Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

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1948: Sutherland home to Iowa’s last Civil War vet

• July 1, 1948

A hail storm started 2-1/2 miles northwest of May City and traveled several miles to the southeast. Corn was stripped and beans were extensively damaged. It was thought that under favorable conditions, a fair crop could be harvested in the damaged area.

The Marvin Meyer family, living northwest of Hartley, was selected by the Arthur W. Kirchhoff Post as the local candidate for the typical G.I. farm family. They were entered in the contest with other families in O’Brien County.

James P. Martin, 100, of Sutherland, became the sole remaining Civil War veteran in Iowa upon the death...