6 new gravestones for war veterans at Clackamas Pioneer Cemetery
At 11:30 a.m. Sept. 9, the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War will dedicate six new gravestones at Clackamas Pioneer Cemetery. The stones were obtained through the efforts of a group of volunteers led by Carolyn Arntson and Karol Miller.
State Rep. Karin Power, D-Milwaukie, will speak at the event in which the Sons of the Union Veterans conduct a flag ceremony and rifle volley. Boy Scout Troop 259 and Girl Scout Troops 45035 and 41477 also will participate.
Civil War veterans John Day, Faxon Hayford and Marion Johnson will be honored, along with Cold War veteran Reid Arthur Ferris, and World War I veterans Frank Leroy Flanery and Alfred Smith.
Wounded at both Richmond and Gettysburg, Hayford was one of only 42 survivors of the Civil War's famed First Minnesota Infantry, which was almost completely annihilated at Gettysburg. Hayford was among 262 men who held back Confederate Lt. Gen. James Longstreet's entire corps of 1,600 men until Union Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock could get the second corps in line.
Ferris is the great-grandson of pioneer John Alexander Talbert, who crossed the Oregon Trail with his family when he was 4 years old. Talbert served in the Oregon Legislature and held several posts with Clackamas County. Reid served with the Air Force 12 years and received the Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medal.