Monday, October 21, 2013

Eastlack: Civil War Soldier & Shoemaker

Allen E. Eastlack was born in Montgomery County in 1842 and at the age of 20 became part of General Lew Wallace's Company H, Indiana 11th Infantry Regiment.  While on a furlough he married Elizabeth Johnson on April 5, 1864.  This couple had Fountain E. (auditor of the Ben Hur Life Association) and Mrs. Harrison McMains.

Private Eastlack had many professions ... one being soldier, a tinner (worked at C. Johnson and Sons in the 5 Commercial block of Green Street) and also a shoemaker (employed by Youngman and Co. at 105 S. Washington St.).  Mr. Eastlack survived until 1917 (age 74) and was an elder in the First Christian Church.
Eastlack is in the middle of the front (5th from left) row holding his hat.  Captain H. H. Talbot is the 2nd from the left with the long beard.  These are Civil War Veterans and the Women's Relief Corps at a GAR picnic in 1915.

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