Decatur County Journal
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
June 2, 1898
OBITUARY - ISAAC P. MARTIN
Isaac P. MARTIN died at his home in Leon, Monday, May 30, of stomach
trouble after a lingering illness. The funeral services were held from
the house yesterday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Geo. WINTERBOURNE. The
funeral obsequies were in charge of the Odd Fellows.
Mr. MARTIN was a native of Indiana. At the early age of 16 years he
enlisted in the Mexican War, in Company B, Fourth Indiana. He served
until the close of the war and was in several bloody engagements. After
the close of the war, he returned to his home and in 1853 he emigrated
west, going to California. After spending some time on the Pacific
slope, he returned and settled in Grundy County, Missouri. Here he was
when the war of the Rebellion broke out. He at once took up arms in
defense of the old flag he had followed in other battle grounds and
enlisted in Company C, Twenty-third Missouri and was commissioned second
lieutenant. In 1862 he was promoted to adjutant of the regiment.
He was severely wounded in the left leg at the battle of Shiloh. The
wound was so serious that it disabled him from further military duty and
he resigned and came home. He then moved to Decatur County and located
on a farm in Eden Township, where he continued to reside until a few
years ago when he moved to Leon and has since made this city his home.
He was offered a colonel's commission if he would stay in the service,
but knowing he was unable to perform the duties of the office, he felt
it would be dishonorable to sap the foundation of the country and he
rejected the offer.
He was prominent in the church and in public affairs, a thorough
gentleman and one who was universally esteemed and loved for his many
A large concourse of friends were present at the services and listened
to an obituary, read by his brother, Rev. Wm. MARTIN, Pastor of the M.E.
Church of Mount Ayr, and after a brief eulogy by Rev. WINTERBOURNE the
body was taken to the cemetery and laid to rest.
Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, December of 2008
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