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KIEWIET, Jacob 1847-1929


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 4/28/2015 at 20:31:58

Jacob Kiewiet, Civil War Veteran, Is Dead

Death Follows Attack of Flu and Pneumonia

Jacob Kiewiet died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. William Tack, at two o'clock Sunday morning. Two weeks before his death Mr. Kiewiet was taken sick with the flu. Pneumonia developed a week later and this together with his advanced age brought on the end. Mr. Kiewiet's health had been failing gradually since the death of his wife two and a half years ago. He left the house very little during the past six months.

The death of Mr. Kiewiet removes another of the few remaining Civil War veterans of Grundy county. He enlisted in the service of the Union armies in 1864 when he was not yet seventeen years old. His enlistment was at Dixon, Ill. He entered active service and remained in the army until after he received his honorable discharge during the summer of 1865.

Mr. Kiewiet was born in Ostfriesland, Germany, Nov. 23rd, 1847, and he was 81 years, 1 months and 20 days old at the time of his death. He came to this country with his folks when he was ten years of age. The family located on a farm near Forreston, Ill., and he remained at home until he left for enlistment in his adopted country's service. After the close of the war he returned to Forreston. He was married there in 1877 and lived on a farm until he and his family came to Grundy county thirty-eight years ago. Mr. Kiewiet had been here previously and bought a farm in Colfax township, which he retained up to the time of his death. The family moved on this farm when they came here. Later Mr. Kiewiet bought additional land in the same neighborhood until he had acquired 400 acres, which he owned at the time of his death.

Mr. and Mrs. Kiewiet left the farm five years ago and removed to Holland where they lived in retirement until Mrs. Kiewiet's death. Since that time Mr. Kiewiet made his home with his children.

There are four surviving sons and two daughters. The sons are John, Will, Fred and Richard. The daughters are Mrs. William Tack and Mrs. Philip Tack. All of the children except Will, from Buffalo Center, reside in Colfax township.

The many who learned to know Mr.Kiewiet since he came to make his home in Grundy county trusted and respected him. He qualified fully as a high type American citizen and his passing is felt as a personal loss to all who knew him.

Funeral services conducted by Rev. J. E. Drake were held at the Presbyterian church in Colfax township Tuesday afternoon and there was a very large attendance.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 17 January 1929, pg 1


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