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Clearfield Enterprise
Clearfield, Iowa
Feburary 12, 1925

OBITUARY ~ WILLIAM P. SHERWOOD

Another of the rapidly thinning ranks of Civil War soldiers went to the final roll call on Sunday morning. Mr. W. P. Sherwood died at his home in Clearfield after being in critical condition for days.

He was nearly 80 years old, and served in an Iowa regiment during the war. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon and a complete obituary appears elsewhere.

William P. Sherwood was born in Washington County, lnd., Oct. 21, 1845, in a family of eight children. His parents were Daniel and Julia Sherwood. In the forties his parents moved to Iowa settling in Marion County where the deceased grew to manhood.

When the Civil War broke out Mr. Sherwood was too young to enter, but on May 16, 1864, he enlisted the 47 Ia. Reg. Co. A in the One Hundred Day Service, and was honorably discharged Sept. 28, 1864. He was mustered in the G. A. R. Post Feb. 13, 1886.

In his youth he was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He was married Aug. 8, 1871 to Miss Catherine Jane Wilcox of Marion County. To this union were born three children: F. D. Sherwood of Denver, Colo. Mrs. Millian May Shanholtzer, deceased several years past, and Mary, who died in infancy.

The deceased is survived by his widow, his son, Frank D. Sherwood, of Denver, Colo , and his only surviving sister, Mrs Michael Harned of Des Moines and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family came, to Taylor county in 1875 going onto the farm southwest of Clearfield where they resided several years. In 1903 they came to Clearfield where they have since resided.

Mr. Sherwood was a progressive citizen representing his neighbors in township and local offices for several years. He was one of the older settlers and was always found to be a friend and helper. In his going the community loses an influential and highly respected citizen.

His health has been precarious for the past two years. After two months of confinement at his home he passed away on Sunday morning Feb. 8th, with his faithful wife at his bedside.

The funeral was held at the Methodist Church Tuesday afternoon, and was largely attended by friends and neighbors. Members of the G A. R the American Legion, and the W. R. C. sat in seats reserved for them. The pastor, A. J. Matthews officiated assisted by pastors Johnson and Muir. The floral offerings were profuse and beautiful. Interment followed in Clearfield Cemetery.

Transcription by Lorelei Rusco, November of 2011

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