submitted by Jo Ann Carlson, October 21, 2007


At his home in Sweetland township, nine miles from the city, Thursday, April 8, 1892, at 6:30 p.m., M.P. PACE, aged 77 years, 1 month and 14 days.

IN the death of M.P. Pace Muscatine country loses another of its valued citizens and leading farmer, as well as one of the pioneers who endured privations in early days to help build up a prosperous community. Having rounded out his life with many years, M.P. Pace heard and answered the final summons and has gone to his eternal rest.

The deceased was born in Virginia, on 25th day of February, 1815, and was the fourth of a family seven children. His parents moved to Kentucky and later to Illinois, where they remined until 1835. In the fall of that year Mr. Pace came to Iowa with his father to survey land for a claim, and in May 1836, they brought the family to the northern part of Muscatine county, where they took up their permanent residence. April 2, 1843, Mr. Pace was united in marriage with Miss Amanda Chambers, sister of the well known Chambers brothers. After his marriage Mr. Pace, with his faithful wife, engaging in farming and stockraising, which occupation he dad followed continuously since. His industry and enterprise accumulated for him a comfortable competency and one of the finest farms in Sweetland township.

Mr. Pace’s life had been identified with the history of Muscatine county for over half a century, during which time he had always been in the front rank in the work of civilization and progress, and the county owes not a little of her growth and prosperity to his able and untiring efforts. He was a consistent member of the Methodist church, and lived an upright, Christian life, respect, and loved by all who knew him.

Mr. Pace is survived by his bereaved wife and five children-Ellery W., of Des Moines; Iona N., wife of M.A. Nye, of Creston; Emma C., wife of Dr. Wm. C. Beatty; Elbridge G. and Elvin Y. on the home farm.

The funeral will take place Tuesday, April 12th, at 2 o’clock p.m., from the family residence. The friends of the family are invited to attend.

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