August (1840 - 1910)
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Surnames: HOMSTED FERGUSEN
----Sources: CLARK COUNTY HERALD (Dorchester, Clark County, Wis.) 11/11/1910
Homsted, August (11 JUL 1840 - 9 NOV 1910)
August Homsted died at his home in this village Wednesday evening at about 8 o'clock. He was 70 years old and had been failing in health but the end was not expected so soon. He leaves to mourn his death a wife and one son. Services will be held at the house at 11 o'clock Saturday forenoon and the body will be taken for burial to Stevens Point, which was the former home of the deceased.
Mr. Homsted was born in Skowhegan, Somerset Co., Maine, on July 11, 1840, being the only child in the family.
Mr. Homsted served in the U. S. Navy on the steamer Genesee, for twenty-eight months, during which time he was in the battles of Port Hudson and Mobile Bay. He then enlisted in Company K, Second Maine Cavalry, and served seventeen months, or until the close of the war. He was one of the 1,100 cavalry who charged on 4,000 infantry at Pine Barren Creek, Florida, and succeeded in routing the rebels. After the war Mr. Homsted clerked in a store at Stevens Point several years, where he also engaged in the merchandising business for two years. He came to Dorchester, Clark County, Wis. in the fall of 1877, and took a homestead just across the line in Marathon Co., where he lived thirteen months. In 1878 he went to Colby and ran a hotel until the summer of 1880, then went to Unity and engaged in the same business two years, after which he came to Dorchester and opened a drug store. In July 1889 he was appointed Postmaster; has been Town Clerk four years, and also Justice of the Peace. While in Unity he held the office of Town Clerk, Circuit Commissioner, and in Stevens Point was City Clerk and City Treasurer.
Mr. Homsted was married Nov. 19, 1879 to Evelyn Fergusen. Mr. Homsted was a member of the G. A. R. post, of which he has been Commander for many years and he was also a Knight Templar.
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