Julius Porter Waite served for 2 years as a private in the 22nd Regiment, Company C, WI Volunteers Infantry of the Union Army during the Civil War. While in war he was with a group of men who were captured and put in Libby Prison, but escaped. His health was ruined from being in prison. He couldn't work after that. He was honorably discharged while in hospital on a surgeon's certificate of disability September 20, 1864. In 1885 the family moved to farm near Allegan, Michigan. He worked for the owner of an apple orchard, packing apples while the family picked blueberries and sold them.
Located in Richmond, Virginia and bounded by 20th, 21st, Cary and Canal streets, the infamous Libby Civil War prison building was removed from its location for exhibit at the 1892 Chicago World's Fair. During the war Luther Libby's ship chandlery housed Federal officers in various stages of misery. Commemorative plaques are embedded in a modern floodwall that now traverses the site.
It is hereby certified that in conformity with the laws of the United States, Porter Wait, who was Private in 22 Regiment of Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry and Unassigned Detachment Veterman Reserve Corps is entitled to a pension at the rate of Twenty dollars per month to commence on the fifteenth day of February one thousand nine hundred and seven. Pension No. 217963.
Julius Porter Waite was born at Darien, Genessee county, New York, November 20, 1831, and died at Baldwin, Wis., as the result of a bad fall sustained on his arrival at that place where he went to visit his daughter. He suffered intensely for two weeks then died. It is supposed in his fall he fractured his skull.
Porter Waite enlisted in the union army, August 15th, 1862, and served until the close of the war. He was for years a member of the C.J. Basset Post, G.A.R., and a goodly representation of the old comrades attended the funeral which was held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home of his son Charles on Marshall street, services being conducted by Rev. J. W. Vickers and interment was made in Oakwood cemetery. Mr. Waite is survived by one daughter and three sons.
Died, May 30, 1909, at her home in Valley township, Mrs. Porter Wait. Lucretia Mosher was born July 8, 1835, in the town of Pembroke, Genessee county, New York. At the time of her death she was 73 years 10 months and 22 days old. She was married at Batavia, New York, August 18, 1853, to Porter Wait. She was the mother of seven cildren - three sons and four daughters. Four children survive her - three sons and one daughter, Charles F. and Percy of Allegan, William of North Dakota and Edith of Wisconsin. All were present at the funeral but William, he being unable to reach here in time. There are also nine grandchildren and one great grandchild living.
Mrs. Wait lived in Valley township 24 years, going there from Jackson, Mich., where her parents resided. She not only raised her family to manhood and womanhood but she raised several grandchildren, Miss Eva Meece being one of them and Theodore Case another.
Grandma Wait was well known to the residents of this county and the attendance at the funeral showed how well known and respected she was.
The funeral was held at the home June 4th and interment made at the cemetery in Allegan, where three daughters and one granddaughter are buried. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. J. W. Vickers.
Grandma Wait was a member of the M.E. church, having united at an early age. She was an upright Christian. Many people will miss her.
Two sisters from Jackson, four granddaughters from Grand Rapids and a large concourse of neighboring friends from Valley, Allegan, and other places were present at the funeral to show their respect for her who has gone to "a home not made with hands eternal in the heavens."
We wish to thank our neighbors and friends for their kindness and help during the sickness and death of our wife and mother, also to the friends for the beautiful floral offering at the gave.
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