1812 War - last one to receive a pension was 98 yrs old
| i j ' Last Pensioner .of 1812 Jjydta Ann Grnhnm, !>8, as she stepped out in from, of Iicr "West Virginia mountain, home the other day in ne.ii--/cra ventlici- lo have this picture. i taken, i I Jly MO.V Sui-vu-,! Sui-vu-,! More than 120 year.; after the I end of the war of 1812. one name | remains; on the federal pension | rolls as a beneficiary of a soldier | of that conflict, a striking illnstra- | lion o£ the length ot time that a I government pays war costs after ; the clash oE arms has halted. The i last .pensioner ol' the struggle with I Kngland is Mrs. Lydia Ann Gra! Gra! ham. 9S, of Brushy Runn, Va. Wid| Wid| o\v of Isaac Graham, drummer ! boy of 1812, she was married to the veteran in ISO!), when he was an elderly man and she was a 1 woman of 82. Graham died in 1SS1. jNow Mrs. Graham dwells alone In , her mountain cottage. raising chickens and cultivating her gar- den. living comfortably on the $50 check which .she receives each month from the veterans' adminis- ! tratioii. She has no modern con- veniences—running water, lights. or gas—but still uses kerosene '-lamps and carries in her'own fuel. The one great annual event in her life is the family reunion at her home. She has three daughters, all of whom have large families. While the pension list of the war of 1S12 has dwindled to one beneficiary, several thousand veterns and wid- ows of veterans of the Civil War still are receiving checks from Washington, and oflicials estimate that this century will he drawing to a close before the. last one has passed away. If pensions are grarit: ed to widows of World War soldiers, soldiers, which is expected to he the next goal of veterans' organizations, organizations, the government will be pay' ing them well into the next cen- turv.