MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 378
submitted by Neal Carter, October 13, 2007
A TRIBUTE TO MRS. S. N. CANDEE
May 22, 1893 (hand written)
At the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. C. Starr, in Beatrice, Neb., on the 22d inst., the subject of this sketch passed from a long and useful life to the eternal rest.
Mr. and Mrs. Candee came to Iowa from Connecticut, moving to Muscatine from Iowa City, we suppose, as the record shows she united with the Congregational church here in 1845 by letter from that city. The Candee home on the Island before, during and after the war will long be remembered by many. There shone brightest the Christian graces, which abounded in our departed friend. Giving one son to the army, living in close proximity to the camp, her love and devotion to the soldiers and the Union cause never flagged, and no one was ever turned away from her door.
She was an earnest worker in the church of her choice, and reared her family as a Christian mother should. Her neighbors and friends were many, and as the years rolled on Mother Candee “grew old gracefully,” and the sweet disposition, even temper, love for God and her fellow-creatures deepened with her years. She lived out more than her allotted three-score and ten, being seventy-six when she died, and leaves behind memories sweet and pleasant to many of our citizens of the beautiful Island home.
Four children survive her: Fred., of Georgetown, Col.; Mrs. Julia Starr, of Beatrice, Neb.; Horace, of Pratt, Kansas, and Frank, of California. Her death was so sudden that only Mrs. Starr of the four children was with her. Fred. was en route, but failed to reach Beatrice in time. Her husband preceded her in death several years ago. Two more of our earliest settlers have gone to join the fast-increasing majority and leaving vacant places in the fast-thinning ranks of those who came here when Iowa was almost a wilderness.
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