Aaron Moss, one of the few surviving veterans of the Civil war
and a resident of Butler county since 1855, was born in Carroll
county, Indiana, August 2, 1842. He is a son of Rev. Phillip Moss,
who was minister of a church in Indiana for a number of years.
In 1855 he moved with his family to Iowa, settling on a farm in
Coldwater township near Greene. He was afterward active in
church work here, preaching over a large district and becoming
well known as a zealous and conscientious minister. He died upon
his farm in 1859 and was survived by his wife only a short time.
They were the parents of a large family of children, seven of whom
grew to maturity.
Aaron Moss was reared in Coldwater township and acquired his education in the common schools. On the 3d of February, 1862, he enlisted, becoming a member of Company A, Twenty-first Iowa Volunteer Infantry. He participated in many of the most important engagements of the Civil war, including that of Hartsville, Missouri, and Vicksburg, and he commanded the company for some time. He was present at the engagements at Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely and he later joined Banks expedition up the Red river to Shreveport. He became first sergeant. Upon the close of the war he received his honorable discharge and returned to Iowa, where he afterward engaged in farming for a few years. When he abandoned this line of occupation he turned his attention to the general merchandising business and some years later began buying and shipping stock. He was, however, a brick and stone mason by trade, and eventually he concentrated his attention upon this work, following it for many years thereafter. He took up his residence in Greene and assisted in the construction of most of the brick business houses in the town and a number of the more important residences. In his early days he was a well known vocalist
and taught a singing school for a number of years. He was, besides, a member of the church choir and its leader for some time.
In Greene, on the 24th of December, 1865, Mr. Moss married Miss Margaret A. Sturtz, a native of Pennsylvania, who moved to Iowa. She passed away in October, 1902, leaving six children: Ehner; Fred; Dr. Solomon, a dentist in Sheffield; William; Mrs. Edward Barth of Greene; and Mrs. Maud Runyon of Council Bluffs, Iowa. On the 20th of October, 1904, Mr. Moss was again married, his second wife being Mrs. Sarah Shepard, who was born in Pennsylvania. When she was ten years of age she moved with her parents to Illinois and later came to Iowa. She had three sons by her former marriage : William, of Kansas City, Missouri; Bavid, of Osage, Iowa; and Charles, of Clarksville, Iowa.
Fraternally Mr. Moss is identified with the local lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in which he has served through all the chairs and is now past grand and past district, deputy. He was for two years president of the Regimental Association of the Twenty-first Iowa and is now serving as vice president of that body. He was appointed as a member of the Vicksburg National Park commission by the governor of Iowa, but had to decline on account of his wife's health. He has been very prominent in the affairs of the Grand Army of the Republic, both locally and nationally. He is a member of Greene Post, No. 200, G. A. R., in which he has filled all of the offices. He has been adjutant and commander of the post and is at present chaplain. He was formerly aide-de-camp on the department commanders staff and was also aide-de-camp on the staff of the commander in chief . He and his wife are devout members of the Presbyterian church. Mr. Moss is one of the well known men of Greene, he has been identified with the growth and development of the city for many years, gaining in the course of a long, useful and honorable life the esteem and confidence of the entire community.
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