submitted by Charlene Nichols Hixon, Sept. 29, 2007


At 6:30 a.m., Nov. 30, 1893, at his home in this city, 505 West Fourth street, of lung trouble brought on by la grippe, J. A. SCHREURS, in his 79th year.

John Albert Schreurs was born in Holland July 29, 1814. He emigrated to America, landing at New Orleans Dec. 26, 1846. The following year, March 29, he came to Bloomington and engaged in farming, four and one-half miles west of this city. In 1870 he began the milling business, and in company with his son, G. W. Schreurs, in 1873, built the present Young America mills, continuing in the same till about ten years ago, his son, Henry, succeeding him, since which time he had lived a retired life.

He married Sena Willamena Warnshuis, in Holland, in 1838, who died in March 1863, leaving five children – Garrett W., Henry, Men, Jenna and Sena.

Mr. Schreurs married Hannah Reesink, June 11, 1867, who, with one son, George, survives to mourn his loss; also, a step-daughter, Carrie, besides a large number of grandchildren, who can justly be grateful for the pure life and example their father left for them to follow.

The deceased, with two other families, both of which have passed away before him, were the first Holland families to locate in Muscatine. Well did he represent them in his true spirit of loyalty to his adopted country, of which he was always proud. He could never be induced to leave even for a visit to his native land, being satisfied to end his days in free America.

Father Schreurs was a true Christian – very reserved in expression but unflinching in his convictions. In early days, when public places of worship were not yet provided, his home was for years the place for Sabbath day gatherings for Protestant preaching and worship, and not a few early traveling preachers found a welcome in his humble home, ever in sympathy with true-hearted preachers of the Lord’s gospel.

So we are again called upon to lay away another of the earliest settlers, whose type of real, true manhood had endeared him to all who knew him.

The time of the funeral is not yet arranged, as the family are waiting to hear from George Schreurs, who is expected to arrive from St. Louis.

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