Wilber H. Moon

Wilber H. Moon was a teacher. He was born in Monroe Co., New York
in 1839. His wife, Satira R. Fallass was born in Ionia Co., MI in 1839. She was also a teacher. They married Nov. 8, 1863.
They had 4 children:
Myrtle A Moon
Frank C Moon
Cora A Moon
L Lura Moon

Educators of Michigan, Kent County, 1894: Lura Moon, Fallasburgh, First Grade. Cora A. Moon, Fallasburgh, Third Grade.
Teacher who hold a First Grade Certificate 1889: Lura Moon, Fallasburgh. Myrta L Moon, Fallasburg.
Wilber H. Moon.
This name is familiar to the residents of Ionia County and will be recognized by other readers, as he who bears it has been intimately connected with educational affairs and was at one time County Superintendent of Schools in Ionia County. He came hither in his boyhood and has not only seen the country improved but has himself aided in bringing about the present state of affairs, material and social. Reared upon a farm he had a share in the improvement of property, and in his later years he has tilled the soil and now is carrying on a farm on section 19, Keene Township. For several years be was engaged in teaching and he has from that time kept up his interest in the cause of education and

done what he could to promote the efficiency of the schools.
Mr. Moon was born in Monroe County, N. Y.. January 1, 1839, and came to this State with his parents, Tracy and Abigail (Beadle) Moon, in 1846. The family settled in Otisco Township, Ionia County, and were among the first to make a home in that part of the county. They were practically in the woods and found it necessary to endure hardships and make sacrifices that are not called for in regions that have been settled longer. The faithful wife and mother died in 1876, but the father survived until March, 1889, and witnessed a high degree of development and prosperity in the county. The parental family comprised eight children, six of whom are living, namely: Frank A., and John B. in Montcalm County; Wilber H.; Emery P., in Husted, Col.; Harriet A., wife of C. W. Wakeman in Kent County; Emma S., wife of J. L. Blood, in Corry, Pa.
Amid the primitive surroundings of the early home in Ionia County Wilber Moon grew to manhood. He pursued his studies in the district school of Otisco Township and first taught in Ada Township, Kent County. There he was engaged for three successive winters, building up a reputation for tact and mental ability. When he closed his school in the spring of 1861 he exchanged his books for the implements of warfare, enlisting in Company A, Third Michigan Infantry, during the mouth of April. Although he was one of the first to tender his services to the country in her hour of need he did not go into active service until June. He then took part in the disastrous battle of Bull Run, in the siege of Yorktown, Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, the seven days’ fight in front of Richmond, Malvern Hill, the second Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, filling the interims of time with such campaign and camp duties as commonly fall to the lot of soldiers. He was with the Army of the Potomac during his entire service, but after the battle of Gettysburg left the South, being sent to this State and placed on duty in Kent County until April, 1864, when he was stationed at Jackson until his discharge, June 18, 1864. When his services were no longer needed in the Union army Mr. Moon resumed his professional work and subsequently taught school ten winters. In 1872 he was elected County Superintendent of Schools and did efficient work during the term of two years. His name was brought before the public on the Republican ticket, he being a stanch advocate of the principles of that party. Later he filled the office of Township Clerk two years, and was for a long time Inspector of Schools of Keene Township. He became a resident of that township in 1866 and has given more or less time to the cultivation of an eighty-acre tract of land which he owns and occupies.
It is natural to suppose that Mr. Moon would choose for his wife an educated and refined lady, and one who would sympathize with him in his vocation. This was the case, and November 8, 1863, he was married to Miss Satira R. Fallas, daughter of William and Wealthy (Winslow) Pallas, parents and daughter natives of New York. Mrs. Moon was a teacher in her youth and has always been interested in school work and mental growth. She and her husband have endeavored to keep up their own discipline of mind by extensive reading, supplementing in this way the education of their earlier years and keeping abreast of the times so as to enjoy an interchange of thought with their children and friends. Mr. and Mrs. Moon have four children, in whose education they have taken much interest, and all except the eldest were graduated from the Ionia High School. Their names are, Myrtle A., Frank C., Cora A. and L. Lura. The daughters are teaching, two in Iron Mountain and the youngest in Kent County.
Mr. and Mrs. Moon hold membership in the Methodist Episcopal Church and Mr. Moon is now Recording Steward. He is identified with the Patrons of Husbandry and is Master of Keene Grange No. 270. Both in 1880 and 1890 he was Census Enumerator of Keene Township. He takes a lively interest in the political and social questions agitating the. minds of the people and has n decided influence by reason of his mental ability, good judgment and pleasing personal qualities. He ranks as a successful educator and honorable business man and a skillful farmer. Personally he is genial and entertaining, his hospitality is well known, while the members of his family circle aid him to the best of their ability in making their residence the center of true culture of mind and heart. They draw around them a pleasant circle of friends that is constantly reaching out and adding to its numbers and influence.
[Portrait and biographical album of Ionia and Montcalm Counties, Mich., Chapman Bros., 1891]