From the Lincoln Nebraska State Journal, Thursday, May 24, 1917, page 4, column 4-5
Edwin C. Ackerman was born in Scott County, Iowa, March 17, 1847, and died at his home near Armour, Neb, May 16, 1917, aged seventy years, one month, and twenty-nine days. His boyhood up to the time of his enlistment was spent near his birthplace. He enlisted in the Second Iowa Infantry in 1862, when he was only 15 years old, and for three years he followed the flag loyally and bravely as only a true soldier can. He came to Nebraska in 1870 settling near Rulo in Richardson county. While living near Rulo he was married to Miss Mary Freel at Barada, Nebr, on July 5, 1878. To this union were born twelve children, eleven of whom are living, as follows: Perry, Benjamin, Zadie, Fred, Ferd, Gertrude, Chiona, Albert, Carl, Mona, and Daisy. Johnnie J. Freel, a cousin of Mrs. Ackerman, who has lived with them since he was six years of age, is also as a son to them. In 1891 the family moved to Pawnee county, occupying a farm near Liberty. Pawnee county was his home from then on until his death. Funeral services were held in the M. E. church Thursday at one o'clock p. m. conducted by Rev. Cass of this place, assisted by Rev. Burnham of the Christian church of Liberty and interment was made in the Liberty cemetery.