Ezra and Mary Elizabeth Reagles

Ezra Reagles
Mary Elizabeth Reagles

(From: Tales The Tombstones Tell - Republican Observer - November 7, 1957 - page 119)

  There are three Pleasant Ridge communities in Richland county. One in Akan, one in Bloom and one in Willow. There is no cemetery at the Pleasant Ridge church in Akan but there is one in Bloom. It is of the one in Willow of which we write, located on county trunk D. A church is there at this cemetery with Lester Mathews as the pastor. This church was, we believe, organized in 1874 at the home of Ezra Reagles. A log church was built and later the frame structure which houses the congregation on a Sunday, was built. It and the cemetery were at one time a part of the farm of Ezra Reagles. Mr. Reagles found rest here in this burying ground, close to the church he helped to organize. Mr. Reagles was born in Medina county, Ohio, in 1834, and moved to Indiana when he was six years old. In 1861 he married Susfine Mayewinkle and the same year they came to Wisconsin. Here the wife died 13 years later. He again married when Mary E. Lewis became his wife. She was born in 1858 and died in 1918. A son, Clyde, is buried on the lot with his parents. He died in 1894 at the age of 13 years. Mr. Reagles was a Civil War veteran, a member of Co. A, 36th Wis. Vol. At the time of his enlistment he gave the town of Willow as his residence. On August 16, 1864, he was wounded in the leg, the wound being so severe that the leg had to be amputated. He was Register of Deeds for Richland county for two terms. He died in 1917.

  Joseph W. Bryant is one of the Civil War veterans buried here. He was a member of Co. E lst Penn. Light Artillery. He was born June 18, 1823, and died September 11, 1904. His wife Sarah J. was born in 1844 and passed on July 14, 1915.

  A World War I soldier, Charles A. Warner, is buried close by. He was a private in the army in the first World War, born May 10, 1894, and died February 15, 1955. He was kin, we learn, of Ezra Reagles and Joseph Bryant.

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Pictures contributed by Lee Reagles