MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 284
submitted by Shirley Plumb, November 27, 2007
DEATH OF JOHN SCHMIDT.
At one o’clock yesterday afternoon the struggle and battle for life, which John Schmidt had been fighting for a period of six months ended and the soul of one of Muscatine’s truest men winged its flight to the realms above. For just six months this well-known citizen has fought a troublesome cancer of the stomach uncomplainingly and had borne his sufferings with a true Christian spirit.
Deceased was born in Bavaria, Germany, and was 62 years, 1 month and 2 days old. He received his education in his native country, and learned the trade of weaver, which he followed until coming to this country, locating at Ft. Madison, where he learned the shoemaker trade and soon after moved to Muscatine where he had resided continuously for nearly thirty-six years, living an honorable, upright life, esteemed by every one who knew him. He was industrious, quiet and unassuming, a good neighbor and citizen, and what is more a faithful and loving husband and father.
He leaves to mourn his beloved wife and nine children, three of whom are step-children, to whom he was father in every sense of the word. They are Mrs. Martha Brunner of California; Henry Hess of St. Joe, Mo.; and John Hess, of this city; Mrs. Mary Reimers, of Davenport; George J., and Miss Susie, of this city; Audley, of Omaha; Mrs. Lillian Fisher, of Dubuque, and Fred, of this city, all of whom will be home to attend the funeral except Mrs. B., of California.
He was a consistent and faithful member of the First Presbyterian church, of this city, also a member of Iowa Lodge No. 2, A. F. & A. M., and the Knights of Honor Lodge No. 1066. as well as the Muscatine City and County Mutual Aid Associations.
In the death of Mr. Schmidt these societies have lost a valued member, the city a good business man and citizen, and his death is mourned by a host of warm friends.
The funeral is appointed for Wednesday afternoon, at 3 o’clock, from the family residence at the corner of Fourth and Locust streets. -- July ’90. --
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