WILSON, James T. 1842-1916
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Date: 9/28/2016 at 12:28:00
J. T. Wilson Answers Soldiers Call Of Taps
Well Known Citizen of Grundy Center Passed Away at His Home Here on Monday Night
Was A Veteran Of The Civil War
Mr. Wilson Served Over Four Years With Co. D, 142nd Regiment of Illinois Infantry
Monday night "taps," the soldier's last farewell, sounded for James T. Wilson, one of the old veterans of the local G.A.R. post, the end coming after an illness of some duration. The funeral service was held yesterday and the business houses of Grundy Center closed during the service out of respect to Mr. Wilson and the family. The following obituary was written by a friend of the family.
Obituary--J. T. Wilson
On Monday evening at his home J. T. Wilson passed away. Mr. Wilson had been in very poor health for some time yet the end came quite unexpectedly and suddenly.
Mr. Wilson was born in Ogle county, Ill., June 28th, 1842, and passed away at Grundy Center, Iowa, Febr. 21, 1916, at the age of 73 years, 8 months and 23 days. He enlisted with Company D, 142 Regiment, Illinois Infantry, re-enlisting at the end of three years, thus serving altogether over four years in the war.
In Mt. Morris, Ill., on Oct. 27, 1863 he was married to Miss Orpha Ellen Newcomer, who with a daughter, Mrs. Dr. W. R. Lynn, and one sister, Mrs. E. J. Zoiner, of Arlington, Texas survive him.
In March 1877, Mr. Wilson with his family moved to Grundy Center, opening a meat market where Rudolph Gottsch now conducts the same, and for nearly 26 years Mr. Wilson continued in the business, selling out about 14 years ago to Mr. Gottsch.
Mr. Wilson, in connection with his meat market, bought and sold stock, continuing in that part of the business after selling the meat market until he was taken sick last fall. Thus he was widely and favorably known throughout the county.
He was a member of the First Baptist church, and for years was one of the ushers, and could always be depended upon on being in his place as long as health permitted.
The funeral service was held from the Baptist church Wednesday afternoon. His pastor Rev. J. C. Curry preaching the sermon from the words "Having served his own generation by the will of God, fell on Sleep."
The Veterans of the G.A.R., the Womens' Relief Corps, and the Sons of Veterans attending in a body. The places of business closed during the hour of service.
Thus another of the G.A.R. Veterans as also one of the first settlers and business men in the community has closed a long and honorable career.
The friends from out of town attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. S. Newcomer of Lanark, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. John Fearer of Cedar Falls, and Mr. and Mrs. Cole of Marshalltown.
--The Grundy Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 24 February 1916, pg 1
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