Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa
Thursday, January l, l925
ANSEL S. MERWIN, son of CHAUNCY BURKE and BETSY MERWIN, was born August 6, l844, in Spring Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania and died December 23, l924, at his home in Leon, Iowa, aged 80 years, 4 months and l7 days.
At the age of fourteen, he left his native state with his parents and located in Wisconsin, going with them a little later to Minnesota. When the Civil War broke out, he enlisted in Co. A., 2nd Reg. of Minnesota, Cavalry Volunteers, on Oct. 23, l863, and saw active service till the close of the war. He received his honorable discharge, April 2, l866, at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. To the end of his life MR. MERWIN retained both his membership and active interest in the G.A.R.
After being mustered out of the service, he returned to Minnesota where his parents were then living on a farm. Later in '69, he took a homestead in Clay County, Iowa. He was married to OLIVIA JANE CLIFFORD in l872. To this union two daughters and two sons were born: A.C. MERWIN, Pawnee, Ill., (now ill and unable to be present), JOHN C. MERWIN, deceased, MRS. DELLA ALEXANDER and MILDRED MERWIN, of Leon.
The family moved to Cresco in l876, and, in l888, to Leon, to the present home on N. Church Street where MR. MERWIN's death occurred.
He was one of a family of six children, all of whom preceded him in death. Besides his two daughters and son named above, he is survived by his wife, OLIVIA JANE, and grandchildren, CLIFFORD, MAURINE and TRUMAN MERWIN. Besides these he leaves many other relatives and hosts of friends to mourn his departure. He was a kind, affectionate husband and loving father.
Funeral services were conducted at the M.E. Church Friday, December 26th by the Pastor, J.E. Habliston, assisted by Rev. R.B. Weaklend, of the Christian Church. Members of the American Legion acted as pall bearers. Burial being in the Leon Cemetery.
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