MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 233
submitted by Jo Ann Carlson, Sept. 8, 2007
OLD SETTLERS' MEETING MEMORIAM
The Old Settlers of Muscatine county met at the City Hall, March 19, 1887. The president read the following statement: At our winter meeting, on the 16th of last month, the death of Mrs. Seth Humphreys was announced. Since that time seven more of our old settlers have passed away. Such a mortality never before occurred among the old settlers. When we consider their age, the hardships and exposure that many of them had to endure, it is almost wonderful that they have stayed so long. All of these eight persons came to this county, men and women, from thirty to fifty years ago, and all have left a good name behind them. We have met here today to take action on the death of the last three-MICHAEL MURPHY, P.W. HOWELL and HON JOHN A. PARVIN our vice president.
Mr. Burnett then said he had found in his long acquaintance with Mr. Parvin that he was different from most of men in avowing and maintaining his principles, either religiously or politically-never courting popularity or giving way to expediency.
John Mahin bore glad and willing testimony to Mr. Parvin as a personal friend and his worth as an upright, public servant, honestly and faithfully discharging the duties of the many official places he was called to fill-gratefully mentioning how helpful he was to him when just commencing life.
On motion, Messrs. John Mahin, A.F. Adams and R.M. Burnett were made a committee on resolutions for John A. Parvin, and Messrs. J.P. Freeman, George Magoon and W.S. Richie for P.W. Howell and Michael Murphy.
On motion, adjourned to meet at the funeral of Mr. Parvin this afternoon at 2:30 at the M.E. Church.
J.P. Walton, Pres. Peter Jackson,Secy.
IN MEMORY OF HON. JOHN A. PARVIN
Resolved. That the death of Hon. John A. Parvin, vice-president of the society, has removed from among us one whose conspicuous presence has always been a pleasure at our meetings and whose place can never be filled in this Old Settlers’ Society. The State has also lost a patriotic, useful citizen, the community one of its most deserving and honored members, and the church and a society one whose aims and example should be cherished as an inspiration by the youth of the land.
John Mahin, A.F. Adams, R.M. Burnett.
IN MEMORY OF M. MURPHY AND P.W. HOWELL.
The Old Settlers of Muscatine have deeply shared in the grief of this community over the death of Michael Murphy and P.W. Howell. Each of these lamented citizens had a large circle of intimate friends who cherished for them a peculiarly strong affection while both had won the high regard of the general public. The Old Settlers’ Society feels itself especially bereaved in the loss of two of its members who were so long and honorable identified with the history of Muscatine and in heart-felt sympathy with the greater sorrow which has befallen the families who have been bereft, it tenders to them its sincere condolence, and instructs the secretary to enter this memorial upon the records of the society.
J.P. Freeman, Geo. D. Magoon, W. S. Richie
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