MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 461
submitted by Neal Carter, November 28, 2007
AN OLD ISLANDER GONE
May 22, 1898 (hand written)
One of the early settlers of Muscatine Island, ELISHA BEATTY, after a long, industrious life, passed peacefully to rest Sunday evening at 10 o’clock, at his long-time home near the river, and seven miles south of this city, his death being due to a complication of troubles incident to advanced age. He owned 1400 acres of land, and three government lights were on his holdings, he acting as light tender for the stretch of shore that belonged to his domain. Being an old settler, his neighbors insisted upon his serving them in various local offices, he serving acceptably as assessor for nineteen years, and as school director for a quarter of a century. Though a firm believer in Calvinistic doctrines, he was an organizer of the Island M. E. church, while remaining a member of the Muscatine Presbyterian church. Elisha Beatty first saw the light of day in County Down, Ireland, August 21st, 1822 and until last winter was quite active for one in his 76th year. His boyhood was spent upon a farm, and later he served a five years’ apprenticeship to a pawnbroker, and followed that occupation for six years. Uniting in marriage with Miss Eliza Jane Rosborough in 1847, he left for this country three years later, settling near this city 48 years ago. His wife died in 1852, and he is survived by two sons, John C. and James Q., and a sister, Mrs. Dodds, of Philadelphia. His departure is the going of a good citizen to the bourne unknown.
The funeral is appointed to take place from the Island M. E. church this (Tuesday) morning at 10 o’clock. Interment in the city cemetery.
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