Saturday, May 31, 2014

Obituary for Harl Cain

At the beginning of the month I wrote to the Paradise Genealogical Society in Paradise, California, to see if they had an obituary for Harl Cain (brother of my 2nd-great-grandmother Mary Alice Cain Read). Today they replied back with a copy of Harl's obituary from 30 August 1962:
Source: Chico Enterprise Record, pg 3A
A few points jump out from the obituary. Harl was a veteran of the Spanish-American War. I am hoping the Veterans Administration is able to provide me with a copy of his pension file, which may shed more light on the family. The obituary also notes that Harl was survived by "several nieces in Kentucky." He would have also had some nephews in Indiana at this time, so I wonder who these nieces were. Perhaps children of other Cain siblings? Any distant cousins out there have more information on the Cain family?


  1. What a great find, Patrick! You should also be able to glean quite a bit from his full personnel record, as well, if he served in the Spanish-American War. Depending on how and when he signed up, his records may be at NARA in Washington DC, or at the St. Louis National Personnel Records Center. I found this article to be a helpful guide. Here's hoping you find what you're looking for!

  2. Thanks for the info, I'll check that out. I have a request in with the VA for Harl's pension file (, so I'm hoping that will have information to get through this brick wall.


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