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Henry Munsell 1832 - 1905


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Date: 6/17/2021 at 19:00:17

Knoxville Journal , Knoxville , Iowa
Friday , April 28 , 1905 , Page 1


HENRY MUNSELL , an old and well known resident of the southeastern part of the county , died at the home of his brother , H. R. MUNSELL , in Hamilton , on Monday , April 24 , 1905 at 8 O'clock a.m. , aged 72 years and 10 months . Death resulted from paralysis and kidney trouble , after a serious sickness which extended over a period of nearly 5 months.

HENRY MUNSELL , son OF WM. and BETSY MUNSELL , was born near Alexandria , Licking county , Ohio on June 24 1832 . Most of his early life was spent as a farmer . In the year 1864 at the age of 32 , he was united in marriage with Miss SARAH BROWN , at Jersey , Ohio.

The following year ( 1865) the newly wedded couple emigrated to this state and settled in Webster county. Two years later , in the spring of 1868 , they removed to this county and settled near Tracy, where the subject of this sketch was engaged in the merchantile trade for several years, the firm name being Boyer & Munsell.

After residing in Clay township for almost exactly a quarter of a century , the Munsell family removed to Knoxville in 1892 and resided here for about 4 years. Their daughter ( LIBBIE , the only child ever born to Mr. and Mrs. Munsell ) died here in October 1893.

During Mr. Munsell's residence here was engaged in the feed , flour and grain business for a short time with M. C. HUNTER as a partner.

In 1895 or 1896 Mr. and Mrs. Munsell removed to Humansville , Mo. She died there in April , 1897 , and the remains were brought to Knoxville and buried beside those of the daughter in Graceland cemetery.

Since the death of his wife and daughter , Mr. Munsell has spent most of his time in Missouri , making occasional visits with his Iowa relatives. When he was taken sick he was boarding with strangers at Wishart , Mo. When the serious nature of his ailments became apparent , his brother , H. R. MUNSELL , went to Missouri and brought the sick man to his home in Hamilton.

HENRY MUNSELL was the soul of honesty and integrity ,as can be testified by his many friends in Clay , Liberty and Knoxville townships. As has been beautifully said on a similar sad occasion ," If each of his friends would contribute but a single blossom he would sleep tonight under a mountain of flowers" He was of the old school of gentlemen who attracted friends who remained firm and true during life.

Of his immediate family only two are left , his brothers , H.R. MUNSELL , of Hamilton , and Dr. GEORGE MUNSELL , of Falls , Oklahoma. His other surviving relatives consist of nieces and nephews , as follows: Mrs. E. L. BUSSEY , of Bussey ; ALBERT and FRANK MUNSELL of Hamilton ; J. B. LYMAN , of Tracy ; SARAH WILLIAMS of Rock Well City ; Miss BITHA LYMAN ,Tracy; WM. LYMAN of Knoxville and Mrs. BETTY CARR of Hamilton.

A short and appropriate funeral services was held by Rev. MC CLAREY at the H. R. Munsell home in Hamilton Tuesday morning . The remains were then brought to Knoxville and taken directly to Graceland cemetery where the interment occurred in the afternoon.


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