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Dresser, Archie (Died 1884)


Posted By: Linda Linn (email)
Date: 3/7/2011 at 18:12:30

LeMars Daily Sentinel

At the family residence in this city,
Tuesday morning. May 27, 1884,
of Inflamation
of the bowels, Archie Dresser,
aged 47 years.

Deceased has been sick for weeks past with what is called Brights kidney disease, but during the last two weeks had so far recovered that his complele restoration to health seemed certain, and as late as Thursday it was believed that he would soon be able to resume the charge of his business. On Saturday ho suffered a severe attack of inflammation of the bowels and grew
rapidly worse until yesterday, when it became apparent to the most hopeful that he could not long survive. Last night he was attended by E. W. Burdick, Geo. Kline, and others, and at an early hour in the evening the watchers became convinced that the sufferer could not survive until morning . He seemed partially conscious, but yet failed to recognize old friends. .About eleven o'clock David Edmunds called in and, as he look the dying man's hand, the latter asked, "Who are you? On being given the name he seemed to hardly realize who It was that held him
by the hand wherupon Mr. Edwards gave him the Masonic grip, at the same time asking if he knew its meaning. "O. yes," said Mr. Dresser, and these were the last words that he ever spoke.
H lingered along, apparently suffering but little, until five o'clock when he passed quietly away.

Archie Dresser was born in Ithaca, New York, in 1837, and removed to this city eleven years ago, since which time he has made LeMars his home. At the commencement of the great rebellion he joined the regular army, but afterwards enlisted as a volunteer in the 5Oth
New York regiment of engineers. His record in the army was untarnished by a single blot. He was brave soldier who always responded to the call of duty, and during all the dark hours of war he remained at the front battling manfully for his country's existence.

Mr. Dresser was a man who held the respect of all, and the warm esteem of the many who were favored with a more intimate acquaintance, and his death occasions unfeigned sorrow
throughout this entire city and county where ho was so generally known. He vas a member of the masonic order, and also of the Grand Army of the Republic, joining the latter organization as a charter member of Mower Post.

During the war Mr. Dresser lost all his teeth by being salivated, and for years has been obliged to live on liquids. Some time ago he applied for a pension and at the time of his death the matter was still pending, albeit no more deserving man ever received a pension from this government. The Injuries sustained in defending the flag of the country he loved so well from the ruthless hands of traitors, forever debarred him from engaging In the more laborious
pursuits of life, and notwithstanding his just claim upon the government's bounty, he has been obliged to support himself and family as best ho could ever since the war closed. We learn that friends will endeavor to procure the well earned pension for the widow and orphans. Mr. Dresser leaves a wife and three children.

The funeral services will be held from the family residence on Seventh Street opposite the depot, at 2 p. m . , tomorrow, under the auspices of the masonic lodge and will be attended by Mower
Post, G. A . R., of which deceased was a member. The religious services will be conducted by Rev. Beardslee, pastor of the Congregational Church.

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