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OGDEN, Eber 1823/4 - 1916


Posted By: Joey Stark
Date: 5/6/2011 at 15:02:55

"The Fairfield Daily Journal"
Saturday, August 5, 1916


A short funeral service for Eber OGDEN will be held at the Frazey undertaking rooms at 11 a.m. Sunday. The pall bearers will be Civil War veterans, S. S. Crane, J. M. Gregg, Harvey Maxwell, J. S. Gantz, B. F. West, and Chas. Brewington, the three first named being members of Mr. OGDEN's company, G, of the 30th Iowa. He was also a Mexican veteran. At 11:30 the funeral party will leave for Salina, where the services will be held in the Presbyterian church. The remains will be interred in the Peterson (sic - Berry) Cemetery.


"The Burlington (Iowa) Gazette
Saturday, August 5, 1916
Page 3, Column 1


Eber OGDEN of Fairfield Dies At Ripe Age.
One of the oldest residents of Jefferson County -- Taught for Thirty-Five Years.

Fairfield, Ia., Aug. 5 -- Friends all over Jefferson County will learn with regret of the death of Eber OGDEN, one of the oldest residents of the county, and one of the best known, which occurred early Friday morning at Soldiers' Home in Marshalltown, where he had been for the past year....

Eber OGDEN was the hero of two wars, and was without doubt the only remaining resident of Jefferson County who served his country in the Mexican War of 1847-48. He ws also a member of the famous Thirty-ninth (30th) Iowa Infantry, who saw such active service during the Civil War.

Mr. OGDEN was a fife major of the regiment and at the close of the war he retained a great love for his fife, and some years later was instrumental in organizing the local Fife and Drum Corps which furnished music for all of the military reunions and affairs until very recent years. Mr. OGDEN was at his best when he could assist in some soldiers' reunion or Jefferson County Old Settlers' celebration, and as long as he was able to attend none of these were complete without Mr. OGDEN.

Mr. OGDEN was born in New Jersey (Cumberland County) March 14, 1823, and was at the time of his death in his 84th year. He came to Jefferson County in 1854 and located near Salina where he made his home until the past few years. Before and after the Civil War Mr. OGDEN spent his time as a teacher and for thirty-five years followed that profession in Jefferson County. Many of the older residents of the county recited the Three R's to Mr. OGDEN and received most of their education at his hand.

Mr. OGDEN was married three times and reared a number of children, all of whom but two have gone with their mothers to the Great Beyond. Two sons, Frank OGDEN, who is in the west, and Lester OGDEN, who resides in Illinois, are all of his relatives who are left, and friends have failed to learn the exact addresses so they can be notified.

For the past few years Mr. OGDEN has remained in Fairfield with friends and for almost four years he was cared for by Mr. and Mrs. B. F. West, the former a Civil War comrade. About a year ago he was sent to the Soldiers' Home and there has passed his last days in comfort. The body will be brought to Fairfield Saturday morning and taken to the Frazey Undertaking Chapel where it will lie in state until Sunday morning, when it will be taken to Salina. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the church and interment will take place in the Peterson (sic - Berry) cemetery nearby.

*Transcribed for genealogy purposes; I have no relation to the person(s) mentioned.

Note: His obituary gives his birth year as 1823, however his gravestone shows 1824. His obituary also notes that he was married three times but we can only account for two wives: Amanda CASSADAY and Mary Jane VANCE SKEEN.


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