Decatur County Journal
Thursday, August l2, l9l5
MARTIN KIMPORT, one of the highly respected citizens and old soldiers of
Leon, passed away at his home in this city about noon on Monday August
9th, at the age of seventy years, four months, and five days.
MR. KIMPORT was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, March 4, l845. When
he was three years of age his parents moved to Iowa, locating in Cedar
County, where his boyhood days were spent. In l863, when he was a lad
of eighteen he enlisted in the services of his country in Co. A. l3th
Iowa Vol. Inf., and served with honor until the close of the war. He
was with General Sherman on his "March to the Sea," and during the last
six months of his service was color bearer of his regiment. When the
Union Forces were successful, he had the honor of placing the Stars and
Stripes on the Capitol of South Carolina.
December 2, l868, he was united in marriage to MISS AUGUSTA REIFENSTAHL,
at Vinton, Benton County, Iowa. To this union were born nine children,
five daughters and four sons, all of whom with the widowed mother
survive him. The children are: MRS. EMMA DEXTER, of Des Moines; MRS.
NETTIE LAUGHLIN, of Lineville; MRS. EDITH JOHNSTON, of Pleasanton;
CHARLES E., of Manchester; WALTER, of Des Moines; WILLIAM, MAMIE and
MRS. ELLA CAMPBELL, of Leon, and ELMER, of Vernon, Colorado, the last
two named being twins. All of the children were present at his funeral
except ELMER and MRS. DEXTER, who were unable to be present. The death
of MR. KIMPORT makes the first break in the family circle. In addition
to his wife and children, he is survived by twenty-two grandchildren.
MR. KIMPORT and family came to Decatur County in l895 and located on a
farm in Morgan Township, removing later to a farm in Eden Township, and
when his health would no longer permit active work, he moved to Leon
five years ago, where he continued to reside until his death. For a
number of years after the close of the war he taught school. In l890 he
united with the M.E. Church, and always took an active interest in the
church and its affairs. Some years ago on account of not being able to
attend the church of his choice, he transferred his membership to the
East Eden Church of Christ. His health had been gradually failing for
Funeral services were held at the home on Tuesday afternoon at 2:30
o'clock, conducted by Rev. Guy J. Fansher, Pastor of the Leon M.E.
Church, the services at the grave being in charge of the G.A.R. Post, of
which he was a member. The floral offerings were many and beautiful,
testifying to the high esteem in which he was held. Interment was in
the Leon Cemetery. The sorrowing wife and children have the sympathy of
many friends in their great affliction.
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