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War of 1812  (1812-1814)  [one]

Carl, Isaac (1763-1847), N221-1, Row 16

Carl, Isaac 1763 – 1847

The only War of 1812 veteran buried in Red Oak Grove Cemetery

US War of 1812 Service records, 1812-1815: Name: Isaac Carl; Company: MAJ. POTTER’S COMMAND, NEW JERSEY MIL.; Rank – Induction: PRIVATE; Rank – Discharge: PRIVATE; Roll Box: 34; Microfilm Publication: M602

Isaac Carl was born 16 March, 1763 at Cayuga Co., NY, the son of Simon Carl and Elizabeth Troutman. He is listed on the tax list, Fairfield, Cumberland County, NJ in June of 1793.

On May 18, 1798 he married Prudence Lupton Taylor, widow of Frederick Taylor, at Cumberland County, NJ. In 1814 the Carl family moved to Ohio. Prudence died in 1826 in Ohio. In the mid 1830’s the Carl family moved to Iowa. Isaac Carl died Mar 24, 1847 at age 84 and is buried at Red Oak Grove Cemetery, Tipton Iowa.

They had the following children:

John Carl, born May 10, 1800, Port Jervis, Orange County, New York (Died Aug. 28, 1868, Rochester, Cedar County, Iowa)

Daniel Carl, born about 1801 in New York, (Died April 1, 1843 or Apr. 4, 1844, Tipton, Iowa). Possibly buried in Red Oak Grove Cemetery. (Wife: Sarah “Sally” Inman ca. 1821, Ohio)

Samuel Carl, born Jun 6, 1803 in New York, (Died March 24, 1857, Muscatine, Iowa). Samuel Carl, 53, died March 24, 1857 in Muscatine, Iowa. Buried in Harker Cemetery, Muscatine. (Wife: Mary Inman, sister of Sarah Inman, Daniel’s wife)

George Washington Carl, born December 14, 1809 in Port Jervis, Orange, N.Y. Married Cordilia Wright. (Died Aug. 20, 1875, Lone Tree, Johnson Co, IA)

Clarissa Jane Carl, born July, 1812 in New York, (Died March 29, 1879, Cedar County, Iowa). On July 29, 1832 (Clarissa) Jane Carl married Rev. Nehemiah Story, Baptist minister, Marion County, Ohio. On March 29, 1879 (Clarissa) Jane Carl Story, 66, died, Rochester Township, Cedar County, Iowa and is buried in South Bethel Cemetery, Cedar County.

Elza “Elzy” Hedges Carl, born September 18, 1822 in Richland County, Ohio (Died June 8, 1903, Cedar County, Iowa.). 1844, Nov. 15 Elza Carl married Sarah Dallas, Cedar County, IA. Elza Carl, 80, died on June 8, 1903. Buried in Red Oak Grove Cemetery, Cedar County, Iowa.


Civil War (1861-1865)  [twelve]

Barrick, William J. (1840 – 1912), N242-4

Barrick William James 1840 – 1912

Died of nephritis; son of Andrew Barrick and Rebecka Heckman [Cedar Co. Death Records, book 2.] WPA Grave Survey, William J. Barrick, 5 Sep 1840 – 15 Mar 1912, Cemetery, Red Oak, county, Cedar, Lot #19. (Lot 19, now N242, John & Jennie Strauser in 2 & 3, a Delo Burrough, lot 1 no date, pg. 45 Red Oak Record Book.)

Listed on the Cedar County, IA Military Records web page; Private; IA 34/38 Inf I/B, Born in OH, IA 34/38 Inf I/B.

Barrick Beauseigneur 2010 ancestry family tree, states William was born in Cumberland, PA and died in Cedar County IA.

Civil War soldiers Records & Profiles

Name: William N Barrick; Residence: Iowa; Age at Enlistment: 24; Enlistment Date: 5 Nov 1862
Rank at enlistment: Private; State Served: Iowa; Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Enlisted in Company B, Iowa 38th Infantry Regiment on 06 Jan 1863.Mustered out on 01 Jan 1865.Transferred to Company I, Iowa 34th Infantry Regiment on 01 Jan 1865.Mustered out on 07 Mar 1865 at Barrancas, FL.
Birth Date: abt 1838
Sources: Roster & Record of Iowa Soldiers in the War of Rebellion
Iowa Civil War Soldier Burial Records
Name: William N Barrick; Rank: Private; Unit: IA 38 Inf B; Birth Information: OH; Cemetery: Red Oak
Cemetery Location: Cedar Co IA; Comments: Enl 05 Nov 1862 age 24 res Janesville IA; trans IA 34/38 Consol Inf I 01 Jan 1865; discharge disability.


Cameron, Alexander (1838-1914), (N089-2, Row 7)

Cameron, Alexander, 1838 – 1914

Private with Company K 15th Iowa Infantry
U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865; about Alex Cameron Name: Alex Cameron; Residence: Fremont, Cedar, Iowa; Class: 1; Congressional District: 2nd; Age on 1 July 1863: 28; Estimated Birth Year: abt 1835
Race: White; Marital Status: Married; Place of Birth: Ireland
Obituary, The Tipton Advertiser, Tipton, Iowa, April 10, 1914, P 1, Col 5.
Death of Alex Cameron-Word was received here this morning of the death at Rockford. IL of Alex Cameron who lived in this County many years. The body will be brought here and interred in the Red Oak Cemetery.
Obituary; Tipton Advertiser, Tipton, Iowa, April 15, 1914, P 1, Col 6.
Alex Cameron was born on October 1, 1838 and died at Rockford, IL Apr 9, 1914, aged 75 years, 6 months and 8 days. He was married Nov. 23, 1861 to Helen Safley, who preceded him in death May 6, 1889. He is survived by four daughters, three sons, four step children and a widow, Elizabeth Cameron, to whom he was married Sep. 10, 1894. The children are Mrs. Jeanette Walker, Bozeman, MT; Mesdames CC and FL Drake of Sutherland, IA; Helen Cameron of Rockford, IL, GA Cameron of Cincinnati, OH; OL Cameron of Butte, MT; WA Cameron of Downey, IA. The step children are JJ Dale of Chicago, IL; RC Dale of Oak Park, IL; Zula Dale of Rockford, IL; GS Dale of Corpus Christi, TX.
For a number of years he was a member of the Red Oak Park Church and for the balance of his life he has been a faithful follower of his savior.
The funeral sermon was preached by the Rev, Dr. E Wallace Waits, of Tipton, from Hebrew 4:9-11 “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God” The Red Oak Church choir furnished the music and interment was made in the Red Oak Grove Cemetery.
1870 Census: Name: Alexander Cameron, Age in 1870: 31, Birth Year: abt 1839, Birthplace:

Ireland, Home in 1870: Fremont, Cedar, Iowa, Race: White, Gender: Male, Post Office: Stanwood; Household Members: Name Age, Alexander Cameron 31, Ellen, 29, John W, 7, Janett B, 5, Agnes J, 3, Maggie E, 1.
1880 Census; Name: Alexander Cameron, Age: 41, Birth Year: abt 1839, Birthplace: Ireland, Home in 1880: Fremont, Cedar, Iowa; Alexander Cameron 41, Helen, 38, John, 17, James,15, Agnes, 13 , George, 9, Mary, 7, Nellie, 4, Willie, 1.


Davis, John Whiteley (1824-1887)  N228-1, Row 17

Davis, John Whitley, 1824 – 1887, CIVIL WAR; PVT CO F 17TH IA INF, POW, Enlisted April 7, 1862, in Company F, 17th Iowa Infantry, Civil War. Captured and held as prisoner of war by Confederate forces. Mustered out April 15, 1865 at Davenport, IA; died at age 63y 4m 24days.

Wife; Mary Ann Jewell Davis; born 13 Jul 1824, Wilminton, Dearborn Co., IN; died 7 Dec 1887, Cedar Co., IA; parents: Zimni Davis [25 May 1783-11 Oct 1853] and Laura Whitley Davis [16 Sep 1792-6 Mar 1875].

1860 Census, Cedar Co., Fremont Twp, Mechanicsville PO, John, age 36, born IN, Mary A., age 39, born KY, Margaret, 8, Joshua, age 6, born IA, Laura, age 2, born IA; Frances A. Hunt, 34, born IN.

1870 Census, Iowa, Cedar, Fremont, J W Davis, farmer, born IN, Margaret, 17, IA, Joshua, 15, IA, Abner, 9, IA.

1880 Census, Iowa, Cedar, Fremont, John Davis, 56, farmer, born IN, Father Mass, mother VT; Abner, 19, son, Maggie Centers, 27, daughter. Children were born in IA, father IN, mother KY.


Dorcas, John W. (1838-1861)  N103-1, Row 8

Dorcas, Corp. John W, 1841-1864, CIVIL WAR.  Son of Andrew Dorcas and Mary M. Miller. John W. was in the Army in the 35th Regiment Iowa Volunteers, Company E.; was in the siege of Vicksburg and other battles; Enlisted in Company H, 35th Iowa Infantry, on August 18, 1862; discharged for disability on September 3, 1863. He died of disease contracted in the army.   [Red Oak Twp].


Goodrich, Ezra (1846-1920)  N257-1, Row 19

Goodrich, Ezra, 1846-1920. CIVIL WAR “Ezra enlisted at age 18, on January 5, 1864, in Company B, 24th Iowa Infantry, Civil War. Wounded at Winchester, Virginia; and was wounded in the battle of Opequan Creek, September 19, 1864, discharged for wounds on January 25, 1865.  Ezea is the son of John Goodrich & Durancy Rickard.” [Red Oak Twp-History of Cedar Co.].

1880 Census, IA, Muscatine Co., Muscatine, Ezra Goodrich, age 34, Carpenter, born IA; Ella, 21, born IA, father IN, mother PA.

1885 IA State Census, Muscatine Co., Muscatine, Ezra Goodrich, age 38, Carpenter, IA; Ella, 25, keeping house.

1900 Census, IA, Muscatine Co., Muscatine, Ezra, born Jan 1846, Carpenter, married at age 20; [listed alone but marked married].

1910 Census, IA, Muscatine Co., Muscatine, Ezra, 64, Carpenter, Laura, wife, 54, born in IA, father OH, mother PA, years of present marriage, 6, mother of 2, 2 living.


Muscatine Journal & News Tribune, Monday November 22, 1920 pg 2
Deceased Veteran Wrote Sketch of Military Career
Ezra Goodrich, who died Thursday morning at his home, 900 Climer street, and whose funeral services were held Friday afternoon, wrote a brief sketch of his military career during the Civil war for the benefit of his family after his death.
The sketch which was given to the Journal for publication follows:
“This is a kind of a history of my military record during the Civil war to be used in after years if deemed proper by those I leave behind me.
“I left Mount Vernon College and enlisted as a recruit in the 24th Iowa infantry, Company B on Jan. 11, 1864. I went into camp at Davenport until February when I was sent with others to join the regiment at New Orleans.
From there I went with my regiment on the Red river campaign under General Banks and was in my first engagement at Sabine Cross Roads.
I was then sent by ship to Washington and then on to Shenandoah Valley.
“I campaigned under General Sheridan and was wounded in the leg at the battle of Winchester on Sept. 19, 1864. I was discharged on Jan. 23, 1865, for disability.”
Ezra Goodrich, son of John and Durancy Goodrich, was born on Jan. 11, 1846 at Tipton, Cedar County.
He was married to Danna Terry in 1869, to which one
child was born, which died at the age of six years.
He went to Nebraska in 1873 but came back to Iowa a year later and settled in Muscatine in 1875.
In 1879, he married Ella Knott who died in June, 1903.
He was married again on Aug. 12, 1904, to Mrs. Thomas Berry, who survives him.
From the time he came to Muscatine in 1875 and up until his health failed three years ago, he was employed in the Huttig Sash & Door factory.
He was a member of the I.O.O.F. of Muscatine for more than forty years.
To survive, he leaves his wife and two sisters, Mrs. Henry Britcher and Mrs.Thomas Challis of Tipton, besides nieces and nephews.


Moir, George A. (1830-1865), Casualty  N236-4, Row 17

Moir, George A., 1830 – 1865, CIVIL WAR; C B 24TH REGT IA VOL, killed by lightning, age 35y 6ms.

From Civil War Military records: Corp. George Moir, age 30, of Red Oak,Iowa nativity Scotland enlisted Aug 15 1862 into Co B 24th Iowa Infantry.
Survived the rigors of Helena, Arkansas, Siege of Vicksburg, battles of Champion Hill, Cedar Creek, Winchester and numerous other battles. Promoted Corporal Feb 1 1865. Killed by Lightning Jul 13 1865 Savannah, Georgia.

1860 Census, IA, Cedar, Fremont Twp, George Moir, 28, born in Scotland, farmer, residing in the home of George Pirie, 31, farmer, born in Scotland, & Christina Pirie, 30, born in Scotland, Alexander, 4, George, 2, Anna, 11/12, [Pirie]children born in NY.

Tipton Advertiser August 3, 1865, Page 3
SOLDIER’S FUNERAL– Company ‘B’ of the 24th regiment will reach home this week, and they bring with them the body of one of their comrades embalmed, MR. GEORGE MOIR. The Company will bury him with military honors at the cemetery in Red Oak, on next Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock. The religious services will be conducted by Rev. Mr. Boag, of Mechanicsville.  Mr. Moir was killed by lightning, a few weeks ago, at Savannah, Ga.
The Iowa Historical Record  July, 1902 Page 549
Savannah, Ga. July 18, 1865
Quarter Master for our Regiment, we do not yet know the date of our departure. We are waiting for transportation. We may go from here to New York or Baltimore, and from there to either Clinton or Davenport. And so I hope that I may soon have the pleasure of setting foot upon the soil of Iowa which we left nearly three years ago. Considering the circumstances under which we left, I had very little hope of seeing the state again.
My health and that of most of the men of the regiment is excellent, but it is nevertheless desirable that we leave here as soon as possible, because it is very hot. The men have very little exercise in camp, and there is fear of fever. The 22nd Iowa had several men who took sick dying the first week after their arrival here which I think was caused by the fact that the camp was on low ground and near a swamp.  But they moved on higher ground and are much better. Since our arrival here we have had thunder and lightning nearly every day.  Last week there was a man of our regiment (Corporal Moir of Company “B”) who was killed by lightning.  He and another man had put up their tent right near a tall poplar tree. I went to see him immediately after. The lightning struck the tree leaving a scratch that looked like a small chisel mark. It followed the tree down to the top of the tent, when it left the tree, struck a gun that was hanging at the top but inside of the tent. It then left the gun and struck the man on the head. The man was lying down and had his hat on. There was a little hole about a half inch in diameter through the hat, and a little black spot on the head. He was killed instantly. His remains will be taken home.


Moon, Richard (1841-1905), N204-2, Row 15

Moon, Richard, 1841 – 1905, CIVIL WAR; 24TH IA VOL INF, born Ireland; Wife-Rosanna Sisler; daughter of Samuel & Caroline.

1870 Census, IA, Cedar, Fairfield, PO, Clarence, Richard Moon, 25, farmer, born in Ireland; Rosanna Moon, 20, born in PA; Emma J., 1, born IA; Wright Thompson, 18, farm laborer, born in England.

1880 Census, IA, Cedar, Red Oak, Richard Moon, farmer, 35, born Ireland; Ann Moon, 28, Iowa, Anna, 11, David, 9, Ettie, 4, Charles, 2, Aggie, 10 months [Jul]; George Steel, age 27, PA, farm worker.

