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Submitted: 8/12/08 • Approved: 8/14/08 • Last Updated: 3/23/17 • R21885-G0-S3
Gravestone Inscription: Corpl. A.H. Redfield CO. D. 132 IND. INF.
Source: The following was taken from the Fairplay Flume Newspaper (Fairplay, Park County) dated July 3, 1908 page 1
Note: The Alma cemetery and Buckskin cemetery are one in the same. The cemetery was originally called the Buckskin cemetery because it was located next to the original town of Buckskin Joe, now a ghost town. President Theodore Roosevelt approved the land grant for the cemetery to be used by Alma residents on 3/21/1902.
Tuesday morning the news reached Alma that A. Redfield had died in his cabin at Hoosier town, at 4 o’clock. Mr. Redfield met with an accident last Monday by falling from a scaffold, a distance of ten feet. This was the direct cause of his death, which resulted finally in heart failure. Pat Killduf and several other friends were present at the time of death. With Mr. Redfield, another old pioneer has gone and a brave soldier has joined the Grand Army in the Silent Beyond.
Alexander Redfield was born in the state of Connecticut, August 1, 1841 and therefore was not quite 67 years old. When a young man, he moved with his parents to Indianapolis, Indiana, where his father engaged in the newspaper business, assisted by his son, who showed a great talent as a scribe and probably would have made a journalist of renown if he had followed this career. But when the war broke out, Redfield’s patriotism carried him away, so he exchanged the pen for the sword and enlisted in an Indiana infantry regiment. He served in the same company with ex-Senator T.M. Patterson, who was his sergeant.
After the war, Redfield for several years remained in the government service as a scout and was stationed at San Antonio, Texas. From here, he emigrated to Colorado and was for several years employed as a police officer in Pueblo. Afterwards, we find him as a farmer near Longmont and in 1880, Mr. Redfield and family moved to Alma, where he has resided continuously. He was for a number of years a justice of the peace a, at the same time following his trade as a carpenter. Mr. Redfield was a man of a kind and friendly disposition. He had seen many ups and down in his life and his path was not strewn with roses. Ever since his wife left him with their children for Denver, he had led a solitary life, but still devoted to his family; to whom he paid a visit occasionally and was visited by his children in return in Alma.
The funeral, which took place from the Mission chapel, was well attended by the many friends of the deceased. Reverend Titmarsh of Fairplay preached the funeral sermon, and a choir consisting of Mesdames Gumaer, Shackleford, Cummings, the Misees Louise Gunmaer and May Osborne, assisted by Messrs. Wilkes Snell and Cliff Stewart, sang several beautiful land appropriate hymns.
The great esteem in which the deceased stood was shown by the long cortege following the remains, the casket being covered with the United States flag. The interment took place at Buckskin cemetery. Taps were sounded and all that was earthly of Alexander Redfield was laid to eternal rest. Besides his widow in Denver, he leaves a daughter, Mand, living with her mother and a son, Charles at Los Angeles, California to mourn his loss.
Requiset in pace.
Contributed on 8/12/08 by southparkperils
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