The funeral of Solomon Fordyce one of the few remaining veterans of the Civil War, was held last Thursday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, at the Christian church, Rev. Vanetter and Rev. Mayhew officiating.
All places of business were closed for the funeral, and school was dismissed. Flags were displayed along the street at half meet as a tribute to his war record.
A large crowd was out to the funeral to do honor to an old veteran and a respected citizen. Among those present were P.J. Phenis, Sherman Allen, and Mr. Caszatt, the only surviving members of the Civil War who reside in this immediate vicinity.
Several members of the American legion were present in uniform and the members of Salt River Lodge F. and A. M. of which Mr. Fordyce was a charter member were present.
It was a fitting tribute to one who had been a loyal citizen not only in the service of his country but to his town and community.
Burial was at Salt River cemetery.
Solomon Fordyce, son of John and Sarah Fordyce, was born in Greene county, Pa., in l838. At the age of 23 years, he enlisted in the lst West Virginia Infantry for the short term and at the expiration re-enlisted for three years, and then again re-enlisted and served to the end of the war. During the last year of his service he was sergeant in Company G, 2nd West Virginia Infantry. He came to Michigan in 1867 when Coe township was but a wilderness. He later established a general store at Salt River (now Shepherd) which he conducted for several years. In 1875 he was married to Harriet Smith who died in 1893. Be is survived by 6 children: Charles of Shepherd; Mrs. Wilbur Johnson of Howell; Mrs. Will Ross of St. Clair; Mrs. Will Aldrich of Shepherd; Mrs. Emerson Orth of Owosso; and Vern Fordyce of Chelsea. A son, Elmer, died in l894. One brother Scott Fordyce of Shepherd and 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren also survive.
Newspaper obituary, source unknown, hand dated April 20, 1928 (Isabella County, Michigan)
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