Member of GAR post 219
Wellington Enterprise 30 September 1896 pg 5
Alfred Searles, the well known proprietor of Hotel Searles, dropped dead in the office of the hotel Monday evening about 7:30 o’clock.
The deceased has been in poor health for some time, but yesterday he felt much better and only a short time before his death he expressed his belief that he would at least live until election day and thus be enabled to cast his vote for Wm. McKinley, with whom he was associated in the 23d O.V.I. during the war.
The deceased was born in Yorktown, New York, August 25, 1825. In 1856 he moved to New London, and to Norwalk in 1892, when he purchased the furniture of the Wheaton Hotel and where he has since resided. He served three years in the 23d O.V.I. and then re-enlisted in Hancock’s Corps.
The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 9 o’clock and the remains will be taken to Wellington for burial. All old soldiers in the city are requested to attend the funeral and escort the remains to the depot. – Norwalk Reflector, September 22.
Wellington Enterprise 30 September 1896 pg 8
We hereby desire to express our heartfelt thanks to the G.A.R. for their kindness shown us in our sudden bereavement, also for the beautiful floral tribute and deep expressions of sympathy offered at this time.
Mrs. Mary Searles and Daughter.