Any photos not otherwise credited are from the personal collection of Frank Passic, Albion Historian.
Morning Star, May 8, 2011, pg. 6
Each year at this time we like to feature one of Albionís Civil War soldiers. Through the years I have written many articles about this topic related to Albionís participation and those from Albion who served in that bitter conflict. You can access these on the www.Albionmich.com website, where we have compiled a Civil War article index.
Cyrus B. Hungerford (1844-1931) was one of Albionís last Civil War veterans. A native of Sherman Connecticut, he came with his parents Stanley and Charlotte to Newton Township near Battle Creek in 1853. Cyrus was a farmer by profession, and operated farms in Fredonia, Newton, and Clarence Townships before retiring and coming to Albion in April, 1888.
Cyrus served as janitor at the local First Presbyterian and Methodist Episcopal Churches (he was a member of the latter) during his retirement years here. He was married twice: first to Margaret Hardenburg in 1868 who passed away in 1887. Their son, Dr. Perry R. Hungerford (1875-1941) became a well-known Concord physician. Cyrus subsequently married Lina Lloyd of Springport in 1890. She passed away in 1914.
Cyrus enlisted in Company C of the 13th Michigan Infantry on September 5, 1864 during the Civil War. He served nine months, and was discharged on June 5, 1865. During his period of service, Cyrus was a part of Shermanís famous "March through Georgia."
After moving to Albion, Cyrus became active in the local E.W. Hollingsworth chapter Post No. 210 of the Grand Army of the Republic. He even served as post commander, and was instrumental in erecting the G.A.R. rock monument in Victory Park. Memorial Day parade-goers will walk past that rock this year as the ceremonies are being held there in Victory Park. At the time of his death in 1931, Cyrus was one of just nine remaining Albion Civil War veterans. His picture appears in the 1932 book, "Albionís Milestones and Memories," page 96.
From our Historical Notebook this week we present a photograph ca. 1910 of Cyrus B. Hungerford. If you want to know the names of most of Albionís Civil War veterans, look at the G.A.R. monument plaque in Riverside Cemetery which contains all the names of the members of the local post.
Ca. 1910, Cyrus B. Hungerford (1844-1931)
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