MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 464
submitted by Vicki Broughton, December 17, 2007
SUDDEN DEATH OF LEONARD ARNOLD
Another old settler has answered the final summons and gone to the great beyond. LEONARD ARNOLD, a well known and highly esteemed citizen, suddenly passed away at his home on West Fourth and Locust streets at 5:30 this morning, of heart failure. He was taken ill on election day last.and was confined to his home for some time, but managed to recovery and was about for a part of the time, being down town only yesterday, greeting his old friends. This morning about 5:10 he went to the stair door of his home and called his daughter, Mrs. W.A. Edmiston, advising her that he was not feeling well and asked her to get a warm drink of some time, which she promptly did, and in the meantime aroused her brother, George, who lives in the adjoining house. When the latter reached the old home he was pained to see his beloved father gasping his last breath, for a second later all was over, it being just 5:30 o'clock. It was a terrible shock to the son and daughter to realize that the end had come so suddenly, but heart trouble and old age had done its work.
Deceased was born in Schnornbach Grand Duchy, Hesen-Darmstadt, Germany, January 5, 1822, and came to this country, landing in New York in 1844, where he remained but a short time, then went to Pittsburg, and from there to Quincy, when in 1846 he removed to Port Louisa, Louisa county, Iowa, then Wallings Landing, where he remained until in 1858, when he came to Muscatine, and here he had resided ever since, being engaged in the wood, coal and sand business, and followed boating on the old Mississippi, being known as Capt. Arnold for many miles up and down the river. He was a good citizen, quiet and unassuming, honest and industrious, a kind husband and father, and had the confidence of all who knew him. He was married in 1845 to Miss Anna M. Merkel, who preceded him in death about seventeen years ago.
Religiously he was a faithful member of St. Mathias church, from which the funeral will take place Friday morning at 9 o'clock.
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