Lake County's last known living Civil War Vet to be honored

Public invited to the old-timey celebration at Chase Village Cemetery

CHASE — On Saturday, Aug. 6, the public will have a chance to honor the last living Civil War veteran in Lake County, David Rolston, of Chase Township, who died at the age of 95 in 1939.

Rolston enlisted when he was a young man in Barton Township, Newaygo County, a member of the 11th Michigan Cavalry. He served one year in the army, and fought at several battles in Virginia, coming through unwounded.

He was born April 6, 1844, in Knox County, Ohio, and came with his parents, John and Nancy Rolston, to an 180 acre farm in Barton Township in September 1862. Returning from the army, his father gave him 80 acres of the farm.

After retiring from the farm, he moved to Chase, where he lived 35 years until his death July 24, 2022. Military rites were given in the Chase Village Cemetery.

Now 83 years later, people will honor him at his graveside once again.

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, out of Big Rapids, is hosting the program, and the Chase Township Public Library history group has been in the loop with coordinating the community.

The celebration begins at 1 p.m. at the Chase Village Cemetery, west of town on Baker Road. Seating will be provided for the public. For an old-timey feel to the occasion, Ginger Ale, root beer and water will be served.

First up in the program will be midwest folk music artist Chris Vallilo, performing some lost songs of the Civil War. The Lake County Honor Guard also will be doing a 21-gun salute and have a bugler.

After the ceremony, those in attendance are encouraged to go to the Chase Township Public Library, 8400 E. N. Street, Chase, and see the American flag dating back to when the Major Fox Post (a Civil War veteran fraternity) which was active in Chase and had 90 members. The library also will have on display information about the Chase and Lake County Civil War veterans and other historical items of interest.