submitted by Jo Ann Carlson, November 10, 2007


Matter from To-Day’s Daily, May 29, 1895

After a painful and protracted illness, Henry Fuller, one of Muscatine’s pioneer brick manufacturers, who was well and favorable known throughout this part of the state, passed away at 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon at his residence, No. 207 East Eight street. The sad intelligence of his demise was not unexpected to his numerous friends and acquaintances who were aware of the nature of his ailment, and that his sands of life were surely running out, yet his demise will cause general and unfeigned regret. Mr. Fuller had been ailing for the past year and for the last three months was confined to the sick chamber, his disease being a complication of liver and kidney trouble, which baffled medical skill. His sufferings for the past few weeks were intense but he bore them with marked patience and fortitude. The end came tranquilly, the patient remaining conscious to the last.

Mr. Fuller was native of Westphalia, Germany, and attained the age of 66 years, 6 months and 11 days. He grew to manhood in his natal place, and upon attaining his majority, attracted by the superior advantages offered a young man in the new world, he came to America in 1851, locating in St. Louis, where he spent four years, after which he came to Muscatine and here he resided continuously ever since.

On arriving here he accepted a position as foreman with Adams & Son, brick manufacturers, and the fidelity with which he performed his duties is attested by the fact that he was soon admitted as a member of the firm and subsequently secured sole possession of the plant. From his advent to this city until about a year ago, when compelled to retire by failing health, he had been actively identified with the brick manufacturing business, the product of his yards being known and in demand throughout a large surrounding section on account of their superiority.

He was an honest and industrious, citizen, a pleasant and sociable neighbor and an indulgent head of the household. Kind-hearted and generous to a fault he made a host of friends who will sincerely mourn his taking off. In 1853 he was united in marriage at St. Louis to Miss Elizabeth Becker, who with five children survive, the latter being Joseph W., of West Liberty, Henry J., Anthony J., George B. and Mrs. Martin Havercamp, of this city. The funeral is appointed to take place Friday morning at 9 o’clock from St. Matthias church, of which deceased with a faithful member.

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