1912 — Pennsylvania
The Charleroi Mail Newspaper - Monday, March 18, 1912
BANE ANSWERS THE FINAL CALL
Famous "Greene County Giant" Dies at Washington Hospital
WAS FAMILAR FIGURE
WILLIAM P. BANE, aged 63, better known as "Pat" Bane, the "Greene county giant," died at the Washington Hospital Saturday night. He spent the greater part of his life in Washington and Greene counties.
Bane served with the Ringgold Battalion in the Civil War and was reputed to be the tallest man in the Federal army. In his prime he measured seven feet four inches and weighed 300 pounds. He has attended practically all the national encampments of the G. A. R. and his figure became familiar from coast to coast. In parades he was usually placed at the head of the column to carry the flag.
Bane has visited Charleroi several times. His most notable visit was during the Ringgold Reunion that was held here some years ago. Bane was an expert shingle maker and spent much of his time after the Civil war among relatives in Greene county pursuing his trade.
The coffin in which "Pat" will be buried on Wednesday with full military honors will be the largest ever ordered from Washington measuring seven and one-half feet.