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Ewen Boyd Campbell 1833-1897


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 9/6/2014 at 00:03:32

Dr. Finlayson, assisted by Dr. Saunders, of Swea City, performed a difficult surgical operation on E.B. Campbell Thursday evening of last week. The submaxillary gland on the right side was swelled to about ten or twelve times its natural size. The whole gland was removed. The condition of Mr. Campbell’s health made the operation dangerous, but he is doing nicely and will soon be able to be around again. (Estherville Democrat, Estherville, IA, June 16, 1897)

In Memorium
Ewen Boyd Campbell was born March 20, 1833 of Scottish Highland parentage in Inverness, Scotland, died at his home in Armstrong, Iowa, Sept. 19th, 1897, in the 65th year of his age. At the early age of 16 he enlisted as a volunteer in the English army, joining a regiment of Scot’s Fusileers, serving a period of ten years. In 1854 he went out in the war of Crimea, taking part in the famous battle of Bajaklava and the 11 months’ siege of Sevastopol.

Coming to this country just before the breaking out of the Civil war, he enlisted at McGregor, Iowa, Sept. 18, 1861, and was mustered into service Nov. 25th 1861, as private in Co. G., 11th Iowa Volunteer Infantry. Took part in the capture of Forts Henry and Donolson, was in the famous “Hornet’s Nest” at the battle do Shiloh, where he was captured an imprisoned first in Memphis, Tenn., later at Mobile, Ala.; then in Macon, Georgia, and finally in Libby, Richmond, Va., where he was parolled in the fall of 62. Again entering the service, he took part in the siege of Vicksburg, Miss., and Seige of Jackson, fought also in the battle of Brandon and Canton, was promoted to Sergent of Co. I and later transferred to Co. K. Discharged as First Sergeant at Washington Oct. 20th, 1864.

Soon after the war he located in Emmet county, where he has lived ever since, and was at the time of his death the oldest resident of Armstrong township. The funeral took place at the Presbyterian church of Armstrong Monday, p.m. at 2 o’clock. Services were conducted by Rev. Carpenter, pastor of the Methodist church, and Rev. Bevan, of Estherville. The G.A.R. Post, of Estherville and Woman’s Relief Corps attended in a body and conducted the services at the grave. A large number of people attended the services and followed the remains to the cemetery. Mr. Campbell leaves a wife and five children. Ewin and Collin are both married and residing on farms near Armstrong; Mrs. Taylor, of Portland, Oregon; Mrs. Geo. Stickney, of Elm Point, South Dakota, and Miss Bertha, at home. (Weekly Northern Vindicator, Estherville, IA, September 23, 1897 / Estherville Democrat, Estherville, IA, September 22, 1897/ Upper Iowa Des Moines, Algona, IA, September 29, 1897)

Death of E.B. Campbell
One of Emmet county’s oldest pioneers has gone to his reward. E.B. Campbell, of Armstrong departed this life Saturday night and was buried Monday afternoon, the funeral services being in charge of the Vandenburgh Post, of this city, of which order he was an honored member.

The deceased had a remarkable war history. He served ten years in the Crimean war and after he came to this country served through the war of the rebellion. He came to Emmet county 32 years ago and at the time of his death was the oldest settler in the county. He leaves a wife and five children. (Emmet County Republican, Estherville, IA, September 23, 1897)

The death of E.B. Campbell of Armstrong takes away a genial pioneer. He was a frequent visitor in Algona and always cheerful and full of interesting reminiscences and anecdotes. His home has sheltered many a visitor to old Armstrong’s Grove and his store was one of the early landmarks. In their sorrow Mrs. Campbell and children have the sympathy of a wide circle of friends in Kossuth. (Algona Upper Des Moines, Algona, IA, September 29, 1897)


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