Christian Smith Maxson

Christian Smith Maxson

Death 22 Dec 1928 (aged 86)
Burial Edgewood, Delaware County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 5766207 · View Source
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Son of Ephraim Maxsom & Polly Smith; he m1. Clarissa Fisher in 1865; he m2. Lorana Bush in 1877; he m3. Effie May Robbins in 1888.

Should have a GAR marker. Served as a Private in Company B, 21st Iowa Volunteer Infantry, Aug. 6, 1962 to June 6, 1865.


Dubuque Telegraph Herald and Times Journal
Sunday 21 Oct 1928
War Veteran Has Birthday
Christian S. Maxson One Of Four Remaining in Edgewood

Edgewood, Ia., Oct. 20 - The eighty-sixth birthday of Christian S. Maxson of this place was observed Thursday. Three daughters and their families came to be with their father on this day besides other friends and relatives. They were: Mrs. Harry Chase, husband and three daughters of Center Junction; Mrs. R. Brady, husband and four children of Scotch Grove, and Mrs. Lee Way and husband. Besides these Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Clark of near Center Junction, Miss Margaret Kirk, Mrs. Leona B. Fraser and son, Hugh, the latter of whom is a great grandson of Mr. Maxson.

During the afternoon Mr. Brady on the mouth organ and Mrs. Clark at the piano play many old time pieces.

Mr. Maxson is one of four remaining Civil War veterans in Edgewood. He is not in the best of health but he still insists on climbing the ladder to the top of his store building and superintending the tarring of the roof twice a year at least, much to the distress of his wife.

In all the presidential elections since he was old enough to vote, Mr. Maxson has missed but one and the time there was a death in the family. One of his grandchildren, in telling him that she had voted the democratic ticket a few years ago said: "I don't understand it, none of your people ever did such a thing."

He saw three years' of service in the Civil War, having fought in the battles of Harstville, Grand Gulf, Magnolia Hills, Champion Hills, Black River bridge, siege of Vicksburg, siege and fall of Spanish Fort, Fort Blakely and Mobile. In one battle a bullet went through his vest and killed the soldier next to him. Another time while sleeping in his tent, a spent bullet tore through his tent, hit him on the hip but only raised a large lump.

Mr. Maxson is the only living charger member of the Knights of Pythias lodge which was organized here only thirty years ago. He had been a member of the Masonic lodge for fourteen years and of the G.A.R. ever since its organization.

In 1886 Mr. Maxson entered the lumber business here and in connection with this built many of the largest barns between here and Manchester, In 1894 he went into the hardware business in which he continued for eight years. Then he entered the mercantile business and remained in it until fire destroyed his entire stock in 1913. He then retired from active business.

As an evidence in which his community hold him he has served on the school board for many years, has served two terms as justice of the peace and was trustee of the township for fifteen years.

The only thing to dim the joys of Thursday's celebration was an auto accident which happened a few miles on the other side of Manchester. Mr. Clark was driving his big coach with his wife and the Chase family as occupants when they ran full onto a car which had no lights on. Supposedly the other car had "gone dead." Imogene Chase was badly cut and bruised from flying glass. Mrs. Chase and Mrs. Clark sustained bad bruises but it was thought not of a serious nature. Cars brought them back to the Maxson home here where they spent the night, returning by train to Center Junction Friday morning.


Dubuque Telegraph Herald and Times Journal
Friday 28 Dec 1928
Veteran Passes

Edgewood, Ia., Dec. 28. -- Christian Smith Maxson's funeral services were held in the M.E. Church here Wednesday afternoon, with the Rev. H.W. Artman, former pastor here and now of Winthrop, officiating, assisted by Rev. C.W. Cleveland, pastor.

Born near South Bend, Ind., on Oct. 18, 1842, he came with his parents, Ephriam Maxson and Mary Smith Maxson, to Iowa, in 1850, to settle for a short time near the site of Greeley. The next year they moved to a farm four miles north of Edgewood and two years later removed to the permanent home a little farther west in Chipman Hollow.

Before reaching his twentieth year, he enlisted in Company B, 21st regiment, Iowa volunteer infantry. He served three years, until the close of the ware and although he was in numerous battles he was never wounded. Among the engagements in which he fought were Hartsville, Grand Gulf, Magnolia Hills, Champion Hills, Black River Ridge, Siege of Vicksburg, Siege and Fall of Spanish Fort, Fort Blekely and Mobile.

After entering the military service, Mr. Maxson purchased books and with hard study by the light of his camp fire at night he sought to improve his education. In this he succeeded, becoming thoroughly efficient in ordinary branches.

On Oct. 18, 1865, following his discharge, Mr. Maxson married Miss Clarissa Fisher of Fairfield. Three children were born to this union, all of whom have died, two in infancy, and one daughter who became the wife of E.M. Garretson. She died in 1895. Mrs. Maxson died in 1872.

On Oct. 17, 1877, Mr. Maxson and Mrs. Lorana Newman, widow of J. Wesley Newman, were married. To this union three children were born, Mrs. Ransom (Clara) Brady of Scotch Grove, Mrs. Harry (Daisy) Chase of Center Junction, and Lloyd Maxson, a retail grocer of Philipsburg, Mont. Ten years later Mrs. Maxson died.

On Sept. 1, 1888, he was married to Miss Effie M. Robbins. Two children were born to this union, one daughter, Eveah, became the wife of Clifford Ash. She died June 28, 1914. The second daughter, Irma, is the wife of Lee Way who lives near Edgewood.

Until 1886 Mr. Maxson engaged in farming. He then purchased a lumber business in Edgewood. After a few years he exchanged to the ownership of a hardware store. Disposing of this after eight years, he purchased a stock of general merchandise and continued in the until the fire of 1923 destroyed his entire stock.
For many years Mr. Maxson acted as school official, township trustee and justice of the peace. He had also platted several additions to the city of Edgewood and erected a number of buildings.

He was the last of the charter members of the Knights of Pythias and for many years was connected with the Masonic fraternity, by which order the burial service was conducted. Three members from each of the orders acted as pall bearers and the quartet furnishing the music was composed of two members from each lodge.

Beside the widow, three daughters and one son, there are also twelve grandchildren and three great grandchildren surviving. He died Saturday evening following a heart attack.

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