submitted by Neal Carter, November 28, 2007


Death of Mrs. Henry Madden
Sep. 18, 1900 (hand written)

Yesterday afternoon at half past five o’clock Mrs. Henry Madden died at her home on East Fourth street. The deceased was born in Wayne county, Ohio, Sept. 13, 1824. She came to Jefferson county, Iowa, in 1840, and to Muscatine in 1850. On June 8, 1852, she (Jane E. Templeton) was married to Henry Madden in this city, where they have ever since resided. Pneumonia was the immediate cause of her death. She was a member of the M. E. church and the W. R. C. of this city. Her husband, son, Harry C., and wife, and three grandsons survive her. The funeral will be from her old home on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock.

Death of Henry Madden Occurred Last Night

Sep. 27, 1900 (hand written)

Last night at 10:30 the spirit of Henry Madden left his frail and worn out body and joined his wife over the river, who had preceded him just nine days. The passing away of a friend, although expected comes always too suddenly, and thus it was in the case of our late friend. On the day of the funeral of his wife he was taken so ill with heart trouble that he was denied the privilege of seeing her laid away. Rallying at times since then, he finally succumbed to the assaults of his last foe, and to-day the old Union veteran lies dead in his desolated home. He and his wife lived together for forty-eight years, they were lovely in their lives and in death they were not divided. The deceased was a son of Associate Judge Jeremiah Madden, of Pennsylvania, and was born in Perry county, of that state, on February 21, 1818. His mother’s name was Susanah Rehm. Their family consisted of ten children, nine sons and one daughter. He came from a long lived family, many of them passing the three score and ten year mark. He was twice married, his first wife was Miss Anna Wolf of Dauphin county, Penn. They were married in October 1844. She died in June, 1848, leaving a daughter, who died in infancy. In 1848 he moved to Trumbull county, Ohio, and one year later he started for Iowa, arriving in Muscatine Nov. 4, 1849, which has been his home ever since.

In June 1852 he married Miss Jane Eliza Templeton, daughter of Col. Templeton, of Fairfield, Iowa. The union lasted over forty-eight years broken by the death of his beloved wife nine days ago. Seven children were born to them, four boys and three girls, but one of which survive him, Henry C., of this city. Of his own family, but two survive him, his brothers, William F., of Columbus, O., and Richard R., of Minneapolis, Ks. He was a carpenter by trade, at which he worked as long as his strength allowed. On October 1, 1861, he enlisted in Co. A. 11th Iowa Vol. Inf., and served a little over three years. During this time he was always on duty, never in the hospital or attended sick call. He was in the Pioneer Corps under the late Lt. George D. Magoon.

He attended the M. E. church regularly although not a member, but always considered it his church. He was a member of Iowa Lodge, No. 2, A. F. & A. M., and a honorary member of Shelby Norman Post, No. 231, G. A. R. He was a man of strong opinions and very decided in his character. He was a Republican in politics and was always on that line. The death of these two so close together, both old settlers occurring during the time of the re-union of his old brigade, (Crocker’s) and the old settlers’ meeting, casts a gloom upon our community, for there has another of the old guard gone into camp for the last time, and the surviving soldiers have lost in him a brother and in her a devoted friend, and our community two good citizens. The sympathy of our citizens is extended to Harry C. and his family in this sad hour.

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