Wooldridge, George W. 1844-1905
WOOLDRIDGE, WOLDRIDGE, SMITH, NIGHTWINE
Posted By: S. Ferrall - IAGenWeb volunteer
Date: 6/23/2017 at 17:59:08
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At about two o'clock on Sunday morning, January 8th, 1905, occurred the death of one of our oldest settlers, George W. Wooldridge, at the home of his son, S.B. Wooldridge just east of town.
A year ago last fall the deceased went to Los Angeles, California, where he spent the winter, returning home the following season broken down in health and has constantly been failing ever since, dying in hope and faith in the saving merits of Jesus on the date stated above, cirrhosis of the liver being the cause of his death.
George W. Woldridge was born in Alton, Pennsylvania, September 20th, 1844. He with his parents moved to Wisconsin in 1851 and the following year, 1852, to Guttenberg, Iowa, and in the same year to Elk township, Clayton county, which has since been his home.
When Uncle Sam called for loyal union men to defend our country's flag at the outbreak of the Rebellion, George Wooldridge was one who immediately offered his services, and giving up home and loved ones, enlisted on October 15th, 1861, in Co. F, 12th Iowa Infantry. He was taken prisoner at Shiloh in 1862 and held as such for ninety four days when he was paroled, after which he served to the end of the war. Those of his comrades who knew him best say that he was a true soldier in every sense of the term and always ready to do his duty no matter what the outcome might be. He was given an honorable discharge January 26th, 1866, his length of service being four years, four months and two days, a record broken by few.
On October 20th, 1866, he was married to Naomi A. Smith, to which union were born nine children, the wife dying May 26th, 1881. July 31st, 1893, he was again united in marriage, this time to Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Nightwine, who died November 3, 1897.
Three sons and three daughters remain to mourn the death of a loving father.
The funeral was held yesterday forenoon at eleven o'clock at the Congregational church, and although a severe snow storm was sweeping over the land, yet it was fairly well attended. Rev. Hubbell conducted the ceremony, after which the remains were interred in the Edgewood cemetery, there to await the reveille when the dead in Christ shall rise again and ascend to His throne on high. - Edgewood Journal
~Elkader Register, Thursday evening, January 19, 1905
Note: both Wooldridge and Woldridge were used in the obit, and were transcribed exactly as printed in the newspaper
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