submitted by Neal Carter, October 13, 2007


Monday, January 2, 1893, at his home in Muscatine county, three mils from this city, of a complication of diseases, BENJAMIN F. TICE, aged 71 years.

In the death of this well-known old resident of Muscatine county the ranks of the old settlers are again invaded thus early in the new year. He had been a familiar figure on our streets for many years and will be missed by a large circle of friends and acquaintances.

B. F. Tice was born in Washington county, Md., the third of a family of thirteen children. When eight years of age his father came west with his family to Indiana, where he resided until 1848, and it was in the Indiana schools that the deceased received his early education. In 1848 he came to Louisa county, where he resided until 1854, when he removed to Muscatine county. In 1858 he purchased 112 acres of land in Goshen township at Overman’s ferry, taking charge of the ferry, which he operated for thirty years as Tice’s ferry, over Cedar river. He added to his farm until he owned 320 acres of splendid land. In 1881 he purchased 60 acres of fine land in Bloomington township, close to Muscatine, where he had since made his home. He had not engaged in active farm work for several years.

In 1850 Mr. Tice was united in marriage in Muscatine with Miss Rebecca Desbro, who died in 1869. In 1880 he was united in marriage with Nancy Wymer, who survives him. By his first marriage there were six children born: Mrs. Ann Silvey, of Kansas; William, Mrs. Martha Devore, of Dakota; John, of Jasper county, Iowa, and Josephine. Three children, Franklin, Sarah and Margaret, were the result of the second marriage.

Mr. Tice was a life-long Democrat and at one time served on the Board of Supervisors. He was well thought of by a large acquaintance.

The funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 9 o’clock from his late residence. Rev. L. B. Hix, of the U. B. church, officiating. Interment at Atalissa.

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