The Mount Ayr Record-News, 1924
DEATH of JOHN WALL.
John WALL, pioneer grocer and one of the most highly respected citizens of Mount Ayr, died
suddenly at his home in the west part of the city Monday evening, from heart failure. He had been
enjoying his usual good health, had been at the store all day and after returning home in the
evening was engaged in doing the evening chores when life passed out without warning. The funeral
will be held tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon at two o'clock from the Methodist Episcopal church and
will be conducted by the pastor, Rev. Jay KIRKENDALL.
The death of Mr. WALL marks the passing
of another veteran of the civil war, a man who for more than forty years filled a large place in
the community and whose life commanded the respect of all his acquaintances. Modest and retiring
in disposition, he served his generation and at a ripe old age passed peacefully to his reward.
John Wall was born in Beaver county, Pennsylvania, October 15, 1843
[the son of Abraham WALL and
Rebecca N. (OWENS) WALL, and died at his home in
Mount Ayr, Iowa, March 24, 1924, aged 80 years, 5 months and 9 days. At an early age he moved
with his parents to Knoxville, Iowa, where he enlisted in Company K 3rd Iowa cavalry September 3,
1861. After serving his first enlistment he reenlisted on January 1, 1864. He was promoted to 6th
sergeant December 1, 1864. In the engagement of April 1, 1865, he was wounded in the hand. On
August 9, 1865, he was mustered out of service at Atlanta, Ga., and immediately returned to his
home in Marion county, where on January 5, 1868, he was united in marriage with
Josephine BIGGS. To this union were born six
children - Mrs. Rosa GALLOWAY, wife of O. M. GALLOWAY of Missoula, Mont., E. B. WALL of Mount Ayr,
Oscar WALL of Greenfield, Iowa, Luther WALL of Wapello, Iowa, Frank WALL of Galesville, Wis., and
Nora who died February 17, 1881. His wife died December 1, 1881.
With his family Mr. WALL moved
from Monroe county to Mount Ayr in the spring of 1880 and engaged in the grocery business. His
dealings with the public were ever characterized by honesty and a conscientious desire to serve.
In point of service as well as in years of age he was the oldest business man in Mount Ayr.
Mr. WALL was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church; also a member of the Grand Army of the
Besides his children he leaves five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
NOTE: Josephine (BIGGS) WALL, John's wife, was born in 1849, and died December 1, 1881 with interment
at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa.
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