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Ide, George Henry


Age: 23, credited to St. Johnsbury, VT
Unit(s): 15th VT INF
Service: enl 8/28/62, m/i 10/22/62, 1SGT, Co. K, 15th VT INF, m/o 8/5/63

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Birth: 01/21/1839, St. Johnsbury, VT
Death: 03/23/1903

Burial: Mount Pleasant Cemetery, St. Johnsbury, VT
Marker/Plot: Edgehill Ave. 826
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 100376162


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow Kate E. B., 5/25/1908, VT
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: Died in Somers, WI


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Ide, George Henry, of Milwaukee, Wis., son of Joseph A. and Lucretia Ann (Fairbanks) Ide, was born Jan. 21, 1839, at St. Johnsbury.

Mr. Ide was a farmer's boy and lived at his birthplace until eleven years of age when the family moved to Newport, where they lived eight years. In the meantime he attended the district school and Derby Academy. The family again returned to St. Johnsbury, and he was fitted for Dartmouth College, where he was graduated, and in 1869 graduated from the Andover Theological Seminary.

His first pastorate was in Hopkinton, Mass., where he remained seven years. At the close of this period he was called to the Central Church in Lawrence, Mass., and labored there four years, when he was called to the Grand Avenue Congregational Church of Milwaukee, Wis., his present pastorate, and where he has won more than local fame.

Mr. Ide enlisted in 1862 and was orderly sergeant of Company K, 15th Vt. Regt., Col. Proctor commanding. The service of this regiment was mostly confined to Virginia. He is a member of Wolcott Post, G.A.R., of Milwaukee. He is a trustee of Beloit College and a corporate member of the American board.

Mr. Ide was married March 16, 1871, to Mary J., daughter of Dr. Thomas and Harriet Sanborn, at Newport, N. H. Two children were born to them: Carrie Sanborn, and Charles Edward.

In 1876 Mr. Ide was again married to Kate Emma, daughter of Chandler C. and Hannah (Cogswell) Bowles of Newport.

The following from the Chicago Inter-Ocean gives an insight into the character and personality of Mr. Ide: "Rev. Dr. Ide, the pastor, is extremely popular out of his church as well as in it. He is a scholar, an orator, an all round athlete, a conscientious, hard-working pastor, and a genial gentleman–a fortunate and unusual combination. He is reasonably proud of his church and people, as his people are of him. Mr. Ide may be described as a tolerant theologian rather than a liberal theologian. He is considered to be rather conservative in a doctrinal way, but there is none of the intolerance about him which distinguishes many who are more liberal as to doctrine."

See also Men of Progress. Wisconsin. (pages 417-451)

Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part III, pp. 94.


Rev. George H. Ide

The relatives and friends of Rev. George M. Ide were greatly shocked last Tuesday by a telegram announcing his sudden death, which occurred the night previous at Pennager sanitarium, Kenosha, Wisconsin. He was recovering from an attack of la grippe and went to this sanitarium for rest and treatment, just a week previous.

Sunday morning he was found unconscious from an evident stroke of apoplexy and never regained consciousness.

His body, accompanied by his son and daughter, reached St. Johnsbury Saturday afternoon. Mrs. Ide was unable to come East as she is just recovering from a severe attack of pneumonia. Funeral services were held at the North church Sunday afternoon, Rev. David N. Beach and Rev. E. T. Fairbanks officiating.

Mr. Ide was born in St. Johnsbury but the family moved when he was but a boy to Newport. He attended district school at West Newport and completed his college preparation at Derby and St. Johnsbury, graduated at Dartmouth and later at Andover Theological seminary. His first pastorate was at Hopkinton, Mass., then for several years in Lawrence, Mass.; and for twenty-two years past he has been pastor of the Grand Avenue church in Milwaukee, Wis. While in college, he enlisted in the 15th Vt. Regiment and was made orderly sergeant of Company K, largely raised at St. Johnsbury.

Three years ago he was the memorial day orator in St. Johnsbury, and Chamberlin Post attended the funeral services Sunday afternoon in a body.

He was a large-hearted, whole souled man; genial, winning and retaining strong friends wherever he went; a successful, devoted and beloved pastor. He was cut down in the apparent midst of his usefulness and popularity, but died as he always hoped to do “in the harness.” He completed his 64th year last January; he leaves a widow, a son, Dr. Charles E. Ide, now located in Redlands, Cal., and one daughter, Carries, wife of Robert Cooley, a prominent teacher in Milwaukee.

Source: St. Johnsbury Republican, April 1, 1903
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.