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Company, Regt., State

Date of Death



Bailey, Daniel W.

CO. I, 40th IA. Infantry

Dec. 24, 1900

Oak Hill


Baylies, Willaim C.

CO. K, 10th IA. Infantry

June 25, 1918

Mount Hope


Gray, Absolom

CO. B, 37th IA. Infantry

Nov. 17, 1904

Mount Hope


Griffis, Noah H.

CO. C, 15th IA. Infantry

Oct. 19, 1919

Iola, West Cemetery


Kelsey, William

8th IA. Infantry

Jan. 26, 1913

Yates Center


Linn, Ebeneezer

CO. E, 19th IA. Infantry

Jan. 12, 1906



Malone, Martin W.

CO. F, 3rd IA. Cavalry

Jan. 8, 1921

Graceland Cemetery


Oakley, Peter

CO. G, 34th IA. Infantry

Sept. 18, 1900

Lincoln Cemetery


Pixley, Waldo B.

CO. K, 1st IA. Infantry

Nov. 7, 1919



Queary, Alexander

CO. A, 19th IA. Infantry

Jan. 17, 1894

Clyde Cemetery


Woods, Joseph J.

12th IA. Infantry

Sept. 27, 1889



Wright, Wesley

CO. H, 39th IA. Infantry

Jan. 12, 1912




Allen, Eli W

Grinnell, Ia., Tuesday, August 4, 1908

Eli W. Allen was born in Mooresville, Ind., January 13, 1840, came to Iowa in 1856 and settled at Blue Point, near Grinnell.  He enlisted in Company E, Fourth Iowa cavalry, at Grinnell, on the 28th of September, 1861, was discharged at Vicksburg, December 13, 1863, re-enlisted in the same company the next day and was finally discharged at Atlanta, Ga., on August 8, 1865.  He was married August 27, 1865, at Muscatine, Iowa, to Miss Matilda Parvin.  They moved immediately after their marriage to Grinnell, where they made their home during the greatest portion of their lives.  There were born to this union four children, two of whom died in early life, and two survive, Frank Allen of Valley Junction, Iowa, and Mrs. Ella McDonald of Dillon Montana.

Mr. Allen went to the Soldiers' Home in Marshalltown April 13 last, and died of heart failure July 28, 1908.  He is survived by his companion, son and daughter, two brothers and four sister.

He was a man of very genial make-up, idolized by the members of his immediate family, loved by relatives, esteemed by friends and universally respected by all who knew him.  He was a sincere, devout Christian and died in the faith of the gospel.

His military service especially deserves perpetual memory and gratitude.  His company and regiment were memorable for their hardships in 1861 and 1862, for their achievements at the siege of Vicksburg, on their Meridian raid and, by the aid of the third Iowa cavalry and colored regiment, for saving Sturgis' army from annihilation in the Guntown disaster.  We would never forget on incident in Mr. Allen's personal experience.  One hundred twenty men were sent out to obstruct the road leading into Vicksburg.  Suddenly 600 Confederates dashed in between them and their camp.  Every man in charge of a Howitzer was killed or wounded.  Eli Allen and Henry Black of Grinnell saw it.  In the utmost peril they ling-   (the remainder of the article [PDF] was missed when the Stewart Library scanned it, contact them for more information)    


Gravestone Photo          Submitted by:  Mary Hess



AVERY, ELI Goff article of the Seneca Tribune dated January 10,1923:

Eli Avery was born March 23,1831 in Pennsylvania and died at Lead, South Dakota on January 3 at the age of ninety-one years, nine months and eleven days.  Death was due to complications of old age.  Mr. Avery came to Kansas about thirty-three ago, locating in Goff, KS.  He was a saddle and harness maker by trade. He served in the Union Army during the Civil War enlisting in 1862 in Company B, 7th Regiment Iowa Calvery. Mr. Avery was married on January 28.1860 to Agnes McCall at Council Bluffs, Iowa.  Following her decease he was married Mary Ann McKinsey.  To the first union six children were born, to the second marriage one. There survives four sons and three daughters,  Those surviving are Charles H, Eli M. William R and Mrs. Della Gibbony.  Mr. Avery was member of the Methodist chirch, the G.A.R. and the IOOF lodge. Funeral services were held from the Methodist church in Goff on January 7 by Rev. A L Goudy. The burial was made in the Fairview cemetery at Goff, KS.

Submitted by: 3rd Great grandson Mark E.Gray




DIED--On Friday, Oct 16 1891 at his late residence, near Adrian, in the 62nd year of his age.

The deceased was born in Pennsylvania, and was brought by his parents, first to Ohio, and afterwards to the Sate of Iowa, where he arrived to year of manhood.  In 1861, soon after the beginning of the war for the union, he enlisted as a private in Co. D, 14th Regiment, Iowa Volunteers.  After taking a faithful soldler's part in the battles of Fort Henry, Fort Donaldson and Shiloh, he was taken prisoner at the later battle and had a six months experience in rebel prisons.

His intelligence, and soldlerly merit was recognized by his superior officers, so that he was commissioned as a lieutenant of a regiment of colored volunteers, leaving the service at the close of the war, with a most honorable record for courage and faithfulness.  He came to Minnesota in 1872 and settled first in Rushmore, but soon removed to the home farm near Adrian, where he lived for nineteen years.  He was a good neighbor and a useful citizen.  He was a prominent member of the grand army of the Republic holding at various times the chief offices of the Adrian post.  He was also a member of the Masonic lodge in Adrian.  He leaves a wife and four children.  Mr. Childs will be long held in affectionate memory as in true patriot a meritorious solier, a kind husband and father, and a good citizen.  The funeral was conducted by the G.A.R. post at Adrian, comrades from Worthington, assisted by Rev. Mr. Cowden of the M.E. Church of Adrian a large procession following the body to the cemetery.


HOCH, JACOB - 17th Iowa Infantry, Company I, Obituary and photo's of Family and Civilwar artifacts


LAMB, DAVID  (Iowa State Register, Friday, May 6, 1904)




David Lamb, an Old Settler of Boone County and Civil War veteran, Dies suddenly.

MADRID, Ia., May 12 - (Special) - Daniel Lamb, an old settler of the southern part of this county and a veteran of the civil war, passed away at his home near here Tuesday morning.  His death came unexpectedly, while he was feeding his stock at the barn.  The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon from the Christian church.  Deceased was about 65 years of age, and a member of the G. A. R. post of Madrid, who will officiate at the funeral services.



PERKINS, J. L. The Enterprise, Birmingham , Van Buren , Iowa - Saturday, February 25, 1871:

Death of Major Perkins.


Major J. L. Perkins, senior member of the firm of J. L. & A.A. Perkins, after a long illness, occasioned by an affection of the throat and lungs, died at the residence of his father-in-law, Mr. Renshaw, on the afternoon of Wednesday. he was able to be about in the house in the morning but took suddenly worse and soon ceased to breathe.


