MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 413
submitted by Jo Ann Carlson, November 10, 2007
Editor of the Muscatine Journal:
With sorrow we inform you of the death of one of Muscatine county’s early settlers, and one of your first subscribers, who had taken the JOURNAL forty years or more. ALFRED S. SWEET passed away, at his home in Springfield, Mo., November 26th, at twenty minutes before 8 o’clock, of catarrh of the stomach, leaving a wife and eleven children, and one brother to mourn his losses.
The deceased had been confined to his bed nine weeks and was a constant sufferer nearly all that time, but bore it patiently was a consistent Christian, a member of the Methodist church, and his last hours were made peaceful by the knowledge that he was ready and prepared to leave this world, and said there was plenty of room for all his family and friends.
A.S. Sweet was born in Madison county, Ill., near Alton, August 27, 1825, and like most western boys of his time, endured a great many hardships. Having attained the age of twenty, he moved with his younger brother, H.C. Sweet, to Muscatine county, where he was engaged in the pottery business until 1879, when he was compelled to seek a climate more conducive to his health.
The funeral was held at the family residence on Boonville street. Wednesday afternoon, at 2 o’clock. The exercises were of such a character as to demonstrate in what high regard he was held by his fellow-citizens. The services were conducted by the Rev. Crist, assisted by Rev. Dr. Hughey, under whom he was received into the church. His remains were laid to rest in the Maple Park cemetery, under the auspices of the Knights of Pythias, of which he was an honored member.
Mrs. A. Sweet and family. Springfriend, Mo., Nov. 29, 1894
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