1900 Census, IA, Cedar, Red Oak, Richard Moon, farmer, 59, May 1841, Ireland, immigrated 1856; Rosanna, 51, Aug 1848, PA; David, 28, Jun 1871, Widowed, Charles, 22, Sep 1877; Blanche, 15, Nov 1894; Dove, 13, Jul 1886; Lola, 11, Mar 1889; Richard, 1, grandson, Aug 1898; Ed House, 24, Nov 1876, born IA, hired.

Obituary, Tipton Advertiser September 5, 1905 Page 5
Death of a Veteran
Richard Moon passed away this morning at his home in Red Oak.  His death was not unexpected as he had been ill for many months with little hope of recovery.  He was among the early settlers in this county, and when a young man enlisted in Co. C of the 24th Iowa and fought through the war.  He was a man possessing traits of character which made him respected in the community in which he lived, and esteemed by all who knew him. Funeral services will be held at the Red Oak Presbyterian church, Thursday afternoon, at 2:30 o’clock.

Obituary, Tipton Conservative September 20, 1905  Page 5
      Richard Moon was born May 2, 1841, in Roscrac county, Tipperrary, Ireland.  He came to America with his parents when but a youth, arriving in New York when he was about twelve years of age. He and his three brothers came on west very shortly and settled in Cedar County, where he has since resided. Two of his brothers, John and Henry are living and were present at the funeral.
In answer to his country’s call he enlisted for service in the civil war in Co. C., 24th Iowa Volunteers, in August, 1862, and served until the end of the war. He then returned home to Tipton and on September 5, 1867, married Rose Anna Sisler, in Fairfield Township. Eight children were born to this union, two sons and six daughters, all of whom survive the departed.
He joined the Methodist Episcopal church about sixteen years ago,, from which time he has been a consistent and faithful follower of Christ, constantly living his religion in his daily life.
He had been ill for several months, afflicted with a malady that would not yield to medical treatment, gradually growing weaker until the final roll call sounded about half past eight, Tuesday morning, September 5, 1905, aged 64 years, 4 months and 3 days.  His death was as peaceful and tranquil as his life had been and during his last sickness he gave repeated assurances that he was ready to go, expressing perfect faith and confidence in his Savior. While the family mourns the loss to them in this world of a loving father and an affectionate husband, and the community a respected and beloved citizen, heaven rejoices over one more saint gathered home with the redeemed above.
The funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the Presbyterian Church at Red Oak and were conducted by Rev. W. F. Spry, assisted by Revs. Beaird and Fisher.  Interment took place at Red oak cemetery.


Rickard, William Ellis (1835-1890), N229-1, Row 17

Rickard, William Ellis, 1835 – 1890, CIVIL WAR

W.E. Rickard was a farmer, Section 13; Post Office Tipton; born in Sullivan County, New Hampshire, May 12. 1834; lived there nine years, and came with parents to Cedar County; they came by team, and was three months on the way; arrived here August 20, 1843; they were early settlers; engaged in farming; owns farm of 140 acres; was in the army; enlisted in 11th Regt. Iowa Volunteer Infantry Company K.; was in battles of Shiloh, Corinth, siege of Vicksburg, Atlanta and taken to Andersonville and Florence, and was released after seven months, and being nearly starved; he has held office of Justice of the Peace, and is Town Trustee.  Married Miss Ellen Hart, from Michigan, December, 1865; they have five children–Edgar, Ruth, Rosa, Emeline and Sidney; lost one son–Chester. [History of Cedar Co.; Red Oak Twp].


Rickard – At his home in Red Oak, Cedar County, Iowa, on Monday, March 10th, 1890, Mr. William E. Rickard in the fifty sixth year of his age.

Mr. Rickard was born in Sullivan Co., New Hampshire of staunch New England parentage, May 12, 1834. In the early spring of 1813, the family started for the west in the manner then in vogue, and arrived in Cedar County August 20th of that year after having spent seven months on the road. Settlement was made near Red Oak, where the family has been well and favorably known during all these years and where the subject at this sketch grew to manhood and has ever since made his borne.

In October, 1861, Mr. Rickard responded promptly to the call of his country and enlisted in Co. K. of the 11th Iowa Infantry—one of the regiments of the celebrated “Iowa brigade.” A brave and worthy soldier, he was promoted to a sergeant at his company and in January, 1864, re-enlisted as a “veteran” for the war. The following July, while striving with his regiment to hold the line about Atlanta so vehemently assailed upon both sides at once by the impetuous Hood, he was captured, with others of his comrades and taken to that hell upon earth, Andersonville. Here he languished for seven long months, coming out hut a shadow of himself, fit only for discharge. And he, also, was sustained, in pain and sulfuring, the disability which finally proved fatal—the wonder being that the result could have been so long postponed.

In December 1865, deceased was united in marriage with Miss Ellen Hart, and two sons and six daughters remain to mingle their tears with hers in this time of bereavement. For although Mr. Rickard was an upright man, a consistent member of the M.E. Church and a model citizen, it is after all in his own family where most he will be missed. For to his other virtues be added that of being the most kind and loving of husbands and fathers, and of finding his greatest delight within the four walls of his own home. Unassuming but competent, quiet but determined, intelligent, upright and public spirited—he was respected abroad as be was loved at home.

The last call was a sudden one. He was only taken sick last week Tuesday evening. On Thursday he was better and thought himself out of all danger, but on Friday evening the symptoms of inflammation of the bowels returned and the most careful and competent treatment failed to relieve the suffering or prevent the gradual decline. In this case, as usual, industry, economy and good management had been rewarded by a comfortable competence; which, with a life insurance of $2000 in the Legion of Honor, was devised in the interests of the family by a will made only a few hours before the end came.

The funeral took place this Thursday forenoon, at 11 o’c1ock, in the Red Oak Presbyterian Church, Rev. Gould, of Stanwood, assisted by Rev. A. G. Brande officiating. A large number of relatives, outside of his immediate family, were present, as well as almost the entire community. The obsequies were under the conduct of Wm. Beaver Post, GAR, of which the deceased was a member—the pall bearers being selected, so far as possible from former members of his own regiment and the entire Post escorting the remains under the badge of mourning. The impressive service at the grave ended with the striking notes of “ taps,” blown on the bugle; “Lights out,” dear comrade— “Now Is done thy long day’s work; Fold thy palms across thy breast, Fold thine arms—turn to thy rest!”


Rigby, Eugene Titus (1837-1912), N001-3, Row 1

Rigby, Eugene Titus, 1837 – 1912, CIVIL WAR

Company C, 2nd Iowa Cavalry, Civil War; Occupation: dentist, Wife Mahala A. McCune, children, Walter, Louise, Elizabeth, Eva

US Civil War Soldier Records & Profiles
Name: Eugene T Rigby, Tipton, Iowa ; Enlistment Date: 30 Aug 1861, age 22; Rank at enlistment: Private, State Served: Iowa; Was POW?: Yes; Was Wounded?: Yes; Survived the War?: Yes; Service Record: Promoted to Full Qtr Master Serg. on 09 Dec 1861. Enlisted in Company G, Iowa 2nd Cavalry Regiment on 14 Sep 1861. Promoted to Full 4th Sergeant on 15 Oct 1862. Promoted to Full 5th Sergeant on 01 Jun 1862. Promoted to Full Qtr Master Serg on 10 Dec 1863. Mustered out on 25 Jun 1865 at Eastport, MS.[Disability discharge].
Sources: Roster & Record of Iowa Soldiers in the War of Rebellion; Research by R. Ross Houston

1870 Census, Tipton, Cedar Co, IA, Eugene, age 30, born in OH, dentist, Mahala, age 22, born in OH, Walter, age 3, Louise, age 1, born in IA
1880 Census, Davenport, Scott Co., IA, ET Rigby, born in OH, parents born in OH, age 43, Dentist, wife Mahala, age 34, born in OH, parents born in PA, Children, Walter, 12, Louise, 11, Lizzie, 5, Eva, age 1; children born in IA
1900 Census, Davenport, Scott Co., IA, Eugene T. Rigby, dentist,age 62, born Mar 1838, OH, parents born in PA, Mahala, 53, born Jul 1846, OH, father born Maryland, mother, PA, mother of 5 children, 4 living, married 1865, Ray K*** [illegible], niece, born Apr 1889, age 11, Bessie Peck, dau, born IA age 25, Sep 1874, & Wm Peck 28, Feb 1872, born MO, traveling salesman.


Safley, John W. (1840-1863), N194-2 Row 14

Safley, John W., 1840 – 1863. CIVIL WAR Enlisted on 29 Aug 1863, CO B IA 24TH VOL, Infantry Regiment. Mustered out [died of disease] on 19 Aug 1863 at St Louis, MO; age 23 years, 4 months, and 6 days, Son of Geo and Janet Safely.

1850 Census, IA, Cedar, Linn Twp., Geo Safley, farmer, born in Scotland, age 39; Janetta, 32, wife, born in Scotland; John, 10, Scotland; Ellen, 9, Scotland; Adam, 5, IA; Agnes, 3, IA; Mary, 0, IA.

1860 Census, IA, Cedar, Red Oak,George Safley, 49, farmer; Jennett, 43, wife; John W., 20, Ellen, 18, born in Scotland; Those born in IA:  Adam, 15, Agnes, 13, Mary, 11, Charlotte, 9, Janett, 8, George R., 6, William, 2.

John W. Safley (commemorated at Red Oak Grove)
Oldest of 11 children of George and Janet Brown Safley, natives of Scotland. First cousin of John G. Safley, Robert L. Safley, and Socrates T. Safley
April 13, 1840: Born in Scotland (possibly Galashiels)
1842: To USA with parents and sister Hellen/Ellen (born 1841)
Lived first in Linn Grove (near Mt. Vernon), Linn County, Iowa; Moved to Red Oak Grove, Cedar County, Iowa
Aug. 6, 1862: Enlisted in Compay B, 24th Iowa Infantry
Aug. 19, 1863: Died of disease at Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, Missouri; Buried in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Section 32, Grave 66
Commemorated on George Safley family stone in Red Oak Grove Cemetery, Cedar County, Iowa.
Siblings: Hellen/Ellen Cameron, Adam B. Safley, Agness H. Safley, Mary E. Speedlin, Charlotte “Lottie” Isabelle Blazer, Janet “Jennie” Safley, George Robert Safley, William McBride Safley, M.D.; Evaline Safley; Lewis E. Safley.


Safley, Robert Lowe (1839-1863), N161-0 Row 12

Safley, Robert Lowe, 1839 – 1863; CIVIL WAR

Parents: James and Janet Safley; Born: 8 August 1839, New York state, probably Cohoes.

Enlisted: 8 August 1862 at Tipton, as private in Company C, 24th Iowa Infantry   Occupation at time of enlistment: farmer

Description: 5’7 ‘1/2” tall, gray eyes, light hair, light complexion.

Robert Lowe Safley (commemorated at Red Oak Grove) Middle son of James and Janet Safley Safley. Older brother was John Gilmore Safley; younger brother was Socrates Tryon Safley.
Aug. 8, 1839: Born at Cohoes, New York
To Iowa with parents; lived first at Linn Grove, Linn County, Iowa. Moved to Red Oak Grove, Cedar County, Iowa.
Aug. 8, 1862: Enlisted at Tipton, Iowa, in Company C, 24th Iowa Volunteer
April 20, 1863: Died of typhoid fever, on the hospital ship “Nashville” at Milliken’s Bend, Louisiana

(Robert L Safley, cont.) Buried initially in a cemetery in Madison Parish, La.
Reinterred:Vicksburg National Cemetery, Vicksburg, Miss., Section A, Grave 57.
Commemorated on the James Safley family gravestone in Red Oak Grove Cemetery, Cedar County, Iowa.


Safley, Socrates Tryon (1842-1864), N161-0 Row 12

Safley, Socrates Tryon, 1842 – 1864; CIVIL WAR

Parents: James and Janet Safley; Born: 8 February 1842, Linn County, Iowa, north of Mount Vernon (Linn Township?) (Namesake: Socrates H. Tryon, M.D., husband of James’ sister Frances)

Enlisted: 18 August 1862 at Davenport, as private in Company K, 11th Iowa Infantry Occupation at time of enlistment: farmer

Description: 5’6 1/2” tall, blue eyes, light hair, light complexion

Socrates Tryon Safley (commemorated at Red Oak Grove)
Youngest son of James and Janet Safley Safley. His nickname was “Soc.”His brothers were John Gilmore Safley and Robert Lowe Safley.
Feb. 8, 1842: Born at Linn Grove (near Mt. Vernon), Linn County, Iowa. He reportedly had a twin sister Isabella who died in infancy.
Namesake of Socrates Hotchkiss Tryon, M.D., husband of James Safley’s sister Frances. The Tryons lived in Marion, Iowa, then at Lake Oswego, Ore.
Moved to Red Oak Grove, Cedar County, Iowa, with his parents.
Aug. 8, 1862: Enlisted at Davenport, Iowa, in Company K, 11th Iowa Volunteer
July 22, 1864: Killed in action during the Battle of Atlanta. (His older brother,
John Gilmore Safley, was seriously wounded in the same battle.) Family oral tradition: The same bullet that killed Socrates then wounded another Union soldier whose last name was Scott. (This story not verified.)
Buried at Marietta National Cemetery, Marietta, Georgia, Section E, Grave 245.
Commemorated on James Safley family gravestone in Red Oak Grove Cemetery, Cedar County, Iowa.




Spear, Johnson A. (1845-1928), N060-3, Row 5

Spear, Johnson A., 1845 – 1928, CIVIL WAR

Corporal, Company B, 24th Iowa Infantry, Civil War. Enlisted at age 18 on August 2, 1862, mustered out July 17, 1865, at Savannah, Georgia. Resident of Tipton, Iowa; native of Ireland; wife Elizabeth Elliot.

1880 Census, IA, Cedar Co., Fairfield, Johnson Spear, farmer, 32, born Ireland; Elizabeth, 34, born Ireland; Ann, 7, Thomas, 5, Jane, 3; Thomas Lowry, 31, servant, born Ireland.

1900 Census, IA, Cedar Co., Fairfield, Johnson Spear, farmer, Widowed, age 53, born Jun 1846, Ireland, immigrated 1854; Jennie Spear, daughter, 24, born IA, Apr 1876.

1925 Iowa State Census, Cedar, Tipton, Johnson Spear, age 79, married, born in Ireland, [mother Elizabeth Johnston, father, Robert Spear]; wife, Lucy A Spear, age 53, born in Iowa, parents born in Canada, [mother, Elizabeth Ingledew, father, Moses Cary].

