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Geo WILCOXON Answers Call..Veteran of the Civil War and an Exemplary Citizen passes away at 69..
George Ingalls WILCOXON

George Ingalls WILCOXON was born in Buffalo Grove, Ogle County, Illinois, Jan. 1, 1845 and died at his home in Belle Plaine, Ia, Feb. 20th 1914, aged 69 years, 1 mo, and 20 days. He enlisted in the Army March 25, 1864 in Co., D. 92nd Reg. Ill Vol. and was later transferred to Co. G. 65th Ill. Mounted Infantry. During his term of service he received three commissions being 2nd Lieut. at the close of the war.

He was united in marriage to Sarah Alice FOOTE July 4, 1869. To this union four children were born, Dr. Lewis Orville WILCOXON of Los Angeles, Cal, Leona WILCOXON and Mrs. George JANES of this city and Joseph H. WILCOXON of River Falls, Wis., all of whom with his wife remain to mourn his loss, also four grand children and three sisters, Mrs. Sarah BRUBAKER of Denver, Col., Mrs. J. RAMSEY of New Hartford, Ia, and Mrs. S. C. POSTLEWAITE of Oak Park, Ill. He was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge and also the Grand Army. The middle of October he went to River Falls, Wis., to remain for the while with his son and family, hoping the change would benefit him, as he had been ailing for some time but he was taken very much worse and his son and daughter brought him home where he has been a great sufferer until death came to his relief when quietly and peacefully he went to sleep..

The following Tribute was offered at the services by J. C. MILNER.

In addition to the beautiful remarks of our beloved pastor I wish to say, it was my privilege to know Brother WILCOXON as few men knew him, our early acquaintence ripened into a strong brotherly relationship. I knew him to be a man of strong character, strong in his views and convictions yet ever ready to temper those convictions with tolerance. I can speak from a personal knowledge of his true worth to the country and community in which he lived. As a youth he gave his early manhood to his country and to you and me that all men should be free, for one flag and one country. He served his country with distinction and honor to himself and the boys who served with him have all said with one accord, George was a brave and good soldier. This part of his life is written on the pages of the history of our country and will live as long as the flag, for which he fought shall unfurl her stars and stripes to the breeze.

Of the thirty years last past I can speak with a personal knowledge, I first met Brother WILCOXON within the walls of a lodge room where we were taught that in the practice of Friendship, Love, and Truth would be found the best safeguard against the ills of life, where we imbibed the teachings of Faith, Hope and Charity, the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man and the principles of toleration toward our fellowman, where the thought of universal brotherhood among the family of men will someday be achieved. He was a man of big heart and free hand, always ready to help the widow and orphan and to succor the needy, to relieve distress, to remove his coat and expose himself to th keen mountain winds that he might wrap it around the sick and afflicted Israelite, always ready to perform the part of the good Samaritan. Alway a Johnathan every ready to lay down his life for a David. In a word he gave his time and his council to the up-building and moulding the destinies of the greatest Brotherhood of the present age. A great reader, a deep thinker, a good reasoner always advocating the policies best for the home. A kind husband, an indulgent father, a good neighbor. He fought a good fight, he kept the faith he has finished his course. Let us not mourn his departure. They said George is dead, not so my friends, he is only sleeping, he has just passed thru into the other room, the door of which is closed to you and to me at present but will all too soon swing open wide and we will pass thru and join him on the other side.. Card of Thanks.

We wish to thank the friends who so kindly came to us with sympathy and assistance during the illness and death of our husband and father. Mrs. Wilcoxon and Family.
Submitted on Mon Aug 17 22:50:32 1998 by
Shirley Wilcoxon,

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Joseph Harold WILCOXON

Mr. Joseph H. WILCOXON passed away suddenly at his home in Kinnickinnic on Friday, January 12, 1951.

Joseph WILCOXON was born in Belle Plaine, Iowa, October 31, 1882. On June 3, 1908, he was married to Hattie HALL of Mason City, Iowa. To this union two children, Margaret and Donald, were born, both of whom survive.

Funeral services were held at the Congregational church at 2:30 on Tuesday, January 16, 1951. Reverend FRITZMEIER officiating. Interment was in Greenwood cemetery.

Mr. WILCOXON has been a resident of this community for many years. He leaves to mourn his loss besides his two children, two sisters, Leona WILCOXON and Mrs. George JANES of Belle Plaine, Iowa.
Submitted on Mon Aug 17 21:30:46 1998 by
Shirley Wilcoxon,

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Mrs. Jos. WILCOXON Died Last Monday at River Falls.. Has Been In Poor Health For Two Years..

Relatives in this city received a message telling of the death of Mrs. Joseph WILCOXON who passed away at her home near River Falls, Wis., on Monday, February 14 at six thirty a.m.

Mrs. WILCOXON, who before her marriage was Miss Hattie HALL of this city has many friends here who learn with regret of her death.. For the past two years or more, Mrs. WILCOXON has been in poor health and her death was due to diabetes and complications, with which she was bedfast the past five months.

As Hattie HALL, daughter of Alfred Herman and Margaret HALL, she was born in this city on December 3, 1882 and at the time of her death she was aged 55 years, 2 months and 11 days.

