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Nicholas Ewald
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Birth: Feb. 26, 1841, Germany
Death: Aug. 14, 1937
Lucas County
Iowa, USA

Husband of Katherine Schwabel. Son of Johannes Ewald and Martha Elizabeth Jaeger.


Chariton, Iowa
Tuesday, August 24, 1937


Nicholas Ewald, aged resident and Civil War Veteran passed away on Saturday morning at his home here where he had lived for many years.

For the past ten years he has been unable to get out much due to his blindness and old age, but was happy in his home under the loving care of his daughters.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Russell Methodist church, conducted by Rev. J. E. Clark, assisted by Rev. A. E. Beals, and interment was made in the Russell cemetery.

Mr. Ewald's passing leaves but two G.A.R. boys in Russell, Mr. R. W. ? and Mr. Smith. There are but five left in the county.

Nicholas Ewald was born in Germany, near Cassel, February 26, 1841, and passed away at his home in Russell, Iowa, August 14, 1937, at the age of 96 years, 5 months and 18 days.

He came to the United States, landing in New York, September 27, 1857 and came to Busnell, Ill., in November to visit a brother.

He enlisted in the Civil War October 8th, 1861 and served three years. After being honorably discharged from service, he returned to Bushnell, Ill., and was married to Katherine Schwabel on the 4th of December 1864. To this union twelve children were born. His wife died February 23, 1914 and four sons and three daughters have preceded him in death.

One son, Albert, of El Paso, Texas, Mr. Frank Brewer, Mrs. P. F. Sprague, Emma and Jennie, eleven grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren are left to mourn the loss of a loving father and grandfather.

He was converted in the German Methodist church in Bushnell and has always tried to live an active Christian life in his home, his church and among his friends.

His sight began to fail about eighteen years ago, when he copied this poem of confidence and faith in his leader.

God holds the key to all unknown,
and I am glad.
If other hands should hold the key,
Or if he trusted it to me,
I might be sad.

What if tomorrows cares were here
without its rest?
I'd rather He'd unlock the day, and
As the hours swing open, say
Thy will is best.

The very dimness of my sight makes
me secure.
For groping in my misty way I
Feel his hand, I hear him say,
My help is sure.

I cannot read his future plan but,
this I know
I have the smiling of his face, and
All the refuge of his grace,
While here below.

Enough, this covers all my want and
so I rest.
For what I cannot, He can see.
And in his care I sure shall be
Forever blest.

Obituary courtesy of Charles M. Wright

Family links: 
  Katherine Schwabel Ewald (1842 - 1914)*
  Emma Ewald (1867 - 1939)*
  Mary Ewald (1869 - 1879)*
  Nicholas H. Ewald (1871 - 1933)*
  John Leonard Ewald (1876 - 1931)*
  Carrie Daisy Ewald Sprague (1878 - 1964)*
  Albert Ewald (1880 - 1941)*
  Ida May Ewald Linville (1882 - 1924)*
  Lydia Kate Ewald Sprague (1884 - 1913)*
  Jennie Ewald (1887 - 1960)*
*Calculated relationship
Russell Cemetery
Lucas County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Section 1 N-S Row 1 Grave 7
Created by: Skip
Record added: Jun 09, 2009
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