Major Perkins went into the service as a Captain in the 25th Iowa infantry and served during the war, was with Sherman on his march to the sea, having been appointed Major of the 25th. He was a brave and faithful soldier, esteemed and beloved by his comrades. He carried the same qualities into private life, and has a huge position among the business men of the city. He held for some time the office of deputy U.S. Collector, which he resigned a year and a half ago.In this brief notice we cannot do justice to the memory of the deceased. he was still in the prime of early manhood, only thirty-three years of age, and has left a wife and two children, his parents, brother and a large circle of friends to mourn his early death. To all that knew him the feeling will come home that a good and true man has fallen. Another of the country's brave defenders has passed away. His memory will be treasured by his comrades and long held in grateful remembrance by many who knew and loved him well.--Hawk-Eye, Feb. 23.


A Little Scrap of History. Company "K" 36th Iowa Infantry Vol., which was raised in Monroe county and served three years in the war of the Rebellion, went out originally with 87 men, rank and file. By glancing over the Adjutant General's Report, we glean the following facts in regard to the company Thirty-five of the company never returned alive. Eight were killed in battle or died immediately after from their wounds. Twenty-seven died from disease and exposure. Seven were sounded in action and thirty-six were taken prisoners.


The names of the killed outright and mortally wounded were Wesley Banister, George W. Brott, Henry W. Cline, N. Hummel, Jordan Pike, Byron Richman, Smith V. Walker, and Abraham P. Waugh. Those who died of disease and exposure were Ira Hawkins, Johnathan P. Pots, James W. Taylor, Luther Baily, Alpheus L. Anderson, Creed H. Amos, Calvin G. Baily, Johnathan Christy, John Day, James G. Bigson, Wm. P. Hannon, Thomas J. Keeling, Calvin Lemons, Lewis Montgomery, W.H. Morris, James A. Murphy, Ferdinand Manda, Christopher Nickles, Ole Olson, David W. Potts, Eli Robins, Joseph S. Robertson, David A. Smith, Wm. H. Taylor, Robert L. Turner, and George Wiggins. The casualties o this company, is a fair sample of all the others which served three years. Such is the horrid history of all wars.--Albia Union.


Cathy Joynt Labath, Iowa Old Press



PRINGLE, L. W.  Lockridge Herald;  Lockridge, Jefferson Co, IA; Friday, February 11, 1916:


L. W. Pringle, a well known resident of Fairfield and Jefferson county died suddenly Wednesday about ten o'clock.

He was just turning at the Mulenix barber shop at the southwest corner of the square when he was stricken and was carried inside and physicians called but he had passed away before they arrived. Heart trouble was the cause of his death.


L. W. Pringle was born in Keokuk county, April 24 [or 21], 1841, being 75, years of age. He was married to Mattie Harkness and they made their home upon the farm on the Keokuk-Jefferson county line until ten years ago when they moved to Fairfield.


Later Mr. and Mrs. Pringle were in California for three years returning to Fairfield last fall. Mr. Pringle was an old soldier having fought in the Rebellion with the 30th Iowa. He is survived by his wife, who is lying critically ill at her home and one sister Lylis Hicks of Brighton, as well as the following children: Myrtle Kendall, Twin Falls, Idaho; Walter Pringle of Ollie; Bryce Pringle of Brighton and Makla Mitchell of Packwood, Ia. The time of the funeral has not been set but interment will be at McDowell Chapel, southwest of Richland.



RAMSAY, EMORY  (Philadelphia Press, July 28, 1863)


RAMSAY - On the 2d of June, in the hospital near Vicksburg, of a wound received in the battle before that city on the 16th of May, Emor, fourth son of Mr. Joseph Ramsay, of Fagg's Manor, Chester county, Pa.

He was a single man, and a few years ago had settled in Marion, Iowa, where he was conducting a large and lucrative business.  On the second call for volunteers he joined the 24th Regiment of Iowa Volunteers, and was mustered into the service of the United States at Cedar Rapids.  He was subsequently under the command of Generals Hovey and Smith, at Helena and Pea Ridge, Arkansas, and was finally wounded in the ankle by a shell, and from the want of early and proper surgical attention, amputation was delayed until the 28th of May.  His system was so far prostrated that he sank into the lockjaw, and died on the fourth day after the operation was performed.


He was a noble and brave soldier, and had distinguished himself by many deeds of valor, for which he was promoted from the ranks to a sergeantcy.  He was of a large, muscular frame, perhaps the largest man of his regiment, and much beloved, by all who knew him, for his kindness and urbanity of manners.  He bravely fought for what he advocated - Freedom and the Union - and thus has fallen another sacrifice for Liberty.


"Green be the turf above thee,

Friend of my early days;

None knew thee but to love thee,

None named thee but to praise."

J. H. B.


Submitted by Eileen Campos, 26th PVI



The Ringgold Record, 1894


Died, on Saturday, December 1, 1894, at his residence in Mt. Ayr, Iowa, McKendree ROSS, aged forty-six years, two months and sixteen days. Mr. Ross was born in Mahaska county, Iowa, September 15, 1848.  When about eleven years old he moved to Mt. Ayr with his father, Thomas ROSS, Esq. Since he has grown
to manhood he has served in many business capacities and had good business qualifications. He was a good penman and calculator and made himself useful in many business departments. At the time of his death he was engaged in the real estate and loan business with D. T. HOGUE. He had been for some time a member of the M. E. church of Mt. Ayr. He leaves a wife and five children. The funeral took place from the M. E. church on Monday at 11 a.m. and was conducted by the pastor, Rev. W. W. RAMSAY [with interment at Rose Hill
Cemetery, Mount Ayr].

When a mere boy not much past fifteen, Mr. ROSS went into the Union army from Ringgold county. He joined the 8th Iowa Infantry [Company D] and served three years and made a first-class soldier as all comrades testify. He always took an interest in his fellow soldiers. He had sacrificed much for his country,
and felt the effect of this sacrifice all his life.

NOTE: McKendree's mother was Martha A. ROSS.

McKendree enlisted from Mount Ayr, Iowa, as an 8th Corporal on July 28, 1863, and was mustered into service on July 28th with Company D of the 8th Iowa Cavalry. He was promoted to Full 6th Corporal on October, 1864. McKendree was mustered out of service on August 13, 1865 at Macon, Georgia. SOURCE: American Civil War Soldiers,

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, 2008


RUBY VALENTINE G - The Ringgold Record, 1895


Valentine G[ilbert] RUBY was born in Breckenridge county, Ky., Dec. 19, 1826, and died very suddenly of heart failure while attending to his work at his home on the morning of the 6th of September, 1895, aged 68 years, 8 months and 17 days.

He moved from Kentucky in his childhood, settling in Illinois in 1829, where he grew to manhood. He united with the M. E. church in his youth when about 16 years of age, and took an earnest and active part in church life, remaining a member of the church until death.

He was married to Harriet CONLEY in 1847. His wife preceded him in death, dying in April, 1890. To them were born ten children - seven boys and three girls - eight of whom are now living.

He came to Iowa in 1855, settling near his present location in Ringgold county, thus passing through the scenes of the pioneer settlement of this county, and living in this one neighborhood for 40 years. He enlisted in the army [June 10] 1864, and served for a period of three months [with Company E of the 46th Iowa Volunteer Infantry; mustered out of service on September 23, 1864 at Davenport, Iowa].

