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VanSickle, Moses 1815-1888


Posted By: Louise Lane (email)
Date: 7/12/2005 at 10:33:04

Moses VanSickle 1815 - 1888
North Iowa Times
Published March 4, 1888
Comrade Moses Vansickle Dropped Dead at 2 O'clock Yesterday Afternoon.

Another old Comrade has been mustered out of life's service; another of the heroes of the Union Army answers the final roll call, and joins the host in the silent bivouc of the dead. Moses Vansickle was a Sergeant in G Company, thirty-third Wisconsin voluoteer infantry. At his death he was in his 73rd year, an old Vet worn out after long usage.

Yesterday afternoon, he was standing at the counter in Wood's drug store, when suddenly he gave a gasp and fell upon the floor dead. The old frame could stand the pressure no longer. He was a member of Hervey Dix Post, No. 371 , McGregor, under the auspices of which the funeral will be held from the residence of Marshal Hatfield tomorrow, Friday, at 2 p. m.

Moses Vansickle was born in Cayuga county, New York, July 6th, 1815; he was therefore in his 73rd year. In 1821 with his parents he moved to Vamillion county, Indiana; in 1823 the family moved to Jo Davis county, Ill..near Galena. In 1829 they moved to Mineral Point, Wis., and engaged in mining. On the breaking out of the Black Hawk war Moses enlisted and was commissioned a Leinteuant in Capt. Eustes' company. and served during the war with distinction. Before the close of the war he acted as interpreter between the officers and Indian chiefs, in which capacity he was an expert, fully acuaiuted with the Indian tongue. In 1833 Moses settled near the mouth of Turkey River, where he engaged in farming and hunting. In 1839 he married Miss Emma Eastman, who died some time in the '40s. In 1854 he married Miss Issabella Evans, with whom he lived about two weeks, when she was abducted by her father. He never heard of her after. About two years later he married miss Eliza Butcher, sister of Julius Butcher, one of the first landlords in McGregor. This was a happy union. Three children were born to them, two of which survive the parents, John Hartwick Vansickle, residing in Minnesota. and a daughter married and living on the river line of the railway. The wife and mother died a number of years ago. Moses was a hunter and trapper of experience, and at one time alone killed nine bears in a cave on Cedar Creek. An early settlier in this section he was conversant with our early history, and could tell anecdote after anecdote of the old time of the old time history.

M. E. 1815 to Mar 3, 1888, Pleasant Grove cem, lot 27, McGregor Co. G 33 Wis. inf.


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