Monday, December 19, 2011

Local Masonic History


    Photo by Raymond Cunningham

    Charles and Caroline Tinkham Gravestone Homer Illinois

    Col. C. J. Tinkham Dies
    Daily Commercial
    Thursday, August 20, 1891, p 4
    At 6 o’clock last evening Col. C. J. Tinkham, a poplar and well-known citizen, departed this life, aged 65 years. Col. Tinkham was a member of Urbana Commandery, No. 16, K. T., of Urbana, Champaign county. The funeral will be held from the residence n Homer Saturday afternoon, Rev. C. H. Little, of this city, officiating burial by the K. T. service. Athelston Commandery, No. 45, K. T., of this city, have been invited to attend as a Commandery.
    The time of funeral has been changed to 10 o’clock Saturday morning, Aug, 22. Atheistan Commandery No. 45, K. T., of this city, will attend as a Commandery, leaving here Saturday morning at 8 o’clock and returning at 1:30 o’clock p. m. same day.
    Homer's War Hero.
    He was at Lt. Col. in the Civil War but was discharged from the army for intoxication. No one seemed to know that fact in the town and it was alleged he was wounded but the records do not show this to be the case. It appears his wife Caroline, a daughter of the founder of Homer, did not know either.
    Tinkham was West Point class of 1849 and worked on the engineering of Chicago's lighthouses before clerking for Michael D. Coffeen in Homer. He ran a store in Homer for years after the war but had little influence in governments

    Source:  Raymond Cunningham - Homer Illinois Historical Society

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