AUGUSTUS MARTIN GRAVESTONE PHOTO
The Parsons Daily Sun, May 26, 1904
Died: May 25, 1904
A very sad death occurred yesterday evening at 7:20 o’clock, when Augustus Martin, one of the oldest residents of Parsons passed away from stomach trouble, after an illness of some weeks duration. When the end came, the old veteran was surrounded by members of his family. The death of Mr. Martin has been expected for two or three days and it was announced in yesterday evenings Sun that he could not survive through the night.
The particularly pathetic part about the death is noted by the deceased’s war comrades. He was a member of the decorating committee that was to have placed the floral offerings on the graves of dead comrades, on next Monday. Now the hand that was to have strewn the garlands will be beneath the clods that will receive the offering of the remnant of the Union army that is left behind.
Augustus Martin was 64 years of age at the time of his death. He was born in New York in 1839. He served in the Union army during the war, being a member of Co. F, First Pennsylvania Light Artillery. In the year 1878, Mr. Martin moved with his family to Kansas, locating at Emporia. Four years later, he came to Parsons and has made this his place of residence ever since. As a citizen, the deceased has always commanded the respect and esteem of all who enjoyed his acquaintance. Being among the oldest residents, he was known by nearly all the older generation. He was a member of Antietam Post No. 64, G. A. R. and has always taken a prominent part in affairs of the order. Besides the G. A. R. the deceased was a member of the A. O. U. W., Select Knights and the Ladies and Knights of Security.
Mr. Martin leaves a wife and two grown up children. The funeral will likely be under the auspices of the two G. A. R. posts of Parsons and will be held from the family residence No. 2303 Chess, tomorrow afternoon at 4 o’clock. Interment will take place in Oakwood cemetery.