Matthew Gray Post #93
Grand Army of the Republic
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G.A.R. POST, Ida Grove, Ida Co., Iowa
The was organized in the fall of 1881 with 27 charter members. The final membership reached 127. It lasted until the last member, James Deal, died in 1930. The post was given its name in honor of Matthew Gray, a highly respected soldier who had died just before the organization.
For many years, the Mathew Gray Post was very active and great enthusiasm was displayed in the observance of Decoration Day and the Fourth of July. Each year on those days, the Civil War Veterans would dress in their blue uniforms, one carrying a large flag and the rest a rifle, and led the parade. "Kim" Page, a tall dressy man with a long beard, usually served as officer of the day. He rode a horse and with formality marshaled his men and marched to the place of the meeting. At times they marched to the cemetery; but as they grew order, they rode in carriages, formed a line at the cemetery, and fired salutes over each comrades grave. Richard Williams and James Deal were the last ones to answer the last roll call. Mr. Williams of Schuylkill Co., Pa., enlisted in 1864 and became a member of Battery F, 1st Illinois Light Artillery. He died April 21, 1929 at the age of 83 years. Mr. Deal enlisted at Boone, Ia., March 1862 and served with Co. K Iowa Infantry. He received an honorable discharge at Jefferson Barracks in 1863, having been disabled by a severe leg injury while participating in the Battle at Iuka, Miss. He died March 12, 1930 at the age of 87 years.
Adams, David Private, D Co., 167th Pa. Infantry, Joined 8 Sept. 1882.
Baker, Albert T. Pvt, Co. B, 22 Ia. Inf. Age 19, res. Johnson Co, Ia.
Barnes, George F. -Franklin Co.,Vt., Pvt., Co. B, 4 Iowa Cavalry, Children: Gertrude M, Raymond F. Wife: Melvena, born NY, (carpenter)
Battin, Bazel D. Ohio, Corp., B Co., 33rd (dau.: Amanda), born 1838, Harr. Co.
Bennett, Eralza A. Co D, 20 Iowa, Prairie Mills, Il., buried: Ida Grove, Ia. Died Aug. 24, 1894.
Brannan, T. S. Keysville, NY, mason, Private, C Co., 10 Ia. Infantry. Died Jan. 12, 1915, Ida Grove, Ia.
Brown, Henry Pvt., Co. F, 170 Ohio Inf.
Carr, S. V. , Ohio, Co.G, 8 Mn. Inf. Civil War & Indian War, died Aug. 28, 1911, Marshalltown, Ia.
Curtis, Benj. F. Monroe Co., Mi., mason, Private, Co. A, 4 Michigan Infantry.
Dennis, S. W. Co.A , 8 Iowa.
Fisk, L H. 13 Wisc. Light Battery.
Harvey, George Veterinarian, Pvt. Co. C, 20th Ia. Inf., died Nov. 15, 1915 at Oregon.
Hyatt, Jesse Private, I Co., 6 Wisc.
Johnston, R. Private, C Co., 9 Iowa Infantry.
Koker, M. D. Pvt., Co. H, 92 Illinois Infantry
Kuchel, Joseph, Pvt., Co. G, 20 Iowa.
Lantz, Henry A. Pvt., Co. D, 8th Iowa.
Merrill, S. R. Mason, Private, C 8th Illinois Cavalry
Miller, Homer A. Trumbull, Ohio, Lawyer, Corp., Co. H 44 Wisc.
Parrott, T. M. Iowa, C Co., 44th Iowa.
Rogers, Jos. Pvt., Co. L, 2 N.Y., Mounted Rifles, buried at Mt. Hope Cem., Battle Creek, Iowa Children: Chas, Frank, Jos., Loyd, Lucy, and Maud.
Sommers, J. W. Pvt., Co. G, 76th Ill. Inf. Died Aug. 2, 1919, Ida Grove, Iowa
Stoneking, Johnson S. Pvt., Co. I, 20th Iowa Infantry, born Pa.
Wilkinson, James F. Kansasheir, England, Pvt., Co. F, 104 Illinois Infantry.
Worcester, Edward L. 1st. Lt., Co.L, 1 Maine H. Artillery, also Co. B.
Worchester, H. A. Det. Service Hdqt.
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