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Duane E. Grout, assistant agent for the C., M. & St. P. R. R., at North McGregor, was born at Fox Lake, Dodge County, Wis., Feb. 22, 1846. His parents, Stephen D. and Marion E. (Garrison) Grout, were natives of New York, and had a family of three sons, viz.: Adelbert B., of Chicago; Irvin S., mining in Colorado, and Duane E., who attended school until fifteen, when he enlisted as a private in Company E, Twenty-ninth Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers, Sept. 27, 1862. He was in the battles of Port Gibson, Miss., siege of Vicksburg, Fourteen Mile Creek, Champion Hill, siege of Jackson, Miss., Opelousas, La., Carion Crow Bayou, was in the "Texas Expedition," the battle of Sabine Cross- roads, where he was captured May 8, 1863. He, with 100 others, escaped from the stockade at Hempstead, Texas, Nov. 14, 1863, but was re-captured by some Confederate cavalry in the Calcasien bottoms, La., and returned to Houston and were exchanged at Galveston, Dec. 25, 1863. He then joined his company at New Orleans, and took part in the Mobile expedition, Spanish Fort and Blakely. On April 8, 1865, he was commissioned Second Lieutenant of the Fifty-third Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers for meritorious service, and remained in the service until the close of the war, when he was discharged at Madison, Wis. He went thence to St. Louis, Mo., and clerked in a grocery store in the fall of 1867, when he went to Chicago and clerked in the spring of 1868, thence to Woodman, Grant County, Wis., and took charge of a lumber yard for the firm of Garrison and Co., until the fall of 1869. He was married there to Anna E. Deitrich, on Dec. 5, 1869. She was a daughter of Daniel and Sarah (Geiser) Deitrich. After his marriage Mr. Grout went to Dubuque for the lumber firm, and in September, 1870, came to McGregor, where he began to break on the C., M. & St. P.R.R., and was injured accidentally while coupling cars on July 11, 1870, and since then has been employed in the office. He and wife have two children, viz.: Herbert B. and Mary E. Mr. Grout is a member of A.O.U.W., Keystone Lodge, No. 111 at McGregor. He was elected Mayor of North McGregor in 1880, and is the present Secretary of the School Board. In politics he is rather independent. History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1822 p. 983-984

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 715
transcribed by Sally Scarff and Marlene Chaney


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