BESCHERER, WILLIAM M (1842 - 1916)

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Santa Cruz Surf (March 16, 1916)
William H. Bescherer
Oakwood Memorial Park

DIED: Bescherer, William, aged 73 years 9 months 13 days a native of New Jersey.

Santa Cruz Surf (March 17, 1916)

GAR Notice: Member of the Wallace Reynolds Post #32 and the Women's Relief Corps No 57 will assembly at the Post Room Saturday March 18 at 10 AM to attend the funeral of comrade William H. Bescherer. Bring Badges.

Santa Cruz Sentinel (March 11, 1916)

Old Soldier Answers Call

Another Civil war veteran has answered the final call. This time it was William Bescherer who died at his home on Broadway yesterday leaving a wife and son. The deceased has lived in this city for five years. He was a native of New Jersey aged 73.

Mr. Bescherer was a member of the 23d MI Inf and served three years during the war. The Grand Army will take part in the funeral service.

Santa Cruz Sentinel (March 19, 1916)

Old Soldier Laid to Rest

The funeral of William Bescherer was held at C.C. Chase's undertaking parlors at 10:30 o'clock Saturday morning. It was largely attended by sympathizing friends. Services were conducted by members of the G.A.R. and were very impressive. Col. W.V. Lucas making appropriate remarks showing the esteem in which their silent comrade was held.

The many flora offerings were of purple and Easter lilies, smilax ferns and white cyclamen. Members of the relief corps were in attendance. Mrs. George Gridley and Mrs. M.C. Jones rendered hymns, "Nearer, My God to Thee," "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere," and Rock of Ages;" E. Colvin accompanist.

The pallbearers were Commander H.A. Wagner, Col. W.V. Lucas, Comrades C.M. Burritt, C. Bibbins, J.R. McAdams and W.R. Sargent.

The aged widow has the heartfelt sympathy of all. Etta L. Colvin, P.C.

Date of Birth: 1842-06-03

Date of Death: 1916-16-03

County: Santa Cruz

Cemetery/City of Burial: Oakwood Memorial Park

Plot: B5/01

Mortuary: CCC

Cause of Death: Brn/Hmrrhge

Spouse: (Bescherer)_ Elizabeth

Occupation: Butcher

Local Address: Seabright 175

Last City: Santa Cruz

Native of: NJ

Father Native of: John (NJ)

Enlisted: 1862/08/12

Discharged: 1865/06/28

Military Unit: MI_ 23 Inf_ Co C

Rank: Cpl

Military Notes: R-Forest_M/O- Salisbury_ NC

GAR#: WR32

Available records used to obtain information:
Cemetery records
Santa Cruz County death records
Military records
Santa Cruz and Monterey newspapers
Voter Records

CW Reference: SUR 1916/03/16

Creator: Nelson, Robert L.
Source: Old Soldier: the story of the Grand Army of the Republic in Santa Cruz County. Santa Cruz, CA: The Museum of Art & History, c2004.
Date: Undated
Coverage: Santa Cruz (County)
Rights: Reproduced by permission of Robert L. Nelson.
Identifier: OS-0073


Nelson, Robert L. “BESCHERER, WILLIAM M (1842 - 1916).” Old Soldier: the story of the Grand Army of the Republic in Santa Cruz County. Santa Cruz, CA: The Museum of Art & History, c2004. SCPL Local History. Accessed 27 June 2022.