Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 302, 305
submitted by Neal Carter, Sept. 28, 2007

The funeral service of B.H. Eversmeyer 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 (hand written)

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For some days past the public has known from announcements in the papers of the serious illness of Mr. B. H. Eversmeyer, the well-known insurance agent, but they were scarcely prepared for the news of his death, which took place at 12:43 this afternoon.

For nearly two years failing health had prevented him from being in active duty at all times, and for about six weeks past he was confined to the house most of the time. His disease was trouble with the kidney and liver.

Bernhard Henry Eversmeyer was born in Vlotho, Preis Minden, Germany, April 19, 1825, and was consequently 66 years and 18 days of age at the time of his death. He was the youngest of a family of seven children. He came to America in 1851, when 26 years of age, stopping first in St. Louis, and located in Muscatine in 1854. Previous to coming to America he served five years in the German army. Like most of his countrymen coming to this country, he brought with him but little else than brain and muscle with an honest purpose to carve out his own fortune by his own unaided efforts. He was not afraid of work in any capacity, and for many years plied the avocation of teamster and doing such jobs of manual labor as he could find to be most profitable. His industry and integrity were rewarded by his fellow-citizens making him Street Commissioner two years. In 1872, he established the general insurance agency of B. H. Eversmeyer & Co., which has been most successfully conducted ever since.

The deceased was genial, kind-hearted and accommodating almost to a fault. He had hosts of friends, as one should have who made himself so helpful to all about him. He leaves a wife, whom he married in 1855, her maiden name being Magdalena Keuchman. There also remain six children Mrs. George R. Leffingwell, Miss Louise, John H., C. Henry, P. William and B. Ernst.

The funeral is to be from the family residence. 311 East 6th street, at 2:30 p. m. next Sunday.

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