Submitted by WF
The Sidney Argus - Herald
December 15, 1927
"CIVIL WAR VETERAN AT REST. Old Soldier Succumbs After Only One
Week's Illness".-- Again the reaper has visited one of our
pioneer homes and sounded "taps" for George Riley Thatcher, who
was taken suddenly ill December 3 and lingered until Saturday
morning, December 10. All that medical aid and loving hands could
do was done, but to no avail, for it seems that he had lived more
than his allotted time, being born in Clinton county, Ohio,
February 7, 1843, and called from his earthly career at the age of
84 years 10 months and 3 days.
He was next to the youngest of eight chidlren of Albert and
Parasatus Thatcher and is the last of the family to go. When 18
years of age he volunteered for three months' service in the great
civil war from the state of Ohio. After serving that period of
enlistment he came to Iowa, where he volunteered again in the
Seventh Iowa Cavalry and served until the war's close.
After his final and honorable discharge he returned to Ohio and
then moved to Abingdon, Illinois, with his parents where in 1868,
on May 14, he was married to Martha Stephens. To this union five
children were born, Mrs. Jennie Howard and Myrtle at home; Elmer
and Charlie on farms near here, and Willie, who died in infancy.
The devoted wife and mother with these four children survive their
At the age of 17 years he realized the need of his Maker in his
life so accepted and was baptized into the Christian church in
Ohio. He helped to build the old country church northwest of
Sidney, known to older citizens as Salem.
In 1880, he with his family moved to Shenandoah where they lived
for about three yers and them moved to their farm, four miles
northwest of Sidney which was their home for nineteen years. For
the last twenty years they have lived in Sidney, where their home
has been open to strangers and friends alike. Always a cordial
welcome was extended and willing hands stretched forth to help
those who were in the valley of despair or to share with their
joys. "Grandpa," as he was known to many, was energetic, loving,
kind, honest to the last scruple. These attributes, together with
a disposition toward generosity that knew no bounds, made deep
and lasting friendships which will endure beyond the tomb.
Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon by Rev . Coleson
of Council Bluffs, former pastor of the local Christian church.
Members of the Legion post escorted the body to its last resting
place in Sidney cemetery and a firing squad fired a farewell shot
in honor of one who had known the horrors of war, as well as the
joys of peace, long before these stalwart youths had seen the
light of day.