Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 454 & 471
submitted by Neal Carter, November 28, 2007

Jan 18, 1900 (hand written)

An old and well known resident, Henry Nickles, departed this life at 4 o’clock Thursday morning at his home on Lucas street. He had been in broken health for the past six months with a complication of diseases and paralysis which confined him to bed for the past twelve days.

Mr. Nickles was a native of Germany having first seen the light of day in Gondershausen, Hessen Darmstadt on November 28, 1829. Coming to America in 1852 he was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Nispel shortly after his arrival at Baltimore, Maryland, and immediately started for St. Louis where they resided for six months and then moved to Louisville, Ky. After six year’s residence there they came to Iowa and Muscatine 42 years ago. He was an industrious citizen and a valued employe at the Hershey saw mill being one of the oldest in the company’s service, seeing the mill when it was an infant industry grow until it became one of the largest lumber concerns on the upper river. His death is mourned by his wife and seven children, John, Henry, George, William and Frank Nickles, Mrs. J. J. Williams and Mrs. George Neibert. Nineteen grandchildren also survive.

He was a member in good standing of the German Mechanics’ Aid Society and the Muscatine City and County Aid Association. Religiously he affiliated with the German Evangelical church.

The funeral is appointed to take place Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Evangelical church on Sycamore street, Rev. Klein to conduct the services.

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Laid at Rest.
Jan 20, 1900 (hand written)

There was a large attendance at the funeral of the late Henry Nickles, which took place from the German Evangelical church on Sunday afternoon, the number who came to pay a last tribute of respect to the memory of this worthy old citizen being more than the capacity of the church could accommodate. The last sad rites were conducted by the pastor of the church, Rev. Klein, in a very impressive manner. The German Mechanics’ Aid Society, which formed a long procession, attended the services in a body, and the Mechanics’ band discoursed the dirge as the cortege wended its way to the city cemetery, where all that was mortal of Mr. Nickles was tenderly consigned to its last resting place.

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