Obit: Ludington, George A. (1842 -1922)
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Surnames: Ludington, Bradway, Teller, Scoville, Longenecker
----Source: Neillsville Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 10/12/1922
Ludington, George A (05 Oct. 1842 - 7 Oct. 1922)
George A. Ludington, formerly a prominent citizen of Neillsville, passed away Oct. 7, 1922, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Harry Bradway, at Dublin, Indiana, after a lingering illness from pernicious anemia. Mr. Ludington was born at Circleville, Ohio, Oct. 5, 1842. He grew to manhood there and early in the Civil War enlisted in Co. H., 30th Ohio Infantry, and served three years and 11 months making a splendid record as a soldier. After the war he came west, and worked at his trade as a harness maker in Black River Falls, where he was married Oct. 13, 1869, to Mary Amanda Teller of that place. For a time he worked in harness shops in Neillsville and again in Black River Falls until about 45 years ago he went into the harness business here, and for many years was one of the leading men of this city in business and public affairs. He was active in organizing the first company of National Guards formed here, and was its first captain. He continued actively his interest in the Guards until the Spanish War, and was Quarter Master in third Regiment. He was also one of the organizers of the G.A.R. post here and retained a life-long interest in that organization. He was prominent in the Odd Fellow Lodge and a member of the Modern Woodmen. His health failing to some extent, he sold his harness shop in 1909 to E. A. Holcomb and went to Indiana where he has since made his home with his daughter.
Capt. Ludington was a man of superior ability and character. He had a strong personality, a ready grasp of affairs, a faculty of meeting people on their own grounds in a genial manner, and yet impressing them with his strength of purpose, absolute honesty and sterling worth. Few people who ever met him would forget him.
His wife died in June, 1898, and one daughter, Eunice, is deceased. He is survived by three children, a son, Albert C. Ludington of Elkhart, Ind., and two daughters, Mrs. Harry Bradway of Dublin, Indiana, and Mrs. W. A. Scoville of Michigan City, Indiana. All were with him during the closing hours of his life. He recognized them almost to the last, greeting them in his old-time jovial way, yet fully aware that he was soon to part with them.
His body arrived here Tuesday morning, accompanied by the two daughters, and the funeral was held at the Congregational church Wednesday afternoon, Rev. G. W. Longenecker officiating. The local Odd Fellow Lodge attended in a body and assisted in the ceremony with their ritual. The Modern Woodmen also took part, and the few remaining G. A. R. men attended.
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