Here is a transcript of the affidavit of a neighbor of Patrick Whelan's.
State of Illinois}
County of Cook} SS.
In the matter of the Claim for pension of Patrick Whalin late Co. “G”-90 Ill. Vols.
Personally came before me, a Notary Public in and for the County and State aforesaid, Owen Gary aged 60 years, residing at 115 E. Huron St. Chicago Ill. a person of lawful age, who, being duly sworn declares in relation to the aforesaid claim, as follows:
I have been well and intimately acquainted with the above named claimant for the past thirty years. Ever since his discharge from the U.S. service claimant has been troubled with a gun shot wound of left leg, which has disabled him from one half to two thirds of his time for the performance of manual labor. For the past five years he has been getting more and more disabled by reason of said wound, until now he is almost entirely disabled for the performance of manual labor by reason of said wound.
I make this statement from personal knowledge and observation owing to my long and intimate acquaintance with claimant having worked with him frequently and seen him almost daily.