MOORE, George A. 1840-1927
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Date: 4/12/2015 at 14:31:45
George A. Moore, Grundy Co. Pioneer Dies at Eldora
Death Comes Suddenly Monday Evening Following Stroke Of Apoplexy
Came Here 61 Years Ago
Was Civil War Veteran; His Company Did Guard Duty at Tomb of Lincoln
George A. Moore, one of the early residents of Grundy county, died very suddenly at his home in Eldora at ten o'clock Monday evening. The end came two hours after Mr. Moore suffered a stroke of apoplexy. He had been in his usual good health all winter and had been about town on the day preceding his death. He was in Grundy Center last Thursday on business and visiting with old friends. Funeral services were held at Eldora on Wednesday afternoon.
Mr. Moore was 87 years old on the 11th of last January. He was born in Franklin county, Pennsylvania. When he was eight years old he moved with his folks from Pennsylvania to Carroll county, Illinois. This trip was made in a covered wagon. Mr. Moore's boyhood days were spent on a farm in Illinois. Shortly after the breaking out of the Civil war he enlisted in Company A of the Illinois Infantry and served with credit to himself and his country for the duration of the war. He was mustered out in 1865. His company was the one chosen for guard duty at the tomb of Abraham Lincoln at Springfield, Ill.
Before the close of the war, on Nov. 6th, 1864, Mr. Moore and Miss Elizabeth Sheller were married in Carroll county, Ill. That was 62 years ago. The beloved wife and helper of so many years survives her husband, though she has been an invalid for several years. Mrs. Moore will be 82 years old on the 21st of this month.
Mr. and Mrs. Moore came to Grundy county in the spring of 1866. They were accompanied by Daniel and Catherin Strickler Sheller and children, Mary and her husband, W. F. Miller, and Henry Sheller. The entire party settled in Melrose township. Mr. Moore bought a farm a mile and a half from Ivester. This was eighty acres. He paid $?.00 an acre for it. Later he bought additional land. Mr. and Mrs. Moore lived on this one farm for fifty years.
Mr. Moore lived to see a remarkable change and great development in this western country which he helped to make. He took an active interest in public affairs continually. He was thrifty, honest and conscientious. He was trusted, respected and beloved by his neighbors and the community in which he lived for so many years feels a personal loss in his passing.
The aged wife and two daughters survive. The daughters are Mrs. J. F. Strickler and Miss Eunice Moore of Eldora.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 10 February 1927, pg 1
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