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Hiram IMUS was born in Genessee county, New York, November 4, 1822; died in Kalama, Washington, July 13, 1909 -- aged 86 years, 8 months, 9 days.

Heart disease was the immediate cause of his death, which was rather sudden, and without a struggle. Deceased was a pioneer, always. When five years of age he went with his parents to the wilds of the Western Reserve in Ohio, and there grew to manhood. By that time the country had settled up andhe again went to the frontier, stopping a while in Illinois, then pushing on to Michigan, then further on to the extreme frontier in Iowa. In eastern Iowa he was married to Mary Ann ROGERS in 1855 and again moved futher west, to Ringgold county, where he settled on some land. Here he lived for 18 years, where were born seven sons, five of whom are still living, two having died in infancy.

He was the first sheriff of Ringgold county and took an active part in the early development of that community. When the civil war broke out he enlisted in the Third Iowa cavalry and served for three years and three months.

In 1873 he moved to the Kansas frontier, in McPherson county, where he lived for sixteen years. Here his older sons grew to manhood and his youngest son, Otis, was born. In 1889 he moved to Oregon, and for a short time lived at Turner, Marion county, but in the spring of 1889 he came to Cowlitz county, where he resided till his death. His wife died in the spring of 1898. For a while he persisted in living alone, but for a number of years past has made his home with his sons, being at the home of his son L. F. when he died.

Deceased has lived a consistent Christian life, and has been a member of the Congregational church of Kalama for the past 19 years. Prior to that he was a member of the United Brethren church.

Hiram IMUS was the eighth child in a family of 14 children, but one of whom, Elizabeth BILLINGS, of Rockport, Ill, is now living. Six sons survive him - Giles Herbert, Leslie F., Alvah H., William H., Delmer D., and Charles Otis, all living in Kalama. There are 18 grandchildren and two great grand children.

The funeral was held at the Congregational church on Wednesday afternoon, Rev. F. McCONAUGHY officiating, and the body was laid to rest in Odd Fellows Cemetery beside his departed wife. The heroic but few-remaining members of the Grand Army of the Republic attended the funeral and escorted the body of their deceased brother to the grave. There they conducted the beautiful G.A.R. burial service and laid to rest the remains of the comrade and brother who protected the folds of the Stars and Stripes which he had [missing] for more than three years. [rest of obituary missing]

Submission by Theola Hightshoe Weeda, October of 2012

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