Obituary-The Tipton Advertiser, March 29, 1928   Page 1
      Following illness dating back over several years death claimed Johnson Spear last Saturday, removing one of Tipton’s most highly respected citizens, a devoted husband and father, and one always active in every good cause. His life has been one of Sacrifice for others.
Johnson Spear eighth of a family of eleven children, son of Robert and Elizabeth Johnson Spear, was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, June 1, 1845, and died Saturday, March 24, aged 83 years, 9 months and 24 days.
The family emigrated to America in 1854, crossed the stormy seas in a sailing vessel, steerage passengers.  Unusually severe storms were encountered which often drove the old boat from its course. Sometimes the boat would be far toward America, then by shifting winds,  be driven back a score of leagues.  At last, after nine weeks, stripped of its masts, the vessel arrived at Philadelphia.
After two years, they were persuaded by the Moffit family, neighbors of the Spears in Ireland for generations, to come west.  The Spears came, arriving in Rock Island.  There they crossed the river by boat and were met by Francis Moffit, who with all their worldly possessions loaded in one wagon, brought them to Tipton in the fall of 1855.
Then came the great war.  Johnson, though only 17 years of age, heeded the call to arms and enlisted in Co. B 24th Regiment Iowa Infantry-the regiment of which all Cedar county is so proud, Companies B and C having been mustered from Tipton on August 2, 1862.  His comrades have always made report that Mr. Spear, who later was made a corporal, was never ill, never complained, always ready for duty.  Leaving Tipton, the company went to Camp strong, then to Helena, Arkansas.  The regiment was assigned to General Grant’s army.  Mr. Spear participated in the Cold Water expedition, then in the spring took part in the Vicksburg campaign, then the Battle of Fort Gibson.  History says: “After a gallant charge which penetrated the enemy’s line and captured a six-gun battery in its rear, met an unusual and terrible loss”  at the Battle of Champion Hill. Cedar County’s loss at this battle was most terrible. The regiment then went back to Vicksburg and took part in the Red River campaign, then the Battle of Sabine Crossroads.  Then he took part in the Shenandoah Valley campaign, participating in numerous skirmishes, in addition to the tough field at Winchester, with Sheridan twenty miles away. Then the battle of Cedar Creek, and was finally discharged July 17, 1865, and became again a private citizen.
He was married to Elizabeth Elliot, January 3, 1872.  There were four children born to this marriage, T. A. Spear, Anna Spear Flansburg, Jennie Spear McClelland, who died January 17, 1919, and infant, Bessie, who died March 11, 1884.  Mrs. Spear died March 21, 1896.
On July 30, 1901, he married Lucy A. Cary, a daughter of a Civil War veteran, who has been a most loyal and affectionate helpmate during all the years of his recent affliction.
Mrs. Charles Q. Meyers, a blood niece of Mr. Spear, made her home with this union for sixteen years. She was dearly loved by him and was a comfort to him by being present with the family at his bedside in his last days.
Mr. Spear’s life was a good life, a gentle life and a life well spent in doing so many kind acts. A man much beloved by his neighbors and all with whom he associated.  He was always a church-going man, a long-time member of the Red Oak Methodist church, and since his residence in Tipton, a member of the Reformed church.  He is survived by his wife, two children, two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren ad one brother, Alex.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. T. J. Klaudt from the Reformed church Monday afternoon, and his body laid to rest in the family lot at Red Oak cemetery.  At the grave the American Legion conducted a very beautiful military service, taps sounding at its close. Close at hand rested his buddy of the Civil War, George Moore, on whose grave was placed a share of his beautiful flowers. The large gathering of friends to pay last respects at his bier was evidenced of the high esteem in which he was held by all.



Spanish-American War  (1898)  [five]

Hooker, Sidney, M.D.  (1876-1916)  N127-4, Row 10

Hooker, Sydney, 1876 – 1916

Doctor, Masonic; SPANISH AM WAR; Husband of Candace.

1880 Census, IA, Bremer, Washington, Newton E., farmer, 36, born NY, father born in England, mother MA, Martha, 27, born Ireland, parents born in England,  Gertrude, 7, Edmond, 5, Sidney, 3, James Hooker, 73, father, born in England.

Directory of Deceased American Physicians, Ira Sidney Hooker, born 1876, died, 25 Oct 1916, Yankton, SD, Type practice: Allopath, Bonesteel, SD, Licenses: IA, 1903, SD, 1906.

  1. SIDNEY HOOKER IS DEAD – Oct. 25, 1916

Word has been received here of the death of Dr. Sidney Hooker, formerly of this city, which occurred at Yankton, SD, on Oct 25, 1916, after a lingering illness.

The deceased was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Newton-Hooker and was born near Nashua, Iowa, Nov 18, 1876. When he was a very small child, his parents moved from Nashua to a farm south of Waverly, and there he grew to young manhood.

After graduating from the public schools of Waverly with the class of 1897, he took a four year course in the medical department of the Iowa State University. After finishing his studies at Iowa City he practiced his profession for a few years in this state. Then with his wife he went to South Dakota, where he resided until death came to relieve him of his sufferings.

His pleasant, genial disposition made him a favorite with all who knew him, and his many friends will be grieved to hear that his life should be taken in its very prime.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his mother, Mrs. Martha Hooker; two brothers, Edmund and Faville, all of Knowlton, MT; one sister, Mrs. Gertrude Archer, of Lafayette, IN.  His father preceded him in death a number of years ago.

The sympathy of a large circle of friends is extended to the family in their sad bereavement.

Interment will be in Stanwood, Iowa [Red Oak, Tipton].


Rickard, Descome (1873-1937), N262-4, Row 19

Rickard, Descome, 1873 – 1937, SPANISH AM WAR

Wife; Agnes Moon, married 1898; son of Winchester Rickard & Roxalana [Collver].

1910 Census, IA, Cedar, Fremont, Descome Rickard, 37, born in IA, pumper, railroad; Agnes Rickard, 31, IA,  married 11 years, mother of 1, 1 living; Pauline Rickard, daughter, 10, born IA.

WWI Draft Registration Card 1917-1918, Descome Rickard, date of birth, 13 Jan 1873, Occupation, Pumper, C & NW Railroad, nearest relative, Mrs. Descome Rickard, description, tall, stout, grey eyes, grey hair.


Streets, Albert T. (1875-1940), S007-E1, Row 1

Streets, Albert T., 1875 – 1940, SPANISH AM; wife, Son of John Streets and Louanze Heath, married Annie Clark Streets in Maquoketa, IA. Anna is the daughter of Jane Edward and David Clark. [1925 IA Census].

Obituary-Central City News Letter & the Springville New Era, 8 Feb 1940, Page 6, Col 2.
Albert Truman Streets Deceased
Albert Truman Streets, proprietor of the Paralta store, died Monday at 6 p.m. at the age of 64. He was born September 11, 1875, in Jackson County near Maquoketa, the son of John and Louanza Heath Streets. Here he grew to manhood and engaged in farming until 16 months ago* he came to Paralta and purchased the Paralta store. Besides his wife Annie, he is survived by two sons, Harold K of Cedar Rapids and Ralph R of Central City and one brother Rezin Streets of Baldwin. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Hunte Funeral home, the Rev L.C. Smith having charge of the service. Burial will be in Red Oak Grove cemetery.
*Note: The Streets took possession of the store 28 Nov 1938. The Snyders [Albert’s widow Annie, married Harry Snyder ] sold it May or June of 1945. The Snyders then lived for a time on a farm/acreage in the Ivanhoe area near Mount Vernon, IA.

1885 IA State Census, Jackson Co., Farmers Creek, John Streets, 33, farmer, Loanza, 30, Albert T., 9, Rezin, age 7, [male].

WWI Draft Registration, 1917-1918, Albert T. Streets, Tipton, IA, born Sept 22, 1875, Occupation, farm labor, employer, Louis Penningroth; nearest relative, Annie J. Streets; description, medium height/build, grey eyes, brown hair.

1930 Census, IA, Jones Co., Rome, Albert Streets, farmer, 54, born IA, parents OH; age at first marriage, 24; Annie, 46, born IA, father, IA, mother, OH, age at marriage, 16; Herald, 18, son, IA, Ralph, 16, son, IA, Halls Frank Keller, 18, lodger, IA.


Wirick, Asher R. (1862-1945), N048-4, Row 4

Wirick, Ascher Raleigh, 1862 – 1945 is a Veteran of the Spanish American war. He is the son of Joseph Wirick and Sarah Meyers; one of fourteen children. Wife; Catherine, [1878 History of Cedar Co.] Married Catherine Thompson 23 May 1900 in Red Oak, Cedar County, IA.

1870 Census, IA, Cedar, Cass, Joseph Wirik, 41, farmer, born OH; Sarah, 39, OH; Thomas, 17, Ida, 15, Lodaskey, 14, Carrina, 12, Plimpton, 11, Orange, 9, Asher, 7, viola, 6, Minna, 5, Myrtie, 3, Lulu, 5/12.

1900 Census, IA, Cedar, Cass, Ascher Wirik, blacksmith, 37, Dec 1862; born in IA, parents OH; Catherine, 30, Mar 1870, number of years married, 0, born IN, parents IN.

1910 Census, IA, Linn, Cedar Rapids, Asher R, 47, carpenter, house; Catherine 40, wife, keeping house, married 10 years, mother of 0 children.

1940 Census, MO, Nevada, Vernon; Asher R. Wirik, born in IA, age 77, Catherine Wirik, born in IN, age 70.

Yule, Frederick W. (1871-1938), N264-3, Row 19

Yule, Frederick W., 1871 – 1938, SPANISH AM WAR; Son of Samuel Yule & Mary Ann Porter. Wife; Gertrude Cook, daughter of Benjamin Cook & Angeline Lovett.

1920 Census, Cedar Co., Fremont, FW Yule, 48,  farmer, Gertrude, 38, Willford, [Willfred], 14, Ralph, 10.

1930 Census, Cedar Co, Mechanicsville, Frederick W., operator, oil station, 57, Veteran, Spanish Am War, born IA, Father Scotland, mother, England; Gertrude L., 48, born in NE, parents, MA; Ralph R., 20, IA,




World War I (U.S. involvement 1917-1918)  [twenty-three]

Davis, Clarence A. (1894-1935), N302-2, Row 22

Davis, Clarence A., 1894 – 1935, WWI, son of Effie [Andrews] & Joshua Davis.

1900 Census, IA, Cedar Co., Fairfield & Red Oak Twps., Joshua, 44, Sep 1855, farmer, born in IA, parents born in IN, Effie, 37,  Jan 1863, born IN, Forest W., 10, Jul, 1889, Roy L., 8, Apr 1892, Clarence A., 5,  Jun 1894, Harry A., 3, Oct 1896, John Henry, 9/12, Aug 1899. The 1910 Census, includes siblings, Alford V., born 1902, Elsie, E., born 1904, Edna M., born, 1907.

WWI Draft Registration states:  address, Tipton, IA, born in Iowa, Jun 14, 1894, age, 22, occupation Farm Labor, worked for Emil Olson, Red Oak Precinct, description, tall, slender, blue eyes, brown hair.


Davis, Harry Abner (1896-1968), N302-4, Row 22

Davis, Harry Abner, 1896 – 1968; WW I; CALIF BM 1 US NAVY, son of Effie [Andrews] & Joshua Davis.

1900 Census, IA, Cedar Co., Fairfield & Red Oak Twp., Joshua, 44, Sep 1855, farmer, born in IA, parents born in IN, Effie, 37,  Jan 1863, born IN, Forest W., 10, Jul, 1889, Roy L., 8, Apr 1892, Clarence A., 5,  Jun 1894, Harry A., 3, Oct 1896, John Henry, 9/12, Aug 1899. The 1910 Census, includes siblings, Alford V., born 1902, Elsie, E., born 1904, Edna M., born, 1907.



Davis, John Henry (1899-1971)  N090-4,Row 7

Davis, John Henry, 1899 – 1971, PVT US ARMY WWI, husband of Ludian Kathleen ‘Dean’, Davis; son of Joshua Davis & Effie Andrews.

Obituary – Last rites for John H. Davis, 72, will be held at the Sheets & Sons Funeral Home at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, with the Rev. Eugene Miller officiating. Burial will be in the Red Oak Cemetery; military rites will be conducted at the grave site by the Clarence Post of the American Legion. Mr. Davis died at the Veteran’s Home in Iowa City on Sep. 28. Visitation will begin today (Sep. 30). The Tipton Conservative-Advertiser, 9/30/1971.

1900 Census, IA, Cedar Co., Fairfield & Red Oak Twp.; Joshua, 44, farmer, born IN IA, parents born in IN, Effie, 37,  born IN, Forest W., 10, Roy L., 8, Clarence A., 5,  Harry A., 3, John Henry, 9/12. The 1910 Census, includes siblings, Alford V., born 1902, Elsie, E., born 1904, Edna M., born, 1907.


Davis, Roy L. (1892-1917)  N302-1, Row 22  [CASUALTY?]

Davis, Roy L., 1892 – 1917, WWI.

Son of Effie [Andrews] & Joshua Davis.

1900 Census, IA, Cedar Co., Fairfield & Red Oak Twp., Joshua, 44, Sep 1855, farmer, born in IA, parents born in IN, Effie, 37,  Jan 1863, born IN, Forest W., 10, Jul, 1889, Roy L., 8, Apr 1892, Clarence A., 5,  Jun 1894, Harry A., 3, Oct 1896, John Henry, 9/12, Aug 1899. The 1910 Census, includes siblings, Alford V., born 1902, Elsie, E., born 1904, Edna M., born, 1907.


Edwards, Thomas (1890-1965)  S006-E5, Row 1

Edwards, Thomas Adrian, 1890 – 1965

WW I, wife Alice Mabel Clark, daughter of David Alfred Clark and Jane Alzina Edwards,  married 19 Sep 1912, Maquoketa, Jackson Co., IA; son of David John Edwards & Cynthia Webb [1925 census]

1930 Census, IA, Jackson Co, Union, Thomas A. Edwards, fireman, steam railroad, 38, born in IA, parents born in IA, Alice M., 35, born in Iowa, Donald E., 15, David C., 11, Ailene E., 8, Earl E., 6, Richard T., 2 5/12, children born in Iowa.

US World War I Draft Registration, Thomas Adren Edwards,, age 26 Bernard, Iowa, Born Sept 24, 1891, Maquoketa, IA, Farm Laborer, employed by Joseph Wild, Otter Creek Twp, Jackson Co., IA, Married with wife & child. Tall, slender, blue eyes, light hair. 5 Jun 1917


Findley, Charles W. (1898-1967), N059-2, Row 5

Findlay, Charles W., 1898 – 1967, WW I; IA PFC 499, Aero Squad.;  Son of William A. Findlay & Lillian Mahon [1925 census].

1910 Census, IA, Cedar, Fremont, William Findley, grain dealer, elevator, 40, born in IA, parents, Scot/English, Lillian Maud, 40, born IL, mother of 7 children, 3 living; Charles W, 11, Margaret, 7, Gene (daughter), 5, children born in IA.

1925 Census, IA, Cedar Co., Stanwood, William Findlay, 55, born IA, [father James Findlay, mother Martha Hamilton, both born in Scotland]; Lillian Findlay, 54, born Il, [parents, Geo McMahon & Mary Waterman, born IL]; Chas W., 26, son; Margaret, 22 daughter; Clause Jenna Rhodes, 20, daughter; LeRoy E. Rhodes, 22, son in law [parents, John A. Rhodes & Margaret Barnum]; Mary E Rhodes, 1, granddaughter; Mary Waterman, 74 widow, mother in law, [father, William Waterman]; Merle Moore [female], 16, [mother Hope Waterman & ___ Moore]; Hanna Lange, servant, 19 [parents Henry Lange & Marie Meyer].

1930 Census, IA, Fairfield, Cedar Co., CW Findlay, 31, farmer; Ella, 26, wife; Lee Waterman, 19, farm laborer, lodger; all born in Iowa. Note: Charles & Lee are related; see 1925 Census, William Findlay.



Koontz, Clarence (1897-1970)  N151-4, Row 11

Koontz, [Edward] Clarence, 1898 – 1970; WWI.

1915 Iowa State Census, Des Moines Co., Burlington, listed as Edward C., living at 415 Garfield with parents.

WWI Draft Registration Cards 1917 – 1918, Edward C. Koonz, 415 S. Garfield, Burlington, IA, date of birth, Jun 13, 1897, Burlington, IA. Fathers birthplace, Greenfield , Mass.; nearest relative, Flora M. Koonz; Employer, River Smelting & Refining Co., 310 S 12th, Keokuk, IA; Description, medium height, medium build, blue eyes, light hair.

1920 Census, IA, Des Moines Co., Burlington Ward 4, Edward S. Koonz, 50, manager, wholesale grocery,  born MA, parents, Germany, Flara M., 47, born in Iowa, parents Sweden, Edward, 22, born in Iowa.

