His obituary reads:
Edward O’Flaherty, in his 76th year, Civil War survivor and one of the most prominent of the early day business men of this city, died at 6:30 o’clock Saturday evening at the family home,
240 Washington avenue.
Death was due to locometor ataxia, which had confined him to his bed for the
past 23 years. During that time he had been wonderfully patient and cheerful.
Until so weakened by the disease that he was not able to use his hands any
longer he spent much of his time making wooden and paper toys for the
youngsters in the neighborhood, all of whom were great friends of the afflicted
Mr. O’Flaherty was born on St. Patrick’s Day, 1847, in
parents emigrated to this country in 1849 and located at County Galway,
Mr. O’Flaherty learned the trade of baker at Geneva, NY ,
and followed the trade for many years. He was an artist in the line of baking
and icing cakes. Medina, NY
On August 15, 1862, when he was but 15 years of age, he enlisted as a private in Company I, 138 NYV., which would later become the Ninth New York Heavy Artillery. He was promoted to corporal on October 19, 1864; to color corporal on March 25, 1865; sergeant on April 5, 1865, and on the same day received another promotion to color sergeant.
His official record during the Civil War shows much service including:
Cold Harbor, Va., June 1 to 12, 1864; before ,
June 15 to 19; Weldon railroad, June 22 and 23; Monocacy City, July 9; Fort
Stevens, Washington, DC, July 12; Snicker’s Gap, Va., July 17 and 18;
Strasburg, August 15; Summit Point, August 21; Smithfield, August 29; Opequan,
September 19; Fisher’s Hill, September 22 and Cedar Creek, October 19 all in
1864. He was wounded in the head at the siege of Petersburg, Va. and in the left knee at Cedar
Creek. On April 9, 1865, he was at Appomattox Court House, was present at the
surrender of Lee and was part of an expedition sent to Petersburg to co-operate with General W. T.
Sherman’s forces. He was mustered out October 15, 1865. Danville
At the close of the was he returned to
54 years ago in January, he was married to Miss Mary Milligan of that place. In
1869 they removed to Medina Titusville, where M.
O’Flaherty engaged in the bakery and grocery business until 1870, when he went
to , which was then in the height of
its activity, and engaged in the same business. He was then employed to oversee
the construction of the brick block on Elm, Center and Sycamore streets, now
occupied by the Edwards Bros. store, by the late O. F. Schomblom, who died
recently in Petroleum Center Bradford. While the building was
under construction, he still continued his business in
and when the building here was completed in 1873, he opened one of the largest
groceries and bakeries in this section of the state. This he continued until
the latter 80’s when he and Charles Settle, of this city, and W. H. Whisner, of
Titusville, went to Oklahoma to look after land claims owned by members of the
G.A.R., of this city. He went from there to Petroleum Center ,
where 24 years ago he was stricken with the malady, which eventually caused his
death. He was brought to his home here by his son, Charles and Mrs. O’Flaherty. Gatesville, Tex.
Mr. O’Flaherty always took an active part in any movement for the upbuilding and development of the city in the earlier days. He was a member of one of the volunteer fire companies, of the Oil City Grey militia and of many fraternal organizations. In his younger days he was an active part in amateur theatricals for the benefit of the G.A.R. He was commander for a number of terms of the old Captain Evans Post, G.A.R. He was a member of
church. St. Joseph
Surviving are his wife and the following children: Charles O’Flaherty, of
NY; Edwin C O’Flaherty and Mrs. E. M. Downes,
of Oil City
and Mrs. Edward Kaufman, of Washington,
A high mass of requiem for the repose of his soul will be celebrated at 9 o’clock Tuesday morning in
’s church. This afternoon at 3
o’clock members of Hayes Post, G.A.R., conducted the committal services of that
organization at the family home. St. Joseph
The News Herald. (
11 December 1922. Chronicling Franklin, PA : Historic American
Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. America
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