submitted by Neal Carter, Sept. 28, 2007

Sep 1891 (hand written)

At 6:48 this morning the spirit of U. C. MAYES left its clay tenement and took its flight for a better world.

The deceased was one of our old citizens, coming to this city in 1854, and was a carpenter by trade. His death was caused by a complication of diseases, originating in an attack of la grippe a year or two ago. He was born in Point Pleasant, Mason county, West Virginia, on February 28, 1827, and was past sixty-four years of age.

He belonged to the A. O. U. W. No. 99, of this city, being a charter member, and never missed a Friday night meeting, if in the city, until his last sickness. He enlisted in the Union army in 1864, and was assigned to Co. B., 35th Iowa V. I., joining the regiment East Port, Ala., where it laid in winter quarters after the battle of Nashville. He was a good soldier and participated in the movement against Mobile and Spanish Fort. When the 35th was ordered home he, with others, was transferred to the 12th Iowa Veterans, and was honorably mustered out with that regiment.

While living in Louisville, Ky., he married Margaret, daughter of our late citizen, James Jackson, and she, with four children – James, of this city, Charles, of Kansas City, Mrs. Addie Pointdexter and Nal, of St. Joe, Mo., -- survives him. He was the last of his family, and his death is first break in the happy family on the hill. It is sad to think that he should be so suddenly removed, when his old regiment is to have a reunion so soon and his old comrades are anticipating so much pleasure then.

The date of the funeral has not been decided upon, but will be announced later.- COM.


The Funeral of the Late U. C. Mayes

Citizens and neighbors turned out in large numbers to pay the last tribute to our departed citizen. Rev. Dr. Robbin’s address was full of sympathy and hope.

The choir consisting of Mrs. St. John, Mrs. S. B. Cook and Mr. G. W. Porter rendered in touching strains the hymns, “Father what’er of earthly bliss” and “My Jesus as thou wilt.”

The G. A. R. and W. R. C. sent a floral tribute of a combined anchor and cross, with the words, “Rest weary soldier rest,” and a handsome pillow of white roses with “Father” in the center. These with three anchors, a star, several other pieces and numerous bouquets made a beautiful floral offering to the deceased,

Capt. I. D. Vore, A. Broomhall, … Raff, A. Funk, J. Erb and Thos. Brown officiated as pall-bearers.

The old soldiers representing his own (the 35th) 1st and 11th Iowa, escorted the remains to the cemetery. --COM.

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