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Hiram Miner
Hiram Miner

Hiram Miner was born in Marshall county, Illinois, August 2, 1837, and departed from this life September 20, 1913. He moved to Iowa in 1854 and married Mary Anderson, October 59, 1861. Had he lived until October 29, this year, they would have been together 52 years. In August 1862 he became a member of the 40th Iowa regiment of the Union Army and went through considerable hard service between that time and the close of the war when he was mustered out with his company at Davenport, Iowa. After the war he resumed his life upon the farm west of Blairstown and remained there until he moved to town a little over three years ago.

He leaves to sorrow because of his departure, his wife, five sons, Thomas, of Spirit Lake, Iowa, Robert, Alfred, James and Oscar all of Blairstown, and five daughter Mrs. Lanam of Central City, Ia., Mrs. O. Mayhem, Mrs. Metler, Mrs. Kern, all of Blairstown, and Mable, who has been with her parents. All These children were at home at the time of their father's death except Mrs. Lanam who has kept on account of sickness in her family. Mr. and Mrs. Miner also raised two other children, Mrs. O. D. Henry of Chicago and Ed Tozier. There are twenty grandchildren. Two of Mr. Miners sisters survive him, Mrs. Marion Anderson of Auburn, Nebraska, and Mrs. Isabel Coats of Ord, Nebraska.

The funeral was held at the home, September 22, at 2:30 o'clock conducted by Rev F. L. Chamberlin.

Many beautiful flowers were brot by friends and neighbors.

Relatives present from away were: Marion Anderson and wife, Auburn, Nebraska, Geo. Anderson and wife, Cedar Rapids, Mrs. Coats and Allie Pasco, Ord, Nebraska, Joe Lundberg and wife, Galva Iowa, T. W. Miner and wife, Spirit Lake, Ia.

The Blairstown Record for Aug. 3, 1906 gave an extensive history of Mr. Miner's life, from which we take a few extracts.

"In 1862 in company with Perry and Henry Wood, Marion and William Anderson, Mc Elroy, Isaac Lee, Isaac Morfort, Henry Haines, Jim Kelly and Ed Burnett enlisted in the war.

He was in the battle of Vicksburg and after the fall of Vicksburg the 40th were sent to Helena, Arkansas, where they did camp duty. The Benton county boys were sent on foot to Little Rock, Arkansas where they had a glorious victory driving the rebs out of the city and camping there themselves all that winter.

During an encounter with the enemy while crossing Cox's creek, he was wounded and carried to the hospital by Henry Wood and one of the Anderson boys.

He was also a prisoner in Camden Camp Ford, near Tyler, Texas.

He received his parole February 25 and stayed for a while at New Orleans. A furlough was granted him in 1865 at the expiration of which, he was given an honorable discharge.

Mr. Miner was a good and worthy soldier always wielding an influence for good over his fellowmen.

[Submitter comment: This is my great-grandfather.]
Submitted on Dec 13, 1999 by
John Shuck,

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Belle Plaine Union; September 25, 1913
Hiram Miner, Pioneer of Blairstown, Dies.
Hiram Miner

Old Settler and Veteran Who Located in Benton County Sixty Years Ago is Dead.

At his home in Blairstown on Monday afternoon occurred the funeral of Hiram Miner, a pioneer settler of Benton county and old soldier. Mr. Miner died Saturday, after a somewhat extended illness, at the age of 76. Mr. Miner came to Benton county about sixty years ago. He enlisted in Company K, Fortieth Iowa and served his country with credit. He had a fine farm near Blairstown, on which he resided until a few years ago, when he moved to that city. He leaves a widow and a large family of grown children, and his is the first death to break the family chain.
Submitted on Nov 10, 1999 by
John Shuck,

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Cedar Valley Times; August 29, 1931
Funeral James Miner Held At Belle Plaine
James Miner

Benton County News

Special to Daily Times

Luzerne, Aug, 29. Services for James M. Miner, 52 years old, Luzerne farmer, who died Wednesday evening at the University hospital in Iowa City, were held Friday afternoon at the Bethany Evangelical church at Belle Plaine. Burial was in cemetery there. The Rev. 0. C. Gatrell conducted the rites. His death followed an operation performed last week.

