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George Sykes 1834-1908


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 7/28/2011 at 00:24:10

George Sykes Dead
Passed Away Very Suddenly at His Home Sunday Afternoon
In Estherville 26 Years
Was Seventy-four Years of Age at the Time of His Death – Funeral Tuesday Forenoon
George Sykes died very suddenly Sunday afternoon at his home on north Second street. He had been ailing for some time but for several days before his death was up and around the house and when he died was sitting in a chair on the lawn. His sickness was gall stones and stomach trouble. He was past seventy-four years of age at the time of his death and if he had lived a few months longer would have been drawing the $20 a month pension allowed old soldiers over seventy-five years of age. He had resided in Estherville twenty-six years and was employed by the B.C.R. & N. R’y Co. for fourteen years. In all he railroaded about thirty-two years. Twelve years ago he retired on account of ill health. Funeral services were held in the Catholic church at nine o’clock Tuesday morning and the remains interred in the Catholic cemetery south of town. (Estherville Democrat, Estherville, IA, August 5, 1908)

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Sykes and Ed Sykes of Cedar Rapids were here yesterday to attend the Geo. Sykes funeral. (Estherville Democrat, Estherville, IA, August 5, 1908)

Mrs. Geo. Sykes and children and the Evans children desire the Democrat to thank their many kind friends who aided them during their late bereavement and also to those who sent flowers to the funeral. (Estherville Democrat, Estherville, IA, August 12, 1908)


George Sykes dead.

Geo. Sykes died at his home in this city Sunday afternoon [August 2, 1908] after a brief illness. Funeral was held from the Catholic Church Tuesday forenoon and the body buried in the Catholic cemetery.

He was born in 1834 in England. He was inducted into the armed forces at Clinton, Iowa on August 13, 1862 and served as a private in Company I of the 20th Iowa Infantry during the Civil War. He was discharged July 8, 1865 at Mobile, Alabama. He was a member of G. A. R. No. 365.

Contributed by: Ruth Hackett. Sources: Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, Emmet County, Iowa, August 5, 1908; Record of Armed Service Men buried in Emmet County, page 22.


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