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 Augustus Villars Dodge

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Augustus Villars Dodge

  • Birth 31 Jan 1843 Sainte Genevieve, Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri, USA
  • Death 25 Mar 1888 Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa, USA
  • Burial Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa, USA
  • Memorial ID 76599793

Aged 45 at the time of his death according to stone inscription.

Married Virginia A. Temple on April 15, 1873 in Jefferson, Iowa. His age at time of marriage was listed as 30


Death of Mr. A. V. Dodge Sunday Morning - Other Bereavements.

About nine o'clock Sunday morning Mr. A. V. Dodge quietly passed away from the scenes of a busy life on earth, surrounded by the sorrowing members of his family; deeply lamented by many friends. For a long time Mr. Dodge's health was not robust and he always appeared delicate and frail, even in his younger days, and before any symptom or suspicion of disease had fastened upon him. For several months past, however, he has been compelled to retire from active business, and for some time his only venture out of the house was made in a closed carriage. His family and friends knew the end was coming, but it seemed to come none the less suddenly for that. He died so calmly and peacefully that the transition from this world to that was hardly to be noticed.

Augustus Villars Dodge was born in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., January 31, 1843 and was the eldest son of the Late Gen. A. C. Dodge. He accompanied his father and mother to Spain in 1854, when the former was appointed minister to that country. While there he acquired a perfect familiarity with the language of the country, an accomplishment that afterward came in excellent play with him in his business connections. He also spent a considerable time in France. Returning to America Mr. Dodge made his home in this city almost entirely, with the exception of a sojourn in Mexico, a few years ago, in the capacity of interpreter for the general manager of the Mexican Central Railway, and a stay of a number of months in Texas during the winter of 1886-87, whither he went in the hope of bettering his health, which was then seriously failing him; a hope which proved delusive. During his stay in this city, he was an active member of the well known fruit commission and ice packing firm of Rankin & Dodge, and retained his connection with it during his abscence and until his death. He was quite widely known throughout this portion of the country through the dealings of this house, and had many friends outside the city. He was married a number of years ago to Miss Virginia Temple and leaves her to mourn him together with two youthful sons.

Mr. Dodge was a man of the utmost kindness of heart and the strictest and most uncompromising sense of honor. He was an enthusiastic admirer of the elegant and refined in all forms, fond of music and art and greatly interested in the work of the leading actors. He devoted a great deal of time and attention and much intelligent painstaking effort to the production of various performances by our local dramatic talent for the benefit of various deserving causes; and was always ready to lend his assistance to the furthering of any charitable projects. He was an entertaining talker and thoroughly informed upon a wide range of subjects and an otherwise liberal eduation was vastly aided and improved by the widely extended travel he had been permitted to enjoy. He was a man with many friends and he will be greatly missed and sincerely mourned. The notice of the funeral will be found elsewhere.

Source: Burlington Hawk-Eye, 26 Mar 1880, page 3.


Mr. Dodge's Funeral

The funeral of Mr. A. V. Dodge, held from the residence on North Fifth street yesterday afternoon, was very largely attended, a great number of our citizens gathered to take the last look at the face of a departed friend and pay their parting respect to a man whom all his fellows admired and respected. The services were conducted by Rev. Dr. M. A. Johnson of Christ church and Rev. Wm. Salter and, while brief, were sadly impressive. The casket was literally entombed in the flowers which were everywhere about the room, many of them the remembrances of loving friends. A lengthy cortege followed the remains to the tomb. Of all the citizens of Burlington who have been called away none have been more generally lamented or will be more sadly missed than A. V. Dodge.

Source: Burlington Hawk-Eye, 28 Mar 1888, page 3.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 76599793
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Augustus Villars Dodge (31 Jan 1843–25 Mar 1888), Find A Grave Memorial no. 76599793, citing Aspen Grove Cemetery, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Heather Cottrell (contributor 47193139) .