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 Joseph Matthias Long

Joseph Matthias Long

Chillicothe, Ross County, Ohio, USA
Death 25 Apr 1917 (aged 82)
Avoca, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, USA
Burial Avoca, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, USA
Plot Section 8 Row 4
Memorial ID 83784380 · View Source
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("The Journal Herald" newspaper dated Apr. 26, 1917 on p. 1)

J. M. Long died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Redding Wednesday morning at one o'clock. Funeral services will be held at the Presbyterian church Friday at 2 p.m. J. M. Long has lived in Avoca over thirty-five years, the early part of his life he followed the carpenter trade, for twelve years he was deputy sheriff of Pottawattamie county and was a member of the Grant G.A.R. post. Since the death of Mrs. Long in 1909, he has made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Walter Redding in the south part of town.

("The Journal Herald" newspaper dated May 3, 1917 on p. 4)

Joseph Matthias Long was born March 27, 1835, at Chillicothe, O., where he grew to young manhood. At the beginning of the civil war he enlisted as a private in company C, 53rd Ohio infantry, and served faithfully through the entire war. Because of his faithfulness and efficiency, he rose steadily from the rank of a private to that of captain; his first promotion coming before he had been in the army a year. On July 8, 1862, he was mustered in as second lieutenant; on March 3, '64, as first lieutenant; and on Sept. 26, 1864, as captain, receiving an honorable discharge at the close of the war.

In 1866, soon after the war was over, he was married to Mary Clingman, and ten years later came to Iowa, locating at Avoca, where they lived until the death of Mrs. Long in 1909. During his residence here he served as city marshal; also for nine years as deputy sheriff and was a member of the Grant G.A.R. post.

He has been a christian since early manhood, uniting with the Presbyterian church six years ago, and since that time has never missed a service when able to attend, and he has done what he could to advance the kingdom of God in this world. By his christian spirit, self-sacrifice and consideration for those about him, he left behind him few enemies and a large circle of friends, who deeply mourn his loss, and will remember him as one who has made this community far better for having lived in it.

He believed in showing kindness and respect to friends while living, and, being retiring and unassuming in disposition, it was his wish that there be no flowers at his funeral. He died April 25, aged 82 years and 28 days.

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Mar. 27, 1835 - Apr. 25, 1917





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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Matthias Long (27 Mar 1835–25 Apr 1917), Find A Grave Memorial no. 83784380, citing Graceland Cemetery, Avoca, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Barbara Butcher (contributor 46938122) .