Eliphlet James Stonebraker obituary 1847-1935

Died at his home after a two years illness. He was long, familiar figure on the streets of Hampton, IA and was one of the two remaining Civil war veterans in Hampton, the other being L. L. Conner. E. J. Stonebraker was born at Mt. Morris, Illinois, August 7, 1847, and he grew to young manhood in that community. He attended the rural schools of Ogle county, Illinois, and later attended Mt. Morris College. After completing his schooling he was engaged for a time as a school teacher in that county. When he was seventeen years of age be enlisted in the 46th Illinois infantry serving under Captain F I. Marsh, engaging in three major battles; the capture of Fort Blakely, the Battle of Mobile and the Spanish Fort. He was united in marriage to Miss Emma Marsh in 1867 at the home of her Bro.,Captain Marsh,, in Oregon, Illinois, and they made their home in that community for several years. In 1870 they came to Hampton and had lived continuously in the home they built in 1871. He engaged in the painting and decorating business here during his active years. He was prominent in the work of the G. A. R. and served as state commander of the Iowa department in 1926. He was a charter member of McKenzie Post, G.A R. and also served as an officer in the local organization for many years.

The deceased is survived by his. widow, Mrs. E. J. Stonebraker, Sr., and by three sons, L. E. Stonebraker, W. G. Stonebraker and E. J. Stonebraker, Jr., of Hampton, and three daughters, Mrs. Nellie Typer and Mrs. R. D. Hinton, of Hampton, and Mrs. William Typer, of Polo, Illinois. He is also survived by one brother, Orville Stonebraker, of Lincoln, Nebraska , and one sister, Mrs. M. E. Bell, of Ottawa, Kansas.

Funeral services, conducted by Rev. W. C. Cleworth, pastor of the Methodist church, were held yesterday afternoon at the home and burial was made in the Hampton Cemetery.

Submitted by Jane Edson

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