MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 456
submitted by Neal Carter, November 28, 2007
The JOURNAL hears many expressions of sincere mourning over the death of John Eichelberger, formerly landlord of the Eichelberger (now Kemble) house, and who died at Bloomfield, on the 16th inst. He is especially mourned by those who remember his patriotic and indefatigable labors for the soldiers during the war, and for his noble co-operation with the Woman’s Aid Society. Says one of the prominent members of this society: “No private citizen did more. No soldier left his door without food, if he were in want and without money. His house was open to the Aid Society and League at all times. Every member of the family did their part and one son, Tom, was in the army.
At one time when a company of the 44th arrived unexpectedly late in the day, Mr. Eichelberger flew around, got up a nice supper for them, and though the ladies had no time to get up a collection, the patriotic landlord said – “Give me what you have, it is for our boys – no matter how little you have, it will do.” This is but one of the grateful testimonies offered to the memory of John Eichelberger by our citizens. He was a patriot in heart and in purse and in untiring deeds of kindness for the soldiers, and he and his family deserve to be held in the grateful remembrance of Muscatine.
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