0841----c1896 Pekin Ny Memorial Day Speech By Thomas Root At Mount View Cemetery
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Extremely exciting find from Niagara County, in the Town of Pekin NY.
Here is the original c.1896-1897 Memorial Day speech by longtime Justice of the Peace Thomas Root.
The speech was presented in the Mount View Cemetery in Pekin, at the site of the Civil War Memorial
which was dedicated back in 1867.
This four page patriotic themed oration mentions several of the names on the monument.
Capt Low, Lyman Pyle, Charles Robinson, Emory Wilcox, John Root, William Ireland, Lewis Miller, Alexander Mabon, and Benjamin Rose. Mr Root even mentions how Lyman Pyle's parents went to visit him in the military hospital before he died.
It appears that many of the soldiers were part of the NY 8th Heavy Artillery.
Although, undated, Root does state "more than a third of a century has passed since they were resting"
and later says "could the soldier boys who 35 years ago left our neighborhood..."
So, we can assume the speech was given about 1896-1897.
I have added several images of the speech as well as current photos of the monument.
I purchased this historical item at a recent sale in Western New York,
along with many other important paper items from nearby counties.
This is the original speech. It is not a reprint or photocopy,
There are even a few last minute corrections.
It remains in VG condition with some discoloration and some wear around the edges.
PLEASE CLICK ON THE ABOVE IMAGES FOR A CLOSE UP VIEW.
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