STEVENS, Abner 1842-1924
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Date: 3/10/2015 at 17:30:20
Death Claims Grundy County Pioneer
Abner Stevens Dies Very Suddenly At Storm Lake Saturday Evening
Abner Stevens died very suddenly at his home in Storm Lake last Saturday evening.
Mr. Stevens was born in Hanover, Germany, eighty-one years ago last January. He came to this country with his folks when he was nine years old and located in Grant township, Wisconsin. He resided there until he came to Grundy county in the spring of 1875 and moved on a farm. He continued to live on the farm until 1898, when the family moved to Grundy Center. Mr. Stevens resided here until six years ago, when he moved to Storm lake, where he resided up to the time of his death. His wife died ten years ago.
Mr. Stevenes was an old soldier and was a member of the local Post of the G.A.R. He enlisted in Co. E of the 25th Infantry from Wisconsin at the age of 17 and saw three years' service in the Civil war.
There are ten children, all of whom are living. All but four of these were present at the funeral.
Mr. Stevens' death was due to heart failure. He was seen walking in his garden twenty minutes before a neighbor girl came to his home and saw him sitting in a chair, where he apparently died shortly after he entered the house.
The remains were brought here from Storm Lake yesterday afternoon. Interment will be made this afternoon in the family lot in the Grundy Center cemetery.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 24 April 1924, pg 1
Abner F. Stevens was born at Hanover, Germany, Jan. 31, 1843. His mother died when he was six weeks of age and his father when he was six years of age.
He came to America with a sister and brother-in-law at the age of nine years, making his home at Plattsville, Wisconsin.
On October 24, 1867, he was united in marriage to Julia A. Munn. They resided in Wisconsin until the spring of 1875, then coming to Grundy county, Iowa, where he lived until six years ago, at that time moving to Storm Lake, Iowa, where he lived at the time of his death last Saturday, April 19, 1924. Mrs. Stevens preceded him in death ten years ago.
To this union ten children were born, all of whom are living. They are: W. H., of Rowley, Iowa; John F. and Eiber C., of Grundy Center; Frank, of Harve, Montana; Ed. C., of Los Angeles, Calif.; Walter M., of Conrad; Fred A., of Cedar Falls; Delia Miller, of Glyndon, Minn.; Julia Harris, of Eldora, Iowa; George A., of Dolliver, Iowa. There are also 38 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Stevens enlisted in the service of the Civil war in 1862, serving two years. He was wounded in the service. Mr. Stevens enlisted at Plattsville, Wis., Aug. 8, 1862, as private of Co. E, 25th Regiment, Wisconsin Vol. Inf., under Capt. J. M. Shane and Col. Milton Montgomery, so serve three years, or during the war.
The regiment was assigned to 4th Div. 16th Corps, arm of Tennessee. Previous to going south the regiment was sent to western Minnesota to quell disturbance caused by hostile Indians. Moving in February '63, they passed thru Columbus, Ky., and on the Yazoo river, Snyder's Bluff, siege of Vicksburg, Helena, Meridian expedition, Cairo, Decatur, siege of Atlanta, Janesboro, pursuit of Hood and march to the sea, Savannah, Saklahatchin, Goldsboro, at the surrender of Johnson's army and the Grand Review at Washington, D.C.
He was wounded by gunshot at Helena, Ark., and was in the hospital at that place five months and at Memphis, Tenn., three weeks. He was honorably discharged at Helena, Ark., June 29, 1864, on account of disability.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 1 May 1924, pg 7
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