Ormond Eckley, known to many as General Pleasonton, dies
Original post made on Nov 6, 2008
He also served many times as General Alfred Pleasonton for the Pleasanton Downtown Association even when he was in ill health. He was very proud of his exact replica of the general's uniform which now resides in the Museum On Main.
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on Nov 6, 2008 at 4:55 pm
In his costumed role as General Pleasonton, Ormand Eckley added a special bit of local color to our community Fourth of July celebration for most of the 10 years it has been held at Lions Wayside Park. No matter how sweltering the weather, Mr. Eckley would proudly don his authentic replica uniform, bringing to life our history, reminding us how this town's name was altered by a clerk misspelling the general's name and thereby inadvertently depriving him of the intended honor. Even when he had to use a walker, Mr. Eckley still was a tresured member of the audience "Celebrating Freedom and its Evolution since the Revolution."
on Nov 8, 2008 at 8:28 pm
I never met Mr. Eckley, but I applaud his service to keeping alive the history of our home, Pleasanton. He serves as an example to the rest of us that we should know our history, because to forget our history is at our own peril.
on Nov 8, 2008 at 11:33 pm
He certainly was a striking figure in his photo...
Rest In Peace, "General Pleasonton"...