MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 167
submitted by Kevan Chown, Aug. 17, 2007
DEATH OF WILLIAM BROWNELL
March 16, 1885
News was received to-day of the death at his home in Keokuk, yesterday, from paralysis, of William Brownell. Deceased was one of Muscatine’s old settlers, having been here in the earliest times. He built our first brick court house and did quite a large business in different lines as a contractor. He moved to Keokuk, before the writer came here in 1855, but his daughter Mrs. Fannie Smith and his son William A. remained here, the latter engaging in the stove business. Subsequently, the son joined his father and brother Edward at Keokuk, and still are, we believe, a banking firm.
The family have telegraphed a request to Rev. Dr. Robbins to come down and conduct the funeral services and he will leave this evening. Mr. Brown was one of the earliest members of Dr. Robbins church, and the pastor boarded at his parishioner’s home the first year he spent in Muscatine, and their relations became correspondingly intimate. Mrs. Brownell, who died many years ago, was a sister of the late Mrs. Judge Woodward of this city.
Deceased had attained to over three score years and ten. The funeral occurs to-morrow.
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