Sunday’s Obituary: Hedger C. Pierce of New Jersey

I love it when newspapers post things from 10, 20 or 50 years ago on that date. This particular obituary is for my husband’s 3rd great-grandfather, Hedger C. Pierce. It was in the “Twenty Years Ago Today” section.  I was surprised and excited to find it. It was in the 18 December 1912 edition of the Bridgeton Evening News, Bridgeton, New Jersey.  Have you ever had a great find in one of these sections?

Hedger C. Pierce, an old soldier, died at the home of his son, Ward Pierce, 196 Broad street.  He had been in poor health for several years.  The deceased was a member of the Tenth Regiment, New Jersey Volunteers.

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  • Mariann Regan - June 3, 2013 - 11:30 am

    Yes, I too like the “twenty years ago today” billing. Let’s see, Tenth Regiment, New Jersey volunteers. Is this a state militia? Is this why they call him an “old soldier”? Or was there another war that he had participated in on a national level? It is indeed great to have an ancestor’s anniversary marked.

    In my family, the only newspaper anniversary I can think of is the 75th anniversary in 2009 in the Sumter, SC newspaper of my Uncle Coit (in 1934) as a young motorcycle officer, stalking and shooting two armed robbers at the Claremont Hotel in Sumter. He got the robbers as they were in the act or robbing the safe and threatening the hotel clerk and the elevator boy with guns. Uncle Coit killed one robber, but the other escaped, wounded, and was later found. Eventually Coit became Chief of Police. (All in my book.)ReplyCancel

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