Nebraska Signal, Fairmont, Nebraska Issue of May 4, 1900
FAIRMONT - OBITUARY: George C. MAXFIELD was born in Orono, Me., May 22, 1831, and died of heart disease at this home here May 1, 1900, aged 68 years, 11 months and 8 days.
When twelve years of age he removed with his parents to Stark county, Illinois, settling near Toulon. Here he lived until the breaking out of the civil war. He enlisted August 14, 1862, in Company F One Hundred and Twelfth Illinois volunteers.
His army record is an honorable one. He participated in fifty-two battles and skirmishes. In the battle of Knoxville, November 18, 1863, he was wounded in the thigh, neck and head. These wounds disabled him for active service and on September 10, 1864, he received an honorable discharge. He entered the army as a private but at the time of his discharge held the rank of second lieutenant.
On January 3, 1864, he was married to Cynthia C. PARRISH. To them were born two sons, one died early in life. The other has lived in this state for many years and was with him at his death.
In February 1874 Mr. MAXFIELD moved his family to Fairmont and has made it his home for over twenty-six years. During the greater part of that time he was identified with the interests of our town. He knew something of the privations of frontier life and did his part in the opening up of a new country. He was a staunch patriot, none more so. His devotion to his country was well night supreme, a good citizen, a kind thoughtful husband and a good father. His work is done. He will be no more among us. We may do well to cherish the memory of excellencies. A wife, son and brothers survive him. May the consolation of divine grace be theirs.
The services were held in the Methodist church Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. Rev. Mr. LENFEST delivered the sermon, which was very appropriate. The floral offerings were beautiful and numerous. The Masons, Eastern Star and G. A. R. attended in a body. The choir, consisting of Miss Nellie GREEN, Mrs. J. U. GARVEY, W. L. STILES, and H. J. HOLLOMAN, rendered some of their favorite selections. Mrs. GARVEY sang a patriotic solo which was a special favorite of his. The remains were interred in the city cemetery, the Masonic ritual being used.