John S. Bird 1915
life-lout: Odcj-' AN AGED RESIDENT OF CIVIL WAR John 8. Bird, Old Resident of South Side, Succumbs to Attack of La Grippe. MRS. SCHATZ DIES SUDDENLY Seized With a Hemorrhage terday Afternoon and Died Two Minutes' Time. Yes- In John S. Bird, one of the oldest residents of this section, died at the homo of his son, R. B. Bird, Riverside, at 11:45 o'clock Friday night following a short illness of la grippe. The deceased was aged 91 years,.! month and 12 days. He was born at Bear Gap and lived in this section for the greater part of his life. For aibout forty years he was a resident of Riverside. He was a tanner by occupation, and formerly was employed at Fenstermacher's tannery, Valley township. Despite his advanced age, he took an interest in affairs and enjoyed life. His memory was defective; otherwise he seemed to possess his faculties unimpaired. During latter years he was somewhat feeble but he was able to be about. Recently he was seized with an attack of la grippe, which wa the cause of death. Veteran of Civil War. The deceased was a member of the famous Bucktail regiment, which gave such a good account of itself during the civil war. He enlisted August 29, 1SC2, from Union County. He was mustered into the United States service at Harrisburg as private to serve-three years inCompany D. One Hundred and Fiftieth Regiment, P. V. I., under command of Captains H. W. Crotzer and W. P. Dougal and Colonel Longbow Wister. The regiment was assigned to the Second Brigade, Third Division, First Corps, Army of Potomac. The deceased shared in thw fortunes of the regiment in all the engagements, including the battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. At the latter battle he was wounded shot in the left arm near the wrist, the bullet coming out at the elbow He was sent to the hospital at Baltimore, thence to Philadelphia and fi nally to Washington, D. C. On May 1st he was assig ied to the Second Invalid Corps; ho was sent to the Summit House Hospital, Philadelphia, and served in the Invalid Corps until honorably discharged, April 12, 1S65. i 1 The deceased was a consistent member of St. Peter's Methodist Episcopal Church of Riverside. He was a leading and representative citizen, and in the days when he took an active part in affairs, filled not only different positions in the church but also the local offices of borough treasurer, school director, &c. The deceased was a widower, his wife dying thirteen years ago. Three sons survive- James Bird of Nanti-coke; R. '"..'Bird of Riverside; and Martin rf. Bird of Chicago; also one sister, Mrs. Lena Lanciscus of Mt. Carmel. The funeral will take place from the residence of R. B. Bird, where death occurred, at 11 . o'clock this morning. Interment will toe made in Mt. Vernon Cemetery.