In November, 1899, he was married to Eliza A. BURT, who survives him, to mourn his sudden death. In his private life he was a quiet, unostentatious man, a warm-hearted friend, a good neighbor. As a husband and father he was uniformly thoughtful and kind. As a christian he was humble and truthful, and from the midst of the busy scenes of such a life he was called suddenly to his reward.

The funeral services were held at Knowlton September 7th, at 11:30 a.m. The text was from John 11, 25-26. A large concourse of friends attended both the sermon and the interment which was made in Knowlton [Centenary] cemetery.

NOTE: According to the 1850 census for Edgar County, Indiana, Valentine G. RUBY's first wife Harriet (CONLEY) was born in 1825, Vermillion County, Indiana. Valentine and Harriet were married January 23, 1847, Newport, Indiana. In the 1850 census, Valentine was farming and residing with his wife Harriet and their children, Henry H., aged 3, and Susan J., aged 6 months. Their neighbors were Valentine's mother and siblings Jonathan, Addison, and Lezetta on one side and, brothers B. F. RUBY and family and Asa RUBY and family. Harriet (CONLEY) RUBY died on April 20, 1890, and was interred at Centenary Cemetery near Knowlton, Ringgold County, Iowa.

Henry Huston RUBY, son of Harriet (CONLEY) and Valentine G. RUBY, was born in 1848, and died in 1913. His wife, Nancy (CLARK) RUBY, was born in 1853, and died in 1930. Luetta, daughter of Henry H. and Nancy (CLARK) RUBY, was born in Knowlton, Iowa, on October 6, 1879, and died August 15, 1885 at the age of six. They were interred at Centenary Cemetery near Knowlton, Iowa.

Of Valentine's siblings, John B. RUBY was born in 1825, and died in 1868 with interment in Centenary Cemetery near Knowlton, Iowa.

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, 2008


RUSH, JOB - The Ringgold Record, 1898


Job RUSH, a Pioneer Citizen, Succombs to Heart Disease

Job RUSH, an old settler and prominent citizen of Ringgold county, died suddenly at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon [February 20, 1898] at the home of his son-in-law, W. M. REASONER, in Monroe township, where he had been living since the death of his wife two years ago. His death was due to neuralgia of the heart with which he had been complaining for some time. On Sunday, however, he seemed as well as usual. Suddenly feeling a severe pain he went to his room and laid down, where death ensued instantly.

Mr. RUSH was born in Knox county, Ohio, October 29, 1834. He came from a good family, and his great-grandfather, Benjamin RUSH, was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. In 1857 he came to Ringgold county and purchased eighty acres of land in Monroe township, where he engaged in farming until his subsequent removal to Mt. Ayr January 2, 1886. He was married in August [19], 1860, to Miss Louisa M. (sic) McLAIN of Coshocton county, Ohio, but who was living in Ringgold county at the time of her marriage. To them were born three daughters - Hattie A. [born July 21, 1863], wife of W. M. 

REASONER; Martha J. [born Setpember 2, 1866], wife of Thomas SLOAN, and [Eunice] "Helen" [born January 18, 1869]. Mr. RUSH was a soldier in the late war, enlisting in company G, Fourth Iowa Infantry, as a veteran recruit. He was in the battles of Resaea, Dallas, Kenesaw Mountain and others, and was with SHERMAN on his march to the sea. From there he went to Washington where he witnessed the surrender of General JOHNSTON's army and took part in the grand review. He was honorably discharged in July, 1865, at Louisville, Ky, and afterward returned to his farm. When he removed to Mt. Ayr he became associated with H. ROGERS in the furniture business, in which they continued several years. He was honored with county and township officers and his influence in the community has always been good.

The funeral services were conducted Tuesday at 2 o'clock p. m. at the Highland church by Rev. EWAN of Tingley, and interment was made in the Oliver cemetery [near Ellston]. The Ellis C. MILLER Post, G.A.R., of which he was a member, was in attendance. The bereaved relatives and friends have the sympathy of the
entire community.

NOTE: Job enlisted as a Private on April 30, 1864 and was assigned to Company G, 4th Iowa Infantry. He was promoted to Full Corporal on July 1st, 1865, and mustered out of service on July 24, 1865, at Louisville, Kentucky. (SOURCE: American Civil War Soldiers,

Louisa J. (McLAIN) RUSH, wife of Job, died on May 21, 1896 at the age of 65 years, 11 months and 3 days.

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, 2008

SIPMA, SJOERD R - 33rd Iowa Infantry, Company G, Obituary, Photo's and Family Information



SNIDER, JOSEPH M. - Enterprise newspaper of Washington, Iowa: died 25 February 1920

J. M. Snider, veteran resident and poineer of the Eureka Community in Marion township passed away last Wednesday afternoon after a long and eventful life.  Mr. Snider's death was the first to occur in his family circle.

In the death of Mr. Snider, the Enterprise loses a staunch friend and supporter.  Mr. Snider's name was on the original Enterprise subscription list over 38 years ago and has remained there thru the many years since.  He was a fine old gentleman and has always been prominent in the affairs of his home community.


A Journal clipping gives his life history, "Death Wednesday afternoon removed one of the comparatively few remaining soldiers of the war of 1861 to '65 when Joseph M. Snider of Marion Township succumbed to heart failure at his home.  Altho he had not been in good health for the last two months, Mr. Snider seemed no worse that morning and had breakfast with his family. Later in the day he was seized with an attack of heart trouble and died at 3:10.


Mr. Snider had lived in this county since he was sixteen years of age and was one of the well known men in the southern part of the county.  He served three years in the army as a member of Company C, Nineteenth Iowa Infantry, in which were a large nuimber of men of this county.

Funeral Services were held at 2:30 Saturday afternoon at the Eureka Methodist Church south of town, conducted by the Rev. T.F. Barker and interment was made in the Schrock cemetery.

Mr. Snider was born in West Virginia August 12, 1841 and came to Washington county when a boy, with his parents, Abraham and Rachel (Freeland) Snider, who located in Marion Township and the remainder of his life was spent in that community.  He was married Dec. 8, 1870 to Rebecca McCorkle, who survives him, with five sons and three daughters who are: Harry Snider of Appanoose County, Albert Snider of Willard, Colo., Will Snider of Rubio, Frank Tucker of Washington and Joseph B. Snider, also of this county.  There are two sisters, Mrs. Hattie Gordon of Washington and Mrs. Mattie Wilde of Berkley, Calif."





John Teeter passed away Monday morning at 11:30 at his home one mile south of the city, after an illness extending over eleven months.


Mr. Teeter was the son of John and Mary Teeter and was born November 23, 184? [may be 1843] at McConnellsburg, Penn. When he was ?? years of age his parents moved to this county where he has since made his home. In 1869 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary H. Varner [unsure of this surname] who survives him. To them were born three children, Dorwon Teeter of Benson, Minn., Mrs. Emmett Mahon and Mrs. J.W. Stephenson of this city. he is also survived by six brothers: George of Birmingham, Frank of Stockport, Robert and Noah of Glendale, Jasper of Pleasant Plain and Elliott of Battle Creek, Michigan.

Mr. Teeter served in the Civil war for four years in Co. M, 4th Iowa Cavalry. During his life he was a man who attracted many friends and his death will be mourned by a large circle of acquaintances.



