Name:     Virgil Horace Wright

From:  Unknown, Hazleton, Iowa
Date:  July, 1921

Virgil Horace Wright was born near Columbus, Ohio, January 12, 1846, and died July 26, 1921, at 1 p.m., aged 75 years, 6 months and 14 days. Passing away peacefully after an illness of two weeks. 

At the age of seventeen, obedient to the call of his country, he enlisted from Cedar County, Iowa, August 6, 1863, and was mustered into U.S. service at Camp Roberts, Davenport October 11, 1863, as private in Co. K 8th regiment Iowa Cavalry. He was captured by the enemy Oct. 23rd 1864 and held as a prisoner in the south for six months, two months at Meridian, Miss., and the rest of the time at Cahuaba, Alabama. The experiences of those drear months of imprisonment were so distressing he usually refrained from talking about them. He received an honorable discharge August 7, 1865. 

He was married to Adaline Croghan in Missouri in 1866. To this union were born four children, two dying in childhood, Katie at the age of twelve and Ellen when only two; Mrs. Myrtie Wilson of Omaha, Neb. and J. H. Wright of Dana, Iowa, survive him. Their mother died in April, 1875.

On June 27, 1879, he was married to Sarah Ellen Addy at Toledo, Iowa. Two children were born to them: I. J. Wright of Hazleton, and the late H. L. Wright who passed away just one week before his father's death; having submitted to an operation for appendicitis on Saturday, July 16, he died Tuesday, July 19, at Valley City, N. Dakota. 

While Mr. and Mrs. I. J. Wright were on their way home from attending their brother's funeral before leaving Oelwein they received the sad news of their father's departure. Mrs. Wright preceded him in death April 7, 1921. 

Mr. Wright was a member of Trinity Methodist Episcopal church of Hazleton and also of the Buchanan Co. Holiness association and of the G.W. Nelson Post of the G.A.R. Besides his three sorrowing children, he is survived by seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren, also two sisters, Mrs. Adam Sheets of Diagonal, Ia. and Mrs. Henry Sheets of Tipton. 

The funeral service was held in the M.E. Church of Hazleton, conducted by the pastor, and the tired body was laid to rest in Hazleton cemetery.

May the God of all comfort grant the balm of his heavenly consolation to these bereaved mourners who have been called upon to say goodbye to three loved ones in less than three months.