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Stockton in San Joaquin County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Soldiers Friend

 
 
The Soldiers Friend Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 8, 2009
1. The Soldiers Friend Monument
Ruel C. Gridley
Inscription.
Ruel C. Gridley
Born Jan. 23, 1829
Died Nov. 24, 1870
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Erected by
RAWLINS POST No. 23
Grand Army of the Republic
and the Citizens of Stockton
Sept. 19, 1887 in gratitude
for services rendered Union
Soldiers during the War of
the Rebellion in collecting
275,000 dollars for the
Sanitary Commission by
selling and reselling a
sack of flour.

 
Erected 1887 by Rawlins Post No.23, Grand Army of the Republic and the Citizens of Stockton, September 19, 1887. (Marker Number 801.)
 
Location. 37° 58.648′ N, 121° 17.185′ W. Marker is in Stockton, California, in San Joaquin County. Marker can be reached from Cemetery Lane. Click for map. Marker and monument are located near the Memory Chapel at the Stockton Rural Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Stockton CA 95202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stockton Developmental Center (approx. 0.9 miles away); Magnolia Historic District
Close-Up of Inscription on Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 8, 2009
2. Close-Up of Inscription on Monument
(approx. one mile away); Temple Israel Cemetery (approx. one mile away); Weber Primary School (approx. 1.3 miles away); Edward B. Conde Home (approx. 1.3 miles away); Stockton Vietnam War Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away); Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium (approx. 1.4 miles away); Remember Pearl Harbor (approx. 1.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Stockton.
 
Regarding The Soldiers Friend. This site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No. 801 on January 7, 1965.
 
Also see . . .  California During the Civil War. From a footnote on the page:
Ruel C. Gridley in April, 1864, was engaged in the grocery business in Austin, Nevada. As the city election came on he bet a sack of flour with Dr. Herrick that the Douglas-Democrat would be elected mayor. Gridley lost the bet. Its conditions were that the loser was to carry the flour from Austin to Clifton, a distance of a mile and a quarter. At the appointed time Mr. Gridley appeared carrying the flour on his shoulder, neatly trimmed
Close-Up of Inscription on Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 8, 2009
3. Close-Up of Inscription on Monument
with ribbons and flags. A procession was then formed of citizens of both parties and preceded by a band of music they marched to Clifton. On arrival the saloon keeper invited the crowd in to take a drink. While in the saloon there was much joking regarding this fifty-pound sack of flour. At last Mr. Gridley said, "This crowd of people have had their fun at my expense: let us see now who will do most for the sick and wounded soldiers. We will put this sack of flour up at auction to be sold for cash, with the understanding that the buyer is to return it, to be sold again for the benefit of the sanitary commission." Ready for any kind of excitement, the proposition was quickly accepted. The chairman of the local commission acted as auctioneer. It was sold and resold for $4,400. then taken to Gold Hill, it was sold for $5,225. Taken to other places the sales were lifeless without the inspiration of Mr. Gridley. This patriot then, leaving his business and paying his own expenses, traveled throughout the Pacific coast and a few of the eastern states, selling the famous sack of flour. Mr. Gridley died in Stanislaus county November 24, 1874, of consumption, the result of overwork and exposure during his travels. He was later buried in the Soldiers' Grand Army plot at Stockton. Rawlins Post erected over his grave a magnificent marble monument and life-size statue
(Submitted on February 9, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
The Ruel C. Gridley Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 8, 2009
4. The Ruel C. Gridley Monument
 
 
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Close-Up of Statue on Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 8, 2009
5. Close-Up of Statue on Monument
California Registered Historical Landmark No. 801 Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 8, 2009
6. California Registered Historical Landmark No. 801
Plaque mounted on bottom of monument
Ruel C. Gridley Photo, Click for full size
California State Library, Calif. History Section
7. Ruel C. Gridley
Ruel Colt Gridley Monument and G.A.R Section at the Stockton Rural Cemetery Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 8, 2009
8. Ruel Colt Gridley Monument and G.A.R Section at the Stockton Rural Cemetery
 
 
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