ABRAHAM ROSE. Postmaster of Vinton, is a native of Oneida County, N. Y., born Feb. 8, 1827. His parents, Abram and Margaret (Edwards) Rose, were also natives of the same State. They had a family of nine children, five of whom are yet living — Abraham, Alfred, Lura Ann, Harriet and Alvin. They were life members of the Presbyterian Church, taking an active part at all times in any means employed for the benefit and welfare of all classes, and were highly respected in the community where they resided. They were blest with a long and happy married life which lasted fifty-five years, the father dying in 1881, and the mother in 1882. Mr. Rose was a Jackson Democrat, and was always found at his post doing battle for Democratic principles.
Abraham Rose was reared on a farm and remained there until he was eighteen years of age, during which time he made the most of every opportunity which presented itself to gain an education, attending the common schools of the neighborhood whenever possible. At eighteen he was apprenticed to a wagon-maker to learn the trade, which he followed until 1862, when, under the President's call for 300,000 men, he enlisted as a private in Co. A, 20th Iowa Vol. Inf. With his regiment he participated in the following general engagements: Port Gibson, Champion Hills and the seige and capture of Vicksburg. In the seige his regiment was under fire forty-nine days, and at its close was sent to Jackson, Miss., where Mr. Rose received a commission as Second Lieutenant of his company. About this time an order was issued requiring each company to have a certain number of men to be fully officered, and, as his company was not full, he was discharged from the service July 15, 1863. Lieut. Rose then returned to his home in Vinton, where he had located in 1858. While in the army he contracted diarrhea, from which he suffered after his return home, and at one time being very near the point of death. As soon as he recovered his health he again engaged in the wagon and carriage business.
Our subject's marriage took place in 1855, at Bridgewater, Oneida Co., N. Y., to Miss Jennie White, born in 1833. Five children were born of this union — Charles B., Albert M., Herman A., Jennie M. and William W.
In politics Mr. Rose has been a life-long Democrat. When the present national administration came into power, and on the resignation of J. F. Pyne, who had secured the appointment, he was appointed Postmaster, taking possession of the office Nov. 15, 1885.Lieut. Rose is a member of the Masonic fraternity, a member of P. M. Coder Post, G. A. R., and of the A. O. U. W.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 326.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on February 13th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.