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December 31, 1815–October 6, 1894
|The death of this aged and highly respected citizen last Saturday was very unexpected, following an illness of only a very few days. He had been about town as usual previous to his sickness and seemingly was in the enjoyment of fairly good health. Mr. Waggoner was an upright citizen, and no man ever formed his acquaintance who did not become his lifelong friend. The following obituary notice is furnished us by Rev. W. C. Smith, who preached the funeral sermon:
Anthony Waggoner was born in Alsace, France, December 31, 1815, and died at his home in Anamosa, Iowa, October 6th, 1894, aged 78 years, 9 months and 6 days. At the age of 12 years he came to New York city, thence he went to Oneida county, N.Y., returning to the city in 1832, where he learned the carpenter's trade.
October 4, 1837, he came to Hardin county, Ohio, where at the age of about 22 he was converted to the Christian religion and joined the Christian church. October 26th, 1854, he moved to Jackson township, Jones county, Iowa, and settled on a farm, remaing there until twelve years ago, when he moved to Anamosa, remaining here until the date of his death.
He was married to Miss Ruth Cook King, May 10, 1837. There was born unto them one son, Charles B. Waggoner. His first wife died June 12, 1839. He was again married Sept 1st, 1839. There were born unto them nine children, five sons and four daughters. There are three daughters and one son still living. His second wife died December 13th, 1862. He was married to his third wife, Ann Eliza Sawdey, October 15th, 1863. There was born unto them one daughter, Abiah Catherine Waggoner.
At the organization of the Christian church in Jackson township about the year 1855, he went into said organization under the labors of J. Linscott, and was deacon in the church for over forty years. He lived a faithful Christian life until called away by the hand of death.
He leaves behind him to mourn their sad loss, a true and faithful wife and four faithful daughters, together with their husbands, Marion Belknap, John Beam, Samuel Alspaugh and Charles E. Waggoner, and one son Charles B. Waggoner, all of whom were at the funeral; one son, Jacob, was absent, being in California; likewise other relatives and numberous friends who remember his hospitalities and kindness, not to be soon forgotten. The funeral sermon on the occasion was preached by the writer, which took place in the Baptist church, Anamosa, October 9th, assisted by Rev A. H. Ballard, Pastor of the Baptist church, Rev. S. F. Millikan, of the Congregational church, and Rev. Crocker, Chaplain of the Anamosa Penitentiary. Benediction by Elder N. Potter.
W. C. Smith
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