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Mount Ayr Record-News, 1928

CIVIL WAR VETERAN CALLED IN DEATH

George W. GARTIN, Aged and Respected Citizen
of Rice Township, Died Wednesday.

Civil War Flags.jpg George W. GARTIN, civil war veteran and one of Ringgold county's aged and respected citizens, died at his home in Rice township last Wednesday, after an illness of several years, due to the infirmities of old age, and his critical illness covered a period of three weeks, during which time he was confined to his bed. The end came peacefully and marked the close of a long life of usefulness. During his illness he never complained and his splendid faculties of mind were retained until the end. He was a kind father, a good neighbor and a loyal and respected citizen. During his service in the Union army he was a member of the fife and drum corps of his regiment and during the later years of his life he was frequently called upon to provide martial music at patriotic celebrations. Mr. GARTIN was possessed of a cheerful disposition and was ever happy, kind and generous.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the home, being conducted by Rev. E. S. MENOHER, pastor of the Mount Ayr Methodist church and interment was in Rose Hill cemetery [Mount Ayr].

George W[ashington] GARTIN was born in Fulton county, Indiana, January 31, 1842, and passed away at his home in Rice township, Ringgold county, Iowa, October 25, 1928, at the age of 86 years, eight months and 24 days. His parents were Phoebe and Felix GARTIN, the father a native of Virginia and the mother of Ohio. He was the last of a family of eight children.

When thirteen years of age he came with his parents to Lucas county, Iowa, where the family resided for a short time and then returned to Indiana, where they remained until 1858, and then returned to Lucas county,Iowa. On October 24, 1861, he enlisted in Company C 13th Iowa Infantry. he participated in a number of major engagements during the war - the famous siege of Vicksburg, Kansan Mount, Atlanta, and was on Sherman's march to the sea. He served as musician until the siege of Atlanta when he shouldered the musket and was mustered out as an orderly sergeant, being honorably discharged in July, 1865.

He was united in marriage to Miss Marietta THRELDHELD (sic, should be THRELKELD), of Lucas county, Iowa, March 25, 1864. The wife and mother passed away February 14, 1917. To this union were born six children. One died in infancy, one son, Franklin P., died May 22, 1901, and the daughter, Rosetta Phillippie, January 1, 1922. Thomas, Stephen and Eugene are left to mourn the death of a loving father. He also leaves 14 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Transcription by Sharon R. BECKER, 2008

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