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O'Brien County: Sutherland
GPS Coordinates: 42.966250 by -95.485300
Monument to last Veteran to die in Iowa
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Pvt. James P. Martin (1847-1949) was a member of Battery H, 1st Wisconsin Heavy Artillery. After the war, he farmed near Sutherland, Iowa. He was the last Veteran to die in Iowa, almost reaching his 102nd birthday. He was active in the GAR, attending many national encampments and being appointed the last state department commander in 1947. It was said that photos of him and other old Veterans were in Life Magazine. This monument was erected in his honor - it originaly was in the town of Sutherland but was moved to Waterman Cemetery SE of Sutherland. It is near the CW monument in the center of the cemetery. He is not buried at the monument but elsewhere in the SE area of the cemetery. Thanks to Ed Johannsen of Sutherland for information and showing me the location of the monument and tombstone. Photos taken 10/14/11. The old photo shows the monument when located in town - it appears the inscriptions were painted to better highlight them.