SYLVESTER R. HAND GRAVESTONE PHOTO
January 23, 1901, Pg. 2:
Date of death: January 20, 1901
On Sunday evening at 7 o’clock the death messenger came and Sylvester R. Hand passed away after a brief illness, at the extreme age of 82 years. He was an old soldier in the Fortieth Indiana regiment, came to this county early in 1870 and located in the Elk river valley. After a few years his disabilities were so great that he moved to the city, and for a quarter century has lived with his niece, Mrs. Eastman, living quietly, but enjoying much of life and taking great interest in the G. A. R. meetings, and in public affairs, respected by all who knew him. Funeral on Tuesday, under the auspices of the G. A. R., in charge of Commander H. C. Jewett, with Rev. G. W. Stafford officiating at the funeral.
Contributed by Mrs. Maryann Johnson a Civil war researcher and a volunteer in the Kansas Room of the Independence Public Library, Independence, Kansas