submitted by Neal Carter, November 28, 2007

Mrs. Maria Fimple Passes Away at the Home of Her Son in Chicago

Oct 14, 1897 (hand written)

Death of Mrs. Fimple -- A telegram received this morning announced the death of Mrs. Marie Fimple, at 7:30 a. m., at the home of her son, Andrew J. Fimple, in Chicago. Thus has passed away one of the early settlers of Muscatine, a woman who was well known and highly respected in the community during her nearly forty years of residence here.

Mrs. Fimple was born Nov. 9, 1817, at Ware, Mass., and was therefore approaching her 80th year at the time of her death. She came to Bloomington (now Muscatine,) Iowa, with her parents, Isaac and Hannah Magoon, in 1840, when this was but a hamlet and an outpost of the settlements in this new country. A few years later she married Andrew J. Fimple, a well known and prominent citizen, who died about twenty years ago. Two children resulted from this union, a daughter, who died 27 years ago, and a son, Andrew J., who survives. After the death of her husband, Mrs. Fimple made her home with her brother, George D. Magoon, till about six years ago, when she went to live with her son, then residing in Duluth, but who a year or two ago removed to Chicago, his present home.

The immediate cause of Mrs. Fimple’s death, aside from the infirmities of age, was pleurisy and pneumonia, with which she had been suffering for several months. The reports that she suffered fatal injury by falling down stairs were incorrect. She had a fall in a fit of fainting in the kitchen, on the 4th inst., and received slight injury by falling against the sink, but this was not the sole cause of her death.

Mrs. Fimple since the death of the lamented Rev. Dr. Robbins, last December, had the distinction of being the sole survivor of those who organized the First Congregational church of this place in 1843. She remained all her life a devoted and exemplary member of that church.

The remains are to be brought by her son to Muscatine to-night for interment in the family burying ground.

The funeral will be from the home of her brother, Geo. D. Magoon, to-morrow (Friday) afternoon at 2 o’clock.

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