MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 284
submitted by Shirley Plumb, November 27, 2007
SUDDEN DEATH OF MR. J. B. HENNIKER.
Sep 6, ’90 (hand written)
The city was not a little pained and greatly shocked this afternoon to learn of the death of the venerable J. B. Henniker about one o’clock. He was seen on our streets this morning, apparently in his usual health, which was very good for a man of his age. Just before dinner he was seized with a violent pain in the head near the ear, which gradually passed down to his side. His faithful and loving wife administered unto him, and shortly after he grew somewhat better. When his son, Ed., with whom he had been living, came home, he did not want them to a call a doctor, saying he would soon be all right again, but, alas, that “all right” was not as he anticipated, nor as his wife and son expected, for a second attack came and before Ed, or a doctor could be called his spirit had winged its flight to the world beyond, and the life of one of Muscatine county’s oldest, noblest and best citizens had ended. It was a sever blow to the venerable and loving wife and companion of over 59 years, as well as to the family and many friends.
Jesse B. Henniker was born in Kent county, England, March 29, 1809, and emigrated to this country in 1817, locating in Philadelphia, and in 1831 was married to Miss Jane Langstreth, who survives him. In 1835 they removed to Perry County, Pa., and in 1846 came to this county where they have since resided, and always been held in the highest esteem by every one. For many years they lived on a farm, but for some years past they have resided with their son, Edward.
Eight children survive him, being Edward, of this city, Mrs. Tacy Patterson, of Union county, Iowa, Mrs. Harriet M. Cole, Union county, Mrs. Harriet F. Cole, of Sweetland, William S., of Minneapolis, Mrs. Henrietta Hill, of this city, Miss Jennie E. West, of Sweetland; and Mrs. Ida M. Pace, of Sweetland.
Mr. Henniker was a strong Republican in politics and for sixteen years held the position of postmaster at Melpine, having been appointed by President Polk. He always took an interest in public affairs and everything pertaining to the welfare of the government. His death will be generally mourned throughout the country.
Deceased was one of the most faithful and consistent members of the Methodist church, always taking an active interest in the church and Sunday School, in both of which he will be greatly missed. The time of the funeral has not been fixed as yet.
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