MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 433
submitted by Vicki Broughton, December 17, 2007
FORMER CITIZEN DEAD
May 26 1896 (hand written)
The Tacoma Daily News of May 26th, contains an extended obituary notice of JOSEPHUS D. CAUGHRAN, who expired suddenly on that date at his home 324 South Tacoma avenue. He was prominent in the business and politics of the state of Washington during the past ten years.
He was related to the Barnards of Muscatine county, having been born in it on July 2nd, 1839, making him past his 57th year of age. His birthplace was a farm owned by his father and his early schooling consisted of lessons in the district school during the winter. When 20 years of age he entered Cornell college and remained there until the spring of 1861. At the time the rebellion broke out he joined the Eleventh Iowa Infantry and participated in the battle of Shiloh and numerous other engagements, remaining with the army until Grant succeeded in capturing Vicksburg. In 1863 he re-enlisted and remained in the ranks with Sherman in the Atlantic campaign and his march to the sea and was honorably discharged in July 1865.
After the close of the war he undertook farming and afterwards spent a season teaching school in this state. In 1885 he went to the Puget Sound country where he engaged successfully in various business pursuits. He was a member of the Washington legislature from the 35th district in 1891-2 and also served a term in the city council and during his incumbency was chairman of the street committee. He leaves a wife and four children.
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