submitted by Shirley Plumb, Aug. 31, 2007


At his residence, No. 204 west Fourth street, Saturday, Feb. 1, 1890, at 2:10 p.m. of bronchitis, ROBERT T. THOMPSON, aged 59 years, 11 months and 14 days.

Very few friends of the deceased knew of his illness and the announcement of his death yesterday afternoon caused a profound sensation. On Monday last Mr Thompson was seized with LaGrippe but for two days it was not so serious as to detain him from the pursuits of business. The complaint developed into bronchitis but not until yesterday morning did it assume a dangerous form. The night previous he was able to walk up stairs to his bed-room. He suffered great pain for several hours before passing away, but was conscious to the last.

Deceased was born in Cadiz, Harrison county, Ohio, Feb. 17, 1830. In April 12, 1850 he was united in marriage to Miss Emily A. Lewis and eight year later he removed to Iowa, settling in Goshen township. In 1860 he removed to Muscatine where he has since resided. His wife and four children survive ĖTheron, Miss Ella, William L and Robert L, all residents of this city.

Mr Thompson was a gentleman of most genial and pleasing address, and the affableness of his nature, coupled with the earnest sincerity and purity of his life gave him deserved popularity with his fellow citizens. He filled the office of Deputy County Treasurer for three years, and was elected to two terms of the treasurerís office. He was appointed deputy postmaster under Col Beach, and was subsequently elected to the Cashiership of the Muscatine Savings Bank. In 1883 he opened up hi8s well known Island Seed store which he conducted to the present time. Though an esteemed member of the Masonic and Odd Fellows Orders and the A O U W, his favorite fraternity was the people at large, without respect to their opinions and beliefs, and it was because of his enjoyment of this wide and liberal fellowship that he remained disconnected with any church. His religious faith was much like President Lincolnís, and he was otherwise like his lamented political chief, for though an ardent republican, he showed a toleration of and respect for all sincerely held opinions and convictions. Mr. Thompson will be greatly missed and mourned in our city and the county at large.

The funeral took place from the family residence yesterday at 2 p.m.

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