submitted by Jo Ann Carlson, November 7, 2007

The Final Summons Comes Suddenly to Charles L. Mull.

Muscatine is again called upon to mourn the loss of an old and respected resident in the sudden demise of C.L. Mull, whose name has been a synonym for industry, enterprise, integrity and success in this community for many years. The final summons came suddenly and unexpectedly at 8:30 o’clock yesterday morning at his beautiful suburban home on Mulberry street. Though he had been ailing more or less for the past six weeks with heart trouble, it was thought that he was gradually improving and might ultimate recover. Yesterday morning he arose as usual and ate a hearty breakfast, after which he went out to oversee some work on the premises and experiencing an oppressive feeling returned to the house to take a rest in a big easy chair, little thinking the end of his useful career was so soon to draw to a close. In a short time the family observed that the apparent drowsiness with which he was overcome led to unconsciousness and restoratives were applied but in vain. Tranquilly and peacefully he closed his eyes on scenes earthly. His sons at the store and a physician were telephoned for when it was noticed that he was sinking, but they arrived when all was over.

The deceased was born in the Kingdom of Hanover, Germany, August 5, 1826, and was at the time of his death 65 years, 9 months and 6 days of age. He was reared and educated in Germany, and in 1842 emigrated to America, first locating in Baltimore, Md. Shortly afterward he removed to Reading, Pa., where he filled the position of clerk for a time, and then engaged in mercantile pursuits for himself. In 1852 he removed to York, Pa., and engaged in the retail grocery business. While there he was united in marriage to Miss Catherine Campbell.

In 1852 he removed to Muscatine and engaged in the retail grocery business, and in 1864 went into the wholesale grocery business, in which business he had been engaged ever since. About six years ago he had an attack of nervous prostration and from that time has not been in active business, the business in the mean time being carried on by his sons. He was a man of fine business qualities and energy, and among the highly respected citizens none stood higher than Mr. Mull.

It was his commendable ambition to leave a well established business for his sons, and he had the pleasure of seeing this laudable desire gratified.

Politically Mr. Mull affiliated with the democratic party and was one of its staunchest adherents in this locality.

The deceased is survived by an aged wife and seven children: William L., Caroline, Charles A., Ida, Andrew and Frank, of this city, and Henry C., of Minneapolis.

The funeral appointment will await the coming of the absent son, who is expected to arrive from Minneapolis to-day.

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