submitted by Shirley Plumb, November 27, 2007


BLOCK – At Muscatine, June 29, 1890, at 4:30 p.m. of a paralytic affection, MRS. SALLIE A. BLOCK, aged 62 years, 4 months and 10 days.

Mrs. Block had been a sufferer from paralysis for nearly two years, but as it principally affected her tongue and throat, she was not confined to her bed or room, and continuing to mingle in the social affairs of her home her family and friends hoped for her ultimate recovery. A week ago she took a severe cold which seriously aggravated her complaint and her death is ascribed to exhaustion. She retained her consciousness to the last and relieved of the painful pressure of her congestion in the hour of death, she closed her eyes upon earth as peacefully as if in sleep.

Deceased was born near Brandenburg, Mead county, Kentucky, Feb. 19, 1828. Her family name was Kendall. On August 15, 1845, she united in marriage with Mr. Marx Block, and three months later the groom and his young bride removed to Muscatine, then Bloomington. Our old residents are familiar with the life Mr. and Mrs. Block lived in Muscatine. The husband was one of the best known men in the Mississippi valley, prominent in business and public affairs, esteemed for the integrity of his character and admired for a vigorous individuality, an exhaustless fund of humor and delightful social qualities, and the wife, in the beauty of her friendship and the graces of hospitality abundantly shared in the popularity of their home. No old settlers’ roof in our city has witnessed more delightful social reunions than took place at this hospitable home. Mrs. Block was bereaved of her husband nine years ago, since which time she has lived in comparative retirement, though beloved as of old as the kindest of neighbors and friends, and the idol of her home circle. During her last sickness she often alluded in feeling terms to the unwearyingly kindness she had received from her many friends.

Deceased leaves six children: William G., Lucy, Frank, Marx E., Carrie, and Mrs. Anna K. Block of Galesburg, ILLs.

Mrs. Block was a Universalist in her religious faith and a leading member of that denomination during its organization in our city. She was also a prominent and active member of Electa Chapter, No. 22. O. E. S., and Daughters of Rebekah,
I. O. O. F.

The funeral service took place yesterday at 2:30 p.m. at the residence, conducted by Rev. W. K. Berry of Trinity. The following have acted as pall-bearers: Jacob Erb, Benj. Beach, A. M. Winn, H. W. Moore, J. P. Walton, Chas. Page. The funeral was directed by H. J. Lauder.

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