Clarence married Louise Cousins on 17 Aug 1929 at Cedar Rapids. She is the daughter of Lewis Cousins and Emma Moon. She died on Apr, 1988.

Obituary; Clarence Koontz Services May 5.

      Funeral services for Clarence Koontz, 71, were held May 5 at the Chapman Funeral Home with the Rev. James Lusher officiating. Burial was in Red Oak Cemetery. Pallbearers were Vern Miller, Willis Glenn, Douglas Voelker, Melvin Wigger, Lee Voelker and Robert Cousins.

      Mr. Koontz died at his home early May 3 following an extended illness. He was born May 13, 1898 at Onawa and married to Louise Cousins at Cedar Rapids Aug 17, 1929. They had lived in Clarence the past 7 years.

A member of the American Legion, he served with the Navy during World War I and was also a Member of St. Andrew Exemplar Lodge.

His wife survives.

McEowen, Charles (1900-1931), S030-E4, Row 5

McEowen, Charles N, 1900 – 1931, WW I, son of Samuel & Virginia [Fish].

1910 Census, IA Cedar Co., Red Oak, Samuel C., age 49, farmer, born in IA, father, Wales, mother, VA; Virginia R., 39, born IA, Father WI, mother VA; Ethel B., 17, Mary A., 13, John W., 10, Charles N, 8, George L., 3.

1930 Census, Cedar, Dayton, Charles McEowen, farmer, 29, Abbie, wife, 32, Arlene, daughter, age 2. Abbie later married a Mr. Berger.


McEowen, John W. Sr. (1900-1974), SO30-E2, Row 5

McEowen, John W., Sr., Nov 1899 – 1974, IOWA PVT US ARMY WW I; son of Samuel & Virginia [Fish].

1925 Iowa Census, Cedar, Red Oak, John McOwen, 25, son of SC McOwen and Virginia Fish.; Cecile, 22 wife, father Mont Herring, mother Minnie Buchanan, Autis McOwen, 3, daughter, John McOwen, 1; [In residence with Cecile’s parents].

1930 Census, IA, Cedar, Center Twp, John McEowen, 30, farmer, Veteran WW, Cecil, wife 28, Ardis, 8, daughter, John, Son, 6, Betty, 4, Frank, 2.


Miller, Harvey Lee (1878-1964)  N073-3, Row 6

Miller, Harvey Lee, 1878 – 1964, WWI, wife Muriel. [John Hennessey’s family] Harvey is listed as the son of John Milton Miller and Artansa Susan Johnson.
Iowa Marriages, family; Harvey Lee Miller, born 1879, age 23, parents, John M Miller and Fannie Johnson; married 16 Mar 1902 at Defiance, Shelby Co., IA; bride: Lula Mae Konkle, daughter of TW Konkle and Amy Pearl Lowe.
WWI Draft Registration, Iowa, Cedar County, lists Harvey Lee Miller, born 4 Oct 1878, home address, Mechanicsville, Cedar County, IA, nearest relative, Lulu Mae Miller; described as medium height, slender, brown hair, brown eyes. 12 Sep 1918.
1920 Census, Red Oak, Cedar, Iowa, Lee H Miller, farmer, 41, Lulu M, 37, Amy E., 16, Dora F., 12; all born in Iowa.
1925 IA State Census, Harvey Lee Miller, 46, born IA, son of John M Miller and Fannie Johnson; Muriel, 39, daughter of Clara E Pate and WB Murney.
1930 Census, IA, Cedar County, Red Oak, Harvey Lee, 51, farmer, Muriel M. 39, both born in Iowa.


Milner, John (1894-1967), SO45-W1 Row 8

Milner, John Clifford, 1894 – 1967, WW I

Masonic, son of Albert & Louisa Miller, wife Effie E. Safley, parents of Marilyn & Sharon, son in law of Arthur Safley.

1920 Census, IA, Benton, Belle Plaine, John C., Sr., 61, Real Estate, office, Florence M, 61, John C. Jr, 25, Real Estate, office, Joseph W., 22,  Deputy Co. Treasurer, Co. Court House; all born in IA.

1930 Census, IA, Linn Co., Cedar Rapids, John C., 35, born IA, Agency supervisor, Insurance, Effie S., 31, Marilyn, 4 8/12, daughter, Louise Safley, 26, sister in Law, stenographer, Wholesale Electric Co.


Murray, Alex R. (1891-1977), N0087-4, Row 7

Murray, Alex R., 1891 – 1977, Pvt., WW I; US ARMY

Son of William B. and Clara [Pate] Murray; wife Maggie Wilde McCammett, dau of Mr. McCammet & Emma Umphrey [1925 census]

Obituary – Alex R. Murray – Rites are Held Nov 30, 1977.

Last rites for Alex R. Murray, 86, were held at the Sheets & Son Funeral Home Nov. 30 with the Rev. Dale Marshall officiating. Burial was in the Red Oak Cemetery. Pallbearers were Don Armstrong Jr., Lawrence Brown, Jim Lyle, Walt Fankhauser, Verlon Weaver and Jim Shontz.

Mr. Murray died at Crestview Care Center, West Branch, following an extended illness.

The son of William B. and Clara Pate Murray, he was born near Mechanicsville Oct 27, 1891 and was educated in the rural schools of Red Oak Twp.

He was married to Wilda McCammant in 1921 and to Mary L. Glick at Camanche Dec 17, 1966. A lifelong resident of the Tipton area, he was a road maintenance man and veteran of World War I. He was a 50 year member and past Commander of the Tipton American Legion Post. He was also a member of the Tipton VFW and the World War I barracks. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by his wife, Mary, a sister, Mrs. Clara Smith, Phoenix, AZ, 2 sons, William, Davenport, and Roger, Waterloo, a stepdaughter, Mrs. David (Nancy) DeGroot, Cedar Rapids; 4 stepsons, Jerry & Lonnie Glick, Anamosa, Larry Glick, Whittier, and Jim Glick, Gulfport, Miss., 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.



Patterson, William Robert (1891 – 1940), N187-3, Row 14

Patterson, William Robert, 1891 – 1940, IA PVT 163 Depot Brig. WWI

Son of Mary L Patterson/Paterson

William Patterson, Local World War Vet, Summoned Today. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 Sunday afternoon for William Paterson, long time resident of Tipton community,  whose death occurred about noon today, The service will be at the Wilson Funeral Home; the Rev. H. M. Poston, pastor of the First Presbyterian  Church officiating. The Loyal Order of Moose, Tipton Fireman, and the American Legion Post members will be honorary bodes. Mr. Patterson was a World War veteran member of the Gary Whalen Legion Post; also the Moose lodge and Tipton volunteer firemen. He had been ill many months and had recently had been a patient at the Veterans hospital in Des Moines and the Hines Hospital in Chicago. Returning home a few weeks ago he bad been confined to his home a great deal of the time because of waning strength. He had a1arge circle of friends in the community which had long been his home.

Obit Tipton Advertiser, April 18, 1940
William Robert Patterson was born in Red Oak Township,  Cedar County,  Iowa,  May 30, 1890, and passed away at his home in Tipton,  April 11, 1940,  at the age of 49 years,  10 months and 11 days. He lived in Red Oak Township until he was ten or twelve years of age, when the family moved to Tipton.  He engaged in various kinds of work.  For many years he was in charge of the round house for the C. & N. W. Ry. Co. at Tipton.
On July 22, 1918, he entered the service of his country.  He received an honorable discharge after six months’ service.  On his return from the Army he was engaged as a fireman for the Northwestern railroad.
He was of cheerful disposition, and leaves to mourn beside his mother and four cousins, a large circle of cherished friends.
Funeral rites were conducted at the Wilson Funeral Home in Tipton. Burial Red Oak cemetery.


Penningroth, Benjamin G. (1894-1981), S035-E1, Row 5

Penningroth, Benjamin Gottlieb, 1894 – 1981, WW I

Wife-Jessie Safley; Parents of Darlene, Darrel, Raymond, Marjorie, Carolyn

Obituary – Benjamin Penningroth. TIPTON, Iowa — Services for Benjamin Penningroth, 87, of Tipton will be 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at First United Church of Christ, Tipton. Burial will be in Red Oak Cemetery. Visitation is at 1:30 to 9 p.m. today at Sheets & Sons Funeral Home and 9 am. to service time Wednesday at the church.

Mr. Penningroth died Sunday at Cedar Manor Nursing Home. He was a retired farmer.

Mr. Penningroth married Jessie Safley in 1928 in Nashua. She preceded him in death.

He was a veteran of World War I; a 63 year member of the Garey Whalen Post 123, Tipton American Legion; past president of Cedar County Farm Bureau; former member of Tipton and Cedar County school boards; and past director of Union Trust and Savings Bank, Stanwood.

Survivors include daughters,  Darlene Demaree, Lincoln, IL, Mrs. Ellis (Marjorie) Stonerook, Clarence,  and Mrs. Arnold (Carolyn) Schaper, Crystal Lake, IL; sons, Darrel, Clarence and Raymond, Tipton; 16 grandchildren; a great-grandson; a sister,  Martha Eilers; and a brother, Edward, both of Tipton.

Note from funeral publication December 2, 1981
Casket Bearers (Grandsons); Mark Penningroth,  Kent Penningroth,  Thomas Penningroth,  Dana Stonerook, Gary Stonerook,  Kendall Demaree,  Loren Demaree,  Jon Schaper,  Stephen Schaper, Robert Penningroth
Flower Attendants: Mr. and Mrs. Edward Crock, Mr. and Mrs. John T. Miller

Phelps, Howard L. (1883-1977), N276-4, Row 20

Phelps, Howard L., 1883 – 1977, WW I

Husband of Mildred Yule; son of William Phelps & Anna Varney.

1900 Census, IA, Cedar, IA Twp., William A. Phelps, 44, farmer, born OH, father Eng , mother PA; Anna B., 44, IA VT PA, married 21 years, mother of 7, 6 living; Henry H., 19, Geo A., 17, Howard L., 16, [Oct 1883]; Louis V., 15, Herbert P., 13, Anna M., 11, Ellen Smith, 20, IA, servant, Charlette Varney, 82, PA, mother in law.

1920 Census, IA, Cedar, Iowa, Howrd L. Phelps, 36, farmer, Mildred Y., 38, wife; Anna D., 63, mother; all born in IA.

Obituary October, 1977
      Funeral services for Howard Lynn Phelps, 94, retired civil engineer, were held at the Springdale United Methodist church October 26 with the Rev. Max Paige officiating.  Burial was in Red Oak cemetery.  Barker Funeral home, West Branch was in charge.
Pallbearers were Elmer Maxson, Mark Nash Jr., Herman Paulsen, Stewart Mather, Harry Lewis and Glen Conant.
Mr. Phelps died at a West Branch care center October 23, following an extended illness.
The son of William A. and Anna Barney Phelps, he was born near Springdale October 4, 1883 and graduated from Springdale high school.  He graduated from University of Iowa School of engineering in 1908.  He was married to Mildred Yule in San Francisco, California in December, 1918.
He was a civil engineer throughout his life, continuing to do surveying work until he was well past 80.  He had a wide range of jobs, including surveying for a railroad in Cuba, work on government engineering projects in the Southwest and service in World War I as an army engineer.  He was discharged as a first lieutenant in 1919.
He had a long association with engineering in Cedar County and is considered one of the 2 top surveyor’s in the county’s history.  The accuracy of county land records is credited to him.
He was a county engineer in the late 1920’s and served as district engineer for the Iowa Highway commission.  During all this time he was a civil engineer and surveyor.
He did not retire until approximately 15 years ago, having served as chief of party for the county engineers’s office during the final years of his employment.
He was a 50 year member of the American Legion at West Branch and served as a member of the Soldier’s relief commission.  He and his wife were also interested in the history of Cedar County and he made many contributions to the work of the Cedar County Historical society.
He is survived by a brother, Herbert, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and a sister, Mrs. Hanna Colbert, Seattle, Washington.  He was preceded in death by his wife.


Snyder, Harry E. (1885-1953), S007-E3, Row 1

Snyder, Harry E., 1885 – 1953, WW I

Harry is the son of Harvey Snyder (1854, PA died 1947 in IA), and Mathilda Luttle (born 1859 Iowa and died 1934 in Iowa).

According to the 1920 census, he first married Amelia E Hesler, daughter of John & Christine Hesler. They had one son, Stewart.

1900 Census, Vinton, Benton, Iowa, Harvey Snyder, 45, born PA, janitor, City High School; Malinda, 40, IA; Harry, 14, Edna, 16, children born IA.

1920 Census, York City Ward 2, York, Nebraska, Harry E. Snyder, age 36, day clerk at hotel; Amelia E Snyder, 26, NE, wife; Stewart S Snyder, 2/12, son. Harry is listed as son in law in the household of John & Christine Hesler.

1930 Census, York City, York Co., NE; George R. Lentz, age 41, age at first marriage, 21, born IL; Amelia Lantz, age 37, born NE, age at first marriage 25; Stewart S. Snyder, age 10, son, father born in Iowa, mother NE.

1940 Census, Rural, Tripp, South Dakota; Harry E. Snyder, 54, widowed, boarder, farmhand, in the home of Albert, 64 & Annie Streets, 56. Education, Elementary school, 8th grade.

Harry married Annie Clark Streets Snyder. Anna is the daughter of Jane Edward and David Clark; she was previously married to Albert T. Streets who died in 1940. [1925 IA Census]. The Streets took possession of the Paralta store 28 Nov 1938. After Albert Street’s death, Harry Snyder married Annie Clark Streets [1943]. The Snyders sold the store in May or June of 1945. The Snyders then lived for a time on a farm/acreage in the Ivanhoe area near Mount Vernon, IA.


Spear, LeRoy L. (1894-1918), Casualty   N092-3, Row 7

Spear, LeRoy, 1894 – 1918

32nd Engineers, Company A, Camp Grant, Illinois.
World War I casualty.
Leroy “Roy” Spear, son of Stewart and Charlotte Elliott Spear, was born February 26, 1894, in rural Clarence. He had four sisters and three brothers. His father was disabled, and the boys did much of the farming. He taught school in Clarence. The Spear farm was located in Fairfield Township. At the call of duty for WWI he entered military service February 26, 1918, and was assigned to Camp Dodge (Des Moines). In March he was transferred to Camp Grant, Rockford, IL; and was assigned to the 32d Engineers’ Corp, Co. A. He contracted measles followed by a series of complications. Roy was 24 years, 2 months, and 21 days of age at the time of his death.
The Soldiers Monument Assn. of Cedar Co.

Siblings: Margaret (Mrs. Samuel) McFate, Sadie Domer, Eva J. (Mrs. Charles) Meyers, Elizabeth (Mrs. William) Domer, Johnson A. Spear, Robert Spear, and Walter Spear. (Courtesy Ron McFate).


Tenley, Clarence Earl (1895-1957), N020-1, Row 2

Tenley, Clarence Earl, 1895 – 1957, US NAVY WWI; Clarence was born the son of Lawson Johnathon Tenley and Elsie May Hoover. Clarence served in the U.S. Navy during World War 1. He married Dora Tucker on February 16, 1921 in Iowa and had two children: Russell Tenley and Ruth Eloise Ruchotzke. He was a farmer all of his life near Morley, IA. Died of a heart attack on October 6, 1957 (The same day the Russians launched Sputnik). His funeral was held at the United Brethren Church in Morley, IA with burial at Red Oak Cemetery near Tipton, IA. [Kirk Ruchotzke]


Thumma, Samuel M. (1887-1955), N155-3, Row 12

Thumma, Samuel Mervin, 1887 – 1955, WW I; Masonic, Wife/Ada R. Welty. [Found on 1900 census, Fairfield, Cedar Co., with parents William & Louisa, sister Agnes, and grandfather Henry.]

