submitted by Neal Carter, Sept. 28, 2007


Mr. F. H. Stone died at his home on the Iowa City road at 11:25 last night. He had been in failing health for a year or more, on account of a complication of disorders, the chief being a disease of the blood which gradually sapped away all vitality.

Mr. Stone was one of the oldest settlers of Muscatine, having located here in 1839, when our city was but a hamlet and the county contained less than 2,000 inhabitants. He was born at Linden, Vt., February 1, 1816, and was therefore in his 68th year. He was liberally educated, having graduated at Dartmouth College in 1835, in the same class with the late Gov. Grimes, of this State. Mr. Stone might have occupied a prominent position in politics and in public affairs generally, but he seemed to have no ambition in that direction. At an early day – in 1847 – he served as Treasurer and Recorder of the county (when the two offices were united in one) and made a popular officer, but subsequently refused to be a candidate for any office. His business for nearly a quarter of a century past was that of a druggist, having commenced it as a partney with Pliny Fay, now of California. Mr. Stone was a member of the Congregational Church and in politics was a Republican. He was a quiet, good citizen --- a kind-hearted neighbor and friend and an agreeable companion, seeking rather to hold on to the fellowship of those whose fidelity he had tried than to form new acquaintances and new friendships. For this reason he was not as well known as other business men who have lived a less length of time in the community. But those who knew him best prized him most and his death leaves a vacancy that cannot be filled. He leaves a wife but no children.

The funeral will take place from the family residence at 4˝ o’clock to-morrow (Friday) afternoon.


Old Settlers Meeting

The Old Settlers of Muscatine county met in City Hall, Aug.18, 1881, to take some action on the death of F. H. Stone, who died the 17th inst.

Mr. Bridgman, our President, made some remarks about the order of attending the funeral.

On motion of Mr. Foster, it was resolved that the Old Settlers meet at the corner of Second street and Iowa Avenue and join the procession. It was also resolved that the Old Settlers should be under the direction of Mr. Foster.

On motion of Mr. Cloud, Messrs. Bridgman, Foster and Woodward were made a committee on resolutions.

Adjourned to meet at the funeral.

J. BRIDGMAN, President
P. JACKSON, Secretary.



As the evening twilight lingers in the glowing west and the song of the bird is silent in the grove, it is meet that we who have for so many years together walked these streets, held daily intercourse and business relations with our departed friend, Frederick H. Stone, should come to the quiet resting place of the dead, and with gentile hands but sad hearts lay away his cold remains in the silent grave, where, in future, loving hands will wreathe around his monument immortelles and strew his grave with flowers.

Those of us who have known Mr. Stone in all the years of our western life, call to mind the warm heart, the extended hand, with its cordial grasp, the smile and joyous salutation with which he ever greeted us, and ever realizing that as young people from different parts of our country, we had a from different parts of our country, we had a common interest in this our western home. And the links that were forged then were welded into a golden chain, that time with all his changes has only burnished and made brighter as the years have been tolled off.

And calling to remembrance these, his many social qualities, his strict integrity, the confidence reposed in him by all, his gentlemanly and Christian character, we would not restrain the falling tear to his memory, or withhold the evergreen from his grave. Neither will we forget while performing these sad duties to the dead, the lonely and stricken one who, for more than forty-one years, has shared with him the esteem, respect and love of all who knew them; and would commend her to Him who has prepared a home for all who love Him; a home where all tears are wiped away and the weary are at rest.

    Old Settlers Association.
    SUEL FOSTER, } Com.
    Muscatine, Aug. 19, 1881
    Tribune please copy.

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