Black, Levi Morris (Teacher)
Posted By: Linda Ziemann, volunteer (email)
Date: 9/22/2015 at 09:05:31
Levi Morris Black
Taught at Seney in the early 1870's
L.M Black, Sr.
Levi Morris Black was born in Henry Co. Ind. on Jan. 15, 1842, where he grew to manhood. After the outbreak of the Civil War, he enlisted in the 57th Indians Infantry and served until his discharge from service.
In Mar. 1871, he came to Sioux County with his wife and 2 sons, Enoch and Harley. He located on a homestead in Washington Twp.. He taught school at various times and was elected county auditor in 1873, serving one term.
When the town of Ireton was started, he moved here and entered the mercantile business. He was appointed the first postmaster of Ireton, serving many years.
When the G.A.R. Post was mustered in Oct. 1883, he served as the first post commander and was a member of Sioux Lodge No. 477 A.F. and A.M.
He was active in politics many years, a staunch and unswerving Republican and no one had need to wonder where he stood on any public question or issue. He took his position boldly, was ready to sound a triumphant note in victory and if he chanced to be on the losing side, went down with flying colors. This trait won him the respect of his political foes. He served as the Ireton mayor, on the schoolboard and gave advice on legal matters when the town had no lawyer.
When he passed away at the age of 82, the “Tall Willow from Reading Twp.” left hundreds of friends who mourned his passing along with a wife, three sons and two daughters, Enoch, Harley, Morrie, Ollie (Mrs. Paul) and Fannie (Kluter). They too have passed on, but each one of the Black family left an indelible mark in the history of Ireton.
p. 356-357 of Ireton - A Proud Heritage 1882-1982
Submitted by Dean Siders, great-grandson of L.M. Black
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