MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 234
submitted by Jo Ann Carlson, Sept. 8, 2007
OLD SETTLERS’ MEETING.
(Lewis Coe, Mrs. Caroline Funk Hine, Harry Douglass McKibben and Mrs. Cordelia E. Mathis)
The Old Settlers’ society met at the City Hall this morning pursuant to notice. President Walton was in the chair and G.W. Van Horne was appointed secretary.
The President announced that the meeting was called in memory of the late Lewis Coe, and he offered the following tribute:
For many years this city has known Lewis Coe, as one of its prominent men, he having been engaged in many of its important interest. Through all of his business career in this city which has extended for near a third of a century, he could always be relied upon for the honest and earnest fulfillment of his obligations in the public and private walks of life. It was our good fortune to have extensive dealings with him during those hard times of our city from 1857 to 1862, and while many of our best business men “went by the board” Lewis Coe always found means and was ready and willing to meet his engagements. When he made a promise he intended to meet it and this honest purpose characterized all his dealings with his fellow-men. Of Mr. Coe’s religious life, some one of the Methodist church, of which has was a member, should speak. But for near a score of years Mr. Coe and myself met nearly every Sunday either in the Methodist or Episcopal Sunday schools. As a Sunday school teacher, Bible class leader or as an attentive student I never saw his superior. There was a uncompromising spirit of the Puritan evinced in his dealings with all questions affecting the moral well-being of the community, but this did not detract from the geniality of his social life, and there have been no homes to surpass his in the beauty of its hospitality.
After informal remarks by members, the above tribute was adopted as the sense of the society, and it was ordered spread upon the records.
The President offered the following:
Resolved, that the secretary be instructed to make record on our minute book of the death of Mrs. Caroline Funk Hine on March 26th, 1887; Mr. Harry Douglass McKibben on March 27th, 1887; Mrs. Cordelia E. Mathis on March 28th, 1887.
On motion, adjourned.
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