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Tampico Tornado, Aug 11, 1894

Tampico Tornado, August 11, 1894


REEVES - At his home in Champaign, Ill., Tuesday, Aug. 7th, 1894, Joseph C. Reeves.

The subject of this sketch was born in Wayne Co., N. Y., April 26, 1840, and obtained his education at the common school until 17 years of age and then for two years at the Marion Collegiate Institute in Wayne Co., N. Y. In the fall of 1860 he came to Whiteside County; taught school in Hahnaman Township the following winter, and the next autumn returned to Wayne Co., N. Y. for the purpose of enlisting in the army. He enrolled Sept. 19, 1861, in the Eighth New York Cav., and served nearly four years, being in about 60 general engagements, besides numerous skirmishes. At the battle of Five Forks, Va., in April, 1864, he was wounded in the neck by a minnie ball, which incapacitated him for further service, and he remained in the hospital at Washington until the close of the war.

After receiving his discharge, he came directly to Whiteside County and in company with his brother, Amos, purchased 200 acres of land in Hahnaman Township, since which time he has resided there with the exception of nearly six years when he lived in the township of Tampico.

Mr. Reeves resided here until some two years since, when he moved to Champaign. He was a man highly respected, a good citizen and an honored soldier. His funeral took place at his home and he was lain to rest in the cemetery there.     End of Obit

Note: Mr. Reeves and his wife Fannie (Brewer) are both buried in the Tampico Memorial Cemetery.

2nd Obit

Last Sunday morning the remains of J. C. Reeves [father of Rear Adm. Jos. M. Reeves] were interred in the Tampico Cemetery. The remains were shipped from Champaing, Ill., and arrived here Saturday evening, and were taken in charge by the comrades of Samuel G. Steadman Post, No. 491. At ten o'clock the G.A.R., the W.R.C., and the Tampico Camp No. 9,M.W.A., met at their lodge rooms and toether marched with the remains to the cemetery where a short service was held. Then they marched  to the Baptist church, where Rev. J. E. Millard preached a memorial sermon. There was a very large turnout of the members of the idfferent societies and the house was filled with sympathizing friends, who in sadness and sympathy offered their assistance to the bereaved wife and fatherless children. J. C. Reeves, died the 7th day of August and was buried at Champain by the G.A.R. Post of that place, but as he had spent the majoirty of his life in this vicinity and had relatives and frineds here, it was decided to bring him here. He was an esteemed citizen, a brave soldier, an honored woodman, and leaves behind him many true, tried and warm friends. (Sterling Standard, November 29, 1894, pg. 15)

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