MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 234
submitted by Jo Ann Carlson, Sept. 8, 2007
DEATH OF AN OLD CITIZEN.
July 25, 1887 (hand written)
Muscatine has heard with no ordinary sorrow of the death of JOHN SEMPLE. He died at his home in this city at 6 o’clock last evening after an invalidism which has extended over a long period and which was given its fatal issue by an attack of dysentery.
Mr. Semple had been a resident of Muscatine for 44 years. He was born in Scotland, July 18, 1811, and came to America at the sage of 25. He spent some time in Canada and resided for a period in Cincinnati, arriving in Muscatine in 1843. He was a proprietor for many years of a bakery and restaurant, and subsequently followed an active business in buying and selling grain and pork for himself and others. In his business life the world has known him as a man of much reserve, chary in the expression of his opinions but credited with an excellent judgment, and esteemed for his exemplary character. He carried the same quiet reserve into his membership of the First Methodist church of this city, at whose meetings he was seldom heard in speech or prayer, but was none the less active and devoted in rendering a generous hearted support to the cause of his Master. He was best known outside his family circle to our citizens who were young boys and girl patrons of the old bakery and restaurant and who remember Mr. Semple as the kind, genial friend of their youth, entering with much sympathy into their gaieities and sorrows, and disclosing a guilelessness and simplicity of character under his earnest exterior, which made him the trusted and beloved friend of those who are so quick to tell the true metal from the base.
Deceased leaves a wife and two children, Mrs. Mary Dunsmore, of this city, and John W. Semple, of Knoxville, Ill.
The funeral is appointed at 3 p.m. tomorrow, from the Methodist church.
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