FATHER OF CRANBROOK MAN DEAD AT MASSACHUSETTS – Edwin O. Clapp Passed at Ripe Old Age – Visited Here Seven Years Ago.
Cranbrook citizens will recall the visit here some seven years ago of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Clapp, parents of Mr. Lester Clapp, of the Baker street cigar store. The recent death of Mr. Clapp in Adams County, Massachusetts where he was a pioneer, has been mourned by the many old residents. The following account is taken from a Massachusetts paper: --
Edwin O. Clapp, a veteran of the Civil war, and a pioneer of Adams county, died Saturday, Feb. 25th, at the home of his nephew, George Bacon in Easton, after several weeks of illness, at the ripe age of 81 years, two months and five days. Mr. Clapp was born in South Hadley Falls, Massachusetts, December 20, 1840, and in 1856 came with his parents to Wisconsin, where they settled on a farm in the town of Adams. For fifty years this was the home place of the deceased. He then sold the farm and bought a residence in Kilbourn where he lived for five years at the end of which time he sold his home and went to visit his sons in the west. Since the fall of 1920 he has made his home with his nephew, George Bacon.
In August 1862 Mr. Clapp enlisted in the service of his country and served until the end of the war, a term of nearly three years, being discharged at Memphis, Tenn., June 24, 1865. He was a member of Company K, Twenty-Fifth Regiment, Wisconsin infantry, and during his service participated with the Command in Sherman’s memorable march to the sea. Following this he went to Washington and participated in the Grand Review.
He saw some of the severest service that fell to the lot of any soldiers for the Union in that great conflict and was in hospital at Memphis for about one month. Through it all he never shrank from duty and was always with his regiment.
The year following his discharge, on February 7, 1866, he was married to Miss Sarah Phillips, daughter of Daniel and Amanda Phillips, New York state. Five children were born to them, of whom two daughters preceded him to the other shore. His wife and three sons survive. The sons are: Frank of Prince Rupert, British Columbia; Lester, of Cranbrook, B.C.; and William of Ephrata, Washington. Seven grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Mary Woolsey of Easton, his nephew and niece, Mr. and Mrs. George Bacon of Easton, and other relatives and friends survive to mourn his death.
He was an affectionate husband and father, a kind neighbor, always ready to lend a helping hand and an honest, upright man of highest moral character. In addition to these qualities he had an unusually pleasant disposition, which won the friendship of all who came to know him.