BAILEY, Elisha A. 1821-1907
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Date: 9/29/2016 at 08:28:19
E. A. Bailey Dead
Elisha Allen Bailey, one of the pioneer settlers of Grundy county passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C. H. Boysen, Sunday evening, after a two months illness. Mr. Bailey has suffered much for the past fifteen years and his death was due to the infirmities of old age.
The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. F. Black at the M.E. church Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The G.A.R. Post of which he was a member and the W.R.C. Corp attended the funeral in a body. The members of the Post taking part in the exercises. The remains were interred in the Clark cemetery.
Elisha Allen Bailey was born Sept. 8th, 1821, at Pittsfield, Mass., died Oct. 20th, 1907, at Grundy Center.
Early in life he moved with his parents to Connecticut where he was married to Susanna Spacher. From there they moved to Illinois and thence to Fayette county, Iowa, sometime in the fifties. They next moved to Ft. Atkinson, Iowa, then to Waterloo, Iowa, remaining for about a year, and then to Grundy Center. Thence to Eldora, where they remained for eight years, returning to Grundy Center in 1875.
In 1864 Mr. Bailey enlisted in the Union army, joining Co. D. 4th Iowa Infantry. He was in the army for about one year. Mr. Bailey took part in Sherman's famous march to the sea.
Quite early in life he became a Christian and united with the Methodist Episcopal church in Illinois, of which he remained a faithful member until his death. He was also a member of the Wilson Post No. 71, of the G.A.R.
There were eight children, of whom the following survive their father: William, Mary, Mrs. Anna E. Metzgar, Henry and Mrs. Laura H. Boysen.
Wm. Bailey, Marshalltown, and Henry Bailey and two sons, Montour, attended the funeral.
--The Grundy Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 24 October 1907, pg 1
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