The following article was very difficult to read. Some names may be misspelled.
Mount Carmel Item Saturday, December 3, 1927
Injuries Sustained in Fall Are Fatal to Comrade Scott
Death of Local Civil War Veteran Diminishes Ranks of G.A.R. to Seven
.. WAS 87 YEARS OLD
Loses Valiant Fight for Life after Falling Down Steps Near City Hall
Taps have blown for another member of the Republic, this city, and as a result the roll call has been diminished from eight to seven old veterans of the beloved blue.
Injuries, which he received in a fall Saturday night, resulted late yesterday afternoon in the death of John R. Scott, 86 years of age, one of the oldest members of the G. A. R. Post here.
Comrade Scott died at 4:15 p.m. at the home of his son, Alex Scott, 230 South Hickory Street.
He had been unconscious for the greater part of the time since the accident occurred at 6:30 o'clock Saturday night.
For three days, he lay in a stupor. Improvement was noted in his condition Tuesday when he regained his senses somewhat. He declined Wednesday and Thursday and his death resulted yesterday.
At times, the veteran was able to talk but he failed to recognize even the closest members of his family and his old comrades of Burnside Post, who were daily visitors at the house.
The aged man suffered a fracture of the left wrist, severe bruises of the left side of his body and a deep gash above his left eye in his plunge down the first flight of concrete steps near City Hall Saturday evening.
He had been out for a walk and when it began to rain, he became bewildered and lost his sense of direction in trying to return home, members of the family believe.
Instead of continuing east on Avenue and then south on Hickory to his home, he turned north on Avenue and Oak Street and fell down the steps.
The death of Comrade Scott marks the passing of the eighth member of the local post of the G. A. R.
Seven surviving members are Jacob Umlauf, Thomas Wardrop, John G. Cobson, Joseph Buddinger, John J. Tobias, C. B. Libberman(?) and Daniel Delchamp.
It was one of the wishes of the deceased Civil War veteran that his old, grizzled and gray fellow associates of the post have charge of the funeral if he died before the rest of them.
Members of the family said last night that his wish will be fulfilled.
Comrade John R. Scott was born in England on April 26, 1841. He came to the United Sttes with his parents when he was but three years old. The family was among the early settlers in Mount Carmel. They resided at a little mining settlement once known as Bell's Tunnel, east of the city, but which has since passed out of existence. The old soldier spent apporoximately 50 years or more of his life here.
He enlisted in the Union Army the latter part of 1863, and he was assigned to Company D, Eighth Pennsylvania Cavalry.
The veteran participated in no less than 15 major battles during the Civil War, inclujding the Battle of Gettysburg, the Battle of Richmond, Virginia, and at Petersburg, Virginia. He was also in the Western Railroad Campaign. He was honorably discharged in 1865.
Comrade Scott ws the officer of the day at the local post of the Grand Army of the Republic,. He was also a member of Mount Carmel Lodge No. ???, I.O.O.F., and the First Presbyterian Church.
Surviving are four sons, Robert, William, Elmer, and Alex. all of this city; and ??? grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Arrangements for the funeral, which will be in charge of James (not legible)
The funeral will be held on Monday afternoon at one o'clock.
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