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Seymour Conger, 1845-1924

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Posted By: Ida County IAGenWeb Volunteer
Date: 1/7/2016 at 13:52:49

Another Old Veteran Taken
Seymour Conger Dies Tuesday Noon, following stroke.(1924)

Taps has sounded for one more member of the pitifully thin circle of the Civil War veterans in Ida Grove, Seymour Conger having been called Tuesday to enter the heavenly bivouac.

Mr. Conger, who has been in active health and engaged in his daily pursuits, was stricken at midnight Monday with paralysis. His wife heard him say that he had had a fall and he mentioned the name of his nephew, and after that, he seemed unable to speak. For an hour afterwards, he apparently understood the words of those about him and then lapsed into unconsciousness, death coming at noon Tuesday, August 26.

The funeral services will be held at the late home in Jacobs addition, Thursday at 2:30 p. m. and burial will be made at Ida Grove cemetery with military honors at the grave, paid by an honorary escort of American Legion members.

Seymour Conger was born at Pierpont, New York, October 22 1845, and lived to the age of 78 years 10 months and 4 days. When only a little over 16 years, he enlisted with the "nine months men" in the late days of 1861. When his term of enlistment expired, he enlisted in the First Vermont Cavalry and participated in the battle of Gettysburg, where he was wounded.

After being discharged from the hospital at Baltimore, he again joined his command and served until the end of the war when he moved to Durand Wis. Here he was married April 26 1867 to Laura Kella (sic), the groom at that time being 21 and the bride 16. They lived there ten years and then moved to Hamilton County, Iowa, for a year and in 1878 located in Ida County. Mr. Conger was a farmer and for many years, they farmed in the grove, near Ida Grove, removing to this city 22 years ago.

Mr. Conger was brought up as a Quaker and belonged to the Friends church in Ida Grove, as long as it was in existence. He was also a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. He was a man who loved his home, was patient and kind and ...not an ...in the world. (2-3 words are illegible.)

Mr and Mrs. Conger had no children of their own, but they helped to take care of three nieces and two nephews, most of whom died in childhood, one niece living until a few years ago and the fifth being Darrel D. Conger of Ida Grove, at present the state secretary of the Izaak Walton League. Mr. Conger belonged to a family of eight brothers and sisters, all of whom are dead excepting one brother, T. D. Conger in Adair, Alberta. There were three brothers in the Union Army, one perishing from disease, while in the service.


 

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