Milo Joel Strong

Milo Joel Strong

Birth
Vermont, USA
Death 1 Oct 1910 (aged 75)
Davison County, South Dakota, USA
Burial Sanborn County, South Dakota, USA
Memorial ID 51467033 · View Source
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Milo J. Strong is the son of Ira P. & Catherine McDonald Strong. He came to Sanborn Co., SD from Crawford Co., WI. He was first married to Sarah Thomas (1842-1892) and then married Phoebe (Divert). He served in Co. A, 31st WI Infantry in the Civil War.

MILO J. STRONG. Among the sturdy, energetic and successful farmers of Ravenna township, Sanborn county, who thoroughly understand the vocation which they follow, and consequently are enabled to carry on that calling with profit to themselves, is the subject of this sketch. He was born in Vermont, in 1837, and is a son of Ira P. and Catherine (McDonald) Strong, who were born and reared in the same state, but when our subject was four years old removed to Michigan and two years later to Wisconsin, where they located on a farm. His grandfather McDonald and his seven sons were among the troops known as the Green Mountain Boys in the war of 1812. On the paternal side our subject's ancestors were driven from England on account of religious belief and first settled in the north of Ireland, but soon afterward went to Scotland. In 1692 they were again forced to seek another home and this time came to the new world, locating in Vermont, which they supposed to be French territory. Our subject was reared on the home farm in Wisconsin and his educational advantages were limited to three months attendance at a country school. As his mother died when he was only nine years old, the family was soon broken up and from that time until reaching manhood he lived among strangers and earned his own livelihood by working as a farm hand. In 1862 he enlisted in Company A, Thirty-first Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, and was first sent to Cairo, Illinois, afterward to Kentucky and Tennessee. He marched all over those states, was in the Vicksburg campaign, and later joined General Sherman in his engagements around Atlanta and in his celebrated march to the sea. Subsequently, during the Carolina campaign he was in two hard fought battles, and participated in the grand review at Washington, D. C. In 1860, Mr. Strong was united in marriage with Miss Sarah A. Thomas, a native of Missouri. As her father was a strong anti-slavery man, he moved north in 1850, but was the only one of his family to uphold the Union cause during the Civil war, having four brothers in the Confederate army. His five sons, however, wore the blue and fought gallantly for the old flag, which now floats so proudly above a united nation. Mrs. Strong was given a good education, and successfully engaged in teaching school for a time. Our subject and his wife have a family of twelve children, some of whom are now grown and engaged in teaching and others in farming. Coming to Sanborn county, South Dakota, in 1882, Mr. Strong located on section 25, Ravenna township, and spent the first winter here in a sod house. He brought with him three horses, two cows, his household goods and a very little other property. From his home at that time there was but one house in sight on the broad prairie, and the family underwent all the hardships common to the early settlers. At one time he and his neighbors fought a prairie fire continuously for twenty-five hours, and in 1883 a cyclone passed within sixty rods of his house, doing considerable damage to his corn crop. Of his one hundred and sixty acres of land, one-half is under cultivation, the remainder in pasture, and he also has five acres of forest trees. However, he operates four hundred and eighty acres, and in 1898 harvested one thousand nine hundred bushels of wheat, two thousand five hundred bushels of corn, seven hundred bushels of oats, and one hundred bushels of potatoes. In connection with his farming, he is also interested in the creamery business and in two warehouses, buying grain. Mr. Strong's first wife died in 1892, and three years later he married Miss Febby Divert, a successful school teacher, whose parents were natives of Ohio. The Republican party always finds in our subject a stanch supporter of its principles, and he served as a delegate to the state convention of his party in 1896. He has held several township offices, and as a public-spirited and progressive citizen he never withholds his aid from any enterprise for the public good. Socially he is a man of prominence and is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Masonic fraternity and Eastern Star. A portrait of Mr. Strong will be found on another page.

"Memorial and biographical record; an illustrated compendium of biography, containing a compendium of local biography, including biographical sketches of prominent old settlers and representative citizens of South Dakota..." Published by G. A. Ogle & Co., Chicago, 1899. Pages 978-981 Scan, OCR and editing by Maurice Krueger,mkrueger@iw.net, 1998
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Milo J. Strong served in Captain Chase's company:
1st Corpl.---- Milo J. Strong, of Lynxville.
Wounded on 29 July 1864 at Atlanta, GA
Enlisted 9 Aug 1862 in Company A, 31st Infantry Regiment, Wisconsin
Promoted to Full Sergeant on 9 Aug 1862
Mustered out of Co A 31st Infantry Regiment, Wisconsin on 20 Jun 1865
Residence at enlistment: Eastman, WI


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  • Maintained by: Barbara Blum
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 51467033
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Milo Joel Strong (Jul 1835–1 Oct 1910), Find A Grave Memorial no. 51467033, citing Farwell Cemetery, Sanborn County, South Dakota, USA ; Maintained by Barbara Blum (contributor 46610357) .