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Transcription – Obituary for Elam Dennis Matthews, 96

The following is my transcription of the obituary for Elam Dennis Matthews of Louisa County, Iowa, published in the local newspaper at the time.

Obituary for Elam Dennis Matthews.
Obituary for Elam Dennis Matthews.

Area Deaths


Aged Louisa County Resident Dies

Wapello — Elam Dennis Matthews, 96, one of the oldest residents of Louisa county, died Jan. 1[0], at 3:10 p. m., at the home of his daughter Mrs. Roland Barrick. Death resulted from a stroke suffered New Year’s day.

A native of Neenah, Wis., Matthews was born Dec. 1, 1854, the son of David and Mary Ann Adams Coon. His mother died when he was 3 1/2 years old and his father died while a prisoner of the Confederate army. The child was adopted by the Nathan Matthews family of Omro, Wis. He married Martha Jane Jordan at Auroraville, Wis., Oct. 26, 1873, and they lived in Wisconsin and Colorado before coming to Iowa.

In 1899 Matthews began to operate a truck farm near Morning Sun, which he ran for many years before retiring and moving into Morning Sun. His wife died in 1935 and a son, William Matthews, died in 1940.

Despite his advanced age, Matthews was a very active man. When he was 94 he made a trip to California, and last fall took a trip to New York.

Surviving are a son and a daughter, Stanley Matthews, Morning Sun, and Mrs. Edith Barrick, Wapello, and 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Last rites will be held at the Pierce funeral home at 2 p. m. Saturday. Officiating will be Dr. Will M. Hughes, pastor of the United Presbyterian church. Burial will be in Elmwood cemetery.


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Civil War dead are honored by planting 620,000 trees.

David Coon and his first wife Mary Ann (Adams) was a casualty of disease in Salisbury Prison during the Civil War, as were thousands of other soldiers.

To honor the 150th anniversary of the civil war, holes are being dug in the grass median about an hour south the Mason-Dixon Line to plan oak, cedar, maple and dogwood trees.

Approximately 740,000 soldiers are estimated to have died during the civil war’s short span of four years. This number is questionable because of poorly kept records and it is unlikely we will ever know the true toll. Possibly because the civil war was the last war in which hand to hand combat was prevalent, it saw more casualties than in any war before or since.

This $65 million project will stretch 180 miles north to south across three states, resulting in the longest man-made path of trees in the world.

Communities along the route are being asked to provide land to create groves of trees. So far, 248 trees have been planted at Bliss Orchard at Gettysburg. This is an effort by the National Park Service to see the battlefield site restored to its 1863 condition and appearance. In very short order, Cate Magennis Wyatt, head of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership began receiving calls quickly from citizens asking how they could contribute.