History Of The "Old High School" 1828-1840
by Charles Wells Chapin

        DEXTER W. WELLS. — He resided in Paducah, KY., previous to the war of the Rebellion. He joined the Confederate army when the war first broke out, and it is supposed that he was killed in one of the first battles.

        GEORGE W. BLANCHARD. — Went to California in 1849 at the time of the "gold fever." He died at Hawkins Bar, Cal., January 23, 1850, aged 33. One of his relatives writes: "He was a Christian gentleman, and much beloved; his loss was great to his father and friends."

        SAMUEL BOWLES, Springfield, Mass. — The fearless and brilliant journalist. The blood of that zealous Pilgrim, Capt. Miles Standish, coursing through his veins, wrought an independence of thought and inspiration which to this day has not found its superior. In 1845 he went South for his health. On his return to Springfield the same year he encouraged his father to start the Daily Republican, which was done. In 1865 he made his noted "journey across the Continent" in company with the late Vice-President Schuyler Colfax, and Ex-Lieutenant Governor William Bross of Illinois, an interesting account of which he afterward published in a book. The Republican, under his management, became better known than any other New England newspaper, and it is conceded that he was not only a master, but a leader, of his profession, taking rank with such men as Weed, Raymond, Bennett, and Greeley. He died January 16, 1878, at the age of 53.

        HENRY COMSTOCK. — Went to Illinois in 1836, and engaged in printing at Carthage. At the outbreak of the Rebellion was engaged in farming. He enlisted for three years in September, 1862, at Galesburg, Ill., in Company A, 14th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Cavalry; was discharged from service June, 1865, on surgeon's certificate of disability, as a sergeant of said company by promotion, by order of Major-General George H. Thomas. After his discharge he returned home. On recruiting his health he

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