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Bixby, Levi (1843-1922)


Posted By: Linda Linn (email)
Date: 3/5/2011 at 22:29:46

Lemars Semi-Weekly Sentinel

Was One of the Early Homesteaders
of Plymouth County, Coming Here
Over Fifty Years Ago.

Levi Bixby, one of the early residents of Plymouth county, and a pioneer homesteader in Stanton township, died a t his home, 314 Second Avenue SE on Saturday morning after
a long illness. He suffered a stroke nine years ago from which he partly recovered but four years ago suffered another attack and had been confined to the house for a long time. During
his long Illness he was devotedly nursed by his faithful wife.

Levi Bixby was born in the state of New York on August 19, 1844, and, when 8 years of age moved with his parents to Kalamazoo, Mich., where, when a youth of eighteen he enlisted
in the army to fight for the union. He joined Company C, 74th Illinois Infantry, at Rockford, Ill on August 5, 1862, and was discharged from service at Nashville, Tennessee, a year later on account of continued ill health, he having contracted typhoid fever while on active service.

Following his discharge from the army he returned to Illinois and worked at the carpenter trade and then came to Iowa.

He was united in marriage on October 2, I860, at Waterloo, Iowa with Mary A. Edgington. After their marriage they took up their residence on a homestead in Stanton township, where they lived for many years until coming to Le Mars to make their home.

Six children were born to them, two sons preceded him in death. He is survived by his widow, two sons and two daughters. J.W. Bixby and M.J. Bixby of this county, Mrs. H. L. Thurber, of Winnipeg, Canada, and Mrs. Harry Bell of Sioux City. There are twelve grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He also leaves a brother, C.E. Bixby of Hartington, Neb., and a sister, Mrs. N.C. McCartney, of Lincoln, Neb. Mr. Bixby was a good citizen and was widely known, having lived in the county over fifty years and had many friends. He was a loving husband and father and a good neighbor and friend.

The funeral will be held this afternoon at the First Methodist church, Rev. - C. H. Seward, the pastor, officiating. Services at the graveside will be in charge of Mower Post, G.A.R. of which the deceased was an honored member.

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