SPERRY, L. E. 1828-1914
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Date: 5/15/2015 at 08:26:28
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L. E. Sperry Died Thursday at Cedar Falls
In the death of Louie E. Sperry which took place at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wright at Cedar Falls last Thursday, another of the veterans of the Civil War dropped out of the ranks. Mr. Sperry lived far beyond the years allotted to the average man. He was in his 86th year at the time of his death. For the past fifteen months Mr. Sperry was bed fast and during that time he failed gradually and Thursday evening he passed peacefully into the everlasting sleep. Mr. Sperry was a man who possessed profound convictions and he had an unusually keen memory. He read and studied a great deal and his mind was a storehouse of data and facts gained from a lifetime of reading and study.
Funeral services in which the members of the G.A.R. of Cedar Falls officiated were held at the home of Mrs. Wright in Cedar Falls. The remains were sent here Saturday and taken to the home of the deceased's son J. H. Sperry where services conducted by Rev. J. C. Curry were held in the afternoon. The members of the local post of the G.A.R. attended the services in a body. Interment was made in the Beckman cemetery.
Louis E. Sperry was born in New Haven, Conn., in 1828. In the year 1857 he was married to Celestine Fuller at Milwaukee. Six children were born to this union. Two of the children died in infancy, and Mrs. Cutts died here two years ago. The remaining children are Mrs. Emma White of Chicago, Mrs. Mary Wright of Cedar Falls and J. H. Sperry of this city.
Mr. Sperry enlisted in Company G First Wisconsin Heavy Artillery in 1864, and he served until the close of the war. Following the war the family resided at Waukesha, Wis., where the wife died in 1872. The year following Mr. Sperry came to Grundy county where he resided several years when he moved to Alabama where he made his home for fifteen years. Four years ago he returned from the south and during that time he made his home with his three children who lived near here. About three years ago Mr. Sperry sustained serious injuries in an automobile accident from which he never fully recovered.
--The Grundy Democrat (Grundy Center, Iowa), 16 April 1914, pg 1
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