submitted by Neal Carter, October 13, 2007

November 20, 1893

The grim reaper has summoned another good old citizen to join the silent majority, in the death of G. J. NEFF, who passed away at 1:15 o’clock yesterday afternoon at his home, No. 611 west Fourth street. The deceased had been gradually failing for the past two years, but on last election day felt well enough to venture out to vote. On last Thursday however he suffered a paralytic stroke, from which he was destined never to recover, though he retained consciousness and the power of speech until the last.

The deceased was born March 6, 1822, in the vicinity of Coblentz, Germany, and when 26 years of age emigrated to America, first locating in New York city, where in 1858 he was united in marriage to Miss Henrietta Grebe. Soon after their marriage the young couple came west, locating at Iowa City, where they resided a short period before coming to Muscatine. Five children were born of this union, two of whom died in infancy, their mother following them to the better land a little more than a year ago. The surviving children are Conrad P., of Wichita, Kan., and Mrs. Charles Franz and William J., of this city, who will be tendered the sympathy of many friends in their sore bereavement.

Mr. Neff was an upholsterer by trade and followed this pursuit in our midst for nearly 35 years, doing most of the work in this line for the furniture firm of S. G. & P. Stein, until the infirmities of advancing age caused him to retire from active work a few years ago. He was an honest, industrious citizen, a good neighbor and friend and kind and indulgent in the home circle, and his demise will be sincerely regretted by all who knew him. The funeral is appointed to take place at 9 o’clock from St. Mary’s church, of which deceased was an earnest and consistent member.

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