Edward M. Pike, Noah H. Pike
Edward timber-claimed a quarter in 22, 7N 48W in 1895.
He most likely is the one born July 1 1838
Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a First Sergeant in the Union Army in Company A, 33d Illinois Infantry. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on July 7, 1862 at Cache River, Arkansas. His citation reads "While the troops were falling back before a superior force, this soldier, assisted by one companion, and while under severe fire at close-range, saved a cannon from capture by the enemy."
He died Aug 10, 1924 and is buried at Chenoa, Illinois.
On the same stone is Eunice (Fugate) - 1843-1819
and Miranda Fugate 1823-1894.
|Our regiment formed a part of the advance guard of General Curtis'
army of 15,000 men, marching thru Missouri
and Arkansas on the way to Little Rock. The Rebels, for several days, obstructed our march by felling trees in the roads and in other ways, without giving us fight. On the morning of July 7, 1862, four companies of the 33rd regiment, with as many more from the nth Wisconsin regiment, were reconnoitering in advance, removing the blockades, when we fell into an ambush of Texan rangers. We were driven back at first with severe loss, although not until Company A in charge of a small cannon belonging to an Indiana battery had resisted a savage attempt to capture the gun. First Sergeant Edward M. Pike, a Normal student now living at Chenoa, Ill., aided by one other man, coupled the cannon by main strength to its foremost wheels, barely saving it from capture, just as the rebels were on the point of reaching for the artillery horses' bridles.
He received a bullet through his cap and for his muscular activity, daring and bravery, was a few years ago given, by the Secretary of War, a medal of honor, which is the only medal granted to a member of the 33rd regiment, to my knowledge.
In 1892 Noah H. Pike "dealer in lumber and coal in Chenoa' wrote the Illinois railroad commission complaining about the charges a railroad made for switching cars in Chenoa.
Noah H. Pike timber-claimed a quarter in 15, 7N 48W, also in 1895.
Noah 1840-1923 and Lucy Helen Pike 1845-1928 are buried in Chenoa, Illinois
Noah H. Pike, now living retired at Chenoa, is a veteran of the Civil War and
a prominent pioneer business man of McLean County. He was born at Casco, Maine,
Aug. 27, 1840, the son of Harrison Wallace and Susan A. (Mobberly) Pike.
Harrison Wallace Pike was a native of Cornish, Maine, and one of the earliest
settlers of Bloomington, coming here with his family in 1854.
He was a trader during his life and established the Pike House during the early days, which was the first hotel west of Chicago. Mr. Pike was a Democrat and was a great church worker. He died in June, 1875, and
his wife died in 1876. They were the parents of the following children:
Edward M., retired lumber man and sheriff of McLean County, lives at
Noah H., the subject of this sketch;
Susan, married James Sanders, insurance business at Bloomington; I. H., attorney, retired, Oak Park,Ill.;
A. H., now deceased;
Anna M., deceased;
Mary Alice, married Dr. Ely Gale, both deceased.
Noah H. Pike received his education in the public schools and attended the first high school at Bloomington, Demit School. He then entered the lumber business with his brothers, Edward M. and A. H. Pike. They are among the oldest lumber men of McLean County, having engaged in the business since 1868. Mr. Pike and his brothers had but
eleven dollars as capital when they started, but by hard work and good management they became prosperous and widely known business men.
Mr. Pike later purchased his brothers’ shares and conducted the business alone until the time of his retirement, Jan. 1, 1892. He lives at Chenoa. During the Civil War, Mr. Pike enlisted for service in Company I, 145th Infantry, from Illinois and served for five months. He now receives a pension of $72.00 each month. His brother, Edward M. Pike, also
service during the Civil War and was wounded. He received a medal from Congress. Another brother, A. H., served in the army at the age of 15 years and was taken prisoner for eight months during the war.
I. H. Pike, also a brother of Mr. Pike, served during the Civil War and was taken prisoner.