my ancestor was George Douglas
from North Iowa Times, McGregor, Clayton Co., Iowa
– March 27, 1930
McGREGOR LOSES 2 PIONEER CITIZENS
Charles Fessman and George Douglas Both Die Sunday
McGregor lost two of her pioneer citizens Sunday, when Charles Fessman and George Doulgass died within a few minutes of each other.Each neared his ninetieth birthday.
Mr. Douglass was one of the last survivors of the Twelfth Iowa infantry of the Civil War.He enlisted from Clayton county at Dubuque in Company H of that regiment in 1861, and was in Grant’s army at Fort Donelson, Shiloh and Vicksburge.He came to this county 72 years ago and has been a continuous resident since, except for the period of the war, the first few years at Clayton and Garnaville, the remainder of the time at McGregor, IA. His boyhood in Alton, Ill., he knew Abraham Lincoln, who was a friend of his father.
Lived Here 60 years
Mr. Fessman has been a resident of McGregor 60 years.He was known in northeaster Iowa in the horse and buggy days as a maker of fine carriages and sleighs.He won first prize on a sleigh at the Centennial exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876.He was employed in the King’s Carriage works in Germany before coming to America.
The American Legion gave Mr. Douglass a military funeral Tuesday afternoon.Services were held from the Congregational church, the Rev. J. F. Parsons officiating.
The old Civil war veteran’s health has not been very good for several years but his condition was not thought serious until last Monday.He died Sunday afternoon.
George S. Douglass was born in Otter Creek, Ill., December 20, 1840.He died March 23, 1930 at the age of 89 years, 3 months, 2 days.At the age of 5 his parents moved to Garnavillo, later to Clayton.When he was 9 they moved to McGVregor where he ahs since resided.
On October 4, 1861, he enlisted as a volunteer in the 12th Iowa Inf. Of the Civil War.He served 3 years.He took active part in the Battle of Shiloh and many other battles.
He also served some time in the Navy.
He had a wonderful memory which did not waver to the end.He was a lover of children and was happy when surrounded by them.He was a kind and loving husband, an indulgent father, always thinking of his loved ones.
Lived together 55 years
Mr. and Mrs. Douglass have lived 55 years together, and this is the first time death has entered the home.
He was married August 1, 1875 to Juliette Watts of Neceedah, Wis., 8 children were born to this union, all of whom survive him.Homer, of Lyons, Iowa; Mrs Orley LeHew of Waukon Junction, Iowa; Albert of this city; Arthur of Dysart, Iowa; Mrs. Chris Beck of River Grove, Ill.; Early of Detroit, Mich.; Ervie at home and Mrs Thos. Sinksen of Lyons, Iowa.Also two sisters and one brother survive, Anna Gates, Ft. Worth, Texas and Cora Gates, New York City.
Those from out of town who attended the funeral are: Mrs. Chris Beck of Chicago, Ill.’ Mr. and Mrs. Orley LeHew and family, of Waukon Junction,; Arthur Douglass of Dysart; Mrs. Thos. Sinkson, of Lyons, Iowa; Mrs Leslie Cole of Lyons, Iowa; Harvey Douglass, of Postville and Mr. and Mrs. George Rever of Independence, Iowa.
Came here in 1868
Funeral services for Mr Fessman were held Wednesday afternoon, the Fre. J. Franklin Parsons assisting.
Fr. Fessman’s death occurred Sunday also.In failing health for several years, he became worse last week, following the shock of the schoolhouse fire, which threatened his own home.He had not been down town since the road bond election.
Charles W. Fessman was born September 28, 1841 at Nurtingen, Wurtehnberg, Germany and passed away March 23, 1930 at the age of 88 years and 6 months.
He landed in this country August 17, 1686, working in Dubuque and Bloomington, Wis.He came to McGregor in 1871, where on Nov 28, 1871, he was married to Louisa Lernhart, he having come first to prepare a home in the new country.To this union five children were born, two sons dying in infancy, and two daughters, Mollie and Kathinka, and a son Herman, still living.His wife passed away June 18th, 1898, since which time his daughter Mollie kept the home.
He was a carriage maker, having learned his trade in Germany.He was employed by Hawley & Co., and Pearsall and son.Later he and John Allen went into business.After they disposed of the shop he became very much interested in his garden and flowers.
He was an honest, upright man, lending a helping hand wherever possible, a good neighbor, kind friend and loving father.He was a good citizen, taking and active interst in all public matters.He was a member of Itasca Lodge I.O.O.F., and also a member of the Canton Order of Odd Fellows.