WWI Draft Registration, Cedar Co., IA, Samuel Mervin Thumma, born 14 Feb 1887, Carlisle, PA; farm laborer, employer, William Welty, Fairfield Twp, Cedar Co.; description, medium height/build, light blue eyes, light brown hair.

1930 Census, IA, Cedar, Fairfield Twp, Samuel Thumma, born PA, parents PA, Ada R., 35,  wife, born IA, parents born in IA, Agnes A Welty, 34, sister in law, IA, parents OH, born IA, Donald P. Welty, 23, brother in law, born IA, parents, OH.



Wilson, Joseph J. (1893-1973), S047-W2, Row 8

Wilson, Joseph J., 1893 – 1973

Wilson, Joseph J., 1893 – 1973, WW I; Joseph J. Wilson was born Nov. 7, 1893, at Stuart Twp, Guthrie Co., Iowa.
He first married the former Elizabeth Taylor, December 24, 1919, in Des Moines, Iowa. Joseph and Elizabeth were the parents of four daughters.
After the death of his first wife, he married Henrietta Margaret Safley, daughter of James Arthur Safley & Margaret Phelps, on Feb. 4, 1950, at Cedar Rapids.
First Presb. Church of Cedar Rapids, Odd Fellows Lodge of Stuart, Iowa, Gamma Sigma Delta, Sigma Xi.
Professional: He earned a B.S. degree from Iowa State University in 1918; Joseph was a county agricultural agent in Muscatine County for 5 years. He then earned a Ph.D. in plant pathology from Iowa State.
He joined H. J. Heinz Company in Pittsburgh as head of the agriculture dept. Five years prior to retirement he became the firm’s international consultant in agriculture.
Last Residence, Solon, Linn Co., IA [Social Security Death Index].
1910 Census, Iowa, Guthrie, Stuart Twp, Dist 0059; Joseph Wilson, 41, born NY, parents Ire., general farmer; Louisa J., 47, born IA, parents NC; Joseph J., 16; Elmer E, 14; Charles G, 12; Edith G., 8, children born in IA.
1920 Census, Marion Co., IA, Knoxville, Dist 49, Jos. J. Wilson, age 26, born IA, father born NY, mother, IA, Agent, County; wife Elizabeth, 29, born England, immigrated 1903, naturalized 1905.
1925 Iowa State Census, Muscatine, Muscatine County, Joseph J. Wilson, 31, IA, son of Joseph Wilson and Louisa Jane Lamb; Elizabeth Jane, 35, daughter of John B Taylor [no mother listed]; Virginia May, 1; Ruth Louise, 3; Margaret Elizabeth, 4, children born in Iowa.
1930 Census, Story Co., Ames, District 9, Joseph J Welson [Wilson], 37, born IA, pathologist, College, [Iowa State]; Elizabeth, 39, wife, born England; Margaret, 9; Ruth, 8; Virginia, 6; Betty Jean, 5; children born in Iowa.


Yule, Charles Harold (1895-1976), N277-4, Row 20

Yule, Charles Harold, 1895 – 1976, PVT US ARMY WW I

MECHANICSVILLE, Iowa – Graveside services for Charles “Harold” Yule, 80, formerly of Mechanicsville, will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Red Oak Cemetery, rural Tipton.  Sheets and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Yule died Saturday at the home of his sister in Sun City, Ariz.

He was born in Mechanicsville. He was a former teacher and farmer in South Dakota and Minnesota. He was a veteran of World War I. Survivors include sisters, Mrs. Gertrude Huber, Miss Marian Yule and Mrs. Vada Klith, all of Sun City, and brothers, Robert, Mesa, AZ  and Wallace, Black Hawk, S.D.


Yule, Robert B. (1898-1997), N295-1, Row 21

Yule, Robert Burns, 1898 – 1987, WW I; Wife-Hazel Thomson; they are the parents of James, Roger & Roberta.

Obituary – Robert Yule – Rites Held July 11.

Funeral services for Robert B. Yule, 89, Fullerton, CA, were held July 11, 1987 at Red Oak cemetery, with Dr. Jerrold Swinton officiating. Mr. Yule died July 7 In Fullerton, Calif. following a brief illness.

The son of Charles and Nevada Little Yule, he was born June 10, 1898 near Tipton. He attended the Brookings, S.D. schools and graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1924. He married Hazel Thomson June 25, 1925 in Brookings, S.D.

Mr. Yule was a construction engineer and a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, American Society of Civil Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineers, American Legion, Mesa, Ariz. post and a past member of S.P.E.B.S.Q. S.A. He was also a member of the Presbyterian Church and a veteran of World War I, serving as a Battalion Sgt. Major in the Army.

He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Norman (Roberta) Owen, Hong Kong: 2 sons. Roger, Fullerton, CA and James,  Kansas City, MO; 2 sisters, Mrs. Gertrude Huber and Mrs. Vada Klith, both of Sun City, Ariz.; a brother, Wallace, Sun City, Ariz. and a daughter-in-law, Ann Yule, Costa Mesa, :CA. He was preceded in death by his wife, sister and 2 brothers.


World War II (U.S. involvement 1941-1945)  [twenty]

Beckmann, Vernon Henry (1918-2005), S072-E1, Row 11

Beckmann, Vernon Henry, WWII

Vernon Henry Beckmann, 87, died Sunday, October 9, 2005 in St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, from complications of a broken hip. Services: 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, Fry Funeral Home in Tipton, where friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. The Rev. Carol Lamp will officiate. Burial: Red Oak Cemetery, Tipton.
Born March 29, 1918, in White Lake, S.D., the son of Henry and Marie (Boedeker) Beckmann, he married Mary Arnold on August 16, 1942 in Tipton. Vernon farmed and was a member of Red Oak Presbyterian Church and Tipton VFW Post 2537, past director of Farm Bureau and past member of Red Oak Cemetery Board. He served his country in the Army during WWII.
Survivors include his wife, Mary of Mechanicsville; sons, Ray and wife Ronna of Cresco, and Tom and wife Ruth and John, both of Mechanicsville; grandchildren, Brooke and Heather Beckmann, Dustin Beckmann, Jeremy Beckmann, Jody and Scott Hadrava and Aimee and Chad Tyo; great-grandchildren, Madison and Haley Hadrava, Cody and Jacob Tyo, Michaela Beckmann and Hana Ray Beckmann; a sister, Lucille Toop and husband Russell of Arab, Ala.; a brother, Robert and wife Irene of White Lake, S.D.; and a sister-in-law, Dalphene Beckmann of Plankinton, S.D.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Marie, and a brother, William.


Crowley, Jack Thomas (1922-2007)  S084-E5, Row 13

Crowley, Jack Thomas, 1922 -2007, WW II; Jack Thomas Crowley, son of Thomas Benton and Breezie Mae Hughs Crowley, was born on December 30, 1922 in Clarendon, Arkansas. Jack enlisted in the United States Navy on October 20, 1942 and served his country in WWII until he was honorably discharged on December 8, 1944. Jack was united in marriage to Patricia Ann Ring on March 26, 1955 in Bettendorf, Iowa. Jack was a talented man who could do anything that he put his mind to do. He worked for Wick’s Lumber for many years, attended Scott Community College, was a member of the Baptist faith and was a lifetime member of the Tipton Veterans of Foreign Wars – Post 2537 in Tipton, Iowa.
Jack is survived by his wife of 52 years, Patricia of Tipton, Iowa; his four daughters, Patricia Bielema of Charles City, Iowa, Linda Achenbach and husband, Alex of Lisbon, Iowa, Judy Hanson and husband, Doug of Mt. Vernon, Iowa, Shelley Neal and husband, Ben of Tipton, Iowa; four sons, Jack Robert Crowley and wife, Veronica of Tipton, Iowa, John Crowley and wife, Carol of Tipton, Iowa, Tom Crowley and wife, Carolyn of Tipton, Iowa and Carl Crowley of Anamosa, Iowa; 15 Grandchildren and 9 Great Grandchildren. Jack was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Linda Martines and DeeDee Crowley, and two brothers, John Crowley and an infant brother who died shortly after birth.
Jack will be laid to rest in the beautiful Red Oak Cemetery north of Tipton. He will be given full military honors at the graveside. You are invited to join the family for a time of food and visiting at the Tipton Lions Club building following the graveside committal service. A general memorial fund has been established in his memory and memorial contributions may be send to Fry Funeral Home, PO Box 30, Tipton, Iowa 52772.


Dee, Robert Frick (1922-2005)  S047-E4, Row 7

Dee, Robert Frick, 1922 – 2005, WW II 

Robert F. Dee, age 89, died February 12, 2005, of complications resulting from a stroke. He was born in Alburnett, Iowa, was raised on the farm during the Great Depression, and was a combat pilot in WWII, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Air Medal. After the war, Robert completed his college degree, and spent a career in marketing, finishing his career as the Marketing Manager of the Forest Product Division at Owens-Illinois. Robert was devoted to his wife, Suzanne [Penningroth], for 59 years, and leaves 3 children and 5 grandchildren.

Graveside services with military rites are scheduled for Wednesday, February 23, in the Red Oak Grove Cemetery, Tipton, Iowa, with the Rev. DeLane Wright officiating. Visitation will take place Wednesday morning from 9:00 am until the time of service at Fry Funeral Home in Tipton.

Henderson, Milton (1903-1988)  N057-1, Row 5

Henderson, Milton, 1904 – 1988; WWII

Obituary – Milton Henderson

Graveside services for Milton Henderson, 84, former Tipton resident, will be held at Red Oak cemetery at a later date. Mr. Henderson died at a Knoxville hospital April 4; prior to that he had been in a Knoxville nursing home. His body has been cremated.

The son of John and Loma Franklin Henderson, he was born in Fairfield Township Aug. 1, 1903. He spent most of his life in Cedar County and was a projectionist at the Hardacre Theatre for many years. He also did the first microfilming of Cedar county records from 1964 to 1967.

He is survived by a sister, Edith Eden, DeWitt and a nephew, Doug Henderson., Marion. He was preceded in .death by a sister and 2 brothers.


Hughes, Dwight Williams (1914-2003)  S056-E2, Row 9

Hughes, Dwight Williams, 1914 – 2003, Capt, US Army WW II; son of William J. Hughes & Nettie Williams; according to the 1925 Census, William’s parents are John and Nettie Hughes; parents of  Nettie Williams, RM Williams and Barah Rieece [sic]. Dwight Married Hazel Safley, daughter of Howard Safley & Gorda Dallas.

1920 Census, IA, Cedar, Linn, William J. Hughes, born in Wales, 35, farmer, nursery stock; Nettie J., 35, born in IA, father born in IA, mother NY; Dwight W, age 5, Ralph E., age 3; children born in IA.

1930 Census, IA, Cedar, Linn, William J. Hughes, 46, born in Wales, immigrated in 1894, nurseryman; Nettie J. Hughes, 45, born in IA; Dwight W., 15, Ralph E, 14, Alice L., 3; children born in IA.,

US WWII Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946; Dwight W. Hughes, born 1914, Nativity, Iowa, Linn Co., Enlistment Date, 16 Jan 1943, state, Iowa, Enlistment City, Camp Dodge Herrold, Branch code, Branch Immaterial – Warrant Officers, USA. Grade, Private, Education, 1 year of college, Civil occupation, Nursery and landscaping laborers, married; height, 69, weight, 131.



Hummel, Mary Janice Prevo (1916-2008)  S059-W3, Row 10

Hummel, Mary Janice Prevo, 1916 – 2008, WWII; Mary Janice Prevo Hummel, 91, daughter of Clyde E. and Blanch Steel Prevo, was born on December 24, 1916 in Davis County, Iowa. She attended Troy Consolidated High School, NE Missouri State Teachers College, and taught in the Troy and Pulaski Schools. In 1943 she enlisted in the Navy and served during WWII at the Armed Guard Center in New Orleans, LA. Shortly after her honorable discharge from the military, Mary moved to Tipton, Iowa where she met Richard S. Hummel, owner of the local Superior Dairy. They were married October 6, 1950 at the First United Methodist Church and made their lifelong home in Tipton. Mary taught at the Tipton Community School for over 18 years; she was a committed educator.

She is survived by her son Todd and his wife Dianne of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, step-grandchildren Elise, Erynn and Dustin and step-great grandchildren Sam and Emilia; as well as several nieces and nephews. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde and Blanch and her step-mother Stella, her sisters, Verna Mae and LaVelle and her brother, Vaughn, and her step-great granddaughter Rylee.
Mary was known for her delicious gourmet cooking and her love for collecting fine china and crystal.  She was an active member of many organizations and clubs including the DAR and PEO. Mary maintained a keen interest in life even in her later years and never lost her spunk.
Most of all Mary was a good wife and mother; she and Dick took many trips together during retirement to visit relatives and see the “sights”. Mary also treasured the especially close relationship she had with one of her nieces, Linda Feller—whose visits were always cherished (especially when Chrissy came along).
A memorial fund has been established in her name.
On behalf of the family, we thank you for attending today’s service and invite you to a luncheon in the United Methodist Church basement immediately following the service.


Hummel, Richard S. (1920-2006)  S059-W4, Row 10

Hummell, Richard Stanley ‘Dick’, 1920 – 2006, WWII

Richard Stanley Hunmel, 85, of 104 East Fourth St., Mechanicsville, formerly of Tipton, died Saturday, June 3, 2006, in the Mechanicsville Nursing and Rehab Center after a lingering illness. Services: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, United Methodist Church; Burial: Red Oak Cemetery. Visitation is 9:30 to 1030 am. Tuesday at the church; the Rev. Paul Fredericksen will officiate.

Memorials may be made to the Tipton Public Library. Online condolences may’ be sent to www.fryfuneral home.corn.

Survivors include a son, Todd Hummel and wife Dianne of Cedar Rapids; step grandchildren, Elise, Erynn and Dustin; and step great-grandchildren, Sam and Emila.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Marie Hummel; sister, Evelyn Noll; and step great-granddaughter, Rylee.

Richard “Dick” S. Hummel, son of Elmer and Marie Ann (Meisner) Hummel, was born Dec.11, 1920, in Davenport; Iowa. He married Mary Janice Prevo on Oct. 6, 1950, in Tipton, Iowa. Dick was a dairyman. He graduated from Davenport West High School and attended two years of the Dairy Science program in Ames. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and a past member of the Farm Bureau, Lions, Masonic Lodge and Library Board. He was also a member of the U.S. Army 95th Infantry.

“A Wonderful Life”, with Dick almost everything was “wonderful.” An intelligent man, whose great curiosity about virtually the whole wide world turned his life into one great adventure. He loved his wife and son, ice cream, books, travel, visiting over morning coffee and just about every- thing connected with a good life. Dick was a hard working, warm and friendly man liked by all who came to know him.



Kern, Clarence (1913-1977), S033-W5, Row 6

Kern, Clarence Wilson “Hank”, 1913 – 1977, WW II;

Clarence (Hank) Kern Services are Dec 22. Funeral services for Clarence (Hank) Ker, 64, were held at the First United Methodist Church Dec. 22 with Dr Glenn R. Parrott officiating. Burial was in Red Oak Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Ken Mcclellan, Henry Lewis, Franklin Gault, Art Albaugh, Lester and Wayne Chapman; Mrs. Kenneth Gould was organist. Lillian Thomson, Georgia McClellan and Dolores Ehresman were in charge of flowers. Military services were held at graveside.

Mr. Kern died at his home Dec. 19 following a heart attack.

