MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 146
submitted by Neal Carter, Sept. 28, 2007
MRS. NANCY L. REECE
Old Settlers Meeting--- Pursuant to call, the old settlers assembled in the City Hall, at 9 o’clock a. m., Jan. 1st, 1884, to take such action as might seem suitable on the death of Mrs. Nancy L. Reece.
J. P. Walton, President, in the chair. On motion, John Mahin was appointed secretary pro tem. Joseph Bridgman being called on, reported from a committee for that purpose the following which was adopted:
On motion, the following committee was appointed to draw up a memorial on the death of John M. Kane, viz: D. C. Richman, P. Jackson, and Wm. Gordon.
Again has the summons come and another of our number has been called away from her earthly to her heavenly home. Mrs. Nancy L. Reece came to this place prior to 1840, thus making her one of the earliest settlers of Muscatine. In her married life she was an affectionate and devoted wife and mother, exceedingly domestic in all her ways, living most for her family, ever seeking their happiness and comfort, yet never forgetting the duty she owed to others, not sparing herself from the home of the sick. She drank deep of the cup of life’s sorrows, yet with an unfaltering trust and abiding faith in him who is the widow’s stay, she ever went forward in the discharge of her duties, awaiting the time when her work should be done and she should receive her crown: therefore
Resolved, That in the death of Mrs. Reece, we the old settlers, extend to the bereaved family our heartfelt sympathy and consolation.
Resolved, That we attend the funeral of the deceased, and that a copy of this paper be sent to the family and to the papers of the city for publication.
- JOS. BRIDGMAN
- WM. GORDON } Com.
- JOHN MAHIN
Joseph Bridgman then spoke of his early recollections of Mrs. Reece, (then Miss Daniels) when she was one of the admired young ladies of this place; in the winter of 1839-40, especially, when the young folks, including himself, his wife, Wm. Gordon, Pliny Fay and others took a memorable sleigh ride to Moscow. He paid a high tribute to the excellences of character of the deceased and touchingly referred to the many sorrows that had fallen to her lot.
The following were selected as pallbearers at the funeral to take place at 2 o’clock p. m.: J. P. Walton, J. Bridgman, H. W. Moore, D. S. Biles, P. Jackson, John Mahin.---On motion, adjourned.
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