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Clerk Matthew Dalzell
1828 - 1899
Davenport Daily Gazette, Wednesday, September 25, 1861, page 1.
The Ad. Hine, Captain Galt and Clerk Matt Dalzell, is the morning boat from Dubuque.
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Matthew Dalzell Henrietta C. Wight 8 May 1857 Vol. B,, Pg 114 Jo Daviess
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The steamer Fred Lorenz while on her downward passage, and about 5 miles above Dubuque, on the morning of the 15th of May last, broke her main steam pipe, and four persons were slightly scalded by the escaping steam.
Davenport Daily Gazette, Tuesday Morning, May 17, 1859, page 1.
Last Sunday morning about 6 o'clock, as the Fred Lorenz was coming down the river and about three miles above Dubuque, the steam pipe exploded immediately under the ladies' cabin. A hole was torn through the floor, and the stove was thrown with force enough to break a large hole in the upper part of the door of the stateroom in which the first Clerk, Mr. Matt Dalzell, Jr. (lately of this place,) and his lady slept. The steam at once filled the room. He was severely scalded in the face, right hand, and one leg. Mrs. D. was scalded on the face, hands and feet, and is worse injured than her husband, but not dangerously so. Miss Buck, a young lady accompanying Mrs. D. on the trip, was in the adjoining room. Alarmed at the noise, she rushed out of her room into the steam. Her face and hands were scalded, but not so severely as the others. A deck hand had his hands scalded. Mr. and Mrs. D. and Miss Buck were left at Galena. The boat was not much injured. A ferry boat towed her to Dubuque, where she was detained twelve hours, and arrived here last evening. We wish our friend Matt and his lady and friend a speedy recovery.
Davenport Daily Gazette, May 18, 1859, page 1.
A dispatch from Galena last evening stated that Mr. Matt Dalzell scalded on the Fred Lorenz, was much better, but his wife is dangerously wounded. She inhaled some of the steam and it is doubtful whether she recovers.
Daily Iowa State Democrat, Sunday Morning, May 29, 1859, page 1.
DEATH OF MRS. MATTHEW DALZELL.--It is with feeling of sadness that we record the death of Mrs. M. Dalzell, Jr., who, it is remembered was one of the unfortunate persons on board the Fred Lorenz when she exploded a short since, and on which occasion Mr. Dalzell also suffered severely. Mrs. D. died at galena, at the residence of her mother, on Friday evening after passing through the most severe suffering. Mr. D. is yet confined from the effects of his wounds, and it is feared that he will recover.
Mr. Dalzell, was a native, we believe of Galena, where her bereaved and widowed mother, Mrs. Wright, now resides. Some two years since, after her marriage, she came to this city the wife of one of our most respected citizens. She was a woman of estimable traits of character--dearly beloved by her numerous acquaintances, many of whom reside in this city, and all of whom will most deeply mourn her loss as one that is beyond any earthly reparation.
Davenport Daily Gazette, Monday Morning, May 30, 1859, page 1.
DEATH OF MRS. MAT. DALZELL,JR.--With great sorrow we announce the death of Mrs. Dalzell, wife of Matt. Dalzell, Jr., lately of this city. She died at her home in Galena last Friday afternoon, from injuries received on the occasion of the bursting of a steam pipe on the steamer Fred Lorenz, the 15th inst. Since that time she has been suffering extremely, having inhaled steam, and being badly scalded outwardly, until death has finally relieved her from indescribable agonies.--Mrs. Dalzell was a sweet and accomplished lady, and had many warm friends as well as relatives in this city, but a larger circle of acquaintances in her former and recent home, Galena. She was a wife of not yet two years, and in the full flush of youth and happy hopes. Her remains were yesterday interred at Galena.

