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DALLAS, Archibald M. 1827-1910


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 9/25/2016 at 14:08:11

Old Soldier Dies At Eighty-Four

A. M. Dallas Died Saturday After Long Sickness

A. M. Dallas died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. C. Haan, Saturday morning after having been a long sufferer from kidney trouble. This ailment together with old age was the cause of his death. Mr. Dallas had attained an age that few are privileged to reach. He was eighty-four on his last birthday. Mr. Dallas was an old soldier having served four years in the war of the Rebellion. He resided in north Tama for about thirty years and ten years ago came to this city and since the death of his wife he resided with his daughter.

Funeral services conducted by Rev. Krome were held at the Presbyterian church at 10:00 Tuesday morning. Interment was made in the family lot at Beaman.

Archibald M. Dallas was born in Glasgow, Scotland, April 14, 1827. Only the earliest years of his childhood were spent in his native land. His parents died when he was very young, and at the age of ten he took to the sea, and for a number of years thereafter followed the life of the sailor. He visited various parts of the world, and touched this country at different times temporarily, among other points having visited what is now San Francisco before the time of the gold excitement in '49. He at length became a citizen of this country, and at the outbreak of the civil war, or soon thereafter, Aug. 18, 1861, he joined Company C, First Illinois Regiment, and served his country until January 1, 1865.

February 26, 1867 he was united in marriage with Mrs. Sarah Bent at Ottawa, Ill. To this union there was born one child, Ida Gennett Dallas, who departed this life Oct. 22, 1880, at the age of 13. Mrs. Dallas was, by her former marriage, the mother of twelve children, three of whom are still living, and who delight in bearing testimony to the fact that, though a step-father, Mr. Dallas was capable of all the affection and tender devotion of a father, and abundantly proved himself such, in their experience, all through the course of the years.

He came to Fifteen Mile Grove, Tama county, Iowa, in 1869, and lived with his wife and family within seven miles of Grundy Center, until 1891, when they moved to this place. Mrs. Dallas died April 30, 1903. October 27, 1894 he, together with his wife became a member of the Presbyterian church of Grundy Center, and continued a very consistent member of same until the time of his death.

He was a member also of the Wilson G. Army Post of Grundy Center.

For some years Mr. Dallas has been in frail health. At one time a few years ago, his life was despaired of, but he then recovered partially, and tarried with his loved ones and friends until a few days ago, when he took his departure at the age of 83 years, 4 months and 20 days.

Mr. Dallas leaves to mourn his departure no immediate blood relatives of which he had any knowledge, but he leaves behind him those who delight to regard him as a father, and to whom he was a father in every regard of the tenderest love and devotion, and whose memory they will always respect and cherish. These are Mrs. Susan Baldwin of Chambers, Nebraska, Geo. H. Dent of Chicago, who were present at the funeral and Mrs. John Haan of Grundy Center, in whose home Mr. Dallas spent the last years of his life.

Here was an exceptionally pleasing personality, a man of excellent quality of character, a genial friend, and a good Christian, an unwavering believer in the Lord and Savior. What more can be said expressive of the beauty and nobility of his life.

He has pitched his tent and gone to an eternal habitation.

--Grundy County Democrat (Grundy Center, Iowa), 8 September 1910, pg 1


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