Monday, June 9, 2014

Military Monday: Joseph Hower, Civil War Veteran

Joseph Hower was born in Baden, Germany in 1843, and he came to the U.S. in 1858. After residing in the state of New York for a brief time, Joseph settled in Sandusky, Ohio in 1859, where he worked as a cabinet maker. In 1861, Joseph Hower enlisted in the 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He served under R.B. Hayes, who would later become the president of the United States. Joseph Hower served in the Civil War for three years and three months. He was discharged from military service in 1864. From about 1870 to 1898, Joseph Hower ran a restaurant in Sandusky. On June 9, 1907, Joseph Hower died after a lengthy illness. He was survived by a daughter and son, his wife having preceded him in death. Mr. Hower had been a member of the G.A.R., the Union Veterans' Legion, the I.O.O.F., and the Knights of Pythias. Funeral services for Joseph Hower were held at the family residence, with Rev. A.N. Slayton officiating. Hundreds of friends and fraternal associates attended Mr. Hower's funeral, and he was buried at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. A G.A.R. marker adorns the tombstone of Joseph Hower. Obituaries for Mr. Hower appeared in the Sandusky Register of June 10, 11, and 13, 1907.

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