submitted by Neal Carter, Sept. 28, 2007


Death has finally released a great sufferer, Isaac R. Mauck, one of the few remaining of the old settlers who came here more than fifty years ago, died at his home at 319 West Fourth street, at 3 o’clock this morning.

As was generally known, Mr. Mauck was an invalid for years. About eight years ago he had a stroke of paralysis and never fully recovered from its effects. For two years past he was confined to the house except once or twice to go out upon the sidewalk. He was suffering from a complication of disorders, involving heart trouble, but the immediate cause of death was pneumonia. During his long illness he suffered severely but bore it all patiently.

Mr. Mauck was born in Virginia, June 2, 1816, and was therefore nearly 75 years of age. His parents died when he was about 12 years of age, when he was taken by a married sister to her home, first in Ohio and subsequently to Illinois. This sister, Mrs. Rebecca Aylesworth, died at his house five years ago, having for ten years preceding made her home with him, thus giving him opportunity to reward her for what she had done for him when he was left an orphan.

Mr. Mauck landed at Muscatine (then Bloomington) on the 5th of July, 1839, and all the remainder of his life was a resident of this place. He engaged in the business of brick making with his brother, Daniel, (long since deceased) and afterwards as a contractor in the erection of buildings. In February, 1856, he commenced mercantile life with the firm of Bowers & Mauck, afterwards continuing the grocery trade on his own account till failing health forced him to quit the active duties of life.

Mr. Mauck was married in 1843 to Miss Charlotte F. Bailey, who survives. There were three children in the family. Two died quite young and Isaac N., now engaged in business in Kansas City, alone remains.

Mr. Mauck was among our best citizens. He was quiet and unobtrusive. As a husband and father he was kind and indulgent as a neighbor obliging and accommodating. His friends were all who knew him – his enemies, he had none. He served two terms as a member of the City Council for the First Ward and was a candidate on the Democratic ticket for Sheriff. In all the relations of life he sustained an unsullied character.

The funeral is to take place Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the family residence, with Rev. S. E. Wilcox officiating. May 9, 1891.

The funeral services of B. H. Eversmeyet will be conducted by Rev. C. Thalenhorst, of the German M. E. church, at 2:30 p. m., to-morrow, at the family residence. May 10, 1891

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