Mr. Miner was born on a farm southeast of Luzerne, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Miner, and grew to manhood on this place. He was married to Miss Iona Little, who with one son survives him. Four brothers and five sisters living are: Tom Miner of Spirit Lake, Fred Miner of Keystone, Robert and Oscar Miner of Belle Plaine, Mrs. Clara Mayhew and Miss Mabel Miner, of Blairstown, Mrs. Alice Mettler of La Porte City, and Mrs. Emma Kern and Mrs. Gussie Lanem, of Belle Plaine.

{Submitter comment: great uncle}

Submitted on 16-Jan-2022 by
John Shuck,

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Blairstown Press; January 19, 1923
Pioneer Resident Passes Away
Mary A. Miner

Mary A., daughter of Samuel and Matilda Anderson, was born near Coschocton, Ohio, December 10, 1841, and died at her home in Blairstown, Iowa, January 9, 1923, aged 81 years and one month.

At the age of fourteen she came my wagon with her parents, nine brothers and five sisters to Benton County, Iowa, where they located on a farm near Blairstown.

On October 29, 1861 she was united in marriage to Hiram Miner. They settled on a farm west of Blairstown where they lived until a few years ago, when they moved to Blairstown, where her remaining years were spent.

To this union were born ten children, five girls and five boys, all of whom were at the bedside of their mother when she passed away. They are Thomas Miner of Spirit Lake, Iowa; Alfred Miner of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Robert Miner of Keystone, Iowa; Oscar Miner and Mrs. Augusta Lanam of Belle Plaine; James Miner of Luzerne; Mrs. Clara Mayhew, Mrs. Alice Mettler, Mrs. Emma Kern and Miss Mabel Miner, all of Blairstown.

She is also survived by three brothers, Wm. and Marion Anderson of Auburn, Nebraska; Daniel Anderson of Canute, Oklahoma; two sisters, Mrs. Sarah Geer of Omaha and Mrs. Elizabeth Lundberg of Galva, Iowa.

She and her husband were among the sturdy pioneers who meant so much in the development of the country in the early days. She was a faithful member of the M. E. Church at Blairstown and every day of her life was lived in a way that proved her true to her Christain faith. A noble mother has gone to her reward, her husband having preceeded her in death September 20, 1913.

She leaves besides her children, twenty-seven grandchildren, two great grand children a host of sorrowing friends to mourn her passing.

Mother Miner was of the old fashioned type of mother, who lived for her home and family. In her early married life her husband was called to the colors and served in the Civil war. During his absence she kept the home fire burning awaiting his return.

In later years she has been the center of things for her family, her home being the gathering place for children and grand children alike and she never was too tired or ill to give them the hearty welcome they always looked forward to. As the days pass they will miss that home more and more.

Through the passing years disease incident to the aged began to trouble her but she remained active beyond her years.

One of the modern pleasures she enjoyed up until the late summer was long auto trips. About Thanksgiving time she became ill and it was feared she might not recover and a few days ago pneumonia developed and hastened the end.

The funeral was held in the Methodist Church at 2 p.m. on Friday. Rev. Grant, past of the church officiating.

The pallbearers were six grandsons: Bernard, Fanard, Leslie and Corwin Miner and Lester and Leo Kern.

Interment was made beside her husband in the family lot in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Among those from away who were in attendance at the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Miner, daughter Nadine and son Corwin of Cedar Falls; Mrs. Billy Lundberg of Omaha, Nebraska; Mrs. Dressler of Nemeha, Nebraska; Miss Bessie Anderson of Auburn, Nebraska; Mrs. Nancy Anderson, Mrs. Nell Laher, Mrs. Bernice Lacobsen, Mr. and Mrs. Hartl of Cedar Rapids, Miss Lenore Mettler of Estherville and Thos. W. Miner of Spirit Lake.

{Submitter comment: This is my great-grandmother. Her mother's maiden name was Matilda Tipton.}
Submitted on Oct 9, 2000 by
John Shuck,

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