submitted by Neal Carter, Aug. 25, 2007


Sept. 21st, 1873, AMELIA M. AMENT, wife of W. D. Ament, aged 43 years, 9 mos., 13 days. Funeral at the M. E. Church, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1873, at 2 o’clock p. m.


submitted by Shirley Plumb, Aug. 31, 2007


At his home on East Second street, of diabetes, at 10 o’clock, Tuesday morning, Jan. 21, 1890, W. D. AMENT, aged 68 years.

The JOURNAL readers were apprised last evening of the fact that the end was near, and will not be surprised to learn this evening that Mr. Ament breathed his last this morning about 10 o’clock. For some time past he had been confined to his bed, although he had been in feeble health for over a year or more, able at times to come down town and attend to his business, and then again confined to his room. Diabetes, with a general breaking down of the constitution, was the cause of his death.

The deceased was born in Kentucky, and when but two years of age his parents moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he was brought up and learned the tinner’s trade. In November of 1845, he came to Iowa, locating in Bloomington, now Muscatine, engaging in the stove and tin business, continuing it for twelve years. In 1855 he established the carriage and wagon manufactory, which has spread the name and fame of both Ament and Muscatine far and wide, the character of the wagons and carriages establishing a most excellent and just reputation for the manufacturer, not only in Iowa, but in Illinois and Missouri. As a man of business, he was one of our most energetic and pushing, respected and esteemed by every one; loved and admired by his employes, who are among the mourners at this time. Mr. Ament in former years was prominently identified with the interests of the city and county. He was president of the Board of Trustees before the city charter was adopted and held the position of city treasurer for four years, each of which positions he filled with strictest fidelity and with satisfaction to all concerned. In later years he never failed to interest himself in the progress and welfare of the city, always being ready to do his share towards encouraging its progress.

In 1847 he was united in marriage to Amelia Robbins, of Pennsylvania, who died in 1873, leaving six children, Jos. P., jr., Mrs. W. D. Platt, of What cheer; Mrs. M McKibben, of Mechanicsville; W. D., jr.; Mrs. A. F. Groeltz of Cedar Rapids, and Miss Amelia, of this city. In 1879 he was united in marriage with Mrs. Lucinda Watkins, who survives him.

The funeral is appointed for to-morrow afternoon at 2 o’clock, from the family residence.


The Late W. D. Ament

W. D. Ament was born in Kentucky, Sept. 22, 1822, and died at his home in Muscatine, Iowa, Jan. 21, 1890. When he was two years old, his parents moved to Nashville, Tenn., where in early youth he was left an orphan and was apprenticed to learn the tinner’s trade.

In 1845, he came to Muscatine, Iowa, and for twelve years was engaged in the tin and stove business. In 1857, he began manufacturing carriages and wagons, in which business he continued until his death.

In 1847 he married Miss Amelia Robbins, who died in September, 1873, leaving six children.

In 1879 Mr. Ament was married to Mrs. Lucinda Watkins, who survives him, with his six children, to mourn his loss.

Mr. Ament was converted and joined the First M. E. church in 1848, and remained a consistent member of the same until his death. He attributed his conversion, which was a very marked one, to the prayers of his wife, who had associated herself with several other women to pray specially for their husbands.

He had been out of health for several years, and for more than two years had been quite feeble, much of the time not fit to be at his place of business.

He was naturally of a warm and hospitable nature and greatly enjoyed the association of his intimate friends. He was a kind and faithful husband and an affectionate father. He was graciously spared severe suffering in his last illness, and while he desired to live he was resigned to the will of his Heavenly Father, and his faith and peace in Him appeared to be ……(last of paragraph missing)….

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