Montgomery, John 1834-1904
MONTGOMERY, ANDERSON, FERGUSON, PALMER
Posted By: Jym Montgomery (email)
Date: 2/28/2012 at 03:36:58
~Monona Leader- November 10, 1904
JOHN MONTGOMERY was born in Ireland, August 15th, 1834. Died at Monona, Iowa, November 5th, 1904, aged 70 years, 2 months and 21 days.
He emigrated to American in 1852, and came to Clayton County soon after the close of the civil war. At Luana, Iowa, January 14th, 1875, he was united in marriage to Agnettie Anderson. Five children were born to them: Charles of Nora Springs, Frank, George and Mrs. Ray Ferguson, of Monona , and Mrs. Donald Palmer, residing at Aldin, Iowa.
At the breaking out of the civil war, Mr. Montgomery enlisted to Co. A, 58th Illinois Infantry, serving three years, when he en-enlisted and served one years and nine months. He served a most creditable enlistment, his official record a proof positive of a gallant and meritorious service, alike creditable to his patriotism and the cause for which he braved his life. As a soldier and comrade in arms there is no blemish against the record of John Montgomery. He was true, and he was faithful, a fearless, brave soldier boy.
A resident of Monona for over 22 years, he was well and favorably known by all with whom he associated. A hard worker, a diligent laborer, a good neighbor and citizen.
His health has been somewhat impaired for several years past. Few there are of the surviving soldiers who, from exposure while in the service of their country, are not bodily afflicted, and our Comrade was no exception to the rule. He had his aches and pains, and during this year it gradually grew to a more acute form until finally the once strong manly form, weakened under the pressure, gave way, and our Comrade passed to his reward, in the Silent Campground called hither by the Supreme Commander of the universe. Knowing that his life was at an end, he called his wife and children to his bedside and bade them farewell. He was prepared to go and longed for the rest.
Mr. Montgomery was brought up in the Catholic Church, with which he affiliated through all the years of his life.
The funeral was held on Monday under the auspices of the Monona Post, G.A.R., of which the deceased was a charter member, the W.R.C. in a body uniting with the Post in this last tribute to our deceased comrade. The services were held at the M.E. Church, conducted by Rev. Williams. The sermon was appropriate to the occasion, an eloquent, leaned on patriotic discourse. The alter was handsomely and elaborately decorated with flowers and several wreaths covered the casket. At the grave the Grand Army fulfilled its last sad mission in consigning the body to its final resting place. Behold the silver cord is loosed, the golden bowl is broken, the body to the grave where dust shall return to the earth, and the spirit of God who gave it.
The Family desire to thank the friends for the many kindnesses shown during the sickness of the deceased, and for the assistance rendered in the last rites to the departed.
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Company "B" 58th Illinois Infantry
Dec 24, 1861
Re-enlisted as Veteran
Jan 2, 1864
Trans. to Co. A, as consol.
Mustered out Apr 1, 1866
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