GEN. A. SHALER DEAD IN HIS 84TH YEAR Distinguished Civil War Veteran and Long Prominent in State National Guard. EX- HEAD OF HEALTH BOARD also Former Fire Commissioner-- President of Association of Union ex-Prisoners of War. Gen. Alexander Shaler died this morn- ing at his residence, 126 Riverside Drive, of a complication of diseases due to old age. Gen. Shaler was born March 19, 1827, and since 1845 has been connected with the National Guard in this State. He is a Medal of Honor man, and has been distinguished for gallantry in the civil war. Gen. Shaler was a Major in the Seventh Regiment of the New York National Guard when the war began, and was transferred to the First United States Chasseurs, afterward the Sixty-fifth Regi- ment, in 1861. Since the close of the war he has been identified with the National Guard and was a member of the board to provide armories for city troops. He was also connected with the organization of the Fire Department in Chicago and was a member of the New York Board of Fire Commissioners in 1867-78. His last civic activity in New York was as President of the New York Board of Health, which office he held in 1883. During the recent celebration of the fif- tieth anniversary of the start of the Sev- enth Regiment to the defense of Wash- ington Col. Roome, speaking of his old chief, said: "There never was a braver man than Gen. Shaler. He took the Sixty-fifth into a peninsula campaign the best organized and eqipped, I doubt not, of any volunteer regiemnt in the war, and equal in point of efficiency of most of the regiments of regulars. "Gen. Shaler was an efficient drill- master. He would have spent twenty- four hours a day putting his men into shape if that had been possible. Day after day they marched and drilled, and their training fell largely to Gen. Shaler." Gen. Shaler moved to Ridgfield, N.J., and was one of the founders of Hudson Heights and other properties in that vicinity. He served as the Mayor of the Borough of Ridgefield from 1899 to 1901. Gen. Shaler belonged to a number of military and patriotic societies. He was the President of the association known as the Union ex-Prisoners of War. He was a founder of the National Rifle Association, Commander of the Military Order of the Loyal legion, a member of the American Geographical Society, and United States Medal of Honor Legion. Two years ago Gen. Shaler and Mrs. Shaler celebrated the sixty-second anni- versary of their marriage at their home in this city. The anniversary celebration took on the nature of a family reunion. Among the relatives of Gen. Shaler were Mr. and Mrs. William King Shaler of Newark and Dr. Sumner Shaler, a grand- son. Gen. Shaler was the son of Capt. Ira Shaler, who was engaged in the West In- dia trade, and his father removed to this city in 1834. Young Shaler assisted his father in the stone business, and it is stated that in a lower portion of this city is many a flagstone placed by Shaler's own hand. But his heart was always in the soldier's life and he joined the Third Regiment when only 18 years old. He joined the Seventh Regiment, with which he had been so long identified, in 1848.