submitted by Lynn McCleary, Sept. 21, 2007


Old Settlers Meeting

At a meeting of the Old Settlers held at the City Hall, March 11, 1882, Mr. S. Foster was chosen President and stated the object of the meeting to be a mark of respect to the memory of Mrs. Wm. Parvin, who had done her part well in bringing up a large family in a very proper way spending her life among us in a most acceptable manner. Messers. Foster, Walton, and Gordon were made a committee on resolutions.

    Resolved, That we attend the funeral at 3 o’clock p.m. at the M.E. Church Saturday, the 12th of March, 1882..
    Suel Foster, President
    P. Jackson, Secretary

The resolutions prepared by the foregoing committee were as follows:
    ResolveThat in the death of Mrs. Lydia Parvin, this community and more particular by her immediate circle of friends, have lost a true mother in Israel whose Christian life and example should be remembered and cherished by all who knew her.

    Resolve That the Old Settlers of Muscatine with whom the deceased had been associated continentally for forty-three years, owe to her memory the most respectful and reverential tribute and that in testimony thereof these memory the most respectful testimony there of these resolutions be spread upon the records of the society and a copy be sent to the family.

    J.P. Walton
    Suel Foster
    Wm. Gordon

Friday, March 10, 1882
Death of Mrs. Hannah Parvin.

Mrs. Hannah Parvin, wife of William Parvin, departed this live this morning in the 88th year of her age.

Deceased was born in Fairfield, Cumberland county, New Jersey, February 21, 1797. On the 8th of December, 1819, she was united in marriage with Wiliam Parvin and on the 30th of march 1839, arrived in Muscatine with her husband and family and has since been a resident of this city. She was the mother of eight children, six of who survive with their venerable father.

Soon after his arrival in the then sparse settlement of Bloomington, Mr. Parvin erected a frame dwelling on the south end of his present dwelling lot, so that for 43 years Mr. and Mrs. Parvin have made their home on this identical spot of ground, -a remarkable residence for our western country. From this abiding place they have seen Muscatine grow up around them from a hamlet of a few scores of people to a city of over ten thousand.

During this long residence Mrs. Parvin has shared with her husband in the esteem of the community which has grown to a deep and tender interest as their lives have cast the lengthening shadows of old age. A little over a year ago this venerable couple celebrated their golden Wedding and the occasion was made an event of great interest, particularly in the circle of the Old Settlers Society.

Deceased had been a member of the Methodist Episcopal church for over 70 years and there are probably few societies in the land that can boast of so remarkable membership. Her last days compared in their faith and resignation with this long, active Christian life. For nearly nine weeks she had suffered from a weakness which she declared from the first would prove her last illness. Her sickness took no particular form and probably proceeded from the natural decline of old age. She was conscious to the last hour, spending may moments in intelligent conversation with the husband and children who surrounded her dying bedside.

The funeral as notice elsewhere, will occur from the Methodist church on Sunday at 3 p.m.

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