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M. and Mary A. Comrade Towle began his military career May 10, 1861, when 23 years of age, having been enrolled in U.S. Navy on U.S. frigat "Sontee" In the spring of 1862 he was internally injured while at Galveston, Tex., and was cared for in Chatleston Navy Yards for same for three months. He was granted a leave of absence of 10 days and returned to hospital at expiration of time, where he was granted his honorable discharge October, 1862. He had two brothers in service, Uriah in Co. b, 12 Me. V. I., was confined in Andersonville prison 14 months, and William in Pa. Regt. His wife's brothers, Dametris and Simon, also served and were both wounded in action, the former at Wilderness, the latter at Antietam. Comrade Towle is a member of Thos. McClasky Post, he is at present successfully engaged in farming, and his post office address is Ashville, Pa.


Samuel and Mary A. (Giffin) Varner, dec., are the Parents of our subject, who was born in Cambria county, Pa., Nov. 15, 1829. He was happily married June 12, 1851, in Richland twp., this county, to Lydia Strayer, who was born there March 11, 1833. Her parents, no longer living, were Joseph and Magdalena (Stull) Strayer. By this marriage there are seven children, Sylvester, Emmanuel, Martin L., Mary M., Samuel L., Grant and Irvin J. Comrade Varner was 34 years of age when Pres. Lincoln issued a call for volunteers to defend the Union. He had been engaged in farming when he was drafted Sept. 20, 1864, at Hollidaysburg, Pa., as a private in Co. A, 107 Pa. V.I., 2d Brig., 3d Div., 5th A.C. In the winter of 1864 he was confined in hospital at City Point seven weeks with ague and fever. He was detailed to build corduroy roads and breast works, and also took part in the engagement of Weldon R..R. He was honorably discharged June 6, 1862, at Washington, D.C. He had the following brothers in action, Stephen R., John R.; the latter a member of 13 Ind. V. I., was killed in the battle of Rich Mt. His uncle, John Laten, was a soldier in the war of 1812. Comrade Varner has been J.P., road supervisor and school director: he is a member of Fisher Post 30, he resides on a thrifty and well kept farm near Elton, Pa., which is his address.


Was born in Cambria county, Pa., Aug. 17, 1823, and was a son of Justice and Sanoma (Grose) Varner, dec. His wife, to whom he was married October, 1852, in this county, bore the maiden name of Anna Harr. She was a daughter of John and Charity Harr, dec.,

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