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ELI STILLMAN BAILEY

Springdale Cemetery
Clinton County, Iowa
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The Clinton Herald Saturday November 5, 1892 p. 3 The community was shocked this morning to learn of the dangerous illness of Major E.S. Bailey, and later to hear of his death, which occurred this afternoon at the Fifth avenue home at 2:20 o'clock. The end came quietly and peacefully, after his being confined to his room only since Tuesday. The cause was septicemia. For over a year and a half, the deceased had been a great sufferer, and though the most skilled medical ability had been brought to bear, the disease finally mastered. Major Bailey was in his 66th year. He had lived in this county since before the war, in which he served and gained his title. He was one of the most prominent business men of this section, being at the time of his death president of the Merchant's National Bank, a director in the Clinton National Bank, and also a director of the B.C.R. & N. He was one of the leading lawyers of Iowa, practicing much in the supreme court, and he was specially noted for his railroad cases. His influence was powerful wherever exerted. A wife and two daughters survive. No funeral arrangements are yet made. Brief time precludes the extended notice that this lamentable event deserves, and it must be postponed till our next issue.

The Clinton Herald Monday November 7, 1892 p. 3 No death in Clinton for years has caused such comment and called forth such expressions of deep sorrow as did the announcement of Major E.S. Bailey's in Saturday evening's Herald. So long had he lived here and so prominently had he been identified with every advancement of the city, that all who were acquainted with him and those who had only become familiar with his name though his connection with business and social affairs felt a personal loss in this removal of a prominent man and leading citizen. Major Bailey was born in Ashtabula, Ohio, July 22nd, 1837. There he attended school, afterwards entering Union college, from which he was graduated in 1849. He studied law at Hamilton and Syracuse, N.Y., and was admitted to the bar in 1853. Coming to Iowa in November of 1855, he settled in Clinton county, at DeWitt, and engaged in the practice of his profession. In 1857 he was married to Annie E. Sears, who with two daughters survives him. During the fearful struggle between North and South, his courageous spirit was not one to shirk from his share of the danger and work. He was commissioned paymaster in the army, with the rank of Major, served three years, and was mustered out April 30, 1866, when he returned to Clinton county. Since that time he had practiced law here and had won reputation and fortune for himself, ranking among the foremost jurists of Iowa. In fraternal circles he was a 32 degree Mason. In business, his advice was always to be depended on; it was courageous yet sure, always seeming to road aright the signs of the times. He was attorney for the C. & N.W. for years, was a director in the B.C.R. & N. railway company, president of the Merchant's National Bank, a director in the Clinton National Bank and is also in the Merchant's and Manufacturer's Insurance Co., and with the exception of the first year had been president of the Wapsipinican Club since its organization. The character of this man was such as to inspire the highest admiration in all with whom he came in contact. Its thorough integrity, its strength and manliness, its gentleness' its shrewdness, all combined to mold and shape that upon which friends, business men, and the community leaned for support and guidance, and they never found it wanting. There was that completeness and roundness in the perfect development of mind that is found seldom on earth, and that only in the truly great. With the ancient philosophers, he looked upon the sorrow and pain of life without flinching and from the brightest side. For over a year he had suffered such agony as was known only to himself and his physician, yet family or friends never heard a complaining word, and his greetings were, ever as hearty and pleasant as in the days of health. In this, too, was displayed that strength which characterized his life throughout. A marked personal trait of Major Bailey's was his love for children. His tenderness and affection for the little ones indicated the kind and sympathetic heart that his friends knew so well he possessed. He could not pass a little child upon the street without a kindly smile or a pleasant word. Often he would take the little one by the hand and walk along with it, entertaining it with genial words. Or he would lift it in his arms and give it a loving kiss. Many grown folks as well as many little ones will always specially remember Major Bailey for this tender and touching trait of character. As a lawyer he excelled, standing among the highest in the State. His great success and keen ability gave to him those cases which brought him in touch with the leading lights of the Iowa bar, and even here he was a leader. He could have had an appointment on the Supreme Bench, but always declined to accept any office of a political nature. The funeral will occur from the late residence on Fifth avenue on Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock, with interment in Springdale

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Posted on Sep-30-2009 by STEVE HANKEN
E.S. Bailey was born in Ashtabula Ohio. Came to Clinton in 1853 and was later commissioned a major and paymaster for the Army in Wisconsin. Returned to Clinton and was a lawyer for the North Western Railroad.

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