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 Edmund Douglass

Edmund Douglass

Birth
Chautauqua County, New York, USA
Death 3 Feb 1918 (aged 97)
Postville, Allamakee County, Iowa, USA
Burial McGregor, Clayton County, Iowa, USA
Plot Lot 4/Block 11
Memorial ID 23233184 · View Source
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actually Edmund not Edward, married Harriett CURTIS

North Iowa Times – Feb 7, 1918, page 4

DEATH of EDWARD DOUGLASS

Edward DOUGLASS died Monday at Postville. He was two and one half years less than a century old. He has lived in Iowa seventy-two years. Fifty years of this time was in Clayton county, the remainder of this time just across the line in Allamakee county. When Clayton county had jurisdiction over all the land from Turkey river to the Canadian border, and west to the Rockies, he was the proprietor of the only store at the country seat, Garnavillo, and distributed mailto the handful of settlers who came riding in from miles over the prairie for the precious letters from back home. The mail was brought on horseback through the timber from Dubuque twice a week.

Mr. DOUGLASS was born in Chautauqua county, New York, July 3d, 1820. As a boy he came west to Illinois with his parents. After marrying at the age of nineteen, he settled at Galens, where he mined for lead. Cassville, Wis., to the north was booming and he abandoned his mining venture and moved with this family by steamer to Cassville. There he found there was frontier still further west and went across the river to the wilderness of Turkey River, Iowa, and out onto the prairie where a handful of settlers had driven their home stake at Garnavillo. A little later the California gold fever got into his veins and he joined the long caravan across the plains to the Pacific coast. But like most of the gold seekers he came back richer only to experience and he never left Iowa afterwards. Mr. DOUGLASS figured in many rules in the pioneer life of Northeastern Iowa. He was assistant Indian agent to the agent at Prairie du Chien and looked after supplying the Indians with blankets and other supplies. At one time he was deputy sheriff of Clayton county.

The last twenty years of his life was spent with his son, Reuben, a prominent business man at Postville.

Mr. DOUGLASS was the father of nine children. Seven are living: George, of McGregor; Mrs. Ellen CHAMPION, Belvidere, Ill; Mrs. Anna GATES, Fort Worth, Texas; Edward, Dysart, Iowa; Reuben, Postville, Ia.; Leveret, in California, and Mrs. Cora GATES of New York. There are twelve grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren.

The body was brought to McGregor Tuesday for burial here.


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  • Created by: Julie H
  • Added: 3 Dec 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 23233184
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edmund Douglass (9 Jul 1820–3 Feb 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 23233184, citing Pleasant Grove Cemetery, McGregor, Clayton County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Julie H (contributor 46934373) .