submitted by Neal Carter, November 28, 2007


With feelings of sorrow, his many friends and acquaintances learned to-day of the death of John K. Scott, the well-known landlord of the Scott House, which occurred this morning at 1:50 o’clock. Bronchitis and the disabilities incident to old age are given as the immediate cause of dissolution.

Among his friends the general decline of the venerable landlord’s health had been noticeable for several months past. His ailments had been troubling him greatly, but all this time he fought bravely, and until a few weeks ago, kept up and around, attending to the duties which he had looked after for many years. His death will be regretted by all who knew him, his general disposition and gentlemanly ways having rendered him a favorite with hundreds of citizens of this county during his long residence in this city.

Landlord Scott, as he was familiarly known, was probably better acquainted throughout the county than any other citizen. What farmer and his family has not at some time sat at his popular table? Years ago he served as Marshall of the city. As an accommodating host to county and city guests he gained an enviable reputation. He was elected County Supervisor in 1886 on the Republican ticket and served one year. When death called him hence he was filling the office of Township Trustee, of which board he was the chairman.

Mr. Scott was born in Jefferson county, Ohio, June 17, 1822. He came to Muscatine in 1859. On July 9, 1843, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary A. Emphield, who with six sons and four daughters survive, they being William W. and George E., of Rock Island; Russell S., of Rock Island; Frank E., of Oakland, Iowa; Henry W., of Denver, Col.; Addison L., of Moberly, Mo.; Mrs. C. W. White, Mrs. J. F. DeCamp, Mrs. R. N. Rayburn and Mrs. H. L. Fahey, all of this city.

Twenty-two years ago last March he took charge of the hotel which he conducted successfully until death claimed him.

Mr. Scott was of Quaker descent we believe, and possessed the sterling qualities of integrity peculiar to those trained in their doctrine. While not actively connected with any church, his sympathies and aim were all on the side of good morals and temperance. He had a number of opportunities to rent a part of his building for saloon purposes but would never entertain such a proposition though it was seemingly much to his pecuniary advantage. In Mr. Scott’s death, Muscatine mourns the demise of a good citizen.

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