Alfred Ramsey Penney

Alfred Ramsey Penney

Birth
Owermoigne, West Dorset District, Dorset, England
Death 14 May 1923 (aged 82)
Yakima, Yakima County, Washington, USA
Burial Yakima, Yakima County, Washington, USA
Plot J 202 NW 1
Memorial ID 57681705 · View Source
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CIVIL WAR VETERAN DIES

Alfred Penney Owned Land In Valley Now Known as Community of Naches City

An 82 year old civil war veteran and old-time resident of the valley, Alfred Penney, died in St. Elizabeth's Hospital last night at 9:25 o'clock.

He was a member of the G.A.R. and belonged to company K of the twenty-seventh Iowa infantry regiment.

Penney moved to the valley in 1901 and bought the farm where Naches City is now.

He is survived by six children: Mrs. T. J. Durant of Sumner, Iowa; Jessie Schoonover of Buler, Washington; Mrs. J. Lenox Ward, Mrs. Florence Cotton of Naches; Alfred E. Penney of Naches, and Dr. R. E. Penney of Rosemary, Alberta, formerly of Yakima.

Mr. Penney has been making his home with his daughter, Mrs. J. Lenox Ward at 620 Queen Avenue.

[Yakima Daily Republic, Tuesday, May 15, 1923]

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#2: Biographical Sketch
Alfred Ramsey Penney was born April 13, 1841 in Overmoigne, Dorset, England, the son of William and Elizabeth Garland Penney. He died May 14, 1923, at Yakima, Washington. Burial was in Tahoma Cemetery, Yakima, Washington.

He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

In 1845 his parents moved to Kenosha, Wisconsin, near their two sons Robert and Arthur who had come the year before. In 1855 a son, Charles, visited Iowa and selected 1000 acres of rich farm land on the banks of the little Cedar near Stacyville, Iowa. In the spring of 1856 the rest of the family came to Iowa.

Alfred enlisted in company K, 27th Iowa Volunteers, August. 13, 1862, and was a sergeant in the company. The regiment went into the camp of instruction at Dubuque, Iowa, and from thence to the Indian war in Minnesota. Late in the fall it was ordered to Memphis, Tennessee, and became a part of the 16th army corps.

In the fall of 1864, a part of the corps was sent to St. Louis, Missouri, to assist in repelling the Rebel force under Price. In a few days his command was sent down toward Pilot Knob, to assist General Ewing in that quarter, but the railroad being torn up could not get there in time, and while stopping at Mineral Point, Missouri, Mr. Penney had a hand to hand encounter with a guerilla, in which he was badly wounded, having been severely stabbed in the throat, which came near proving fatal. He kept up the fight until relief came, and the foe was secured and buried the next day at De Soto, Missouri.

August 21, 1866 he married Lydia White, daughter of David and Lucy Hollister Warner White. She died January 4, 1914. He married Sarah J. Barnes September 13, 1914 in Yakima, Washington.

At Stacyville, Alfred was a merchant. In 1876 he and his brother embarked in trade under the style of J. & A. Penney. Their co-partnership ended in 1880 since which date Alfred became sole proprietor.

April 2, 1900, a group of nine men met to elect the first mayor and city council of the newly incorporated town called Stacyville. At that first city council meeting S. B. French, a notary public, administrated the oaths of office to councilmen. Alfred Penney made the motion that the town "shall be known as Stacyville." (Homer Stacy, had named the town after himself, several decades before.)

Children: Grace P (Thomas) Durant, Viette I Allen, Jessie (Charles) Schoonover, David (Died in infancy) Mabel (Lenox) Ward, Blanche (Died in infancy) Alfred E. Penney, Dr. Ralph Eugene Penney, Florence Clare (Mrs. Cotton, but at the time of her mother's death she was listed as Florence Penney)

Besides Alfred, other children of William and Elizabeth were: Robert, George, Arthur, Susan, Charles, Frank, William, John, and Henry.

[Sources: History of Stacyville, Iowa, 1856-2006, Mitchell County History, 1989, History of Mitchell and Worth Counties, Iowa, 1884, Iowa Legislature form for members of Legislature]

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Hon. Alfred Penney and wife, from the vicinity of North Yakima, Washington, arrived Friday morning for a visit with their daughters, Mrs. Durant and Miss Florence Penney, being attracted at this particular time by the Sumner High School commencement, Miss Florence being one of the graduates.

