CLOUSE, Mathias (1842-1924)
Posted By: Karon Velau (email)
Date: 6/11/2021 at 00:29:53
(September 11, 1842 – January 19, 1924)
M. CLOUSE, an honored and highly respected pioneer of Silver Creek Township, was born in Alsace, Germany, then France, in 1843, son of Charles and Elizabeth (Fisher) Clouse, natives of the same country. They emigrated to America and settled in Erie County, New York. Grandfather Clouse also emigrated to this country, dying in Ohio at the age of ninety- five years. Our subject, with his parents, made a temporary residence in Erie County,
then emigrated to Dubuque County, Iowa, afterward returning to Webster County, Iowa, opening up a farm in the latter place. His parents afterward removed to Fort Dodge, where the father died in 1880, but his mother is still alive, residing in Wheeler County, Nebraska. The early training of our subject, as well as his education, was principally received in New York State. Impelled by patriotism, Mr. Clouse enlisted at the age of twenty-one in Company A, Third Iowa Infantry. He participated in some of the most notable engagements of the war after being mustered in at Davenport, the first engagement being at the siege of Vicksburg, and he also took part in the battles of Red River, Shreveport, Peach Orchard, White River, Ball's Bluff and a number of minor engagements. He escaped imprisonment and wounds, and received an honorable discharge July 12, 1865, at Davenport, Iowa.
Our subject was married in Dubuque County, Iowa, in 1869, to Miss Isabella Cunningham, a native of Galena, Illinois, daughter of James and Isabella (Rogers) Cunningham, natives of Ireland, who came to America, settling in Illinois, at an early day, where her father died in 1865. The mother is still living, being a resident of Plymouth County, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Clouse have had five children, namely: Ada, Willie, Henry, Maggie and Ernest. Our subject settled in Ida County in 1874, on section 35, where he has since resided.
His farm has springs and creeks, with ample water the year round. On this farm is a fine grove and an orchard of two acres. Mr. Clouse is a member of I. O. O. F., being connected with Columbia Lodge, Dubuque County, Iowa; is also an active member of G. A. R., Mathew Grey Post, Ida Grove. In politics he is a stanch Republican, always taking an active interest in election contests and voting for the best interest of the party. Mr. Clouse lost his estimable wife in 1888. He is highly respected by the citizens of his portion of the county.
Source: Biographical History of Crawford, Ida, and Sac Counties, Iowa, 1893, p.344
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