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John M. Jarvis, 7th Iowa Infantry Co. C, Residence Hopewell, enlisted Jan 28, 1862 died 29 March 1862 at Pittsburg Landing, buried at Shiloh National Cemetery.
Submitted by: Steve Hanken
1863 - Isaac G. Shoemake - Isaac was born in Henry County, Indiana in 1839, but by 1843, the family was living in Mahaska County, Iowa.  He volunteered with the Union Army, Company H, 8th Regiment of the Iowa Infantry and served from August 21, 1861 until he was mustered out on April 20, 1866 in Selma, Alabama.  He participated in all battles this regiment was in including the Battle of Shiloh, Vicksburg, and others.  He was captured with others of his regiment at Shiloh and became a POW on April 6, 1862, confined at Macon, Georgia, and exchanged by the Confederacy to the Union forces on November 10, 1862.  During a brief furlough, he married Ruth Ann Williams on March 30, 1864.
Submitted by Jeanie Belding
1865 circa - Charles and Ruth Williams - Charles Williams was born in Ross County, Ohio in 1806.  About 1854 he was living in Mahaska County, Iowa. At the age of 56 years old, on September 5, 1862, he enlisted with the 37th Iowa Volunteer Infantry, Company E, universally called the Gray Beard Regiment.  He was mustered out on April 28, 1863 at St. Louis, Missouri as a disability discharge.  (Note: George Shoemake married Charles' daughter).  Charles had 3 sons that also served in the Civil War - George W. Williams, John W. Williams, and Francis M. Williams.
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1862 circa - George W Williams - George W. Williams enlisted on July 7, 1862 and served with the 18th Iowa Volunteer Infantry, Company K.  He died of disease in Springfield, Missouri on March 13, 1863 and is buried in the Springfield National Cemetery in Springfield, Missouri.
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1910 circa - Francis M Williams - Francis M. Williams enlisted June 1, 1861, serving with the 3rd Iowa Volunteer Infantry, Company H.  He re-enlisted and re-mustered several times, also serving with the Third Veteran Infantry, Company C, and the Second and Third Infantry Consolidated, Company I.  His rank in was a private and his rank out was Seventh Corporal.  His final muster out was July 12, 1865 at Louisville, Kentucky.
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1894 circa - Nicholas Beal family - Nicholas Beal was born in Guernsey County, Ohio in 1837, but was living in Mahaska County, Iowa by the time he enlisted on February 29, 1864.  He served with the 33rd Iowa Infantry, Company E, under Captain Prouty.  He was in an engagement at Jenkins Ferry (Arkansas) on the Saline river when Steel was making a retreat to Little Rock, and was also at the battle of Spanish Fort (Alabama) across the bay from Mobile, the seige of that place lasting for thirteen days and nights.  He mustered out at Houston, Texas on August 15, 1865.
The photo is his family as follows:  front: Virginia (Totten) Beal (his wife), Nicholas Beal;  back: Elma Beal Burden (daughter), Louis Burden (son-in-law), Emma Beal (daughter).
Submitted by Jeanie Belding
1910 4th Squad Company F - This photo was a postcard dated July 22, 1910, sent to Luella Fisher of New Sharon, Iowa, who was about 10 years old at the time.  It was sent to her by Ray Minard, who is the 2nd from the left in the photo (I can see a pencil x underneath him, even though it doesn't show well in the photo scan).

In the summer of 1910, the National Guard (or what was to become the National Guard) held summer training at Camp Logan in Iowa City, Iowa from July 8th - 23rd.  In an on-line book I found, it states that Co. F, 54th  Infantry was based out of Oskaloosa, Mahaska County.

Further research revealed that in 1910 Ray lived in Spring Creek Twnshp, Mahaska Co. with his parents.  He was 25 yrs old and census stated he was a labourer - working out (meaning he didn't work on his dad's farm, I think).

In 1910, the Albert Fisher family are living in Prairie Twnshp, Mahaska County, and their neighbor 2 homes away is Jay S. Minard (Jay is dwelling 9 and Albert is dwelling 11 on the census).  Jay happens to be Ray E. Minard's brother.  I also found a newspaper social snippet that mentioned Ray visiting his brother Jay in New Sharon.

I am guessing the brother living near the Fisher family is the connection and how Ray Minard came to know and write the postcard to Luella (who had 2 sisters, which explains the greeting of "Hello Girls" on the postcard).

The pencil writing on the postcard is faded and difficult to read, but below is what I was able to decipher.  [?] stands for words that were unreadable:
July 22, 1910
Hello Girls  I am well and hope you are all the same. I am having a fine time and plenty to eat - good [?]  I am in camp with the 54 reg I.N.G.
at Iowa City Ia.  Well girls I will [?]  this time
and [?] [?] [?] [?]
From Ray E. Minard    By By

At the top of the postcard, upside down is written:  "That's me with a x marked Under the senter one."
Submitted by Jeanie Belding

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