MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 301
submitted by Neal Carter, Sept. 28, 2007
A PIONEER AT REST
John A. Wilson Passes Away After a Lingering Illness
January ___, 1891(hand written)
One of Muscatine’s best known citizens, John A. Wilson, departed this life Saturday afternoon at 3:40 o’clock, after a protracted and painful illness. He had been in a comatose condition for 24 hours before he peacefully breathed his last, while surrounded by his affectionate family and solicitous friends. The death of Mr. Wilson will cause profound regret and removes the familiar figure from our view of one who was long and actively engaged in promoting the city’s welfare. His public spirit always caused him to be prominently identified with every enterprise that would redound to the good of the city, and frequently to his own financial injury.
The deceased was born at Hallowell, Maine, Nov. 4, 1820, and upon attaining his majority moved to Zanesville, Ohio, where in April, 1846, he was united in marriage to Miss Sophia Stutson.
In Nov. 1867 they moved to this city and resided here continuously ever since. Mr. Wilson was one of our oldest grocery merchants, having early embarked in the business which he conducted successfully for a period of 14 years. Of recent years he had led a retired life, but never ceased to maintain and manifest his interest in public affairs.
Besides the sorrowing wife, six children survive to grieve over his demise, they being, Albert, Adalaide, Sophia, Frank, George Reeder, and Stella Maude.
In all the relations of private life, Mr. Wilson was a kind husband, an affectionate father and ardent and faithful in his friendships.
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