After the Coroner’s inquest returned their verdict of “undetermined” in the death of George Barclay the funeral was allowed to take place:
“The remains were brought to this city today and were met at the train by friends and Pap Thomas Post No. 30, G.A.R. under who auspices the services were conducted, the murdered man being an old soldier and member of this post.
The funeral services were conducted at the Episcopal church, Rev. C. F Kite officiating. The remains were interred in Evergreen Cemetery. The deceased leaves a widow and one married daughter to mourn his death.” From the Cold Blooded Murder article Nov 3, 1898.
Another version of the funeral:
“The remains were brought to Brainerd on Thursday morning for interment and the funeral took place at 11 a.m. from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Rev. C. F. Kite conducting the services. The members of Pap Thomas Post, G.A.R. and the Women’s Relief Corps, met the funeral cortege at the station and marched with the procession to the church and thence to the cemetery.” From Cowardly Crime article Nov. 5, 1898.
See post dated November 28, 2013 “Cold Blood Murder and Cowardly Crime – November 1898,” for the complete articles.
Alexander, George’s brother had heard of the shooting. So he left his home in Farmington, Dakota County, Minnesota to attend the funeral on November 3, 1898. The brothers had served in the Civil War and were G.A.R. (Grand Old Army) members so I know that he would have wanted to attend and be part of the G.A.R. processional.
Source: Local News – A.A. Barckley started for Pine River, Dakota County Tribune.
A.A. Barckley started for Pine River Wednesday morning to attend the funeral of his brother, who was shot there Saturday.
The newspaper combined the murder events with the funeral and didn’t prepare a separate article on the events of the funeral of George A. Barclay. Unfortunately the G.A.R. Chapter that George was a member of lost their papers in a fire in about 1910, so I was unable to obtain anymore details on the funeral of George.