MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 136
submitted by Neal Carter, Sept. 28, 2007
BROWN – At his home on Cedar street, at 10 a. m., Friday, Feb. 2nd, 1883, WILLIAM BROWN, in the 68th year of his age.
For almost a third of a century the deceased has been a citizen of Muscatine, and held a well earned title to membership in that honorable band who were its pioneers, and who have been so largely instrumental in giving it its present high social and industrial character. Mr. Brown was a man who found his chief pleasure in honorable enjoyment, and the arrow that entered his bosom yesterday terminated a life that had been to a conspicuous degree an active and an earnest one.
Although the health of the deceased had been far from satisfactory for several weeks, his condition had occasioned no serious alarm, and when a few moments after eating his breakfast he was discovered in a dying condition in his bed, the shock it occasioned his friends was as terrible as it had been unanticipated.
To one who had approached his bedside, hoping to administer to his comfort, he remarked, “I guess I am done,” and turning his head wearily upon the pillow, he closed his eyes in death.
The deceased was born in Blackburn, England, coming to Muscatine in 1851. Embarking in the milling business upon his arrival, and associating himself with Mr. Heaton in the purchase of the Nevada mill in 1866, he continued as one of the proprietors until his death.
Mr. Brown leaves a wife and eight children to bewail his loss, one of the daughters being the wife of Wm. Richoff. Some of the children living at points remote from Muscatine, the funeral was deferred to await their arrival.
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