Stockton in San Joaquin County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Soldiers Friend
Born Jan. 23, 1829
Died Nov. 24, 1870
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.)
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the The Grand Army of the Republic series lists.
Location. 37° 58.648′ N, 121° 17.185′ W. Marker is in Stockton, California, in San Joaquin County. Memorial can be reached from Cemetery Lane. Marker and monument are located near the Memory Chapel at the Stockton Rural Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stockton CA 95202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking Casa Bonita Funeral Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); "Casey at the Bat" (approx. half a mile away); University Park Water Tower (approx. 0.8 miles away); Aspen Hall (approx. 0.9 miles away); Stockton Developmental Center (approx. 0.9 miles away); Magnolia Historic District (approx. one mile away); Temple Israel Cemetery (approx. one mile away); Superintendent's Residence (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map 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 with ribbons and flags. A procession was then formed of citizens of both parties and preceded by a band of music they marched to (Submitted on February 9, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.)
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