Name: Robert Irwin Hogue
Born: 13 Sep 1846
Place: Butler Co., OH
Died: 3 Feb 1929
Place: Tingley, Ringold Co., IA
Married: 20 Feb 1878
Place: Warren Co., IL
Robert Hogue, c1890s
Courtesy Jacklyn Johnson
obert Hogue is said to have shaken the hand of
Abraham Lincoln. For a long time I thought it might have occurred near his
childhood home of Gerlaw, Illinois. (Lincoln was known to have sometimes
visited a friend in Monmouth, the nearby county seat.) However, it was after
meeting Wayne Overholzer (1904-1997), a childhood friend of my
grandmother's, in Tingley, Iowa that I understood how the incident possibly
occurred. After shaking his hand, Wayne said, "You have just shaken the hand
of the man who shook the hand that shook Lincoln's hand. "Yes, Robert
Hogue," I replied. "No," he said looking at me somewhat quizzically, if not
suspiciously, "David Zarr."
David Zarr was not only a close friend and distant cousin of Robert's,
they served together in during the Civil War as foot soldiers in Company I
of the Fiftieth Illinois Infantry. As such, Robert took part in Sherman's
March to the Sea. Lincoln traveled to the Atlantic coast to greet the
troops. I believe it's entirely possible that Robert and David happened to
by on hand when Lincoln strolled by.
The following appears on page 573 of the regiment's
...little "Bob. Wha," as we called R. J. [sic] Hogue, always ready
for duty and for grub. His nickname was given him at Moreysville, Ala.;
while on picket one night and sleeping along a rail fence Bob. dreamed he
saw a coon on the fence and raised up yelling out "wha, wha, rack coon." He
now lives in Tingley, Iowa.
Robert was the youngest of five brothers to have served in the Union
Army. Information about the others is forthcoming at Descendants of James Hogue to Five
Robert Hogue's Obituary
Tingley Vendicator, 7 Feb 1929, front page.
Robert Irwin Hogue was born September 13, 1846, in Butler county, Ohio, and
passed away at his home in Tingley, Iowa, Sabbath evening, February 3, 1929,
aged 82 years, four months and 20 days.
He was united in marriage to Miss Nancy Joanna Foster in Warren county,
Illinois, on February 20, 1873. She passed away March 25, 1916. To this
union were born eight children, all living except the eldest son, Alonzo F.,
who passed away October 4, 1876. They are John A., of River Falls, Wis.;
Marton I., Tarkio, Mo.; Harold C., Hutchinson, Kan.; Bertha W., Mrs. Ethel
Alexander, Robert G. and Hugh W., of Tingley.
The family came from Illinois to Ringgold county in 1879 and resided on a
farm south of Mount Ayr until 1893 when they moved near Tingley and have
since resided in and near here.
Mr. Hogue was the youngest of the five brothers, who served during the civil
war. He enlisted in Co. I, 50th Illinois Infantry and served for 18 months
or until the close of the war.
He united with the United Presbyterian church in early manhood and was a
faithful member. He was a regular attendant at the church services as long
as his health permitted, going many years when he could hear but very little
of the sermon as he was quite hard of hearing. He was very patient during
his long illness.
Mr. Hogue is the last of a family of eleven children. His youngest brother,
Joseph M., passed away January 16, 1928, at Albany, Mo.
Besides his children he leaves seven grandchildren and other relatives and
Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at the U.P. church in
charge of his pastor, Rev. C. G. McKnight. Interment was made in the
Tingley cemetery by the side of his wife.
Among the floral offerings was a beautiful pillow from the Tingley business
Family of Robert and Nancy Joanna (Foster) Hogue
|Alonzo F Hogue
||His nickname was Lonnie. My sister, Lonnie Cooley, was named for him.
|Bertha W Hogue
remained unmarried all her life. My cousins were fortunate to have known
this sweet woman.
|John A Hogue
||He married Jenette.
|Martin Irwin Hogue
||He married Edna Manifold.
|Harold Clifford Hogue
||He married Maud Kirkpatrick.
|Ethel Adella Hogue
||Ethel married Frank Alexander.
|Robert Glen Hogue
||Married Una Vey. He served Co A 139 Inf 35 Div, World War I.
|Hugh Wallace Hogue
||Married Birdie Nina Hogue, 2 Nov 1924 Guthrie, Iowa.
The following is information from the draft cards (1917-1918) of brothers
Hugh and Glen, as transcribed on the webpage for Ringgold county, iagenweb.org:
HOGUE, Hugh Wallace, Tingley, Iowa
born January 5, 1894, Tingley, IA unemployed, single
HOGUE, Robert Glen, Tingley, Iowa
born May 2, 1889, Mount Ayr, IA farms for Frank GARNER of Macedonia, IA,
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