Dies on 106th Birthday

Edition: Chicago Tribune

Two of the oldest of the surviving 93 Civil war veterans in the United States were dead yesterday. They were Daniel A. Wedge, who died yesterday on his 106th birthday in the home of his daughter, Miss Mabel Wedge, 544 Pennsylvania av., Aurora. The other was Col. Charles Louis Hooker, formerly of Superior, Wis., who died Saturday in the home of his son at Virginia, Minn. Col. Hooker's age was given as 107, altho it had previously been reported as 103 and 109.

Mr. Wedge has been confined to his bed by a fractured hip for 12 years, but had been in fairly good health until recently.

He was born Oct. 26, 1841, in Marietta, O., and moved with his parents to Galva, Henry county, as a boy. He joined the 8th Illinois regiment when 19 years old, and served thruout the Civil war. He often recollected how he had stood guard outside Gen. Grant's tent.

From Farm to Railroad

He returned to Galva after the war and worked on a farm. Later be moved to Sugar Grove, six miles west of Aurora, where he also farmed. He went to work for the Burlington railroad in 1875 as a laborer, became a brakeman, and later a conductor. At his retirement in 1924 after nearly 50 years with the railroad he was a conductor on suburban trains between Chicago and Aurora. He was the Burlington's oldest retired employe.

Mr. Wedge also was the commander and last surviving member of Aurora post No. 20, G. A. R. He never missed a Memorial day parade, and rode in them in an ambulance after he became an invalid until this years, when his doctor forbade it.

He was interested in politics thru out his life and voted in every election, even when it required going to the polls in an ambulance, until a year ago.

Annual Calls Made

Officials of the Burlington railroad, many of them of friends, have called on Mr. Wedge annually for years with birthday gifts. Saturday a delegation headed by James Mulroy, superintendent of the Aurora-La Crosse division, presented him with a check for $106 in honor of each year of his life. Last year he got hundreds of birthday telegrams.

His only survivor is his daughter, who gave up a teaching job to care for her father when he suffered the broken hip.

Military funeral services, under auspices of all veterans' organizations in Aurora, will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel at 332 Downer Pl., Aurora. Burial will be in the west Aurora cemetery.

Col. Hooker, whose title was honorary, was born in New York state April 3, 1840, according to a family Bible. He enlisted in Wisconsin in 1860 and served four years. He was the last surviving member of the Alonzo Palmer G. A. R. post, Superior. Military services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in a funeral home at Superior.

The four surviving members of the G. A. R. in Illinois are Thomas Ambrose, 98, of 5358 Drexel blvd.; James Crugholm, 97, of 7229 Rogers av., now a patient in Hines veterans hospital, near Maywood; Hiram Shumate, 98 of Riverton, and Lewis Fablinger, 100, of Downers Grove.

PHOTO CAPTION: Daniel A. Wedge

Memo: Photo

Copyright 1947, Chicago Tribune. For permission to reprint, contact Chicago Tribune.

Record Number: 19471027ob009

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