Memorial Day -- May 31, 2021
John Marshall Hoyt 1838-1923
Today we honor the memory of civil war veteran John Marshall Hoyt who at the time of his death lived with his wife Mary in Queen Anne. Hoyt was born in New Hampshire in March 29, 1837 and served as a Captain in Company K of the 7th Wisconsin Infantry. According to Richard Heister, a historian of Seattle's Civil War veterans, Captain Hoyt served the Union for all four years of the war and fought at Gettysburg. Following his death on November 3, 1923, John Hoyt was buried the Capitol Hill cemetery of the Grand Army of the Republic. Following Mary Hoyt's death in 1924, John's body was disinterred and moved to Queen Anne's Mt. Pleasant Cemetery to lie alongside Mary. Both John and Mary's graves were unmarked until this month when following Heister's request the U.S. Army paid for a tombstone that finally marks John's grave. You can find John's marker in the northeast corner of Mt. Pleasant Cemetery due north of the tombs of the victims of Valencia sinking and the Everett Massacre. One of few all white stones, it is under a tree in Section E near the roadway. Today for the first time in nearly 100 years, flags and flowers placed by Richard Heister honor John Hoyt's service to the country. Mary's grave to the right of John's remains unmarked.
Bridges of Queen Anne
Here's our invitation to share Maureen Elenga's great talk about The Bridges of Queen Anne this coming Thursday June 3. It will be a Zoom presentation you can access at 7:00 pm here. The talk follows an extremely brief annual meeting where we'll elect the Queen Anne Historical Society's board of directors for 2021-2022.