Amasa D. Work, who passed away in Manchester
on the 19th of February, 1913, in the seventy third year of his
age, was successfully engaged in the butchering business there
for many years and had long been numbered among the substantial
and respected citizens of the community. His birth occurred in
Mount Vernon, Knox county, Ohio, on the 27th of July, 1840, his
parents being William and Azuba Ann (Lewis) Work, both of whom
were natives of the Buckeye state. In 1849 they removed to
Winnebago county, Illinois, and subsequently came to Delaware
county, Iowa, here spending the remainder of their lives. To them
were born six children, two of whom survive.
In July, 1862, when a young man of twenty
two years, Amasa D. Work enlisted for service in the Union army
as a member of Company P, Seventy fourth Illinois Infantry, at
Rockford, Illinois, remaining with that command for some time and
making a very creditable military record. The year 1870 witnessed
his arrival in Manchester, Iowa, where he was actively engaged in
the butchering business for many years, enjoying a gratifying and
well merited patronage. By his demise the community lost one of
its esteemed and representative citizens.
On the 22d of December, 1864, Mr. Work was
united in marriage to Miss Lodemia Weidman, a daughter of William
and Maria (Nashold) Weidman, both of whom were natives of the
state of New York. In 1851 they took up their abode in Rockford,
Illinois, there continuing to reside until they passed away. Mrs.
Work was the second in order of birth in a family of thirteen
children. By her marriage she became the mother of four children,
namely: Winnie, who is deceased; William D.; Ralph R.; and
Arvesta, who has also passed away. She owns and resides in a
handsome new home at No, 403 Union street in Manchester and is
most widely and favorably known throughout the community.