submitted by Neal Carter, Sept. 28, 2007

A letter was received by Judge Brannan from E. B. Isett, announcing the death of COL. T. M. ISETT, formerly a well-known resident of this city. He died of Bright’s disease on the 25th inst., at his daughter’s Mrs. Clara Marston, residence, in New York. He had been a resident of this city for thirty-two years, leaving here in 1868. Two children survive him, also his brother, John S. Isett, aged 84. Deceased was born in Huntington county, Penn., in 1808, and consequently was in his 75th year.

In Memory of Col. Isett
(Tuesday, July 31, 1883 - date of newspaper)

A meeting of the Old Settlers of Muscatine was held at City Hall, July 31, 1883. Mr. Suel Foster, President, made a statement of the large part Mr. Isett took in the early settlement of this city, being the original owner of the city proper and also of a large portion of the immediate vicinity, and was our first County Surveyor.

On motion of Mr. Bridgman, the Hon. John H. Wallace, Suel Foster and Judge J. Scott Richman were made a committee on resolutions.

Mr. Richman made some very interesting remarks in relation to Col. Isett’s early life among us, his little one-story frame office on Chestnut street being the usual resort of the leading spirits of those days, and relating some incidents of his career as a member of the territorial legislature.

Mr. Wallace gave us some of his history while in New York, stating that Col. Isett there became a very hard worker, attending personally to all the details of his banking business. On motion, adjourned.---P. JACKSON, Sec.


    WHEREAS, The sad intelligence has reached us that Col. Thomas M. Isett, one among the earliest settlers of this city, and who for thirty years and up to 1866 was a resident thereof, departed this life at the city of New York on the 25th inst. Therefore, be it resolved by the old settlers of Muscatine county,

    1st. That we have heard with deep regret of the death of Col. Thomas M. Isett, who was for many years a valued citizen of this city.

    2nd. That we recognize in Col. Isett one who shared with us the privations and hardships incident to a new country, but whose cheerfulness of disposition and amenity of manner made him a general favorite, and his office a common resort for the early settlers to meet and talk over matters of interest.

    3rd. That Col. Isett was possessed of some of the highest and most commendable traits of character. Perfectly truthful himself in all business matters, he would not tolerate falsehood in others. Rigidly honest in his dealings, he expected like honesty in others and was always ready to help those who in his estimation were deserving of help. He had many acquaintances, but few intimate friends; and it was only to his intimate friends that he was well enough known to be truly understood and appreciated.

    4th. That we sympathize deeply with the relatives of the deceased in their bereavement and that a copy of these resolutions be sent to them.


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