Daniel Navarre (click for photo back)
Daniel Navarre, Bono, Oh
photo: courtesy of Lynne Wilson

Toledo Bladeimage of this article (82K)
May 28, 1961.
article provided by: Terry Breymaier

--Blade photo
Mrs. Vaughn and Mr. Sheldon examine portrait of Daniel Navarre

Portrait Of Daniel Navarre To Hang in Zoological Park
Memorial Association Presents Painting Of Civil War Hero For Display In Cabin

A picture of Daniel Navarre, son of Peter Navarre, famous scout in the War of 1812, has been presented to the Peter Navarre Memorial Association and will be hung in the Navarre cabin in Toledo Zoological Park.

The picture, by Ludwig Bang, Toledo portrait painter, was presented recently to Phil Skeldon, president of the memorial association and zoo director, by its owner, Mrs. Aline Park Vaughan, Berkey.

The painting for many years hung in the entrance hall of the home of Wilmot A. Ketcham, 1510 Superior St. It later became the possession of Mrs. Lois M. Ketcham, 310 Kenilworth Ave. Mrs. Ketcham, in turn, gave the picture to Mrs. Vaughan, her friend.

Miss Josephine Fassett, who is preparing a history of Oregon Township, said that Daniel was born in 1835, and was confined in Libbey prison.

He returned to Toledo after the war and helped raise cattle for Thomas Wolfe. A bachelor, he was a favorite with children who loved to hear him tell Civil War stories.

He entered the Ohio Soldiers' and Sailor's Home in Sandusky Aug. 27, 1910, and died there April 1, 1912. He is buried in the home cemetery.

Mr. Skeldon said the cabin, furnished as it was in the days of Peter Navarre, will be open to the public Memorial Day and Refular Army during the Civil will remain open through Labor Day.


Fassett, Josephine. "Sons of Peter the Scout." History of Oregon and Jerusalem: the story of two communities. Camden, Arkansas: The Hurley Company, Ind., 1961 (p. 248-249).


Daniel Navarre was born in 1835. He served in the Civil War in Co. G Regular U. S. Heavy Artillery. He was captured and placed in Libbey Prison. In 1865 he was transferred to the Veterans Reserve Corps.

After he returned he worked for Tom Wolfe who had a large home at the mouth of Ward's Canal. Mr. Wolfe was in the fishing business. Dan took care of the cattle which supplied the men with milk and butter. The children enjoyed following Dan to hear his tales of the war and enjoyed his singing.

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As Dan became older, he spent his time among relatives and friends working for his board and room.

Wilmot Ketcham in his poem Christmas Time at the Point gave a pen picture of Dan as a fine old man who enjoyed playing his violin, singing songs and telling war tales to the children.

On August 27, 1910 he entered the Ohio Soldiers and Sailors Home at Sandusky. He remained in the home until his death April 1, 1912. He was buried in the Home Cemetery Section 1 grave No. 34.

NameState ServedEnlist DateEnlist RankEnlist AgeEnlist PlaceArmy
Daniel NavarreOhio28 July 1862Priv25 Union

Daniel Navarre
Enlist DateEnlist PlaceEnlist RankEnlist Age
28 July 1862 Priv25

Served Ohio Transfered F Co. 15th Reg. RC Mustered Out at Cairo, IL on 14 July 1865
Source: Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio
Abbreviation: OHRoster
Published by on 1886

Children enjoyed following Dan
to hear his tales
photo: courtesy of Lynne Wilson

Marshall Davies Lloyd