"Andrew enlisted in Company C, 19th Iowa Infantry on August 18, 1862.  After participating in the Battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, he was captured new Morganza, La on September 29, 1863, in the same action in which his cousin, Samuel Porter Beard was killed.  He was sent to a Confederate camp in Tx.  Prisoners were exchanged and the Nineteenth was reunited at New Orleans in August 1864.  They participatd in scouts and forays new Pensacola, Fl and the campaign of Mobile.  He was discharged at Fort Gaines, Alabama on June 14, 1865." Per published McCampbell Genealogy.

Andrew McCampbell married Agnes Taylor, daughter of Iowa pioneer James Taylor and sister to Kansas Pioneer Edwin Maxwell Taylor and Samuel W. Taylor.  Sam was too young to join the Army when the war egan (14 years old), but he did join in 1864 at the age of eighteen.  He served in Co. F, Reg. Iowa Infantry Volunteers and Co C, 19th Iowa Infantry.  His wife applied for widow veteran pension benefits in 1931.




Comrade Ben Mummey Answers Last Roll Call

Well known Civil War Veteran Summoned by Grim Reaper Early Tuesday Morning

Military Funeral Bapt. Church Friday

Was up and around as usual Monday; attending farm sale and visited sick friend was 73 years old.    

Comrade Ben Mummey, veteran of the Civil War, Commander of the C. Summers Post G.A.R. of Canby, and loyal American citizen, answered the final roll call early Tuesday morning at his country home 3 miles west of Canby, the immediate cause being heart trouble.


Comrade Mummey was apparently in his usual health, Monday attending the farm auction sale of Phil DeLong in the afternoon and mingling with friends in Canby in the morning.  One of his last acts in Canby Monday was to go to the hospital and cheer up Nels Peterson, who has been a patient there for more than four years, and who passed away only a few hours after Mr. Mummy called.


Monday evening at home, the Mummey household were all singing together some of the good, old songs, and as they finished singing "Face to Face" Mr. Mummey said, "Mother, that is one of the songs I want sung at my funeral when I die and the other is "Wrap the flag around me, Comrades"  Just before retiring he remarked to his wife, "Well I hope I sleep better tonight than I did last night." Which proved to be his last words. 


The next morning about eight o'clock his faithful wife reached over and tenderly taking her husbands hand, raised it and said, "Are you going to sleep all day?" The hand fell lifelessly by his side.  Mrs. Mummey hastily called her daughter, Mrs. Carpenter and when she entered the room, they found the body still warm, but the heart of the old soldier had throbbed its last.


It would seem as though Comrade Mummey had had a premonition of  his death.  A few days before his passing, he remarked to his wife, (so a friend reported to the News) "If anything should happen to me, I want to be buried on the highest point in the Canby cemetery, to the strains of "Wrap the flag around me, Comrades."  Mother, I have fixed everything, so that you will have nothing to worry over when I'm gone."

Military Funeral Friday in Canby.


The funeral will be held this Friday afternoon at the Baptist church in Canby at 1:30 o'clock and will be largely a military ceremony.  The sermon will be preached by Rev. Rooks and a special musical program will be rendered by Mrs. C.B. Skorseth, Mrs. Henry Maschke, Mrs. Carl Meyers, and Mrs. C.E. Arnold.  All members of the American Legion and Clark Hanson Post, VFW are expected to meet at the Woodman's hall in uniform at 1:20 o'clock Friday afternoon and will march in a body to the church.  The pall bearers will be chosen from the ranks of the soldiers of the late war.  The Women's relief Corps and the few surviving member of the Canby C. Summers Post of the GAR will attend in a body.  The burial will occur at the city cemetery where military obsequies will be given by the soldier organizations.



Benjamin Mummey, eldest of eight children was born in Nobles County, Ohio, April 15th, 1846 and died at his home near Canby, Minnesota November 18th at the age of 73 years, 7 months and 3 days.


When 15 years of age he moved to DeWitt, Iowa, with his parents, where he worked on a farm until 1865 when he enlisted in Co E. 8th Iowa Infantry.  He was sent to Memphis, Tenn., where he was put on provost duty.  He was then sent to Montgomery, Alb., to guard rolling stock until spring, when he took part in the Battle of Spanish Fort and Blakely, April 9th, 1865, and was then discharged some time in July 1866.


He married January 12, 1868 to Miss Harriet E Saddoris of DeWitt, Iowa, and lived there two years and then moved to Boone Iowa, in 1870.  He lived there until 1902, when they moved to Canby.  To their union were born eleven children, seven of whom survive.  They are Mrs. Daniel Lyons, Mrs. Clarence Eckley and Samuel of Boone, Iowa; George P and Harry of Montana; Mrs. Carpenter and Mrs. Henry Johnson of Canby, and twenty-five grandchildren.  All of the sons and daughters are expected here for the funeral.

Submitters notes: Born 4/13/1846 in Ohio, Died 11/18/1919 in Florida Township of heart problems. He was a farmer. Book D-173-2.  Listed on Canby memorial program.  Canby cemetery B1L4w.  Arrived in Forida township by covered wagon from Boone, Iowa in 1901.  Co E, 8th Iowa Volunteer Infantry.

Submitted by: Michelle Caveney     (C Sommer's GAR Post #94 is in Canby, Minnesota)




An Old Pioneer Dead

Henry Monson an Old and Respected Citizen of Clarkfield, Died Monday Morning  On Monday morning at about five o'clock occurred the death of Henry Monson, one of the pioneers of this county and the oldest resident of Clarkfield.


Henry Monson was born in Norway on the 10th day of November 1844 and came to this country with his parents in 1860 who settled in Iowa.  He remained there until October, 1864, when he joined the army, enlisting in Company F, 9th Regiment, Iowa Cavalry.  He served in the army one year and one month.  He was honorably discharged being physically disable and unable to continue service.


In 1865 he was married to Miss Anna Wilson, to which union eight children were born, four of who still survive.  They are: Mrs. Belle Anderson, of Clarkfield, Mrs. Mattie Johnson, of Middle River, E. Monson of Clarkfield, and Mrs.Lydia Soll of Wylie, Minnesota.  His wife died September 8th, 1903.


At the time of his marriage Mr. Monson was engaged in farming in Dodge County, MN., where he lived with his family until the year of 1878, when they came to Yellow Medicine County, where Mr. Monson took up a homestead, the site on which Clarkfield stands, the own having been platted by Mr. Monson and the railroad company.  He also took up a tree claim just north of his homestead.


Mr. Monson had been in very poor health for a number of years and for the past few months was confined to his home where he became weaker every day until death relieved him of his suffering at the ripe old age of 64 years, Mr. Monson was a very prominent man in business circles and did much of the good of our village, using his independence and oft-times donating sums for the good of the own which won him high esteem among his fellow man.  He was instrumental in the organizing of the First National Bank of which institution he was the president until the time of his death.


On the sixth day of October 1906 he was married to Britha Berge who survives him.  The many friends of the family sympathize with them in this their time of sad bereavement.  Funeral services will be held this Thursday from the Norwegian Lutheran Church at 2 o'clock. Storaasli conducting the service.

