MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 436
submitted by Vicki Broughton, December 17, 2007
DEATH OF PORTER B. SPEER
Sept 9 1895 (hand written)
Old Settlers and a wide circle of friends in Muscatine will learn with regret the sad news of the death of Porter B. Speer, which occurred at his residence on the corner of Front and Cedar streets, this afternoon, September 9th, at 1 o’clock, of a complication of stomach and kidney troubles. Deceased had been ailing for the past several months but not until three weeks ago was he obliged to take to his bed. He was born in Illinois, September 2, 1832, and moved to this city in 1855, where he resided until death called him hence. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity, having affiliated with Hawkeye Lodge, No. 30, since 1870. He leaves two adopted daughters to mourn his demise, being Miss Ina Cooley, of this city, and Mrs. Henry Gurnes, of Lake township.
P.B. Speer, during his long residence in Muscatine though a quiet and unobtrusive man, had been one of our most enterprising citizens, especially in the way of building business houses. His death will remove one of the most familiar forms from daily walks among us as a people and will leave a vacancy in the business community difficult to fill.
The funeral will take place Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the residence.
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