Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 66 & 110
submitted by Neal Carter, Sept. 28, 2007


Page 66 -- Old Settlers reunion at the residence of Max Block Friday evening April 14, 1876. Basket supper and social time. (hand written)


The Old Settlers--- At a meeting of the Old Settlers of Muscatine county, called together on the occasion of the death of Marx Block, on the 5th of August, 1881.

The President, Jos. Bridgman, called the meeting to order, expressing some regret that a larger number was not present.

Mr. Foster spoke of Mr. Block’s early settlement among us, his struggles and success and outspoken ways.

D. C. Cloud spoke warmly of many friendly and estimable traits in his character.

D. C. Richman cordially endorsed what had already been said, and expressed sympathy with the family in their bereavement.

Mr. Funck spoke of their acquaintance in a very kindly and friendly way as neighbors and friends.

Judge D. C. Richman, Henry Funck and J. G. H. Little were made a committee on resolutions.

The president presented the following order of the funeral under the charge of Col. Beach:

    City Council
    Old Settlers
    Pall bearers

    J. BRIDGMAN, Pres.
    P. JACKSON, Sec.
In Memoriam

The undersigned, who were appointed a committee at a meeting of the old settlers, held August 6, 1881, to prepare a minute of the death of Marx Block and publish the same in the daily papers of the city, respectfully present the following:

    In the death of our brother the community loses a valued citizen, an honest man and a faithful friend. Frank and outspoken in his own views he never failed to respect the views of others. Moved by the spirit of kindness and good will, to seek his aid and assistance was to secure it, often to his own loss and detriment. Yet he never lost his faith in others and ended his life as he began it in our community moved and actuated by the spirit of benevolence and sympathy, which reaches out far and wide yet most unobtrusively. To say that he had faults is to say that like all men he was human; but his daily walk of near forty years among us has left its impression for good on the hearts of others. We shall miss his cordial greeting on the public streets, his daily presence at his place of business, at the bank, the post office, and at the street corners, at the future meetings of the Old Settlers and elsewhere, for his voice is hushed, the genial look and smile have fled and he lies rigid in in the repose of death. To the afflicted ones at home, to all who mourn his death, we tender hearty sympathy in the dark hour of bereavement and woe, and commend them to the only Being infinite in sympathy and compassion, who was touched with the feeling of our infirmities and is able to sustain us in the otherwise hopeless season of gloom and sorrow.

    HENRY FUNCK } Committee
    J. G. H. LITTLE

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