Submitters notes:  Born in Norway 11/10/1844.  Died 10/26/1908 at Clarkfield, he was a farmer.  Member of the Hanley Falls GAR D 173-2.  Buried at the Clarkfield cemetery.  1890 Soldier, Sailor, marine report Pvt. Co F 9th Iowa Cavalry.  Oct 11, 1864 to Oct 26, 1865, Disabled.

Immigrated to Iowa at the age of 17.  Joined the 9th Iowa Cavalry, Co F in June 1864.  He owned a farm in Dodge county, MN.  Came to Friendship township in 1877.  He was town treasurer and supervisor.  He married in 1866 to Anna Wilson, they had eight children.  Henry Monson of the town Lisbon returned Thursday from a visit in Dodge and Olmstead county, he was well satisfied with the farming situation here.

Submitted by:  Michelle Caveney          (Harry Walker GAR Post #176 Hanley Falls, Minnesota)





"Mr. Frees died last night."  This was the word that passed around Wednesday morning among the acquaintances and former associated of the deceased.  It was even so, for Mr. Frees had passed peacefully away at a little after twelve o'clock Wednesday morning, Dec. 8th, 1897.  This termination of the fatal illness that had fastened itself upon him since last June, was not unexpected.' Marcus Lafayette Frees was born in Tiffin, Seneca County, Ohio, January 14th, 1848, and had he lived until the 14th of next month would have been fifty years of age.  His parents moved to Iowa in 1854 and settled in Cedar Rapids, where he lived until a few years after the close of the War.  He enlisted in Co B., of the 9th Iowa Cav., Volunteers in Sept 1863 and was discharged there from in March 1866, serving over two years.  A few years after the close of the war he moved to Austin, Minnesota, where he was married twenty-two years ago, dying in the morning of his twenty-second wedding anniversary.


Of his father's family of six, two sisters survive him: Mrs. Steel of Porter, Minnesota, and Mrs. Kimbo of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  The deceased with his family have resided here for the past 17 years.  HE had two sons, one of which preceded him to the spirit world, and the other with his wide and stepdaughter, Mrs. E. Chester, and his two sisters are left to mourn, besides a wide circle of friends and comrades.  But they mourn not as those who have no hope.


The funeral will take place tomorrow, Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, from the Methodist church, conducted by the Rev. Chester of Springfield.  C Summers Post G.A.R. will have charge of the services.

Submitters notes:  Born in 1848 in Ohio.  Died Dec 8, 1897 from cancer, he was a carpenter.  Book B-38-25.  Member of Canby GAR.  Buried in Canby, Minnesota, unmarked grave, Lot #B4L3w, listed on the Canby memorial program.  Resided in Norman township in 1890.  Soldier, Sailor, marine report 1890 Co B, 9th Iowa Cavalry, Pvt., Sept 5, 1863 to March 23, 1866, Disability Incurred: crippled.

Submitted by:  Michelle Caveney          (C Sommer's GAR Post #94 is in Canby, Minnesota) 




One of the old soldiers of Canby was called to his final reward Saturday night at low 12, when Hiram K. Landru succumbed to a siege of pneumonia after a few days of illness.  He leaves a widow, two sons and two daughters to mourn his death.  The funeral took place Tuesday afternoon, Rev. K.C. Hinderlie officating and burial was made in the Canby cemetery, the following acting as pall bearers; R.M. Gifford, W.F> Smith, J.F. Kuni, A. Hewitt, West and B. Mummey.  Hiram K. Landru was born in Nomedal, Norway, June 5th, 1839, and came to this country with his parents in 1842.  His people first located in Rock County, Wisconsin, but later settled on a homestead in Winnebago where he went to school and grew into manhood.  In 1861 he went back to the Badger state and was united in marriage to Miss Isabelle Lundestjern, returning later to the old homestead in Iowa.  In 1864 he responded to Abe Lincoln's call for patriots to quell the rebellion and become a member of the 32nd Iowa, a part of the 16th army corps, under Generals Canby and Smith, which gained national fame through its participation in the capture of New Orleans and Mobile.  In those of his young days Mr. Landru gave a good account of his Viking blood coursing through his veins.  At the close of the war he returned to his home and was elected sheriff of his county in 1867 and did his duties so well that he was promoted to county auditor and elected for three successive terms, in which he served his county with credit and distinction.  33 years ago, when Iowans first began to learn of the superior advantages of Minnesota, Mr. Landru came to Canby and took a tree claim on Sec. 12, town of Fortier, which he has kept and conducted up to the time of his death.

Submitters notes:  Born in Norway 6/5/1839 died from pneumonia 2/15/1913 in Canby, Minnesota, was in real estate. Book E-53-4.  Member of the Canby GAR, buried Lot#B3L18w, 1890 Soldier, sailor, marine report: PVT CO B, 32nd Iowa Inf. Feb 9th, 1865 to July 28th 1865, Disability Incurred: injury to back?  List of Pensioners on the roll Jan 1st, 1883 Injury to back & Res. Disabled Kidney, $4.00 May 1880

He came to the United States when he was three years old, and settled in WIS. Later he moved to Iowa and enlisted in the Co B., 32nd Iowa volunteer Inf. and served to the close of the war.  After the war he returned to Iowa and in 1880 moved to Canby.  He received $4.00 a month from the army for injury to back and kidney problems. For a few years after coming to Canby he engaged in the insurance and implement business.  Mr and Mrs Landru had four children; Clara (Mrs. Bruce Brown) Alvin N; Lilly (Mrs E. A. Pickney, of St Paul; Henry E.  Biographical history Pg 370

Arrived in Sept 1880 arrivals from Winnebago, MN.  The father started a machine shop and built a home in Canby.

IA 32nd Infantry Co B. Residence: Forest City, Iowa. Born in Norway. Civil War: Age 25. Enlisted 9 Feb 1865. Mustered 9 Feb 1865. Private. Discharged from the service for disability 28 Jul 1865, Montgomery, Alabama. Post war: A veteran named Hiram K. Landru of Canby, Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota, in May 1880 was granted a pension of $4 because of an injury to his back resulting in disability of a kidney. Sources: (ISW-V p80) (Pensioners on the Roll as of January 1, 1883, living in Minnesota, publ. 1994, Park Genealogical Books, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota)

Submitted by:  Michelle Caveney          (C Sommer's GAR Post #94 is in Canby, Minnesota)




An Old Soldier Passes Away

Another old veteran-Andrew Hendrickson-answered the final summons, January 3rd, at the age of 81 years and 8 months, and was buried from St. Stephens church, Rev. Paul Moen officiating, and was laid to rest in St. Stephens cemetery Jan 6th.

Mr. Hendrickson was born in Roros Norway, in 1835, and came to America in 1854, when he was nineteen years old, settling in Decorah, Iowa.  In 1862 he enlisted in the Civil War, where he served for over three years, when he was mustered out, after which, he returned to his occupation, that of a farmer.


In 1868 Mr. Hendrickson was married to Helen Brevig, coming to Deuel county, S.D. in 1880 and later to Canby, where they have lived for the past four years, Mr. Hendrickson's health began to fail, until invalidism overtook him an for the past fourteen months he was confined to his bed, practically helpless.


