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Hawarden Independent, Hawarden, Sioux, Iowa, USA June 16, 1927 Thursday
Death Claims Julius Morey
Aged Civil War Veteran Died Last Thursday Night
Was 86 Years of Age and Homesteaded in Sioux County 56 years ago - Leaves
Julius Morey, one of the pioneer homesteaders of Sioux county and a veteran
the Civil War, died at 11:30 last Thursday night (June 9, 1927) at the home
his daughter, Mrs. Harley Whittington, in the northeast part of the city.
Morey had been in gradually failing health for several years and during the
past winter had been very poorly. He had been almost totally deaf for a long
time and three months ago he became completely blind. He was able to be up
about, however, until Monday of last week so that he was bedfast but a few
Funeral services were held at the Associated church at 2:30 Sunday
conducted by Rev. A. M. McIntosh of Sioux City, formerly pastor of the
Presbyterian church here, and interment was made in Grace Hill cemetery.,
funeral was largely attended by relatives, old friends and neighbors.
of the American Legion acted as pall bearers.
Julius Morey was born in the state of New York December 11, 1841, so at the
time of his death was past 86 years of age. He came west to Wisconsin when a
boy and at the age of 20 following the outbreak of Civil War, enlisted in
G. 18th Wisconsin Infantry with which organization he served for 3 years and
months, when he received an honorable discharge.
He participated in some of the hardest fighting of the war including the
battles of Pittsburg Landing, Corinth, Jackson, Chattanooga, the siege of
Vicksburg and started with Gen. Sherman on his famous march to the sea but
taken ill on he march and did not complete the trip. Mr. Morey came to Sioux
county in 1871 and homesteaded on a farm in Washington township, fourteen
miles southeast of Hawarden where he endured the privations of pioneer life.
In 1876 he was united in marriage with Miss Elsie Edith Willey at LeMars and
they continued to reside on the old homestead until fourteen years go when
they moved to Hawarden. Mrs. Morey died in 1919. Nine children were born to
Mr. and Mrs. Morey, only three of whom survive. The family was plunged in
grief four times with the space of just a few weeks during the influenza
epidemic in 1918 when two sons, a daughter-in-law and a grandson were
of the disease. The surviving children are Mrs. J. A. Eddy of Worthington,
Minn., and Mrs. Thos. H. Hatton and Mrs. Harley Whittington of Hawarden. He
also leaves eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. One grandson,
Julius Morey, has resided with his grandfather since the death of his
Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Morey, in 1918.
Julius Morey was a well known figure in the early day life of Sioux county
counted everyone as his friend. His death is another reminder that but few
the old pioneer homesteaders still remain in the land of the living and that
the ranks of the Civil War veterans are being rapidly depleted. Mr. Morey
lived a long, eventful and useful life and there is genuine sorrow at this
Out of town relatives and friends who were here to attend the funeral
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Eddy and two sons, Mr. and Mrs. Everett Bearden, E. E.
Rilea and Jesse Rilea of Worthington, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Claude Muth of
City; Geo. Morey of Chicago; Mr., and Mrs. N. Latendresse, Mr. and Mrs. J.
Gifford and two sons, Ernest Willey and Turner Willey of Beresford.
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