The son of Henry William and Minerva Achey Kern, he was born at Tipton, June 8, 1913. He graduated from Tipton high school in 1933.

He was married to Vesta Crispin at the Red Oak church Nov. 2, 1940. He spent his life in the Tipton community and was employed as a school bus driver for many years. He was a member of the Methodist church and the Tipton Lions club. He was a veteran of World War II.

Mr. Kern is survived by his wife, 2 sons, Craig Wilson, Salina, Kans., and Bruce Henry, Cedar Rapids; a daughter, Gerri Ann Scherer, Tipton; 4 brothers, John J., Lodi, Calif.; William H., Hewitt, Minn.; Carl F., Stanwood and Glen E., Mechanicsville and a sister, Mrs. Agnes Straub, Henning, Minn.


Laing, John Henry (1919-1971), S024-E1, Row 3

Laing, John Henry, WWII IOWA, 1919 – 1971

SGT US ARMY; wife-Marie Ardith Buck.

1930 Census, IA, Cedar, Red Oak, James R., Laing, 58, farmer, born IA, parents, Scotland, Lillie L., 50, born in IA, mother born in IA, father Ohio, Daisy E., 26, Mary M., 24, Janes R., 22, Earl E., 20,  Harold L., 19, George D., 14, John H, 12, Mearl L., 10.; children all born in IA. [See Mearl Laing; brother.]

American Legion Memorial Book Application: John H. Laing, Tipton, IA; Date of Induction, 14 Jan 1942, Branch: INF, Q, Air Corps, FA; Training stations & dates: Fort Des Moines, Fort Warren, WY, Army Air Base, Salt Lake city, Utah, Dalhart, TX, Colorado Springs, CO, Alamo Gordo, MN, Camp Houze, TX, APO, NY; Overseas service, 7 Mar 1945 – 29 Jan 1946;

Theatres of Operation, ETO/European; Engagements, Rhineland, Ardennes, Central Europe; Medals earned, Good Conduct medal, 1 overseas Service Bar, 1 Service Stripe, American Campaign Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign medal, WWII Victory Ribbon; Discharge, 20 Feb 1946; Rank, Sergeant.

Local Newspaper – Obituary – January 06, 1972
       Final rites for John Henry Laing, 52, were held at the Sheets and Son funeral home Jan. 3 with the Rev. E. H. Lauer officiating. Burial was in Red Oak cemetery. The Garey-Whalen post of the American Legion presented the flag at the grave side. Pallbearers were Darrell, Harold Michael and Robert Laing, Donald Schroeder, Ronald Emrich and Hebert Jennings. George Thordsen was vocalist and Debra Wulf was organist. Mr. and Mrs. Edward Crock and Mrs. Daisy Satterfield were in charge of flowers. Mr. Laing died unexpectedly at his farm home north of Tipton Dec. 31.
The son of James Robert and Lilly Lloyd Marker Laing, he was born near Tipton Nov. 26, 1919 and attended the Tipton schools. He was married to Marie Ardith Buck at the Red Oak church May 25, 1949. He spent his life in the Tipton area and was a farmer. He was a member of the Red Oak Presbyterian church and VFW post 2537 in Tipton. He served as a sergeant in the army during World War II. He is survived by his wife, 3 daughters, Barbara, Mary Lou and Jean, all at home; 4 sons, Merlin, Danny, Larry and Ronald, all at home; a sister, Mrs. Mary Schroeder, Tipton and 5 brothers, James, George and Mearl, all of Tipton; Earl, West Branch and Harold, Clarence. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers and a sister.


Laing, Mearl Washington (1922-2004), S083-E2, Row 13

Laing, Mearl Washington; 1922 – 2004, SGT US ARMY WW II.
Laing, Mearl Washington, American Legion Memorial Book Application:
Merle W. Laing, Tipton, IA; Date of Induction, Mar, 1943, US Army; Training stations & dates: Fort Jackson, SC, Tenn maneuvers, Camp Alterberry, IN, Ft. Sills, OK, Fa School-12 weeks, 1944, Fort Riley, KS, Greeley, CO.; Overseas service, 10 Nov 1944-7 May 1945;
Theatres of Operation, ETO/European; Engagements, Rhineland, Ardennes, Central Europe; Medals earned, Good Conduct ribbon, EYO, Ribbon 3, Bronze Star, WWII Victory Ribbon; Discharge, 26 Nov 1945; Rank, Sergeant.


Obituary – TIPTON, Iowa — Mearl “Barney” Laing, 82, of Tipton, Iowa, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2004, at Cedar Manor Nursing Home from complications after a stroke.
He was born Feb. 22, 1922, in Tipton, to James Sr. and Lilly (Marker) Laing. He married Virginia Lenore Cole on March 17, 1948, in Lisbon, Iowa.
Barney was a retired farmer and rest area attendant on I-80. He was a member Tipton Calvary Foursquare Church, lifetime member of the VFW, and member of the National Rifle Association.
He served in the Battle of the Bulge and was taken prisoner of war.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Lenore; daughters, Bonnie Sue (Ron) Stutzel, of Tipton, and Linda Lou (Richard) Brennan, of Tipton; son, Jeffery Mearl (Tari) Laing; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by parents, James and Lily Laing, sisters, Daisy Waterman and Mary Schroeder, and brothers, Bill, Andy, Jim, Earl, Harold, George and John.

Leaf, Robert (1922-2002)  S069-W3, Row 12

Leaf, Robert ‘Bob’, 1922 – 2002, WW II

TIPTON, Iowa — Robert E. Leaf, 80, of 508 East 5th St., died Wednesday, June 5, 2002, from complications of cancer at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Iowa City

Mr. Leaf hauled rock and lime and had farmed.

He was born May 3, 1922, in Cedar County. He married Darlene Rife Jun 6, 1949 in Rock Island.

He served in the Army from 1944 to 1948.

A memorial fund has been established.

Survivors include his wife, Darlene; daughters, Gwen Emrich and Ginger Ford, both of Tipton; sons, Robert Jr., Walker, and Wayne, Keystone; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sisters, Shirley Norris, Helen Collins and Virginia Ferriera, all of California, Angela Long, West Liberty, and June Schultschic, Cedar Rapids; and brothers, Don, Omaha, Neb., Ernie, Washington, Iowa, and Cecil, Keokuk.


McEowen, John Jr. (1923-1947), S030-E1, Row 5

McEowen, John, Jr., 1923 – 1947, IOWA S LC USNR WW II

Son of John McEowen and Cecile Herring

1925 Iowa Census, Cedar, Red Oak, John McOwen, 25, son of SC McOwen and Virginia Fish.; Cecile, 22 wife, father Mont Herring, mother Minnie Buchanan, Autis McOwen, 3, daughter, John McOwen, 1; [In residence with Cecile’s parents].

1930 Census, IA, Cedar, Center Twp, John McEowen, 30, Cecil, wife 28, Ardis, 8, daughter, John, Son, 6, Betty, 4, Frank, 2.





Pauls, Myrl V. (1917-1964), N287-4, Row 21

Pauls, Myrl Vernon, 1917 – 1964, IOWA MAJOR STRAT AIR COMD AF WW II A M & O L C, Son of Martin Volquart Pauls & Anna Marie Muesing Pauls [1925 Census].; wife, Shirley Mabel Larsen, born 1920, Iowa; married 6 Jul 1946, she died 25 May 2000 at Fort Dodge, Webster Co., IA. According to this ancestry tree, Myrl was born in Tipton, lived at Red Oak in 1920, Lowden in 1925, Springfield, Cedar county, in 1930, Evergreen, Jefferson Co., CO in 1940, Military in 1941; married Shirley Mabel Larsen in 1946; lived in Sacramento, CA in 1949. He died at age 47, and was buried next to his mother at Red Oak Grove.

More about Shirley: born Eagle Grove Twp., Wright Co., IA, daughter of Henry T. Larsen and Susie Mabel McVicker. A photo of her gravestone on ancestry shows her name as Shirley M [Larsen] Pauls-Nelson; mother of Doug & Bruce Pauls. She died at age 81.

U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 about Myrl V Pauls
Name: Myrl V Pauls; Birth Year: 1917
Race: White, citizen (White); Nativity State or Country: Iowa; State of Residence: Iowa; Enlistment Date: 10 Jun 1941
Branch: Air Corps, Branch Code: Air Corps; Grade: Private, Grade Code: Private
Component: Regular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men), Source: Civil Life
Education: 4 years of high school; Civil Occupation: Clerks, general office
Marital Status: Single, without dependents; Height: 71, Weight: 144


Penningroth, William (1927-2011), SO34E2 Row 5

Penningroth, William “Bill”, 1927 – 2011

Funeral services for William ‘Bill’ Penningroth, 83, Tipton were held Friday Jan 21, 2011 at Fry Funeral Home in Tipton, with burial in the Red Oak Cemetery, rural Tipton.

Mr. Penningroth died Jan 18 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.

The son of Edward William and Eunice E. Johnson Penningroth, he was born June 21, 1927 in Iowa City. He graduated from Tipton High School in 1945 and attended Iowa State University. He married Mary Jean Rhoads on Nov 23, 1949 in Mechanicsville.

Mr. Penningroth was a retired farmer. He served in the US Navy. He was a member of the Tipton Rotary and Farm Bureau.

Mr. Penningroth is survived by his wife; a daughter, Lynn [Craig] Emrich, Marion; a son, Bruce [Bev] Penningroth, Tipton; 2 grandchildren, Kim [Terry] Mente, Tipton and Angela [Jim] Knox, Melbourne, FL; and 3 great grand children, Ashley, Austin and Alyssa Mente.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Suzanne Dee,

A general Memorial fund has been established.



Shaull, LeRoy (1919-1991)  S043-W4, Row 8

Shaull, LeRoy, 1919 – 1991, WW II

Husband of Marie, father of Linda & Randall

Obituary – LeRoy Shaull; Funeral services for LeRoy Shaull, 72, Davenport, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, 1991 at the Weerts Funeral Home in Davenport, with the Rev. Karl Roberts officiating. Burial will be in the Red Oak cemetery. Mr. Shaull died Aug. 6 at the Iowa Masonic Home in Bettendorf.

The son of Alva and Mae Keil Shaull, he was born Sept. 27, 1918 in Ladora. He graduated from Iowa State University in Ames. He married Marie Eilers Nov. 10, 1944 at the Red Oak church.

Mr. Shaull farmed in the Tipton area from 1949 to 1955 and prior to that he worked for Union Electric Co. in St. Louis. He retired in 1978 from Iowa-Illinois Gas and Electric Co., where he was an electrical engineer.

He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and he was a member of the ISU Alumni Association, a. life member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Davenport Evening Lions Club. His hobbies included square dancing and farming.

He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Linda (Mrs. Dennis) Dykstra, Moscow, a son, Randall, Stanwood; 5 grandchildren and a sister, Lorna Hawkins, Belle Plain. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers.


Tate, W. Deane (1922-1999), S071-W4, Row 12

Tate, W. Deane, 1922 – 1999, WW II, wife, Patricia J., parents of Marsha, William & Judith

Obituary – William Deane Tate. Funeral services for William Deane Tate, 77, Tipton, were held Sept. 9, 1999 at the Tipton United Methodist church, with the Rev. DeLane Wright officiating. Sylvia Gould was the organist and pallbearers were Jerald Nebergall, Jerry Gallagher, Bob Holets, Alvin, Wright, Harlan Hanks and Ron Salmonson. Burial was in the Red Oak cemetery, rural Tipton.

Mr. Tate died Sept. 7 at St. Luke’s hospital in Cedar Rapids, following a long illness.

The son of William LeRoy and Clara Anna Ellerbeck Tate, he was born Aug. 12, 1922 in Logan. He ‘graduated from Modale high school in 1939. He married Patricia Jane Canfield on, May 18, 1947 in Sheldahl.

He graduated from business school in Omaha, Neb. and began service with the Army Signal Corps in September 1943. He served in New Quinea and the Philippines, and was discharged in1941.

Mr. Tate was a territory manager for Oliver Farm Equipment and White Farm Equipment. He retired in 1980.

He was active in the United: Methodist church. From 1977 to 1980 he served as Conference President on behalf of the United Methodist Men. As part of the Self Help group, he flew to Tanzania to deliver farm equipment to native farmers. He was also a member of the Tipton Masonic Lodge.

Mr. Tate is survived by his wife; 2 daughters, Marsha Tate, Muscatine; and Judy and husband. Steve McVay, Urbandale; a son, Bill and wife Marcy Tate, Tipton; 3 sisters, Verde Wolfe, Davenport; Thelma and husband Calvin Johnsen, Logan; and Helen and husband David Glidden, Chester, Calif.; and 4 grandchildren, Jenny and Bill Tate; and Nicholas and Justin McVay.


Waterman, Lee, (1911-1944) Casualty; lost at sea; N306-4, Row 22

Waterman, Lee, 1911 – 1944

F 1/c LOST AT SEA; WW II; wife Daisy Laing.
Killed in Pacific – Lee Waterman Is Killed in Action
Mrs. Daisy Waterman of Tipton received a message from the war department Friday morning stating that her husband, Lee Waterman, fireman first class, U.S. navy, had been killed in action while in the service of his country.
The message also stated that no particulars, such as date and ship, could be released because of the possibility of giving aid to the enemy.
Lived North of Tipton – Waterman was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Waterman, of Waverly, and had worked in this community a number of years, farming north of Tipton before entering the service. He took his physical examination at Camp Dodge Sept. 14, 1943, and was inducted into the navy shortly afterwards. He received his training at Faragut, Idaho, and was then sent to Shoemaker, Calif., for a time. He was on duty in the Pacific at the time of his death.
His wife is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Laing of Tipton. Memorial Service For Lee Waterman, Sunday, 2:30 P. M.
The memorial service for Lee Waterman, F 1/C, USNR, will be held in the First Presbyterian church, Tipton, Iowa Sunday afternoon, Dec. 31, 1944 at 2:30 p. m. Mr. LaVern Justin, pastor of Red Oak Presbyterian church, Rev. Stanley Sehlick, and the Garey Whalen Post American Legion and Auxiliary will be in charge of the service.
Lee Waterman was born at Tripoli, Iowa, April 26, 1911. While living near Tipton he united with the Red Oak Presbyterian church, April 9, 1939. He was united in marriage to Daisy Laing, June 6, — in Johnson County. A daughter was born to this marriage but passed away in infancy. He entered the service of his country in the Naval Reserve, September 28, 1943. He was killed by an explosion aboard his ship, USS Birmingham, while fighting a fire on an aircraft carrier at sea.

He is survived by his wife, Daisy Waterman; his parents; Roy and Jeanette Waterman of Waverly, Iowa; one sister, Alice Gram of Ackley, Iowa; and :four brothers, Earl of Chicago, Ill., Jean of Delaven, Wis., Ralph of Waterloo and Alfred of Waterloo, Iowa.
His burial was at sea October 25, 1944.


Woode, Forrest D. (1914-1992), S021-W4, Row 4

Woode, Forest D., 1914 – 1992, WW II, Husband of Esther L., parents of Robert, Bonnie and Sandra.

Forrest Woode – Final rites for Forrest D. Woode, 77, were held at Chapman’s Funeral Home, Clarence, Jan. 31, 1992, with the Rev. Glenn W. Wernecke officiating. Burial was in Red Oak cemetery with military rites by Victory Post 286, American Legion, Clarence. Pallbearers were Allen Hamdorf, Jon and Jim Willert, Todd Sawyer, Bob Garien and Bob Ericksen.

Mr. Woode died at St. Luke’s hospital, Cedar Rapids, Jan. 28, 1992.

