David M. Way


David M. Way

Grand Isle County, Vermont, USA
Death 20 Feb 1905 (aged 66)
Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA
Burial Parker, Turner County, South Dakota, USA
Plot 11 78 C
Memorial ID 49368378 View Source

The following is from "Memorial and Biographical Record of Turner, Lincoln, Union and Clay Counties, published in 1897.

David M. Way, a prominent, well-to-do and enterprising member of the farming community of Turner County, has devoted his life to various pursuits, principally agriculture, in which he has been fortunate, and is the proprietor of as good a farm as can be found in Dolton Township. His homestead is located in section 13.

David is a native of Grand Isle County, VT, and a son of James and Eliza (Walker) Way, both of whom were natives of Vermont. James Way was of French descent and a sailor on the great lakes in his younger days. Eliza's father, David Walker, was of Scotch ancestry, though he was born and reared in the Green Mountain State. After James and Eliza were married, they settled on a farm in Vermont until 1850, when they removed to New York, and in 1863, settled in Winneshiek County, IA, where they both passed from time to eternity. James died at the age of 87 years and Eliza in her 76th year.

David M. Way is the fourth child in order of their birth of a family of seven children, and his natal day was Oct. 12, 1838. He was reared in his native place and attended school at Isle Lamotte until fourteen years old, when, in 1852, he went with his parents to Clinton, NY, remaining there 3 years and finally locating in Oshkosh, Winnebago County, WI, where he engaged in the lumber and milling business until 1861.

While living in Oshkosh, Fort Sumter was fired on, the first battle of the Rebellion, and our subject was caught in the wave of patriotism which swept the entire north. June 4, 1861, he became a member of company B, Third Wisconsin regiment, infantry, and was immediately transferred to the front. He served until July 1, 1864, and then returned to Oshkosh, where he re-enlisted Mar. 24, 1865, in company E, Twenty-second Wisconsin regiment, infantry, as a private. He was subsequently promoted to the rank of sergeant, and as such was mustered out and honorably discharged June 24, 1865, at Madison, WI.

Mr. Way, during his term of service was in many hotly contested battles, among which are the following; Antietam, where he had his musket shot out of his hands; Bolivar Heights, Winchester, Buckton Station, Cedar Mountain, the battle of Rappahannock, the celebrated engagement at Gettysburg, and the battle of South Mountain. Mr. Way was with his regiment in New York during the riot of 1863, and was with Gen. Sherman on his famous "march to the sea." During his entire 3 ½ years of service our subject was neither sick nor off duty one day.

After the close of hostilities, Mr. Way came back to Oshkosh, WI, and engaged again in his former occupation until 1866, when he made a trip to California via New York and Panama, and after a short stay on the Pacific Coast returned to Wisconsin. Until 1872 he made his home in Oshkosh, and then located in Allamakee County, IA, from where he went to Ridgeway, Winneshiek County, IA, and in this latter place engaged in the hotel business, being the proprietor of The Ridgeway House. In a year he sold out his hostelry and located on a farm he had purchased while in the army. He farmed for a year and then disposed of it and moved to Calmar, IA, and again engaged in the hotel business.

For the next few years he followed various occupations, being located in Specks Ferry while working for the railroad; that at Lansing, IA, the winter of 1873 and '74 in the lumber woods in Wisconsin. His first location in Turner County, Dak. Ter. was at Turner, near the present site of Hurley, where he took up a homestead of 160 acres. This land he improved and lived on until 1880 then moved to the farm where he now resides, and this has been his home with the exception of 7 years spent in Oshkosh, from 1881 to '88.

David's first marriage occurred Sep. 1, 1868, when he married Miss Grace Smith, a native of Wisconsin. She passed from time to eternity Mar. 15, 1881, the mother of three children; Lois, the wife of George Stalding, of Alexandria, SD; Maude E. and Junius A.

David's second wife was Miss Augusta Thom, to whom he was united in wedlock in Jul, 1887. She died in March, 1892.

In Sep. 1, 1894, he married Mrs. A. A. Caldwell, nee (Wiser), and a native of Delavan, WI. She is the mother of four children by her former marriage; De Ette, Ina, John W. and Anna Blanche.

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