Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa
Thursday, March l7, l92l
FRANKLIN D. ORDWAY was born in Franklin County, New York, on the 5th day of May, l834.Died at his home in Davis City, Iowa, on the 5th of March, l92l, being at the time of his death, 86 years, 9 months and ll days old.At the age of nineteen years, he came to McHenry County, Ill., where he resided until l859 when he moved to Nebraska where he enlisted in Co. F. lst Regiment of Nebraska, on June 24, l86l, and was discharged from the service November l8, l863.He re-enlisted in Co. F. 4th Regiment Nebraska Cavalry, and was discharged December l6 by reason of surgeon's certificate, having given four years, five months and ll days, the best part of his life in defense of his country.
He was married to AMELIA KINGSBERRY, in Walworth County, Wis. on October l6, l865.To this union were born six children, two having preceded him to the Great Beyond.The children are: HIRAM, now living in Nevada; ANNA L., living in Idaho; DANIEL and JOSEPHINE, both dead; MORTON, now living on the old homestead; INGERSOL, familiarly called "BRICK", whereabouts unknown.MORTON was the only one of his children permitted to be at his bedside during his last illness.
MR. ORDWAY moved to Decatur County, Iowa in l866, and has lived here since then with the exception of four years spent in Kansas.Since l866, he lived continuously on the old home farm now occupied by his son, MORTON, until about fourteen years ago, when he moved to Davis City where he has resided since.
It is conceded by all who knew him that a better neighbor, and citizen never lived.He had but one religious precept, and that was the golden rule, which he observed to the letter.When he moved here from Wisconsin in l866, he crossed Grand River in a ferry boat, and moved onto the old home farm.No appeal for charity ever went unheard by him.He always made it a point to attend and assist at every funeral, either high or low, rich or poor.He had been a great sufferer for the last few years, but bore his suffering with heroic fortitude.The familiar face of"Uncle FRANK" will be missed by all who knew him.The wife has lost a faithful companion, the children a kind parent, but he has answered the last roll call, and gone to join his comrades on the other shore.
Besides the family of M.W. ORDWAY of near town, those in attendance from away were MRS. I.P. ORDWAY and children, of Chariton, and MRS. G.W. LANNING, of Chariton.The funeral was held at the home on Monday afternoon, Rev. Wm. J. Campbell in charge, and interment was in the old cemetery.
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