Lewis Frederick “Lute” Sigafoose

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Lewis Frederick “Lute” Sigafoose

Death 25 Sep 1943 (aged 99)
Burial Washington, Washington County, Iowa, USA
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Mr. Sigafoose was the last surviving Civil War Veteran in Washington County Iowa.

American Civil War Soldiers about Lewis Sigafoose
Name: Lewis Sigafoose
Residence: Iowa City, Iowa
Enlistment Date: 15 Aug 1862
Side Served: Union
State Served: Iowa
Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 15 August 1862 at the age of 18.
Enlisted in Company K, 22nd Infantry Regiment Iowa on 3 Sep 1862.
Mustered Out Company K, 22nd Infantry Regiment Iowa on 25 Jul 1865 at Savannah, GA.
Washington Journal newspaper article - 9/28/1943

"Conduct Rites for Civil War Veteran"
Large Crowd Attends Funeral Service for L. F. Sigafoose, 99

Last rites for L. F. Sigafoose, Washington County's last member of the Grand Army of the Republic, were held yesterday afternoon a two oclock in the Methodist Church. Rev. Fred E. Miller conducted the service being assisted by Rev. E. H. Willey, pastor of the church at Clay. Funeral arrangements were in charge of the Jones Funeral Home.

Full military honors were given the deceased Civil War veteran by members of Leon Beaty post. Members of the Woman's Relief Corps, Daughters of Union Veterans and American Legion attended the services in groups. Burial was in Elm Grove Cemetery.

Casket bearers were Charles Kennedy, Harry Simpson, Jay Brewer, W. M. Tweeten, Cloyce Steward, Hal Richards. Members of the color guard were Leo Nardy, Cyrus Birka, S. W. Kaster, and Howard Miller.

The firing squad included Sam Munson, Rodney Arnold,George Baker, Roy Steele, Hilton Rabenold, Marvey Davis and George Rudiger.

The bugler was jesse Radda, and John Perdock, who has enlisted in World War II, had the honor of sounding taps for the first time as an enlistee.
From Portrait and Biographical Album of Washington County Iowa 1887 - pages 276-277:

L. F. SIGAFOOSE resides upon section 9, Marion Township, where he pursues the occupation of a farmer and stock-raiser. He was born in Hampshire County, Va., in 1844, and is a son of Jacob and Susan (Lease) Sigafoose, who were natives of Virginia. His father died in 1852, at the age of forty-seven years; his mother is still living, and resides in West Chester; she is now seventy-five years old. She is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Our subject's father dying when he was but nine years of age necessitated his doing something for his own support. He first worked in a brickyard at ten cents per day. In the fall of 1850 the family came to Washington County, Iowa, and settled in Washington. At that time Washington was but a small place with no railroad. L. F. used to drive hogs from Washington to Burlington to market. In 1862 he enlisted in Co. K, 22d Iowa Vol. Inf., and served until the close of the war, participating in the battles at Port Gibson, Jackson, Black River, Champion HIlls, siege and capture of Vicksburg, Winchester, Cedar Creek, Fisher's Hill, and numerous other minor engagements. He was disabled in the service, and is now drawing a pension from the General Government.

In the fall of 1867 Mr. Sigafoose was married to Miss Eliza Hamilton. They have had seven children, six of whom are living: Ella (Eliza), the wife of William Beenblossom, of this county; Maggie E. and Susan, at home; James died at the age of three years; Nathaniel and Kittie, twins,and Howard, are at home. Mr. and Mrs. Sigafoose are members of the Christian Church. In politics he is a Republican, and has held various township offices, filling the same with credit to himself and his constituents. Mr. Sigafoose has traveled all over the West, and has been in every Southern State, and all over the State of Iowa in search of a better place to live than Washington County, but has never been able to find it; in this he has but the experience of many other persons, for surely Washington County is one of the best in the world.

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