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The Belle Plaine Union and Herald; Thursday, September 16, 1920
DEATH CAME MONDAY MORNING R. M. Bailey, Veteran Real Estate Dealer and Miller, Succombed to Stroke of Apoplexy
Robert M Bailey

At nine forty-five Monday morning, five and one-half days after suffering a stroke of apoplexy, Robert M. Bailey, pioneer real estate dealer, died at the Belle Plaine hospital. Mr. Bailey's condition was considered critical following the stroke of last Wednesday and small hopes for his recovery were at any time entertained. He was in his 82nd year and was the last of his family, a brother Thomas L. Bailey, having died last November in California at the age of 83 years.

The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon from the Modliin Undertaking Parlors and was in charge of the Rev. Robert Tipton, pastor of the First Congregational Church. Burial was in Oak Hill.

Robert M. Bailey was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Bailey and was born in Ledyard township, New London, Conn. on July 17, 1839, and died in Belle Plaine, Iowa on September 13th, 1920 at the ripe age of 81 years, 1 month and 26 days. His early years were spent in Connecticutt and it was at Gales Ferry in that state on August 10th 1865 that he was united in marriage to Miss Tabitha E. Huributt. To this union there wer born five sons, three of whom, Charles H., Maurice M. and Ross R. Bailey survive and live in this city. Two sons, Ralph H., and Robert B. died in infancy. The wife and mother passed away in this city in August 1909. Besides the three sons, Mr. Bailey is survived by two grand children, Robert B. and Phlyis Jane Bailey.

In his young manhood Mr. Bailey followed the sea, sailing first between Boston and New York and later between New York and New Orleans, via Cuban ports. During the War days, while in the passenger and mail service, he saw some exciting times.

In 1868 he came to Belle Plaine and purchased the City Flour and Saw Mill which he operated for sixteen years. In 1884 he entered the real estate business and continued in this business the remainder of his life. At one time he was a member of the school board.

The deceased was a man of strictest integrity and uprightness, and he was an honored and respected citizen of this city for more than fifty years. In his death the community loses a valued and much respected citizen, one who had always had her interests at heart.

{Submitter comment: submitted by volunteer - no family relation}
Submitted on Feb 15, 2004 by
Ann Archer-Cogan, wheatie2006@gmail.com

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