MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 248
submitted by Charlene Nichols Hixon, Aug. 26, 2007
On the morning of April 11, 1888, at the residence of Mr. H. A. Hollister, near Wilton, Miss MARY HANSON, entered into rest, aged 75 years and 21 days. Miss Hanson was born in Waldo, Kennebeck county, Maine, March 21, 1813. In the year 1839 her father emigrated to Iowa and settled in Muscatine county, on new land, two miles south of Durant, the farm now owned by C. W. Norton. The family came all the way with horse teams, a tedious journey of three months.
For many years past Miss Hanson’s home had been in the family of her sister, Mrs. H. A. Hollister, sharing the cares and toils of domestic life, uniformly unselfish and cheerful, distributing the seeds of kindness, and living to rejoice in the precious fruitage of a life well and wisely spent.
Miss Hanson loved her Bible, and rested her hope on the sure foundation, Jesus Christ, himself being the chief corner stone. The inspiring light of that life will not soon go out in that home, and her example of patient continuance in well-doing will be an unfailing power for good in the hearts of those who knew her best.
Notwithstanding her age Miss Hanson had enjoyed a good degree of health until six days before her death. A severe attack of pneumonia, attended with great suffering, ended her earthly life as above stated. Appropriate funeral services were conducted at the residence of Mr. Hollister, by Rev. E. P. Smith, at 2 o’clock, Friday afternoon.--- E. P. S.
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