The son of Ernest and Ellen Olson Woode, he was born in Cedar county Sept 3, 1914. He married Esther Goldsmith at Davenport Jan. 30, 1935. He was a resident of Clarence most of his life, working for Bixler Brothers Trucking for 21 years and was a policeman in Clarence for 12 years. He served in the navy during World War 11 and was discharged as a seaman 2nd class Nov. 3, 1945.

He was a member of the American Legion at Clarence.

Mr. Woode is survived by his wife, a son. Robert, Davenport; 2 daughters, Bonnie Hamdorf, Massillon and Sandra Willert, Tiptop; 10 grandchildren,  9 great-grandchildren; 4 brothers, Harold,  Iowa City and Wllbur, Mearl and Stan; Tiptop; and a sister, Darlene Worrell, West Branch. He was preceded in death by a brother and 2 sisters.


Woode, Mearl R. (1922-1992), S021-E3, Row 3

Woode, Mearl R., 1922 – 1992, WW II; wife Marvel L. Woode.

Mearl Woode – Funeral services for Mearl Rex Woode, 69, will be held at the Fry Funeral Home at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 12, 1992 with the Rev. Jerry Wolcott officiating.  Burial’s in Red Oak cemetery with military rites. Pallbearers will be Robert and Don Woode, Allen Paustian, Kevin Kinney, Randy Mathias and Larry Kessler. Nancy Hipple is organist.

Mr. Woode died at the Veterans Administration Medical. Center, Iowa City, March 9.

The son of Ernest and Ellen Elizabeth Olson Woode, he was born at Tipton Nov. 15, 1922. He graduated from Tipton high school in 1940. He enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in December, 1942 and served as a gunner’s mate until October, 1945. This included service on the USS Glendale.

He married Marvel Louise Rickard in Kahoka. Mo. Dec. 6, 1950. She died Dec. 28, 1987.

He owned Woode’s Body Shop from 1952 to 1966 and was engaged in body shop work for 26 years.

He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He is survived by a daughter, Pam (Mrs. Dean) Wilkerson, rural West Branch, 3 sons, Kenneth, DeForest. Wis., Marvin, Cedar Rapids and Roger, Lake Mary, Fla.; a sister, Darlene Worrell, West Branch and 2 brothers, E. Harold, Iowa City and  Wilbur, Tipton. He was preceded in death by his wife and a brother, Forrest.




Woode, Wilbur “Teet” (1916-1994), S021-E4, Row 3

Woode, Wilber Wallace “Teet”, 1916 – 1994, WW II; Arm Enlistment Records: enlisted IA, 15 Jun 1944, Camp Dodge Herrold, Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law; married, education, 2 years of high school; Civil occupation, skilled occupations in the manufacture of misc. products.

1930 Census, IA, Cedar, Center, Ernest D Woode, farmer, born in OH, parents, Germany, 27; Ellen E., 28, born Iowa, parents born in Sweden, Harold, 17, born IA; Forrest, 15, Wilbur, 13, Norma, 11, Mearl, 7. Note: Ages of Ernest & Ellen on the census are listed as 27 & 28, however according to cemetery records, should be 37 & 38.

Wilbur is the husband of Bernice M., parents of Bev, Don & Tony.



Korean War  [Four]

Doermann, Lavern Herman Carl  (1927-2005)  S066-W5, Row 12

Doermann, Lavern Herman Carl, 1927 – 2005, VETERAN – KOREAN WAR   VETERAN – KOREAN WAR
Lavern Herman Carl Doermann, son of Charles Ernest & Minnie Sophie Brinkman Doermann, was born May 9, 1927, in Tipton, Iowa. He was a 1945 graduate of Tipton High School.

Lavern served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. On November 5, 1955, he was united in marriage to Anker Marilyn Muchow in Nashua, Iowa. He was a retired Sign Crew Supervisor on Secondary Roads in Cedar County. Lavern was a member of the VFW Post 2537 in Tipton, and a member of the United Church of Christ, Clarence, Iowa
He is survived by his sons, David Michael Doermann & wife, Lanelle of Sabula, Iowa and Thomas Edgar Doermann & wife, Cindy of Tipton, Iowa; daughter, Sally LeeAnn Christophersen & Greg Beck of Davenport, Iowa; 9 grandchildren; sisters, Vera Eiben of Wheatland, Iowa, Darlene Horman & husband, Raldo of Tipton, Iowa and Mary Louise Horman & husband, Harold of Lowden, Iowa; brother, Erwin Doermann & wife, Dorothy of Tipton, Iowa; and sisters-in-law, Margaret Doermann of Morley, Iowa and Leona Doermann of Mechanicsville, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles & Minnie Doermann; his wife, Marilyn Doermann on July 20, 2004; brothers, Eric & Melvin; and brother-in-law, John Eiben.
Memorials can be made to the Tipton Booser Club or Cedar Manor Nursing Home.
Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Monday, April 25, 2005, at the Fry funeral Home, Tipton. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 26, 2005, at the funeral home with Rev. Richard Smith officiating. Burial will be held in the Red Oak Cemetery, Tipton. On line condolences may be made to


Fulwider, James Ralph (1927-2001)  S067-E5, Row 11

Fulwider, James Ralph, 1927 – 2001, CPL US ARMY KOREA

James “Jim” Fulwider died Jan. 2 at Manorcare Health Services in Cedar Rapids, following an extended illness.

Services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Fry Funeral Home in Tipton with the Rev. Richard Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Red Oak Cemetery in Tipton. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Research.

The son of Harold and Nona Chapman Fulwider, he was born May 5, 1927 in Iowa City. He graduated from Springdale high school in 1945. He married Nora Bea Wolfe on July 22, 1955 in Chicago, Ill.

Mr. Fulwider had been a farmer, a salesman for Cen Pe Co Oil, a mechanic and an employee at Hoover Library in West Branch.

He served in the U.S. Army in Korea.

Mr. Fulwider was a member of the Red Oak Presbyterian church, Rochester Masonic Lodge No. 32, and the West Branch American Legion.

He is survived by his wife; daughters June Seligman and husband Dale, Mechanicsville; and Karen Anderson and husband Scott, Tipton; a son, David Fulwider and wife Lisa, Tipton; 2 sisters, Ruby Phelps and husband Max, Tipton; and Laurale Hunter and husband Kenneth, West Branch; 5 grandchildren, a great-grandchild,  and a sister-in-law, Edith Fulwider, West Branch.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold Fulwider and Nona Fulwider Hipple; a brother, Jack Fulwider; and his stepfather, Forrest Hipple.


James Fulwider
TIPTON, Iowa — James Ralph Fulwider, 73, of Tipton, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2001, at Manorcare Health Services in Cedar Rapids after an extended illness.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Fry Funeral Home in Tipton. The Rev. Richard Smith will officiate. The organist will be Nancy Hipple and vocalist will be Bob Fulwider. Burial will be at Red Oak Cemetery in Tipton.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Alzheimers Research.
Mr. Fulwider was born May 5, 1927, in Iowa City, the son of Harold and Nona Chapman. He married Nora Bea Wolfe on July 22, 1955, in Chicago, Ill.
He was a farmer and worked for Cen Pe Co. Oil as a salesman. He also worked at Hoover Library.  He was a member of Red Oak Presbyterian Church.  He was a member of Rochester Mason Lodge No. 32 and West Branch American Legion.  He served in the U.S. Army.
Survivors include his wife, Nora Bea Fulwider of Tipton; two daughters, June Seligman and her husband, Dale, of Mechanicsville and Karen Anderson and her husband, Scott of Tipton; a son, David Fulwider and his wife, Lisa, of Tipton; two sisters, Ruby Phelps and her husband, Max of Tipton and Laurale Hunter and her husband Kenneth of West Branch; grandchildren, Alisha and Alex Anderson, Katelyn Fulwider, Heidi Murphy and Eric Seligman; great-grandchild, Bryce Bemer; a sister-in-law, Edith Fulwider of West Branch.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Nona Fulwider Hipple; a brother, Jack Fulwider; and his stepfather, Forrester Hipple.


Gault, Franklin  (1931-2000)  N296-3, Row 21

Gault, Franklin Lewis, 1931 – 2000, Korea, Wife, Donna J; parents of Elizabeth, Barbara, Mary.

Obituary – Franklin Gault Funeral services for Franklin Lewis Gault, 68, Tipton, were held Feb. 10, 2000 at the Tipton United Methodist church, with the Rev. DeLane Wright officiating. Sylvia Gould was the organist and Matt Wright sang. Pallbearers were Ronald Schroeder, Ricci Aquilana, Steve Allen, Patrick McGovern, Ryne Schroeder, John Naber and Roger Schroeder. Burial, with graveside military honors, was in the Red Oak cemetery, rural Tipton. Mr. Gault died Feb. 7 at his home in Tipton, following a lingering illness.

The son of John Franklin-and Berdina Elizabeth Moore Gault, he was born Feb. 11, 1931 in Atlantic. He graduated from Exira high school in 1950 and the University of Iowa in 1958. He married Donna Jean Horner on June 15, 1956 in Sewal.

Mr. Gault had been a life insurance salesman since July 1958. He served in the U.S. Navy. He was a former member of the Tipton Rotary Club and a member of the United Methodist church in Tipton.

Mr. Gault was a lifetime member of the App-A-Week Club, qualified for the National quality Award 31 times and the National Sales Achievement Award for 25 years. He qualified for 13 elite Presidents Cabinets, 13 national American Mutual conventions and many regional conventions.

He is survived by his wife; 3 daughters, Elizabeth (Ronald) Schroeder, Wilton; Barbara (Ricci) Aquilana, Clinton; and Mary Gault, Tipton; 2 half-sisters, Gano Smith, Coon Rapids, and Melissa (Darrell) Jensen, Volga, S.D.; a half-brother, J.D. Gault, Reno, Nev.; 4 grandchildren, Ashley and Ryne Schroeder; and Arians and Andrea Aquilana; a special cousin, Mary McGovern, Austin, Texas; an uncle, Jim Moore; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother, grandparents and a nephew, Greg Smith.

Memorials may be made to the Iowa City Hospice and the First United Methodist church in Tipton.


Spangler, Herbert (1935-2003), S006-E2, Row 1

Spangler, Herbert, 1935 – 2003, KOREA; husband of Mavis A. Edwards, parents of Michael & Cynthia

Obituary – Herbert Spangler – Funeral services for Herbert E. Spangler, 67, Clarence, were held Tuesday, April 15, 2003 at Chapman Funeral Home in Clarence, with the Rev. Ronald Lashmit officiating. Pallbearers were Steve Brokel, Bob Brokel, Earl Edwards, Brian Edwards, Kevin Wendt and Mike Spangler. Honorary pallbearers were Larry Edwards, Larry Phillippe, Don Simmons, Don Prey and Gary Qualls. Burial was in the Red Oak cemetery, rural Tipton.

Mr. Spangler died April 10 at the Clarence Nursing Home following a long illness.

The son of Cyril and Gladys Wilson Spangler, he was born May 17, 1935 in Williamsburg. He graduated from Lisbon high school. He married Mavis Edwards on July 27, 1962 in Cedar Rapids.

Mr. Spangler was a carpenter and a millwright for union local No. 2158 in Bettendorf, of which he was a member. He was also a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America.

He had previously worked for International Harvester in Rock Island, Ill. and had been a member of the UAW Local No. 1309 of Rock Island.

Mr. Spangler was a member of the Moose Lodge in Tipton.

He enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting and especially his garage.

Mr. Spangler is survived by his wife, son, Michael and wife Deb, Clarence; daughter, Cindy and husband Kevin Clark, Blue Grass, 2 sisters, Pat Sommerville, Mt. Vernon; and Carol Brokel, Mt. Vernon; 7 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his parents.




Served in Korean and Vietnam wars  [one]

Ehlers, Robert F. W. (1928-2003)  S008-E1, Row 1

Ehlers, Robert, F.W., 1928 – 2003, KOREA/VIETNAM

Ehlers, Robert, F.W., 1928 – 2003, KOREA/VIETNAM

Tipton, Iowa-Services for Robert F.W. Ehlers, 74 of 1112 Lynn Street, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Fry Funeral Home, Tipton. Burial will be in Red Oak Grove Cemetery, Tipton. Visitation is 4-7 Saturday at the funeral home.
Mr. Ehlers died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2003 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, from complications of cancer.
He was employed in shipping and receiving at Kartridg Pak, Davenport.
He was born Dec. 27, 1928, in rural Clarence, Cedar County. He married Shirley Thomson in 1973 in Rock Island. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Harriet.
He had served in the Air Force.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley; daughters, Patti Fonteyne and Lori Foley, both of Tipton; sons, Cecil Slach, Stanwood, and Michael, Kaukauna, Wis.; eight grandchildren; a great-grandchild; sisters, Venita Rorick and Jeanette Matthews; and brothers, Kenneth and Merlin.




Vietnam War  [four]

Becker, David E. (1951-1995)  S072-E4, Row 11

Becker, David E. 1951 – 1995

VIETNAM era Veteran

Mr. Becker died Sunday at his home, after an extended illness.

He was employed as a salesman at Tires Plus, Cedar Rapids; Automotive Diagnostics, Curtis Mathis TV and Snap-On Tools. Mr. Becker married Martha Tenley Harden in 1989 in Las Vegas. He was affiliated with St. John’s Reformed Church and had served in Iowa National Guard.

Survivors  include his wife, a son, Blake, Tipton; stepsons, Tony and Tim Harden, both of Tipton; his parents, Alvin and Leota Becker, Tipton; sisters, Donna Oldorf; Cedar Rapids, and Marian McKee, Denver, and a brother, Steve, Stanwood.


Chappell, Walter Lee (1949-2008)  SO18-E1, Row 3

Chappell, Walter Lee 1949-2011 US Army

Walter Lee “Walt” Chappell, 54 of Mechanicsville, died Thursday, November 10, 2011 in Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Iowa City, from an aggressive form of lung cancer. Walt’s visitation will be Monday, November 14, 2011, from 3:00 until 4:00 p.m., at Morgan Funeral Choices, Mount Vernon. Walt’s funeral will be 4:00 p.m., Monday, at the chapel, with a light lunch to follow. Military honors by US Army and Hahn-Howard American Legion Post #309, Mt. Vernon. Walt is to be buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Mechanicsville.
Walter was born January 3, 1949 in Mercy Hospital, Iowa City, the son of Harvey and LaVonne (Britcher) Chappell. He grew up on a farm and attended Olin, Marion (now Linn-Mar), Tipton and Lincoln Community Schools. He lived his teen years in Mechanicsville.
Walter served in the US Army from 1968-1970 with tours in Germany and Vietnam and often talked about his army life. He married Peggy (Brown) Hoffner on February 12, 1972 in Mt. Vernon and they had a daughter, Carmella. They later divorced.
Walt was a laborer for many years in Davenport before retiring due to health reasons and moving to the Veteran’s Home in Marshalltown, where he resided the last two years.
Survivors include his daughter, Carmella (Marty) Burns, Cedar Rapids; three step-sons, Richard (Karen) Hoffner, Jr. Ely, Marlin Hoffner, Cedar Rapids, and Robert (Deb) Hoffner, Bradgate, IA; his mother, LaVonne, West Plaines, MO; brother, David (Donna) Chappell, Mechanicsville; three sisters, Connie (Gene) Knutsen, Mechanicsville, Dorothy (Everett) Brown, Mountain View, MO, Kathy

(Ray) Croney, West Plains, MO; two grandchildren, Travis Chappell and Tricia Burns; one great-grandson, Dante Chappell; two special great-grandchildren, Evan Johnston and Jazmynn Burns, all of Cedar Rapids; two aunts, Alecia Meyers, Stanwood and Elnora Webb, West Plains, MO; several step- grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.
Walter was preceded in death by his father, Harvey in 1994; brother, Randy in 1957; maternal grandparents, Ed and Emma Meyers (Tipton) and paternal grandparents, Douglas and Melva Ruble (Springville); and former wife, Peggy.
Memorial Fund in Walter’s memory will be established.



