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From: "Adele Just" <>
Subject: [BAIRD] Thomas L. Baird, Vina E. Baird - Louisa County, Iowa
Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2006 11:04:39 -0700

>From a search on for the Mardos collection, and a further
search from within results for Baird:

GEORGE H. FRASHER, editor and proprietor of the Brighton News, was born
in Licking County, Ohio, on the 9th of February, 1845. His father, Peter
Frasher, was a native of Huntingdon County, Pa., born in 1806. He
married Miss Margaret Chilcote, who was born in the same county in 1809.
In about 1840 they left Pennsylvania and went to Licking County, Ohio,
where Mr. Frasher engaged in farming, in connection with his trade of
carpenter and joiner. They were the parents of eight children, four sons
and four daughters: Oliver E., at the breaking out of the Rebellion
enlisted in Co. K, 7th Iowa Vol. Inf., and participated in all the
engagements of his regiment up to May, 1864, when he was killed in the
battle of Resaca; John B. enlisted Co. C, 3d Wis. Vol. Inf.; was wounded
in the battle of Antietam, and was never afterward able to go into
active service; he was transferred to the Benton Reserve Corps, and died
in Jefferson County, Iowa, in 1867, from the effects of his wounds.
Rebecca B. first married William C. Parks, who was killed by bing thrown
from a horse in 1871, near Germanville, Iowa; she subsequently married
William Kiner, and died June 23, 1887.

page 196

Phoebe C. is now the wife of Henry Stafford, of Salina, Jefferson Co.,
Iowa; George H. is the subject of this sketch; Lewis L. enlisted in the
8th Iowa Cavalry, and in 1863 was accidentally killed while in the
service; Mary J. is the wife of Daniel Hillman, of Jewell County, Kan.;
Aseneth F. is living in Brighton. Mr. Frasher died in 1857, while Mrs.
Frasher, the mother of our subject, is still living in Jewell County,
Kan. She has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for many

George H. Frasher was reared on a farm and educated in the common
schools. In 1862 he enlisted in Co. D, 17th Iowa Vol. Inf.; and was
mustered into the service at Keokuk, Iowa, from which place they went to
St. Louis, where the regiment remained two weeks, was then sent to
Pittsburg Landing, and thence to Corinth, where it was in its first
engagement. In the move on Jackson, Miss., the 17th Regiment was in the
advance. He participated in the battles of Port Gibson, Raymond and
Champion HIlls. In this last engagement the regiment lost heavily, and
at its close it was only enabled to stack sixty-three guns. It received
high praise from Gen. Grant for its services. After the battle of
Champion Hills it was sent to the vicinity of Vicksburg, where it took
part in the siege and capture of that place. In the fall of 1863 it was
sent to Memphis, Tenn., and thence to Chattanooga, and on the 23d and
24th days of November was in the engagement of Missionary Ridge. It was
then sent to Huntsville, Ala., where it went into winter quarters and
remained until May, 1864. Its first move was then made to Kingston, Ga.,
from which place it was sent back on guard duty. In October, 1864, the
regiment was captured at Kingston, Ga., by Gen. Hood, and Mr. Frasher,
with others, was sent to Holly Prison, and later to Andersonville. Here
he remained six months and a half, and out of the 300 men of his
regiment to enter that loathsome prison, but half came out alive. He was
released in April, 1865, and sent to Jacksonville, Fla., thence to
Indianapolis, Ind., and then to Davenport, Iowa, where he was mustered
out June 14, 1865.

Soon after returning home Mr. Frasher was united in marriage with Miss
Sarah A. Parks, a native of Huntingdon County, Pa., by whom he had one
child, Nettie. Mrs. Frasher died Jan. 29, 1879. She was a member of the
Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Frasher was again married, Sept. 5,
1883, to Miss Vina E. Baird, who was born in Louisa County, Iowa, Nov.
2, 1857, and daughter of Thomas L. Baird. In 1879 Mr. Frasher
established the Pleasant Plain News, and there continued its publication
until 1883, when he moved the paper to Brighton, from which place it has
since been published. In 1876 he was appointed Postmaster of Salina,
under Marshal Jewell, and continued in the discharge of the duties of
that office until July, 1879, when he resigned. He is a member of the
George Logan Post No. 363, G.A.R. Mr. Frasher is a writer of rather more
than ordinary ability, and has made the News a first-class local paper,
one that well represents the enterprising village of Brighton.

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