|Name||Joshua Martin Wiestling |
|Photographer||F. LaRoche |
|Highest Rank||Lieutenant |
|Unit||Co. D, 127th Pennsylvania Infantry |
|Born||October 5, 1837 |
|Place Born||Harrisburg, PA |
|Died||September 14, 1915 |
|Place Died||Seattle, WA |
|Buried||Lake View (Seattle) |
|Service Record||Enlisted on 8/9/1862 as a 2nd Lieutenant and commissioned into "D" Co. PA 127th Infantry; promoted 1st Lieut 8/19/1862; resigned on 10/4/1862 |
|Obit/Notes||-- "STEVENS POST FOR WIESTLING, " Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Monday, June 24, 1907, page 4, column C|
J. M. Wiestling has been a resident of Seattle for more than eighteen years, having arrived in this city with his family on May 2, 1889--six weeks prior to the Seattle fire. He was born in Harrisburg, Pa., October 5, 1937; was educated in the public schools of his native city, the Harrisburg Academy, the Cumberland Valley Institute and Franklin and Marshall College at Lancaster, Pa., from which he graduated with honor, receiving the degree of A. B. and subsequently that of A. M.
Mr. Wiestling studied law at Harrisburg and was admitted to the bar of Dauphin county in 1859, and soon after in the supreme court of the state. Shortly after he entered upon the practice of the law he was commissioned register in bankruptcy under the old bankruptcy law, for the Fourteenth congressional district of Pennsylvania by United States Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase, and after serving one year he resigned that position to accept the office of district attorney for his native county, which he held for two successive terms. After continuing in the practice of the law in Pennsylvania for twenty-seven years he removed to Seattle, where he has remained in practice ever since.
In the summer of 1862 he enlisted in company D of the One Hundredth Twenty-seventh Pennsylvania volunteer infantry regiment of which he became second lieutenant and was subsequently promoted to the rank of first lieutenant. With his regiment he served in the Army of the Potomac under command of Gen. George B. McClellan. By reason of a serious attack of typhoid fever contracted on a prolonged picket service under his command, which threatened the termination of his life, he was rendered so disabled for a continuance in actual military service that he was discharged from the army on a surgeon's certificate of disability.
After his recovery of health he was commissioned by the state of Pennsylvania to visit and care for sick and disabled Pennsylvania soldiers in Western and Southwestern hospitals. Soon after the expiration of the term of service of his regiment occurred, the invasion of Pennsylvania by Gen. Lee's army, and the battle of Gettysburg, when the colonel of the regiment organized an emergency company which was mustered into the United States service and in which Mr. Wiestling again enlisted and rendered active service until the discharge of the company.
He became an active member of the Grand Army of the Republic in his native town in Pennsylvania, and upon his removal to Seattle transferred his membership to Stevens post No. 1 of Seattle of which he has ever since been an active member, and of which he has served as senior and junior vice commander and of which he has been a post commander for ten or more years past.
-- Seattle Post-Intelligencer, September 15, 1915
LAWYER DIES AT AGE OF 77 YEARS
J. M. Wiestling, Who Practiced Here for Twenty-Six Years, Passes Away
VETERAN OF CIVIL WAR
J. M. Wiestling, a practicing attorney in Seattle for twenty-six years, died yesterday afternoon at his home, 3923 Edmonds street, at the age of 77 years. He was prominent in the affairs of the Grand Army of the Republic and known and beloved by many for his numerous charities. His only son, Frank B. Wiestling, 818 Seventeenth avenue, was associated with him in the practice of law, with offices in the Lyon building.
Mr. Wiestling came to Seattle in 1889 from Harrisburg, Pa., where he had attained prominence as a lawyer. He was a graduate of Franklin & Marshall college, of Lancaster, Pa. At the outbreak of the civil war he enlisted with the One Hundred and Twenty-seventh Pennsylvania volunteers and was made second lieutenant.
Sickness brought him home and caused his retirement after a short service. He served as referee in bankruptcy and also as district attorney of Dauphin county, Pa. Before coming to Seattle Mr. Wiestling was also a member of the board of trustees of his alma mater, Franklin & Marshall college.
In Seattle Mr. Wiestling became a member of Ark lodge No. 126, Free and Accepted Order of Masons and he was the first president of the King County Veterans' Association. At the time of his death he was adjutant of Stevens post of the Grand Army of the Republic. He was a member of the Seattle Commercial Club.
Mr. Wiestling's political aspirations in this city were confined to campaigns he made for the city council and state legislature, neither of which proved successful. He was a stalwart Republican. After the death of his wife in 1903[sic], he made his home with two daughters, Miss Georgiana Wiestling and Miss Virginia Wiestling.
Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon in the chapel of the Rainier Valley Undertaking Company. The body will be cremated.
|Subjects (TGM)||Wiestling, Joshua Martin, 1837-1915--Portrait photographs|
Grand Army of the Republic. Stevens Post No. 1--People--Washington (State)--Seattle--Portrait photographs
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Veterans--Washington (State)--Seattle--Portrait photographs
|Digital Collection||Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Portraits|
|Order Number||GAR092 |
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|Photograph Number||25.4 |
|Repository||Seattle Public Library |
|Repository Collection||Hugh and Jane Ferguson Seattle Room, Local History Collection |
|Digital Reproduction Information||Scanned as 400 ppi TIFF on a Microtek 9800 scanner; derivatives created using Adobe Photoshop (600 pixels wide) and saved as a JPG file using Photoshop's image quality "8". Scanning performed in 1/2007. |
|Studio Location||Seattle, WA |
|Original Creator||Laroche, Frank |