Fleming, Gary Lee (1946-2005)  S042-E3, Row 7

Fleming, Gary Lee, 1946 – 2005, VIETNAM;

Gary Lee Fleming, 59, died of pulmonary fibrosis Wednesday, april 6, 2005 in Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids. Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Fry Funeral Home, tipton, where friends may call after 9 a.m. Saturday. Pastor Ron Lashmit will officiate. Burial: Red oak Cemetery, Tipton.
Gary Lee Fleming, son of William and Wilma Grace Turner Fleming, was born January 28, 1946, in Fairfield, Iowa. He graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. Degree. Gary served in the United States Marine Corps and was employed as a construction engineer and worked as an estimator/project manager. Gary was united in marriage to Gail Lynn Anderson on June 16, 1973 in DeKalb, Illinois. He was a member of the Tipton United Methodist Church, National Society of Professional Estimators and the Iowa State University Alumni Association.
Gary is survived by his father William Fleming of Fairfield, his wife, Gail Fleming of Tipton, Iowa; sons, Kyle William Fleming of Des Moines, Iowa and Chris Wilkinson of Fairfield, Iowa; daughters, Lisa Louise Fleming of Maryland Hts, Missouri and Julia Marie Fleming of Marion, Iowa; grandson, Brandon Fleming; sisters, Shirley Brobston of Hamilton, Illinois, Sandy Olinger of Virginia City, Nevada and Randy Larson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and a brother, Mark Fleming of Davenport, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Wilma Fleming and 2 infant children, David and Emily.
Memorials may be made to the Tipton United Methodist Church and Mercy Medical Center Foundation. Online condolences may be made to



Long, Richard L. (1848-2008), NO36-4, Row 3

Long, Richard LaVerne “Rick”, 1948 – 2008

Rick LaVerne Long, son of LaVerne and Angela Leaf Long, was born December 8, 1948 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was a graduate of Tipton High School and served in the United States Army. He was united in marriage to Kim Annette Petersen on June 7, 1997 in Tipton, Iowa. Rick was a lifetime member of the Tipton V.F.W. and was employed by HWH.

Surviving is his wife, Kim Long of Tipton, Iowa; sisters, Judy Cook of Iowa City, Iowa, Windy Long of Bennett, Iowa and Wanda Chaplin of Tipton, Iowa; daughter, Angela McCullough and husband, Kelly of Mechanicsville, Iowa; and 3 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial has been established in lieu of flowers.



Special Heroes

Cousins, Robert Gordon, 1859 – 1933

US Congressman. Elected to represent Iowa’s 5th District in the United States House of Representatives, he served from 1893 to 1909. He also served as a Member of the Iowa State House of Representatives in 1886.

Source: The Tipton Advertiser, Tipton, IA; June 22, 1933, Page 1 Col. 5 & 6

Robert C. Cousins, Once Leading Orator Of The United States, Master Mind Of Congress For 16 Years, Called By, Death This Week



Representative, from Iowa. Born at Indian Lodge, Cedar county, Iowa, January 31, 1859; attended the common schools, and was graduated from Cornell college, Mt. Vernon, Iowa, in 1881., Studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1882, and engaged in the practice in Tipton, Iowa. Was a member of the state house as representative in 1886; elected by the Iowa house of representatives as one of the managers to conduct the Impeachment proceedings of John L. Brown before the state senate in 1885; was prosecuting attorney of Cedar county, Iowa, 1888 to 1890. Presidential elector on the Republican ticket of Harrison and Morton in 1888; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-third and to the seven succeeding congresses, (March 4, 1893, to March 3. 1909). Declined to be a candidate for re nomination in 1908, resumed the practice of law and devoted some time to lecture and chautauqua work, with residence in Tipton, until declining health overtook him the past few years.

Robert Gordon Cousins, former Iowa congressman from the old Fifth district, and one of the nation’s greatest statesmen who thrilled the nation with tis oratory, died during the night of Monday, June 19, at the University Hospital in Iowa City, where he had been a patient for about a year and a half. Broken in health, he was removed from his home in Tipton in January, 1931, to the University hospital where he was assured hospitalization through the kindness of many friends.

His death recalls the days when Iowa held a prominent place in the conduct of affairs of the nation, a writer of the Cedar Rapids Gazette asserts. Together with Senators Allison and Dolliver, Cousins helped mold the policies of congress and his eloquence many times thrilled the memberes of that body in a time when oratory was at its height.

A few months ago when Mr. Cousins realized that he could not recover from his Illness, he wrote a funeral oration which he directed be read by Mrs. Mildred Yule Phelps of West Branch, Iowa, former Cedar County superintendent of Schools, who was born in Red Oak township, his birthplace. He requested that prayer at his funeral be given by the Rev. Poston, of Tipton and selected his pallbearers.

Funeral services are being conducted this afternoon at the Red Oak church. Henry L. Adams of Des Moines, friend of Mr. Cousins and the late Charles Wheeler, all three attorneys, will read a tribute written by Mr. Wheeler in accordance with an agreement made with Mr. Cousin in 1916. A number of Cedar Rapids friends of Mr. Cousins and members of the Cedar county bar association are among these present at the funeral service.

Pallbearers were Messrs. Spencer, G. Frink, A. C. Dorcas, Sam Gordon, P W. Lambach, H.D. Borts and R.D. Swartzlender.

Six honorary pallbearers were selected by Mr. Cousins, as follows: Mrs. F. W. Spear. Miss Eleanor Hecht, Mrs. Bert Ochiltree, Mrs. F.B.  Cobb, Mrs. Harry Witmer and Mrs. Derlee I. Langmann.

Mr. Cousins never married, and the immediate members of his family have preceded him in death

On many occasions Robert Cousins bad thrilled the nation with his oratory. His speech in the house when he pled for an appropriation for relatives of the victims of the battleship Maine touched the hearts of the nation. With a great command of English, and knowledge of the classics he was exceptionally poetical and philosophical on this occasion. There were tears in the eyes of many of the listeners when he closed his address with an admonition from Kipling’s Recessional, ‘lest we forget, lest we forget” The veteran statesmen of the nation declared it one of the most impressive pleas ever made in congress. There are numerous other orations for which the Cedar County gentleman will be long remembered. He was an especial admirer of Lincoln and had delivered several masterful addresses on the occasion of Lincoln’s birthday anniversary,

As long as health permitted, Mr. Cousins was in constant demand as a speaker at patriotic and political gatherings and his oratory was popular with the people of the middle west as well as in Washington.

Mr. Cousins’ obituary account will be available next week.


Herington, Pitt Bruce, 1841 – 1919 Congressional Medal of Honor recipient

Pitt Bruce Herington was born on February 5, 1841, in Michigan (probably Lenawee
County), a son of David R. Herington & Nancy Ferguson Herington. His siblings are Diana, Monroe Davis, Helen (or Ellen), Byron and Ida.

The family is recorded on the 1850 Federal census at Wheatland, Hillsdale, Michigan; David R, 37, Nancy, 36, Pitt, age 9, Diana, age 13, Davis M., age 7 and Ellen, age 4.

The 1860 Federal census finds Pitt, age 19 residing in the household of B.J. and Ellen J. Rodgers, at Red Oak, Cedar County, Iowa, along with their children Alonzo and Sarah. Pitt is listed as a “farm laborer”, from Michigan.

Pitt’s family is recorded in 1860 on the Township 57 Range 20, Linn, Missouri Federal Census; DR, 47, born New York; Nancy, 46, born New York; ND Herington, 17, born Michigan; Hellen, 11, born Michigan; Byron, 9, born Michigan; Ida, 3, born in Iowa. They apparently lived in Iowa for some period as daughter Ida is listed as being born in Iowa (1857).


On September 17, 1861 at Tipton, Iowa, he enlisted as a private, Company E, 11th Iowa Infantry.
On January 1, 1864 he re-enlisted and re-mustered.

1864, June 15 “With one companion and under fierce fire of the enemy at close range, went to the rescue of a wounded comrade who had fallen between the lines, and carried him to a place of
safety.” Place: Near Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia. (Battle of Kennesaw Mt. June 27, 1864, part of Atlanta Campaign.) 1865, July 15 Mustered out, Louisville, Kentucky.

On December 29, 1869, Pitt married Ruth Jane Buck, a daughter of Homer Buck and Mary Jeffrey, at DeWitt County, Ill. They were the parents of two children, Bertha Maud, January 17, 1875 and Byron Ephraim on Nov 10, 1879. Bertha married JJ Rolofson; Byron married Kate Mae Ives. They are buried at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, Ill.

In the 1870 Federal Census Pit and Jane are recorded at Wapella, DeWitt, Illinois, Post Office, Clinton; P. Bruce, (age 30) and Jane (age 25). P Bruce is listed as a farmer.
On November 27, 1899 Pitt Bruce Herington was awarded the Medal of Honor.

Pitt was a farmer and owned 80 acres in DeWitt County, which later passed to his son Byron Ephraim Herington. Ephraim’s son John was founder of the Herington-Calvert Funeral homes which currently operate in several communities in DeWitt County

Pitt died January 15, 1919, in Clinton, DeWitt County, Ill. Ruth Jane died on May 24, 1932. They are buried in Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, Ill.


Penningroth, Walter John, 13 Dec 1890 – 13 Feb 1947, Local hero, buried Arlington Cemetery, Washington DC


Walter J. Penningroth, son of Mrs. Elizabeth Penningroth of Tipton, was buried at 1:00 o’clock Tuesday in Arlington Cemetery, Washington, D.C. with a full military funeral.

A brief service was conducted by the Army Chaplain in Fort Meyer Chapel; after which the body was conducted to its’ final resting place by a 40 piece military band and a company of soldiers. The Caisson was drawn by six white horses. The coffin was covered by an American flag. A three volley salute was fired before taps.

The honor of a military funeral was accorded Mr. Penningroth for his outstanding service as a lieutenant in the Royal Air Force of England during World War I.

He is remembered by many friends in Red Oak Grove where he spent his boyhood. He graduated from T.H.S in 1909, and from SUI in 1914, where he is especially remembered as a conference half back of the 1912-1913 football teams.

For the past 10 years he was an examiner for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Washington, DC.

He is survived by his wife Sally Penningroth, a daughter Ann, a student at George Washington University, his mother Mrs. William Penningroth of Tipton, a sister, Mrs. August Eiler of Tipton, six brothers, Charles of Cedar Rapids; Louis of Iowa City; Edward and Benjamin of Tipton; Paul of St. Petersburg, FL and Harold of Whitney Point, New York state.



William Titus Rigby

Rigby, Capt. William Titus, 1841 – 1929; Company B 24’ Iowa Infantry

The Tipton Advertiser, Tipton, IA, Thursday, May 16, 1929, Page 1 Cal. 4

Capt. W. T. Rigby, Cedar County Veteran, Dies Of Pneumonia

Capt. W. T. Rigby, Cedar county veteran, resident commissioner of the Vicksburg National Park since 1899, died early last Saturday of pneumonia, at the age of 88 years. Captain Rigby was born in Red Oak Grove. Cedar county, Iowa, and had become one of Cedars most distinguished citizens. His health had been frail and he had been in the Vicksburg hospital since the first of the year. Mrs. Rigby passed away during the holidays. Her body will be taken fron the vault where it now lies and laid to rest beside her husband in the National cemetery at Vicksburg.

Surviving Capt. Rigby are Senator C. L. Rigby, of Stanwood. Iowa; another son Lieut. Cot. William Rigby of Washington, now enroute to the Philippines; a daughter, Mrs. Edward Cameron, of New Orleans. The Cedar Rapids Gazette says:

Capt. Rigby, who was 88 years old, was horn in Red Oak grove between Stanwood and Tipton. He served as a captain in the Civil War and distinguished himself in the battle of Winchester, when as leader of Company B. Twenty-fourth Iowa infantry, he checked a retreat of the Union forces. It was for this service that he was rewarded with the commissionship of the Vicksburg Park, which is a tract of 1323 acres, including Confederate earthworks and positions occupied by the Union forces during the siege of Vicksburg.

Capt. Rigby recently was honored by his southern friends when they placed in the park a statue of the veteran commissioner. The bust was modeled by Henry K. Kitson of Boston who made the $100,000 Iowa memorial at Vicksburg.  Captain Rigby wrote the inscriptions on the 893 park tablets that tell the general story of the battle of Vicksburg. His material was obtained from letters written by soldiers and from their diaries. He was a leader in the efforts to get Congressional appropriations for the National Park and the development of the site was largely due to his work.

Captain Rigby, for many years a Cedar County farmer, was a prominent Republican, and during the Bryan campaigns took the stump in favor of the gold standard.

The Tipton Advertiser, Tipton, IA, Thursday, July 11, 1929, Page 1 Col. 2 & 3

Comrade S. W. Munn Writes Reminiscence, Springdale, Ark. July 6. 1929.

Dear Friend Advertiser:

In the last issue of the Advertiser I read the record of Captain Rigby, at the Battle of Winchester in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia.

Now I want to make some remarks concerning that battle. That battle was fought on the 19th day of Sept. 1864. 1 was a member of Co. B of the 24th Iowa Inf. Vols. of which Capt. William T. Rigby was captain. I stayed by Capt. Rigby and Co; B from the, start of that battle to its finish. We left Camp. Russell at 4 o’clock, got In motion at just medium gait, but in a short time we were ordered to quickstep, then forty, and soon were ordered to double-quick. We covered about nine miles in all, until we formed in line of battle and advanced. Then it was we met a terrible volley of Minnie balls from the rebel infantry in front of us, and were out-numbered. So fierce was the attack of the rebels that we

Had to fall back and reform and advance again. This charge was not successful and we bad to fall back once more. Now this is where Capt. Rigby, after falling back some distance, gave the command to Co. B to halt, and about face. Now said the captain to Co. B, boys we have never been defeated in battle and we don’t intend to be defeated in this battle. Boys load your, guns, stand firm and don’t give a foot of ground. The rebels are coming but stand firm and show them what you’re made of.

Here Capt. Rigby called on Co. B boys to give three cheers. The cheers were given in such earnest that it stopped the retreating lines and they joined in the cheering. Up and down the Union lines the cheers went. It was a rebuff to the yells of the rebel lines and all day long we went charging, one charge after another. Late in the afternoon came the turning point. The last charge by Cpt. Rigby and Co. B ended by capture of a five gun battery. So over-joyed was the captain over the capture of this battery and the victory in battle that he waved his sword and shouted, well done, Co. B., good and true you have been in helping to win this battle.

Now in this battle Cd. B lost 14 men. Men were wounded that were out of service the balance of the war. There were several had close calls.

Well, I could write more about this battle which was one of the most bloody of the war. I have often wondered why nothing of the heroism of Capt. Rugby and Co. B was ever published in any of our home papers. When I read what was published In the AdvertIser, it did thrill me. It brought back fresh the memories of that awful day of death and bloodshed. I today feel lonesome. All my comrades of Co. B are gone except 5. I am the only one left in Cedar County out of the hundred privates and three officers. Capt. Rigby was the last to pass any. If I only had one comrade of Co. B to sit down and talk.

But I believe that someday and somewhere the spirits of those brave men will meet on that Beautiful Isle.

War of 1812 1
Civil War 12
Spanish-American 5
World War I 23
World War II 29
Korean War 4
Korean & Vietnam 1
Vietnam War 4
All veterans 70 plus 4 special heroes

Revised: March 2018



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