Served with Co. D of the 9th IA Cavalry during the Civil War per list of veteran burials in Nebraska.
Also lists his date of birth as Feb. 26, 1844 and his last name as Straw.∼Obituary: Wm. Peter Strow was born February 25th, 1845 at Knoxville, Il., where he grew to manhood and received his education. When he was 16 or 18 years of age, he enlisted in the service of his country in Company D, 9th Infantry, Iowa Calvary and remained in the service until the close of the war. And was mustered out at Little Rock, Ark., and received an honorable discharge. In the year 1871, September 3rd, he was united in marriage to Susan A. Gaston. To this union were born three daughters and one son; two of whom have preceeded their father in death. Arminta Bell, dying in infancy and Wm. S. dying about 18 months ago. His widow still remains on the farm and was present at the funeral services. Mr. Strow with his family, came to Thayer County in the month of October, 1876 and settled about 6 miles southeast of Hebron and has lived in this community ever since and helped to develop the country from what it then was and to what it now is which is the pride of every citizen in it. About thirty years ago, the subject of this sketch had the sad experience of losing his companion and thus has lived alone except what time he was able to spend with his children, who were a source of comfort to him while life was spared. When not with the children he lived alone until death overtook him last Wednesday evening at about 8:40, being 81 years, 7 months, and 18 days of age. Early in life Mr. Strow, identified himself with the Presbyterian brotherhood but when he came to this community he never was affiliated with any local congregation but was a great student of the bible and was a strong believer in the Supreme Being and the divinity of Jesus Christ. The funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the Christian church conducted by Rev. Ruppert who spoke words of comfort to a large circle of friends who had gathered to pay a tribute of respect to a neighbor and a friend. Our deceased brother leaves to mourn his loss two daughters, Mrs. Newton Hayes of Hubbell and Mrs. James Mahaffey of Hebron; six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, besides many friends. May the bereaved ones have strength for this sad experience in life is the wish of the writer. Interment was made in the Hebron Cemetery.
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