submitted by Charlene Nichols Hixon, Aug. 26, 2007


At Muscatine, Iowa, March 7th, 1888, at 1:30 a.m., at his residence, No. 206 East Fifth street, MR. CHRISTIAN KEGEL, of marasmus, aged 71 years, 6 months.

The brief announcement of the death of the deceased in yesterday morning’s TRIBUNE was received with great surprise by the many friends of the deceased, who scarcely knew of his illness. Only a week ago to-day he was seen upon the streets, but it was apparent to his friends that he was very feeble. When Dr. Little was summoned he saw at a glance that death was only a question of time, and he gradually sank as each day passed by.

The deceased was born in Bavaria, Germany, 71 years ago, and while still very young emigrated to this country, settling in Ohio, where he worked at his trade – cabinet making. In 1844 he came to Iowa and Muscatine, where he soon engaged in active business, and continued in the furniture and undertaking until several years ago. Since then he has not been engaged in any active business, doing bench work as he felt able. For some time past he has been declining, until his strength was gone and he bowed to the inevitable, death claiming him as its victim at half past one yesterday morning. During his residence here he has had the esteem of his fellow-townsmen, and was respected by every one. He was a member of Muscatine Lodge No. 5, I.O.O.F., which body has charge of the funeral services to-day.

The deceased leaves a beloved wife, son and daughter. The latter, Miss Carrie, has resided with her parents, while Will C. is the manager of the Daily Capital, of Des Moines, all of whom are called upon to mourn their great loss.

The funeral occurs this afternoon from the family residence at two o’clock, and will be conducted by Rev. s. H. Parvin and Rev. J. Nolte.


Old Settlers Meeting.

At a meeting of the Old Settlers of Muscatine county, held on occasion of the death of Christian Kegel, March 8, 1888, J. P. Walton offered the following:

    WHEREAS, We have met to take action on the death of Christian Kegel, who died March 6th, after having lived in our city for forty-four years; and, whereas, we are sorry to say that there are but few of us left who can recollect when he came here – a cabinet maker by occupation, always at work, a genial young man of the strictest integrity, possessing a high moral character and one of our liberal contributors in acts of charity. For the first quarter of a century of his sojourn here, Mr. Kegel could be found in all our councils and meetings for the public good, but after a life of three score and eleven years, h e has gone and as a token of respect I offer these resolutions:

    Resolved, That we sincerely sympathize with his bereaved family in their affliction, and that we extend to them our heartfelt sympathy.

    Resolved, That a copy of the foregoing preamble and resolution be furnished the papers for publication.


After discussing some Old Settler recollections, the meeting adjourned to assemble at the funeral this afternoon at 2 o’clock.

P. Jackson, Secy.,
J. P. Walton, Pres.

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