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- 1863 -


Morning Oregonian
Portland, Oregon
February 27, 1863

An extraordinary Regiment from Iowa. -- One of the most extraordinary regiments in the national service, is the 37th Iowa volunteers, Col. J.B. Kincaid. The regiment is over one thousand strong, and has been raised since the 1st of September. It is composed of men who were originally exempt from military service at the time of their enlistment, and a very large majority of the men are over forty-five years of age. There are nearly 600 professed Christians, including thirty ministers. More than half the men owned the houses they lived in before enlisting, and more than a third have sons in the army. Many of the men are worth from $25,000 to $80,000. The oldest man in the regiment is near 80 years old, and he has two sons and a grandson
already in the army. When the regiment left Iowa it was pronounced the healthiest regiment by far that ever encamped in that State, the sickness not amounting to one-tenth of that of some others. These white-haired old men now trudge the streets of St. Louis with muskets on their shoulders, picking up stray soldiers and guarding head-quarters with all the cheerfulness of a glory-loving soldier. the ordinary incentives to a
soldier's life -- glory, popularity, renown or pay -- have no charm for them; and their enlistment must be attributed solely to a desire to serve their country. They appear to enjoy good health, though an exchange of the bracing climate of Iowa, for the warm, humid atmosphere of St. Louis, must be very trying indeed, to their constitutions. The regiment will be honored and praised in the history of this war.

[submitted by S.F., Oct. 2003]

Morning Oregonian
Portland, Oregon
April 2, 1863

Drowned. -- A letter from Mr. J.W. Johnson to Hon. Geo. H. Williams, says that Mr. Frank Rand, who was on the way to the mines in company with Mr. J.H. Boyd, of this place, was drowned from the steamer Cascadilla, on the 27th ult., under the following circumstances: the steamer Cascadilla was attempting to ascend the rapids and had permission to cross. In crossing she drifted down and struck a hidden rock. Mr. Rand was standing on deck "amidships" and was thrown overboard by the concussion. He swam towards shore for a time and then turned on his back and attempted to swim towards the boat which had been lowered and was pulling towards him. when the boat was within ten or fifteen feet of him he sank a second time and was seen no more. The water was very swift, and though every effort was made to save him, it was without avail. He had on very heavy boots which probably were the cause of his sinking so soon. For a time he swam very manfully, but his efforts were fruitless. Mr. Rand was a son of E.D. Rand, of Burlington, Iowa.

[submitted by S.F., Oct. 2003]

Morning Oregonian
Portland, Oregon
April 22, 1863

The Dalles Journal says that Thos. Glenn, of Pleasantvile, Iowa, who left that place a few days since with his family, on his way to Iowa by way of Fort Benton, had three horses [?stolen?] at the Deschutes, and was obliged to return.

[submitted by S.F., Oct. 2003]

Xenia Torch-Light
Xenia, Greene Co., Ohio
Wednesday, April 29, 1863

At Vicksburgh, February 5, 1863, of remittant bilious fever, Samuel S. CHERRY in the 23rd year of his age. Also at the same place on the 24th of March of pleuratic fever, John W. CHERRY, in the 24th year of his age.
The deceased were sons of William and Martha CHERRY, formerly of Greene County, but recently of Washington, Iowa. At the call of their country, both enlisted in the 25th Iowa Regiment under the command of General SHERMAN. Sometime previous to their enlistment, these two brothers connected themselves with the U.P. Church at Washington. They enlisted under the banner of the cross together, and in the service of their country together, they went down to the grave almost at the same time, and having been exemplary and pious young men, we have good reason to hope that they have together entered thay better world where partings are unknown, and now rest in the joy of the Lord.

[submitter: Debbie, August 2003]

Union Advertiser
Rochester, Monroe co., N.Y.
September 2, 1863

Death of Mrs. J. W. SMITH - This estimable lady died at her residence No. 14 Clinton St., on Monday
evening, at the advanced age of seventy-five years, having survived every member of her immediate family.
Mrs. Smith was one of the few remaining links that connect the Rochester of to-day with its earliest history. She was the widow of the late Dr. J. W. SMITH, who though long since deceased, is still remembered for
the active and prominent part which he sustained in social and professional life. Mrs. S. was born in Winchester, N. H., and came to this city from Saratoga county, thirty-six years ago. She was among the oldest as well as among the most influential female members of the Third Presbyterian Church, and an energetic and exemplary christian. Her eldest son, Sanford J. SMITH, became interested in railroad and
telegraph enterprises at the West. He laid the foundation for the combination subsequently known as the "Western Union Telegraph Co." Afterwards he engaged in railroad building, as senior member of the
firm of Smith, Leighton & Co., of Keokuk, Iowa, and obtained the construction of a railroad from Keokuk to Des Moines. He was the ruling spirit of that important enterprise, and his death, which occurred in 1860,
deprived the road of a successful manager. The losses of the company were enormous, in consequence, the share of his (illegible) being not less than $80,000. One of his two children, now a young man, resided with Mrs. S. at the time of her death. The other, a daughter, is now in Kentucky. James, the younger son of Mrs. Smith, removed to the West, became school teacher in the State of Mississippi, and was subsequently compelled to take part in the rebellion. He was killed in battle, last year, a notice of his decease appearing in a Richmond newspaper, but we believe this intelligence was never communicated to his mother.
Notwithstanding her advanced age, Mrs. SMITH enjoyed excellent health until a short time prior to her death, and was active in domestic affairs and works of christian benevolence. The funeral will take place
from her late residence, No. 14, South Clinton St., this afternoon, at three o'clock.

[submitter: G.S. August 2003]

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