She grew to young womanhood here and was a graduate of the local high school. After her graduation she lived for a time on a claim near Pierre, S. D., later returning to Belle Plaine where she was employed in the Telephone office as an operator for some time.. On June 3, 1905, she was united in marriage to Joseph WILCOXON and they had their home in this city until 1912 when they moved to a farm near River Falls, Wis., which has since been their home. Twins, a son and a daughter, were born to them, namely, Donald and Margaret, both of River Falls.

Besides her husband and children, Mrs. WILCOXON leaves two sisters, Mrs. Nell HALL HUMESTON of Iowa City and Mrs. Vera HALL SCHLEMMER of Cedar Rapids and three brothers Ray HALL of Los Angeles, Calif., Harold HALL of this city and Roy HALL of Clinton, Iowa. She is survived also by her nieces and nephews, two sisters-in-law Miss Leona WILCOXON and Mrs. G. S. JANES of this city and other relatives and friends.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold HALL left this city Tuesday afternoon for River Falls to attend the funeral services.
Submitted on Mon Aug 17 21:10:40 1998 by
Shirley Wilcoxon,

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unknown Belle Plaine, Iowa newspaper; approx week of May 15, 1954
Death Came to Leona Wilcoxon Saturday, May 15 Was Lifelong Resident and Retired Teacher of this Community
Mary Leona Wilcoxon

Our community was greatly shocked Saturday, May 15, to hear of the death of another of our well known citizens, Miss Leona Wilcoxon, at the Heitman nursing home, although she had been in failing health for some time.

Miss Wilcoxon was one of the most beloved women in the community and helped in shaping the characters of many of our citizens as she was a teacher in our public school for 50 years in Longfellow school before retiring in 1941.

She was born in Kansas Oct. 12, 1869 (correct date is 1871), the daughter of George (Ingalls Wilcoxon) and Alice Wilcoxon (Sarah Alice Foote Wilcoxon), and came to Iowa with her parents a few months later settling at Montour. Two years later, they moved to Belle Plaine and this has been her home ever since.

Her education was received in the public schools and after graduating from the Belle Plaine High school, she attended the Iowa State Teachers college at Cedar Falls and High Park college in Des Moines.

In 1891, she began teaching third and fourth grades in Longfellow school. A few years later, she was put in charge of the seventh and eighth grades until those grades were incorporated into a junior high school in the high school building. She then taught sixth grade until her retirement in 1941. She had served as principal of the school for many years.

It is estimated that she had taught at least 2,000 pupils during her career as a teacher, and in many instances, taught three generations in the same family.

Although she had been an invalid since 1941, her hands were never idle. She loved to crochet, enjoyed her reading and hearing from her many friends, and visiting with the friends who stopped by to see her.

She was a member of the Christian Science church (the remainder of the obituary is torn - part of it reads as follows) She is survived by sister Irene (Mrs. George)Janes, nieces Ardath Janes of ? and Margaret McManus of New Richmond, Wisc., and a nephew Donald Wilcoxon of Cheyenne, Wyo. Preceding her in death were her parents and two brothers (Orville Lewis Wilcoxon of California and Joseph Harold Wilcoxon of Kinnickinnic, Wisc.) Funeral services were Peffers funeral home May 18, at 10:30 a.m. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Submitted on Thu Nov 19 23:55:36 1998 by
Shirley Wilcoxon,

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unknown Belle Plaine, IA newspaper; approx. week of Jan 4, 1922
OLD RESIDENT PASSED AWAY Mrs. Sarah A. Wilcoxon Died After Long Illness. Funeral to be Held Saturday.
Sarah Alice Foote Wilcoxon

Following an illness covering five years, Mrs. Sarah A. Wilcoxon passed away at the family home on South 7th Avenue at 11:45 a.m., Thursday, January 4th. Mrs. Wilcoxon, who was in her 71st year had been a resident of this city for many years and has a large number of friends and acquaintances.

Funeral service will be held at the home Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock and will be in charge of the Rev. Robert Tipton of the Congregational church. Burial will be in Oak Hill.

Those from out of the city who will be here for the funeral are Mrs. Anna Bracy, a sister of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Miller, the former a brother, of Cedar Rapids; a son, Joseph Wilcoxon of River Falls, Wisc.; a niece, Mrs. O. J. De Vault and daughter, Grace of Cedar Rapids; and Mrs. Ramsay (Emaline Clarissa Wilcoxon Ramsey), a sister in law of New Hartford, IA.

Sarah Alice Foote was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis (Lewis) A. Foote (mother was Mary Paul), and was born on February 6th, 1851 (1850?) at Polo, Ill. where she grew to young womanhood and where on July 4th, 1871 (correct date is July 4th, 1869) she was united in marriage to Mr. George I. (Ingalls) Wilcoxon. To them there were born four children, two sons and two daughters, namely, (Lewis)Orville Wilcoxon of California; Joseph Wilcoxon of River Falls, Wisc and Miss Leona Wilcoxon and Mrs. Geo.(Irene)Janes, both of this city. For a time following their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Wilcoxon resided in Kansas but for years the home has been in this city.

The deceased was widely known in this city thru her activities in the Congregational Church, the Rebekahs, and the W.R.C. She was a fine type of womanhood a devoted wife and mother, a kind friend and neighbor. The husband died some six (eight) years ago and there remain in her immediate family to mourn her loss, the four children previously mentioned, a sister, Mrs. Anna Bracy of Chicago and a half brother, Winfield Miller of Cedar Rapids.
Submitted on Thu Nov 19 23:17:54 1998 by
Shirley Wilcoxon,

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