John T. Gager

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John T. Gager

Broome County, New York, USA
Death 24 Nov 1939 (aged 99)
Fayette County, Iowa, USA
Burial Hawkeye, Fayette County, Iowa, USA
Plot 13
Memorial ID 73639854 · View Source
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Dubuque Telegraph Herald, November 5, 1931


Alpha, Ia. Nov. 5 – Special: J. T. Gager, Alpha’s oldest citizen, the only surviving Civil War veteran, will celebrate his ninety-first birthday Nov. 11.

Mr. Gager was born in Broome County, New York Nov. 11, 1840, and lived there until he was 11 years old, when he moved with his parents to Illinois. When the Civil War broke out he enlisted with Co. B., 105th regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and served until the close of the war, being mustered out June 7, 1865. He was married that fall and purchased a farm in Illinois, where he lived for several years before he came to Iowa, and purchased a farm in Bethel Township. He lived in Alpha for a time, but three years ago he returned to the farm, where his son Charles and family reside. When the World War came to an end Mr. Gager remarked that the signing of the Armistice was the highest birthday celebration he had ever enjoyed, and since that time his birthday has been honored at each Armistice Day.
Civil War Vet, 99, Dies
at West Union

Framer was the oldest Person
in County, One Son Survives

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John T. Gager (17 Nov 1840–24 Nov 1939), Find A Grave Memorial no. 73639854, citing Bethel Cemetery, Hawkeye, Fayette County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by larry (contributor 47255152) .