submitted by Neal Carter, October 13, 2007


GRIFFITH – Tuesday, September 5, 1893, at 11:10 p. m., at his home, corner Seventh and Pine streets, of bowel trouble, PETER GRIFFITH, in his 70th year.

It will be with unfeigned regret that the friends of this old settler will learn of his demise. He had not been feeling well for the past six weeks and two weeks ago was prostrated with a disease caused from intestinal obstruction. Skilled medical attendance and careful nursing were at hand, and he bore his suffering with a marked patience and resignation, passing peacefully away at 11:10 o’clock Tuesday night.

Peter Griffith was born in Manchester, England in 1823, the son of wealthy parents. He grew to young manhood in his native land, where he received an excellent education. Being desirous of learning more of America he came to New York in 1843, afterwards living in Pittsburg and Newport, Rhode Island. From there he came west to Cincinnati, where he was united in marriage with Miss Mary George forty-two years ago. He later came to Burlington, and from there to Muscatine in 1842, where he had since made his home, though residing here but part of the time. In his school days Mr. Griffith displayed a talent and liking for fine painting, and after coming to America had done the fine finishing on engines and machines in various large factories. He did considerable contract work in Muscatine, his last large contract being the finishing of the high-school building. He went to Kansas City from here during that city’s great boom and completed many large contracts there.

He was a profound thinker and great reader, and for several years past had devoted himself to books, his knowledge on all subjects being most marked.

He is survived by six children, his wife having preceded him in death four years since. They are: Mrs. George Hawley, Harry T., Ettie, Bertha and Will, all of Muscatine, and Richard, of Cincinnati. He is also survived by relatives in Rhode Island, and by a sister and other relatives in Manchester, England.

The funeral services will be held Friday, at the time and place to be announced later.

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