BLOXHAM, James W. 1841-1925
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 3/22/2015 at 22:04:01
J. W. Bloxham Dies This Morning After Short Sickness
He Was An Old Soldier And One Of The Early Settlers Of The County
Came to Grundy in 1866
He Was Taken Sick With Intestinal Flu Last Saturday
J. W. Bloxham died at his home in this city this morning. He was taken sick last Saturday with intestinal flu and his condition was considered serious from the beginning of his illness and he at no time showed any indications of improvement.
Mr. Bloxham was one of the early settlers of Grundy county. He came here in 1866 and made his home here continually for this fifty-nine year period. He retired from the farm a number of years ago and moved to town where with his aged wife he enjoyed the peace and comfort of his declining years.
Mr. Bloxham was one of the few remaining Civil war veterans of this county. He entered the service of his country from Allamakee county in 1864 and remained in the service until he received his honorable discharge in 1865. Following his military service he returned to Allamakee county and shortly thereafter came to Grundy county.
The deceased is survived by his wife and two children, a son, Fred, who lives on the home place and a daughter, Mrs. George Eggybroad, of Lincoln township. One brother, Peter, lives in this county. One sister resides in Oregon and two sisters live in California. Mr. Bloxham would have been 85 years old next March.
It is expected that funeral services will be held next Sunday. A more complete obituary of the life of Mr. Bloxham will appear in the next issue of this paper.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 24 September 1925, pg 1
J. W. Bloxham Laid To Rest
The funeral services for the late J. W. Bloxham, old soldier and Grundy county pioneer, were held Sunday afternoon at the Methodist church. Rev. Woodall, the local pastor, who was away attending the annual conference at Mr. Vernon, came home to conduct the service. The remaining members of Wilson Post and the Woman's Relief Corps attended the services in a group. Members of the American Legion served as pall bearers.
James Warren Bloxham was born in Era county, New York, March eighth, 1841, and died at his home in Grundy Center, Iowa, Thursday, Sept. 24, 1925, aged 84 years, 6 months and 14 days.
When a boy he moved with his parents to Chickasaw county, Iowa, where he lived for about ten years, when he moved to the farm near Grundy Center where he lived continuously until several years ago when he moved to Grundy Center.
He was married to Anna M. Bullock of Chickasaw county, Iowa. Eight children came to brighten this home, only two of whom survive, Fred W. Bloxham and Mrs. Edith Eygabroad, both of Grundy Center. He is also survived by his aged wife, one daughter-in-law, one son-in-law, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Mr. Bloxham has two sisters living in California and one sister in Klondike, Alaska. One brother, Peter B. Bloxham, and family, and the Ira Rouse family, Grundy Center, survive.
During the last year of the Civil War, when his country needed his services, he enlisted and served until the close of the war. He was a faithful member of Wilson Post Number Seventy-one, Grand Army of the Republic, of Grundy Center, Iowa. He will be missed by his comrades here, for
"They are fading away like the stars in the morning;
Losing their light through the Sun;
So are they passing from the earth and its toiling,
Only to be remembered by what they have done."
Very soon after coming to Grundy county he joined the Methodist Episcopal church of Grundy Center and remained a faithful member to the very last. Here, too, he will be missed for he was always present at the services when his health would permit.
"They call it death when the angel comes
To open the door of life,
The door that opens and shuts us in,
From the world's toil and strife,
When the boon of rest comes to weary souls,
When the burden of care is lost,
When the harbor of Heaven welcomes those
O'er the world's sea tempest tossed.
Thank God for the door by whatever name,
That waits at the end of the road,
For it swings widely to let us in,
To the paradise of God."
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 1 October 1925, pg 7
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