The deceased is survived by his wife and six children; Miss Anna Erickson, of Toronto, S.D., Mrs. Ingered Olson, of Brandt, S.D., Henry, John, Carl and Helmer, the latter remaining at home to take care of his father.

The few remaining old soldiers living in Canby, attended the funeral in a body, as did the Women's relief Corps.  Just before the earth closed over the coffin, each of the ladies of the W.R.C. threw a minature American flag on the casket, a custom followed by this order, when an old soldier marches to the "Last taps of the drum"


Mr. Hendrickson made a disposition of his property some years ago.  For the past eight years he has been nursed and cared for by his youngest son, Helmer, in consideration of which, the son was bequesthed the home property, where the old gentlemen breathed his last, and where Mrs. Hendrickson will continue to reside.

Submitters notes:  Born in Norway 4/27/1835, he died 1/3/1917 from heart problems at Canby, Minnesota.  He was a farmer. St. Stephen, Norman Twp. Lot# R11 Book E 75 9.  1890 Soldier, Sailor marine report: PVT Co E 38th Iowa Inf., 31 July 1862-15 Aug 1865.  Post office address: Toroutr, S Dak.  Disability Incurred: Sun stroke.


Submitted by:  Michelle Caveney





Rasmus Hanson Called Home

Rasmus Hanson who had been in poor health for sometime and who had been sometime and who had been confined to his home, since last February, passed away Saturday morning.  Mr. Hanson was one of the pioneer residents of this section and was held in high esteem by everyone who knew him for his honest and upright ways.


The following biographical sketch is taken from the recent history of Yellow Medicine County. "Rasmus Hanson who owns and farms 164 acres on section 3, Friendship township, has been a resident of Yellow Medicine County for nearly forth years, coming to the county in 1876.


"Mr. Hanson is a native of Norway where he was born July 17th, 1835.  His parents were Hans Johnson and Susanna Rasmuson, who lived and died in the old country, the mother dying in 1850 and the father in 1883.

"Rasmus Hanson grew to manhood and was educated in the schools of Norway.  In 1864, at the age of twenty-nine, he came to the United States, and for about six months worked out as a farm hand in Iowa.  He then enlisted in the Thirteenth Iowa regiment and served to the end of the civil war.  Returning to Iowa, he again worked out at farm labor for about a year, after which he rented a place and began farming for himself.  He conducted that farm about two years and then gave up farming, taking up railroad work which he followed for seven years.  He came to Yellow Medicine County in 1876 and took a homestead, which he farmed for a number of years, after which he sold the homestead to his son and bought his present home place.  At the time he bought the place there were but few improvements on it, but now has a fine home with an orchard that adds to its comfort.  He is a member of the Norwegian Lutheran Church of Clarkfield.


Mr. Hanson was married in 1866 to Gertrude Anderson and to this union ten children were born, four of whom survive.  They are namely, H.R. Hanson and Mrs. M.O. Vik of this place, Andrew Hanson whose home is in Canada and Mrs. H.K. Solberg of South Shore, S.D. Besides his children and aged wife he leaves other relatives and friends to mourn his death.


Funeral services were held from the Norwegian Lutheran church Tuesday agternoon and were conducted by Rev. O.T. Storaasli who was assisted by Rev. Sottendahl, of Norway Lake, a district relative of the deceased.  The funeral was largely attended by relatives and friends who came to pay their last sad respects to the departed.  Iaterment was made in the Clarkfield cemetery

Submitters notes:  Born in Norway July 17, 1835 to Hans Johnson and Susanna Rasmuson who died in Norway.  He died in 10/14/1916 from heart problems.  He was a farmer and died in Friendship Township. Book E-71-49.  Buried at Clarkfield Cemetery R1c.  1890 Soldier, sailor, marine report:  Pvt. Co E, 13th Iowa Inf. Oct 24th 1864 to July 21 1865.  Post Office Address: Clarkfield

He enlisted in the 13th Iowa reg. and served to the end of the civil war. Homesteaded in Friendship, Sec. 3 in1876.  Rasmus came to the US in 1864; he worked as a farm hand in Iowa for six months and enlisted in the 13th Iowa regiment, and served until the end of the war.  He returned to Iowa and worked as a farm laborer for a year; farmed rented land for two years, worked on the railroad for seven years.  He took homestead in YMC in 1876, which he farmed for a number of years after which he sold the homestead to his son and bought his present place there were but few improvements on it but now he has a fine home with an orchard that adds to its comfort.  He is a member of the Norwegian Church of Clarkfield.  He married Gertrude Anderson July 17th, 1866, whose parents were also natives of Norway, the mother dying there in 1860 and the father in 1900.  Ten children  have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Hanson, as follows: Hans R, born Jan 13th, 1869: Andrew B born July 6, 1880; Katrina (Mrs Vik) of Lisbon township born July 18th, 1871; Betsie (Mrs Solberg), of Washington, Born May 17th,  1884; Hans born in 1868, died in the same year; Nellie J Born April 23, 1889, died at the age of 22: Rachel, born June 1, 1886, died at the age of 17; Betsie, born July 9th, 1876, died at the age of 5; Amelia, born Feb 23, 1874, died at the age of 8; one died in infantry. Check into 5 US Inf Co E, biographical History Pg 354

Submitted by:  Michelle Caveney



RAMSAY, EMER  (Philadelphia Press, July 28, 1863, page 3)


RAMSAY, - On the 3d of June, in the hospital near Vicksburg, of a wound received in the battle before that city on the 16th of May, Emer, fourth son of Mr. Joseph Ramsay, of Fagg's Manor, Chester county, Pa.


He was a single man, and a few years ago had settled in Merton, Iowa, where he was conducting a large and lucrative business.  On the second call for volunteers he joined the 24th Regiment of Iowa volunteers, and was mustered into the service of the United States at Cedar Rapids.  He was subsequently under the command of generals Hovey and Smith, at Helena and Pea Ridge, Arkansas, and was finally wounded in the ankle by a shell, and, from the want of early and proper surgical attention, amputation was delayed until the 28th of May.  His system was so far prostrated that he sank into the lockjaw, and died on the fourth day after the operation was performed.


He was a noble and brave soldier, and had distinguished himself by many deeds of valor, for which he was promoted from the ranks to a sergeantcy.  He was of a large, muscular frame, perhaps the largest man of his regiment, and much beloved, by all who knew him, for his kindness and urbanity of manners.  He bravely fought for what he advocated - Freedom and the Union - and thus has fallen another sacrifice for Liberty.


"Green be the turf above thee,

Friend of my early days;

None knew thee but to love thee,

None named thee but to praise."

