1903 — California
The San Francisco call., August 17, 1903, Image 2
BROTHERS, ONE A WELL KNOWN CITIZEN OF THIS CITY, THE OTHER A RESIDENT OF OHIO, AS THEY APPEARED ON THE FIEILD DURING THE CIVIL WAR AND AS THEY ARE TO-DAY, AFTER BEING SEPARATED FORTY-ONE YEARS.
Brothers Who Parted on Battlefield Forty Years Ago to March Side by Side in Big Parade. ~
SEPERATED by life's tide for almost the full span of their years, Conrad Troell and Henry H. Troell (should be John), brothers, met in this city yesterday. The stress of civil war had parted them in the first flush of their youth, and now as aged veterans they meet again and together sit down at a common campfire and return to reminiscences of the days when they were 21.
The brothers were born in Schwebda, Prussia, and In the early sixties came to this country. Conrad, who was a botanist by profession, immediately struck out for the Lehigh Valley, in Pennsylvania, and John went to Eckley, in the same State.
When the call for volunteers came each unknown to the other rushed to respond to the nation's call.
When his regiment reached Virginia, the junior brother, Conrad, learned by accident that his brother John. was at Camp Griffin, and, he at once obtained leave of absence and went there. They had barely time to exchange a few words of friendly greeting, when orders came that called John and his regiment to start at once for Key West Fla.
This Was on January 5, 1862. The brothers shook hands and each wished the other godspeed.
Their lives then went in diverse channels, and now after a separation of forty one years they meet once more. Boys when they parted and grandfathers when they meet again.
Conrad served for over a year, when, through Illness, he was compelled resign, receiving an honorable discharge. In 1864 he came to this coast and went to the mines in Central America. In 1866 he returned to San Francisco, since which time he has been actively engaged In business pursuits. For the past five years he has been bailiff In Judge Hunt's court.
John has had a more varied experience. Joining the Forty-seventh Pennsylvania, he fought straight through the war. He served under both Colonel Good and General Schmidt. When the war was over he went to Hazleton, Pa., where he engaged in the shoemaking business and amassed a comfortable, fortune. Just as he was about to retire from business reverses swept away the competency, that he had accumulated and in 1893 he accepted the position of foreman shoemaker in the National Soldiers Home at Dayton, O., which position he holds at the present time.
Last year, just as he was arranging to come to California to visit his brother, he had the misfortune to fall down stairs and fracture his knee cap. This deferred his visit until now. He is still lame and is obliged to walk with the help of a cane.
In speaking of his visit to the coast, he said: "For years I have been looking forward to seeing my brother again. Now I am here, and though I am lame, we shall walk together on Wednesday morning side by side In the great procession of this glorious reunion. The Stars and Stripes that floated over us In the dark days when the nation was In peril will again peace and prosperity."