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Dwight E. Bassett
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Birth: Apr. 17, 1839
New Britain
Hartford County
Connecticut, USA
Death: May 13, 1923
Brown County
Kansas, USA


Dwight E. Bassett, son of William and Lois "Evans" Bassett, was born in New Britain, Conn. April 17, 1839. He died at his home in Hiawatha, Kansas, early Sunday morning, May 13, 1923. It was the morning of the beautiful sun-lit Mothers' Day. At the call of the son-in-law, Harold Davis, about 7 o'clock, he failed to respond as he always did. Going to the bed, it was found he was just breathing his last and could not speak. He had retired Saturday evening seemingly as well as usual. When his daughter put a hot iron to his feet he spoke of how easy and comfortable he was. Then he jokingly said it was great note that a man had to have something hot to his feet in the beautiful month of May. He reached the age of 84 years and 26 days. Mr. Bassett grew to manhood in New England; it was on March 1, 1866, he was happily married to Adelaide E. Harris. The marriage was in Avon, Conn. They remained in New England 13 years, then came west, landing in Hiawatha, Kansas on April 5, 1879, and this has been Mr. Bassett's home ever since. Mrs. Bassett died just 4 years ago this month. 3 children and 3 grandchildren survive. They are Charles F., of Richmond, Mo.; Mrs. Catherine E. Baker, of Englewood, Colo.; Mrs Lena Davis, of Hiawatha, Kans.; Miss Louise Bassett, now a student in Lindsborg, Kans.; Ruth and Catherine Baker, of Englewood, Colo. Mr Bassett was a Federal soldier in the days of the Rebellion. He was quick to respond to the call for defense of the Union. June 1, 1861, at Springfield, Mass., he enlisted in Co. E of the 10th Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. He fought in the army of the Potomac, was in a number of the great battles, notably second Battle of Bull Run and Antietam. Mr. Bassett was seriously wounded. You have seen him go along with that drawn, crooked hand. It was badly shattered, was a source of suffering for a long time, but he sufficiently recovered to be put on guard duty and was hororably discharged at Ft. Monroe June 22, 1864, having served his country exactly 3 years. In his early life he was a member of the Congregational Church, but after his marriage he joined the Methodist Episcopal Church. He became a member of the Hiawatha church in July, 1879, under the pastoriate of Rev. Wm. Friend. He was a member of the Odd Fellows, joining Lodge No. 52 of New Britain, Conn., in 1876, and always held his membership there. He was also a member of the local G.A.R. For years he was janitor in the schools of Hiawatha, first at the stone building known as the Washington School, now the residence of Ewing Herbert, then of the High School, afterward the Janes building. He loved the children and the children loved him. He made little things for them and they would give him presents in the holidays. They were sorry when he had to resign on account of old age. He was a friend of the teachers, was always even tempered, kind to everybody. A good, kind, valuable citizen, and old settler in Hiawatha has finished his life and slipped away into eternity. The funeral was held at the home on Miami street Tuesday afternoon. Rev. E.T. Rice spoke a comforting message, using as texts Deut. 33:25 and Rom. 8:28. Music was furnished by Mr. Frank Sterns, Mr & Mrs Leroy Neff, and Stanley Moser, with Mrs Bain at the piano. Body bearers were Herb Davis, F.H. Merriam, Ray Pautz, A.J. Eicholtz, Chas. Shafer, and Dr. W.A. McKee. Burial in Mount Hope Cemetery. 
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  Adelaide E. Harris Bassett (1844 - 1919)*
  Catherine E. Bassett Baker (1873 - 1952)*
*Calculated relationship
Co. E - 10 Mass Inf
Mount Hope Cemetery
Brown County
Kansas, USA
Plot: Block 12 - Lot 30
Created by: Paula Segrest
Record added: May 13, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 52348370
Dwight E. Bassett
Added by: Paula Segrest
Dwight E. Bassett
Added by: Paula Segrest
Dwight E. Bassett
Added by: Paula Segrest
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