Skip to content

Milton J. Paine (1833-1893)

Milton James Paine was born to Joshua Paine (1791-1878) and Catherine Paine (1794-1865) in Bangor, Maine, on May 13, 1833.

Milton Paine was living in Maiden Rock (Pierce county), Wisconsin, when he enlisted on June 23, 1862, in what became Company A of the 20th Wisconsin Infantry.  The 20th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Randall in Madison and mustered into service on August 23, 1862.  The regiment left Wisconsin for St. Louis, Missouri, on August 30, and quickly traveled to Benton Barracks on September 2 and then to Rolla, Missouri, on September 6.  Expeditions and service took the regiment through Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Mexico, and Alabama over the next three years.

The major battle that the 20th participated in while Paine was part of Company A was the Battle of Prairie Grove, which took place on December 7, 1862, in Arkansas.  Paine was wounded at Prairie Grove and discharged because of his wounds on April 28, 1863.  His company lost a lot of men in killed and wounded at the Battle of Prairie Grove.

Milton J. Paine died October 23, 1893, in Staples, Minnesota

Obituary from the Pierce County Herald
November 2, 1893 (River Falls Micro 74)


Last Monday evening M. J. Paine alighted from train No. 1, feeling cheerful and happy after a business trip to Michigan and a sojourn at the World’s Fair.  In less than ten minutes the community was startled by the report that his lifeless remains had been found about one block east of the depot.  The body was conveyed to the City Drugstore and Dr. Ellis examined it and pronounced him dead.  it was then taken to Miller’s undertaking room.

When found he was lying face down upon the rail and guard rail at the switch just beyond where Fifth street crosses the Northern Pacific yards.  There was a cut on his forehead and also on his lip.  There had been no engine or train over the track for some time, and therefore could not have come to his death in that manner.  Some feared that he had been foully dealt with, although it could not be discovered that anything was missing, or that any attempt had been made to rob him.  Many others were of the opinion that he had died of heart disease.  Coroner John Nutting, of Clarissa, was sent for and arrived yesterday morning and he impanneled a jury and commenced investigation.  The autopsy revealed the fact that death did not result from the wound on the forehead, as the skull had not been injured in the least.  An examination of the heart showed plainly that death was due to fatty degeneration of that organ.

Deceased has been a resident of this town for two and one-half years, and during that time has been a highly respected citizen.  He was a prominent member of the Masonic fraternity and also village recorder.  He leaves a wife and two children, Walter I. and Miss Ella, both of the latter being absent in Chicago at the time of his death.  Miss Ella returned last evening and Walter to-day.

While the blow is a heavy one to the bereaved wife and children, it is not wholly unexpected, as the deceased had previously complained of heart trouble and “had set his house in order.”  To the loved ones whom he leaves behind the World extends its sympathy and consolation.  The entire community will feel and deeply regret the loss of the quiet, sympathetic soul who has bid a last farewell to all the things of earth.


Milton J. Paine was a native of Maine, being born at Bangor, that state, on May 13th, 1833.  He was the son of Joshua and Catherine Paine, also natives of that state.  His father served in the war of 1812, being captain of a Maine company.  He was a carpenter and ship builder by trade, and taught his son the same occupation.  In the year 1852 Joshua Paine and family moved to Stillwater, Minnesota, the latter at that time not having attained the dignity of state hood.  Mr. M. J. Paine worked five years at his trade in Stillwater, and in 1857 moved to Maiden Rock, Wisconsin, where he was married in 1859 to Miss Lucy Marsh¹, and they were blessed with two children, Walter and Ella.  At the breaking out of the rebellion, in 1861, he enlisted in the 20th Wisconsin Infantry, took part in many battles and skirmishes, was badly wounded at the battle of Prairie Grove, Ark.  He was given an honorable discharge and returned to Maiden Rock where he worked at steamboat building until 1870.  In the latter year he was elected treasurer of the county (Pierce) and moved to Ellsworth, the county seat.  Here his wife died the following year (1871.)  He served the county as a faithful, honest and efficient treasurer for eight years.  In 1875 he was married to Miss Clara Crain², of Mantorville, Minn., who survives him.  In the year 1880 he moved with his family to Wilkin county, Minn., and settled at Campbell, where he was engaged in mercantile pursuits for eight years, and until he was elected treasurer of Wilkin county, which office he held until 1891 and then removed to Staples and re-entered into business.—Staples (Minn) World.

1.  Her tombstone in the Maiden Rock Cemetery reads: Lucy J. Paine, wife of Milton J. Paine, 2 Nov 1838-3 Dec 1871.
2.  The articles announcing their marriage in Pierce County newspapers lists her as Clara L. Crane, daughter of the Hon. Royal Crane.

No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: