|Birth: ||Sep. 10, 1842|
|Death: ||Aug. 3, 1915|
George W. Hagan
It was a great shock to the community Tuesday evening about four o'clock to learn that Mr. George W. Hagan, who since 1886 has been a resident of this vicinity, had passed away at his home a half mile east of Guide Rock. Mr. Hagan had not been himself for several weeks but was able to get up town every few days and no one realized that the end was so near. Perhaps then days ago he was up town for the last time, then he took to his bed and grew rapidly and steadily worse until the Death Angel claimed him.
Mr. Hagan will be greatly missed in the home, on the street, in the church and in the lodge room. His experience as fifer in the civil war made him useful in the lodge room where he had charge of the music for years, especially in the I.O.O.F.
About ten years ago the Guide Rock lodge had the crack drill team in the valley and for several seasons this lodge held the "gavel", a prise offered by the grand lodge for best team work, owing to Mr. Hagan's military experience in training the boys to lift up their feet and march in military fashion. This drill was one of great pleasure in Mr. Hagan's later life, and one of the duties performed by him that was appreciated by his fellows.
About ten year ago Mr. Hagan organized a Martial Band of boys about town and the country ranging in years from ten to fifteen. This was nothing more nor less than a drum corps, and the boys got so they could play a number of pieces in grand style. In fact, they did so well that neighboring towns tried on a few occasions to hire the boys to come and furnish music on special occasions,and they did so a few times. It was Mrs. Hagan's wish that these same boys play "Marching Thru Georgia" over his grave, but now they are grown and scattered and it is doubtful if enough of them can be gathered together.
Mr. Hagan was proprietor for years of what has been known for and wide as the Republican Valley Fruit Farm. In this work he was unusually successful and the Hagan Nursery grows fruit when no other Orchard in the country is bearing.
George W. Hagan grew to manhood in Iowa, remaining with his father until he was 18 years of age. He then enlisted in Co. G Tenth Iowa Infantry for three years at the end of which time he veteranized and served until the close of the war, being discharged at Little Rock in 1865. He felt justly proud that he was in the grand parade at Washington at the close of the war. After receiving his discharge he returned to Iowa and the following year engaged in farming. In 1885 he removed to Nebraska. he at once set out 38 acres in nursery and orchard which has proved to be a very successful venture.
In 1867 he was married to Miss Sarah J. Moore. To this union were born ten children as follows: Ida May(Reeves), William R., Luella (Crow), Charles E., Emmett A., Eli E., Arch Ray, Iva Bella(Sabin),George Irving and Carrie (Stanley).
Deceased was an active member of the Christian church of Guide Rock, Guide Rock I.O.O.F. No. 133 and Guide Rock A.O.U.W. No. 49.
The children are all at home except Charles who started from his home in Louisiana Wednesday morning and who is expected to arrive in time for the funeral. A brother, Lon Hagan, of Clayton, Kansas, arrived before his death, accompanied by his daughter Miss, Pearl Hagan. Other relative from Iowa are also here.
The funeral services will be preached by Rev.w. F. Cole of the Baptist church, in the absence of Rev C. W. Holley of the Christian church. The Odd Fellows will also conduct their burial service.
Guide Rock Signal, August 5, 1915
George W. Hagan
There is not much more to add to what we said last week about the death, burial and life of George W. Hagan, who died at his home one half east of Guide Rock, on the afternoon of Tuesday, August 3, and was buried in the Guide Rock cemetery, Friday, August 6.
Rev. W. F. Cole of the Baptist church preached the sermon in the absence of Rev. Holly, the pastor of the deceased. The service was held from the Christian Church. At the Grave the I.O.O.F. order had charge of the services, Rev. Beebe and Ed Overing of the Red Cloud lodge acting as Grand Chaplin and Grand Marshal. A number of Odd Fellows were in attendance from the Red Cloud lodge.
Mr. Hagan has a very interesting war record. He enlisted in Co. G, 10th Iowa Infantry and served four years and three months. He was in 18 battles, marched with Sherman to the sea and was never taken prisoner or wounded.
Deceased leaves wife, ten children, nineteen grandchildren, one great grandchild and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn his departure.
We wish to correct here a statement made last week when we said he was a fifer in the army. Mr. Hagan was an expert on the fife, but did not serve as musician in the war. He was a fifer in later years and fifed for the drum corps during the life of the local G.A.R. and still later organized a band of boys and taught them the fife and drums. This was one of the most interesting musical organizations in the history of the county.
Those from a distance who attended the funeral were Mrs. Mary Goble of Des Moines, Iowa, and her son, Will Goble of the same place; Roy Cassiday of Milo, Iowa, Mrs. Roy Duncan of Lincoln; and Mr. Lon Hagan and daughter, Miss Pearl, of Clayton, Kansas.
Thus has passed one of our staunchest citizens. He was a familiar figure on the street, in the church, in the lodge room; his fruit farm near town is visited by hundreds of people every year and his face will be missed in the future welcomes they receive there. He leaves a host of sincere and true friends.
Guide Rock Signal, August 12, 1915
Sara J. Moore Hagan (1851 - 1941)*
Ida May Hagan Reeve (1868 - 1952)*
Anna Luella Hagan Crow (1872 - 1943)*
Emmett A Hagan (1878 - 1961)*
Guide Rock Cemetery
Plot: Section 2, Lot 112, Row 18
Maintained by: Peggy Bargen Duey
Originally Created by: Tony & Cindy Lloyd
Record added: Sep 02, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58098977