Her husband was also scalded by this explosion, and now lies at Galen in a precarious condition. He was at first supposed to be little injured. Last Friday evening it was very doubtful whether he would recover. Mr. Dalzell lived for many years in this city, and removed to Galena a few months since. He had taken the position of first clerk on the Fred Lorenz, and made but two or three trips when this accident occurred; himself and wife being the only persons of the large number on the boat seriously injured. We hope that the next news will be more hopeful for his recovery.
Old City Cemetery, West Galena Township
by Bonnie Selig
from The Greenwood (New City) Cemetery Association Records
Name Date of Death Age Cause of Death
Mrs. Henrietta Dalzell 29 May 1859 24 Congestion of the Lungs
Davenport Daily Gazette, June 2, 1859, page 1
MAT. DALZELL, JR.--We learn from Mr. Dalzell, Sr., who returned yesterday from Galena, that our former fellow-citizen, Matt. Dalzell, Jr., still lies in a dangerous condition from injuries received by the explosion on the Fred Lorenz, his wife having died from her injuries, as before noticed, last week. It is expected, however, that he will recover, but he cannot yet be removed to his home here. Miss Buck is still confined to bed at Dubuque, and was worse injured than was at first supposed, but she will probably soon be recovered.
The Davenport Democrat, July 31, 1899, page 5.
The death of Matt. Dalzell, years ago, a resident of this city, and well remembered here by many of our businessmen, died at his home in Maquoketa Sunday night, aged 73 years. He was a brother of Mrs. A. W. Cantwell and of William Dalzell and (a brother-in-law of Mrs. Hannah Dalzell, all of this city. He has been ill a number of months, and for some time there has been no hope of his recovery.

Mr. Dalzell's funeral is to be held at Maquoketa tomorrow afternoon.
The Davenport Times, Wednesday evening, August 2, 1899, page 4.
Matthew Dalzell, a former well known resident of Davenport and a brother of Mrs. A. W. Cantwell, died recently at his home in Maquoketa after a long illness. The immediate cause of death is unknown, as for years he had been ailing and the best physicians were at a lost to know the exact nature of the disease. He was seventy one years of age at the time of death.

Matthew Dalzell was a native of Pittsburg, Pa., and removed to Iowa when he had reached his majority. He settled in Davenport, where he remained for twenty two years. Later he went to Maquoketa, where he had resided since. He was a prominent citizen, and was universally respected. In Maquoketa, he was for many years connected with the First National Bank. A large family survives him.
Davenport Republican, Wednesday, August 2, 1899, page 5.
The Maquoketa Excelsior has the following concerning the death of Matthew Dalzell, a former well-known resident of Davenport and a sister (brother) of Mrs. A. W. Cantwell of this city, who passed away at his home in Maquoketa after a long illness.

"With the passing of M. Dalzell, whose spirit took its flight at 2 o'clock yesterday morning. Maquoketa is called upon to mourn the loss of another of her highly respected and useful citizens. The immediate cause of his death is unknown as for the past three years he has been ailing and his case has baffled the skill of the best physicians. He suffered long and patiently.

"Matthew Dalzell was born May 28, 1828 at Pittsburg, Pa. His early youth he spent in Philadelphia. In 1849 he came to Iowa, settling at Davenport, where he remained until 1871, when he came to this city and has resided here ever since. About 1863 he was united in marriage to Maria J Owens, who died about 1876. This union was blessed by six children all of whom are still living. They are J. Owen of St. Paul, Boyd (Mrs. T. A. Lane) of Victor, Iowa, Frances, Chas A., of Rock Island, Louis, who is now at Brainerd, Minn., and Pierce, of Des Moines. In 1878, Mr. Dalzell was again married, this time to Mrs. D. Smith, who survives to mourn his loss; also his stepdaughters, Mrs. B. F. Reeve and Mrs. W. S. Dunn.

"Since coming to this city and up to about a year before his death Mr. Dalzell was a faithful, trusted and valued employee of the First National Bank of this City. His children will only remember a kind and loving father whose every effort was toward his duty to his family. He was not a man of brilliant achievements or startling accomplishments, but moved on in the even tenor of his way as a model citizen."
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