MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 306
submitted by Neal Carter, Sept. 28, 2007
DEATH OF SAMUEL M. THOMPSON
Samuel M. Thompson died at his home in this city at half-past eight o’clock yesterday morning. Deceased had been suffering from a serious complication of ailments for over a year, and he had become so frail that his life seemed suspended as by a thread for a number of months, and the sad tidings of yesterday fell upon a community prepared for the announcement. But the sorrow of his friends will be none the less poignant because of being armed by anticipation against it. The armor of no warning can protect the heart of friendship from a shaft like this.
Mr. Thompson was a man of much reserve. His disposition was undemonstrative and he took few into his confidence; but those admitted to his friendship were bound to him as with bands of steel. Though unobtrusive and unassuming in his commerce with men, deceased never failed in making his convictions felt on all occasions which appealed to conscience and duty. When the war of the rebellion came he was one of the first three years’ men to enlist, and his soldierly career is none the less bright or patriotic that he served in the old Iowa 35th with a musket instead of a sword. His education, his social standing, his qualifications, gave him a right to a place of command; but his sense of duty led him into the ranks, and there his unselfish devotion was worth far more to the cause he served than a hundred commissions. So one heard but little of his offices in the church he loved so well; but those who knew him knew that he could not belong to a society of his faith and affections without being, in his own modest but decided way, one of the strongest pillars of support, as he proved himself to be to the Congregational Church of Muscatine which will mourn his death as an irreparable loss. Since the war, Mr. Thompson has divided his time between farming, insurance, the real estate and loan business, making his home in this city. He leaves a wife, daughter of the late Hon. Wm. G. Woodward, but no children.
The funeral is appointed to take place from the residence on Sycamore street, to-morrow (Friday) at 3 p. m.
The following named gentlemen will officiate as pall bearers: Will Kincaid, J. L. Hoopes, Thos. Brown, James Hannan, J. S. Kulp and R. B. Baird. ---July 22, 1891 (hand written)
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