Mr. Penney is also interested in the silver anniversary commencement of the Upper Iowa University at Fayette, as he was one of the original students of that school, though not a graduate. After he had attended a year he stopped for a while to teach. Then the war broke out, and he enlisted in the 27th Iowa. After the war, owing to circumstances, he did not resume collegiate studies, but has always had a sympathetic interest In the U.I.U.

The writer knew Mr. Penney when he was the leading merchant in Stacyville, Iowa, and when he was state representative from Mitchell County, and enjoyed a chat with him soon after his arrival in Sumner. He moved to Washington seven years ago and bought a ranch, and helped encourage the building of a shortline railroad up the valley, and as a reward for his public spirit the railroad located the terminus on his land, so that he was enabled to lay out a town site and dispose of same at satisfactory figures.

[Sumner Gazette, Thursday, May 28, 1908, Sumner, Iowa]
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ALFRED R. PENNEY Born in England, April 13, 1841. In 1845 his parents came to America, landing at Quebec, going thence to Kingston. After a brief stay there they went to Salem, Kenosha Co., Wis., where Mr. Penney lived until 1856, in which year he came to Mitchell county and located in Liberty township. There he resided until March 24, 1876, when he came to Stacyville. Mr. Penney enlisted in company K, 27th Iowa Volunteers, August 13, 1862, and was a sergeant in the company.

Mr. Penney was married to Lydia White, August 21, 1866. She was born in Erie Co., Penn., Aug. 21, 1844. Mr. Penney was elected to represent Mitchell county in Twenty-fourth General Assembly, 1892. He was a republican in politics.

[Source: History of Mitchell and Worth Counties, Iowa]
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Alfred, was born April 14, 1841, the son of William and Elizabeth Garland Penney. Alfred's parents had 12 boys and two girls. Ten of William and Elizabeth's children were: Robert, George, Arthur, Susan, Charles, Frank, William, John, Alfred and Henry.

Alfred married Lydia White and had seven children: Grace, Viette, Jessie, Mabel, Alfred, Ralph, and Florence.

[Mitchell Co. History, 1989]

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Alfred Penney

Alfred Penney, merchant, has been engaged in his present business since 1876, when he and his brother embarked in trade under the style of J. & A. Penney. Their co-partnership ended in 1880 since which date Alfred has been sole proprietor. Mr. Penney was born in England, April 13, 1841. In 1845 his parents came to America, landing at Quebec, going thence to Kingston. After a brief stay there they went to Salem, Kenosha Co., Wis., where Mr. Penney lived until 1856, in which year he came to Mitchell county and located in Liberty township. There he resided until March 24, 1876, when he came to Stacyville.

Mr. Penney enlisted in company K, 27th Iowa Volunteers, Aug. 13, 1862, and was a sergeant in the company. The regiment went into the camp of instruction at Dubuque, Iowa, and from thence to the Indian war in Minnesota. Late in the fall it was ordered to Memphis, Tenn., and became a part of the 16th army corps. In the fall of 1864, a part of the corps was sent to St. Louis, Mo., to assist in repelling the Reoel force under Price. In a few days his command was sent down toward Pilot Knob, Mo., to assist Gen. Ewing in that quarter, but the railroad being torn up could not get there in time, and while stopping at Mineral Point, Mo., Mr. Penney had a hand to hand encounter with a guerilla. in which he was badly wounded, having been severely stabbed in the throat, which came near proving fatal. He kept up the fight until relief came, and the foe was secured and buried the next day at De Soto, Mo.

Mr. Penney was married to Lydia White, Aug. 21, 1866. She was born in Erie Co., Penn., Aug. 21, 1844. The family includes six children – Grace, Viette, Jessie, Mabel, Alfred E., and an infant. Mr. And Mrs. Penney are members of the M. E. Church.

[History of Mitchell and Worth Counties, Iowa, 1884, page 511 (Stacyville Township)]

(Contributed by Gordon Felland, May 2003)

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Photo of Alfred and Lydia (his first wife), from Standard Historical Atlas of Mitchell County, Iowa, 1911.



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  • Find A Grave Memorial 57681705
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alfred Ramsey Penney (13 Apr 1841–14 May 1923), Find A Grave Memorial no. 57681705, citing Tahoma Cemetery, Yakima, Yakima County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by DM Scott (contributor 47110289) .