MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 446
submitted by Vicki Broughton, December 17, 2007
DEATH OF MARTIN BARTLETT
May 8 1897 (hand written)
With commingled feelings of surprise and sorrow, people learned Saturday evening of the sudden death of MARTIN BARTLETT, a long-time and well known resident of this city, at his home, corner of Second and Spruce streets, about 4 o’clock Saturday afternoon. Heart failure was stated to be the immediate cause of death.
Among his friends the general decline of Mr. Bartlett’s health has been noticeable for several months past. He had been subject to coughing fits which had become more frequent and severe. The violence of his coughing racked him fearfully, oftentimes so much that he appeared in imminent danger of bursting a blood vessel. He was down town Saturday morning as usual attending his duties as superintendent of remodeling the Grand Hotel. In the afternoon he laid down for a nap, after which he called his son to get his horse and buggy, but before the boy reached the barn the screams of his mother called him back to find his father in the last agonies of death, which came before medical aid reached the home.
Mr. Bartlett was born in Harrison county, Va., Dec. 16, 1831, and came to Muscatine in 1853, where he had since remained.
In 1867 he was united in marriage to Miss Rebecca Hoopes, daughter of Lindley Hoopes, of Lake township, and sister of W.H. Hoopes. With this union one child was born, who died in infancy, and the wife died also in February, 1870. Some years later Mr. Bartlett married Miss Sultana Fulliam, of this city. Two sons were born Howard, who is at present taking a law course in the university at Columbus, Ohio, and Jerome, who is a student of our high school. Besides his sorrowing wife and two sons, the deceased is survived by two brothers, Trevarian and George W., both residents of this city; there being three brothers and a sister who preceded him in death.
Mr. Bartlett was a man of push and enterprise and his sudden taking off will be mourned by a host of friends and acquaintances.
The funeral is appointed to take place from the house to-morrow (Tuesday) afternoon at 2 o’clock.
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