J. H. B.



Reddick, William Henry Harrison


Death of Member of Famous War Band
William Henry Harrison Reddick, one of the seven survivors of what is declared to be the most heroic and tragic of episodes of the civil war, "Andrews' Railroad Raid," died at his home in Seventy-six township, Muscatine county, Monday, after twelve days' illness, during which time he suffered a complication of diseases.
Mr. Reddick's name goes down in the history of the United States as one of a party of twenty-four men who undertook what has been styled by a confederate journal as "the deepest laid scheme and on the grandest scale, that ever emanated from the brains of any number of Yankees combined."
He, with twenty-three other brave union soldiers, stole a train in the heart of the enemy's country and, pursued by a locomotive in the hands of rebel soldiers, made a magnificent attempt to raid a railroad from Atlanta to Chattanooga, to tear down telegraph communication, bridges and in fact to leave a waste of devastation behind them that would change the entire aspect of the war in the south and southwest. The expedition was a failure, but it "showed what a handful of brave men would undertake" in America in the days when they were fighting for the preservation of the union. 
The undertaking is known in history as "Andrews' Railroad Raid," and hundreds of pages have been written by historians and by some of the survivors, all of which, in simple, unembellished style, is a monument to the bravery of William Reddick and his companions and leader, that will live forever.
To Mr. Reddick and his companions who survived the raid, congress awarded medals of honor and one of these prizes tells the appreciation of a nation for the men who helped to preserve it.
~source:  'Iowa State Press', Iowa City,Iowa, November 13, 1903

~Submitted by: Sharyl Ferrall



DEATH CLAIMS AGED COUPLE - Double Funeral for Mr. and Mrs. I. A. TALLEY Held at Diagonal - The Mount Ayr Record-News, 1929



Gravestone Photo


Tribute to the memory of Mr. and Mrs. I. A. TALLEY, pioneer settlers of Grant township, who within thirty-four hours Thursday and Friday of last week passed to their eternal reward, was paid Sunday afternoon at a double funeral service held at Diagonal Methodist church. The funeral, which as largely attended, was conducted by Rev. J. E. MATHANY, pastor of the Methodist church, and the pastors of other churches of the city - Rev. Karl L. TEISINGER of the Nazarine church, Rev. D. W. THOMPSON of the Presbyterian church and Rev. Earl CLAR of the Christian church - assisted in the service. Interment was made in a double grave in Bethel cemetery southwest of Diagonal.

The following brief history of the lives of Mr. and Mrs. TALLEY as read at the funeral service:

Nancy KELLER, daughter of Benjamin KELLER, Sr. and Ellanor KELLER, was born March 30, 1838, in Noble county, Ohio, near Mt. Ephriam and entered into life eternal on January 24, 1929, at about 2:30 p. m. at the ripe age of 90 years, nine months and 24 days.

She lived with her parents near Mt. Ephriam until she was past 18 years of age when the family moved in the fall of 1856 to Iowa and settled in Lincoln township and a little later moved to Grant township.

She was the survivor of her father's famly, five sisters and three brothers having preceded her in death The last to go was her sister, Mrs. B. F. TALLEY, who was buried at Mount Ayr on January 15, 1929.

She was converted in the church at Mt. Ephriam when she was a little past thirteen years of age and joined the membership of the Methodist church at that time. She has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal church for more than 77 years.

Isaac Arment TALLEY, son of Adam G. and Sarah TALLEY, was born in Newcastle county, Delaware, August 17, 1838, and passed from death unto life January 26, 1929, at about 12:20 a. m. at the age of 90 years five months and 11 days, 34 hours after Mrs. TALLEY's death.

In the spring of 1842 he moved with his parents to Perry county, Ohio, which was the family home for eight years. In 1850 the family moved to Hamilton county, Indiana. In 1856 the family moved to Iowa arriving in Ringgold county on July 4th.

He was converted in September 1853, and united with the Methodist Episcopal church a little more than 75 years ago and his relationship with the church has not been broken in all these years.

He was the survivor of his father's family, four sisters and three brothers having preceded him in death.

Isaac TALEY and Nancy KELLER were married by Rev. C. F. SPOONER on February 9, 1860. If they had lived until the 9th day of next month they would have celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary.

After their marriage they moved to their log house which was situated in Grant township on land that was a part of the original TALLEY homestead and the location of which is known to most of you. The hardships of pioneer life were their heritage. The county was new and settlers' cabins were far apart, yet they often spoke of those days as the happy days of their lives. They forgot the rigors of frontier life in the happiness that came in establishing their own home and in the fine fellowships that the frontier developed. They had life and health and a home, and what is of vastly more importance, the approval of a loving God on the home they established and the work they were doing. In the year 1895 they left the farm and moved to Diagonal and a few months later to their home in which they rested until their death.

To this union eleven children were born: Mary Emma, John W. of Compton, Calif.; Mrs. H. E. MYERS of Broken Bow, Neb.; Mrs. Cora PRICE of Des Moines, and Anna May her twin sister; Henry Elmer, Torrington, Wyo,; Mrs. Weldon WORRELL, Eureka; Melvin Roy, Bedford, Iowa; Jessie N. of Diagonal and Louis Franklin of Marshalltown, Iowa; Mary Emma died at the age of 13 years and Anna May at a year and a half. Of those that survive all are present today except John and Elmer. There also survive thirty grandchildren and twenty-eight great-grandchildren.

On the 14th day of February, 1864, Mr. TALLEY enlisted in the 3rd Iowa Cavalry and was assigned to Company M. He served until the close of the war and was mustered out of the service at Atlanta, Ga., on August 9, 1865, and received his final discharge at Davenport in the last days of August of that same year. While he was in the service of his country, Mrs. TALLEY kept the home, caring for three small children. Those were the days that tried the souls of men.

In the year 1856 Rev. Jess SHERWOOD preached the first sermon in the north half of Ringgold county. That sermon was preached in Grand-father Adam TALLEY's house and organized the TALLEY class. There were fifteen original members - charter members of that class. Father and Mother TALLEY were the surviving charter members of that organization. For more than 73 years they have had an active relationship to this church. Of those years no commment need to be made. The work of the church has always been dear to them and their home has always been open to any worker who was endeavoring to advance the work of the Kingdom of our Master.

In the year 1866, the Bethel church of this congregation was built. It stood in the Bethel cemetery on the TALLEY farm. It was built of native lumber. The shingles were split out of native blocks. The siding was of black walnut and planned by hand, the studing and rafters were sawed from native stock and the joints and sills were hand hewed. This church was abandoned and a new church built in 1883. This church was moved to Diagonal about 1891 and this gave place to the present church. Father TALLEY had a place in the building of these three buildings, and was on the building committee of each of these churches.

Father TALLEY has held every office to which the layman was eligible, Sunday school superintendent, class leader, trustee, steward, secretary of the offical board and for a number of years was janitor of the church. Mother TALLEY fitted herself into the church program in much the same way. No task was too small for them to undertake it it promised some advancement of the Redeemer's Kingdom. The church was paramount in their lives.

Servant of God, well done! Thy glorious warfare's past; The battle's fought, the race is won. And thou art crowned at last.

Winterset Madisonian - Winterset, Madison County, Iowa, January 31, 1929, page 4


Mr. and Mrs. Grant STAHL drove to Diagonal Sunday to attend the funeral services of an aunt and uncle of Mr. STAHL's, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac TALLEY. Mr. and Mrs. TALLEY were both ninety years of age at the time of their death and had been married sixty-nine years. Mrs. TALLEY passed away Thursday, and Mr. TALLEY on Friday. He did not know of his wife's death. It is said that their combined years of service in their church is more than 150. They were pioneers of Ringgold county, coming there in 1856, from Indiana. The funeral services were conducted together Sunday afternoon, and seven of the nine children living were present. M. R. TALLEY, who was vice president of Simpson college for a number of years, was their son. Lloyd TALLEY, a former resident of Winterset, was also a nephew of theirs.

NOTE: Nancy's father, Benjamin KELLER, Sr., died at the age of 62 in 1860. Her mother Eleanor (?) KELLER died at the age of 58 in 1856. They were interred at Keller Cemetery in Ringgold County, Iowa.

Isaac's father Adam G. TALLEY died on May 14, 1868 and was interred at Bethel Cemetery. Of Isaac Arment and Nancy (KELLER) TALLEY's children: Mary Emma Talley was born in 1861, and died at the age of thirteen on April 5, 1874 with interment at Bethel Cemetery; Anna May TALLEY, twin of Cora, was born May 14, 1867, and died on February 25, 1869 with interment at Bethel Cemetery; and, Melvin Roy TALLEY was born in Ringgold County May 3, 1874, and died in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa on July 16, 1961 with interment at Bethel Cemetery beside his wife, Lulu (?) who was born in Kansas and died of a stroke at the age of 83 in Des Moines on July 3, 1963.

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, 2008

GEORGE H. TEALE - The Mount Ayr Record-News, 1926

The following is the obituary of George H. TEALE, whose going takes away another of our civil war veterans, and highly respected citizens. He died quite suddenly early Saturday morning from hemorrhage of the throat. Mrs. TEALE was awakened by his slight coughing but he assured her that nothing was wrong, however, in a short time she realized that something was the matter and he passed away before summoned aid reached them.

George H. TEALE was born in Milwaukee county, Wisconsin, February 19, 1846, and departed this life November 20, 1926, at the age of 80 years, 9 months and one day. When he was an infant his parents, Frederick and Diana C. TEALE, removed to Cuyahogo (sic) county, Ohio, and in 1855 settle in Jo Davis county, Illinois, and there our subject grew to manhood. He has cared for himself from the age of fourteen years, thus early in life, learning lessons of industry and self reliance which have been a benefit to him in later years. August 9, 1862, although but sixteen years of age, Mr. TEALE volunteered in defense of the nation's honor, enlisting in Company E, 96th Illinois Infantry. His regiment was [rest of obituary is missing]

NOTE: George H. TEALE was interred at Maple Row Cemetery, Kellerton, Ringgold County, Iowa.

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, 2008

THEODORE PERRY TRASK - The Oakdale Sentinel, Yates Center, Kansas, December 21, 1917

Theodore Perry TRASK was born at Busti, Chautauqua County, New York, March 18, 1845. He died in Yates Center, Kansas, December 14, 1917 where he had gone two weeks prior in the hope of bettering his health. The remains were brought to Oakdale, arriving on Sunday and on Monday afternoon funeral services were held at the Methodist Church. Burial was made in the Oakdale Cemetery, the burial rites of the Masonic fraternity being read at the grave. He came to Iowa with an aunt and uncle when a young boy, his mother having died when he was 8. He enlisted in the 4th Iowa Infantry in 1861. On account of disability he was discharged in 1862, but again enlisted in the 8th Iowa Calvary. He was taken prisoner and was held for over seventeen months or until the war ended. On December 22, 1867 he was married to Cordelia D. ROBERDS at Mt Ayr, Iowa. He was one of the first pioneers in Antelope County, homesteading on Cedar Creek, June 9, 1869. He was one of the first four to make a nucleus for Oakdale. Mr TRASK’s business enterprises covered a wide field, including drugs, general merchandise, hardware.

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, 2008


DEATH of JOHN TUNNEY - The Ringgold Record, 1891

John TUNNEY was born in Ireland, in the county of Meo. He was married to Bridget MORAN 35 years ago. Four children were born to them, two boys and two girls. He departed this life December 31st, 1891, aged 68 years [and one day]. He leaves a family and very many friends to mourn their loss. As as old citizen of Athens township, Ringgold county, Iowa, he was known by many and loved by all. Peace to his ashes and rest to his soul. Be it therefore.

Resolved, That in the death of Brother John TUNNEY, society loses one of its best citizens, and the church to which he belonged one of its most faithful members.

Resolved, That Wm. McDONALD post No. 435, G.A.R., feel deeply afflicted in the death of Comrade TUNNEY. He was a true friend to the flag and always had a good word for the old soldiers. We sympathize with the family in this their great loss. And as the old soldiers are being fast mustered out, we all hope to meet inthe grand army above and that when the grand roll is called we will all be there.

NOTE: John TUNNEY served as a Private from October 10, 1862 to July 19, 1865 with Company E of the 16th Iowa Infantry.

John's wife Bridget (MORAN) TUNNEY died at the age of 72 years on December 15, 1893 and was interred beside her husband at Maple Row Cemetery, Kellerton, Ringgold County, Iowa.

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, 2008

DEATH of JOHN WALL - The Mount Ayr Record-News, 1924

John WALL, pioneer grocer and one of the most highly respected citizens of Mount Ayr, died suddenly at his home in the west part of the city Monday evening, from heart failure. He had been enjoying his usual good health, had been at the store all day and after returning home in the evening was engaged in doing the evening chores when life passed out without warning. The funeral will be held tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon at two o'clock from the Methodist Episcopal church and will be conducted by the pastor, Rev. Jay KIRKENDALL.

The death of Mr. WALL marks the passing of another veteran of the civil war, a man who for more than forty years filled a large place in the community and whose life commanded the respect of all his acquaintances. Modest and retiring in disposition, he served his generation and at a ripe old age passed peacefully to his reward.

John Wall was born in Beaver county, Pennsylvania, October 15, 1843 [the son of Abraham WALL and Rebecca N. (OWENS) WALL, and died at his home in Mount Ayr, Iowa, March 24, 1924, aged 80 years, 5 months and 9 days. At an early age he moved with his parents to Knoxville, Iowa, where he enlisted in Company K 3rd Iowa cavalry September 3, 1861. After serving his first enlistment he reenlisted on January 1, 1864. He was promoted to 6th sergeant December 1, 1864. In the engagement of April 1, 1865, he was wounded in the hand. On August 9, 1865, he was mustered out of service at Atlanta, Ga., and immediately returned to his home in Marion county, where on January 5, 1868, he was united in marriage with Josephine BIGGS. To this union were born six children - Mrs. Rosa GALLOWAY, wife of O. M. GALLOWAY of Missoula, Mont., E. B. WALL of Mount Ayr, Oscar WALL of Greenfield, Iowa, Luther WALL of Wapello, Iowa, Frank WALL of Galesville, Wis., and Nora who died February 17, 1881. His wife died December 1, 1881.

With his family Mr. WALL moved from Monroe county to Mount Ayr in the spring of 1880 and engaged in the grocery business. His dealings with the public were ever characterized by honesty and a conscientious desire to serve. In point of service as well as in years of age he was the oldest business man in Mount Ayr.

Mr. WALL was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church; also a member of the Grand Army of the Republic.

Besides his children he leaves five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

NOTE: Josephine (BIGGS) WALL, John's wife, was born in 1849, and died December 1, 1881 with interment at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa.

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, 2008

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