MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 467
submitted by Ronna Thuman, December 12, 2007
DEATH OF E. M. KESSINGER.
January 29, 1899 (hand written)
One of this city’s oldest residents, E. M. Kessinger, departed this life peacefully at 3:20 o’clock yesterday afternoon after a lingering illness with heart trouble, aged about 75 years. The decedent came to Muscatine from the east many years ago, following the carpenter trade and later engaging in the lumber business. When the prohibition cause absorbed the public attention a number of years ago he became an active crusader against the liquor traffic. His home was wrecked by the explosion of powder, and of committing this attempted assassination on the night of May 10th, 1893, Mart Woods was convicted and is now serving time in the Ft. Madison penitentiary. Mr. Kessinger was a shrewd business man and accumulated a handsome competence. Robust and fearless, he always persisted in a course he considered right, firmness being his most pronounced trait. His death is mourned by his wife, four daughters and a son, his faithful spouse and daughters, weary with the long vigils at the bedside, will have the sympathy of friends in their bereavement. The children are Mrs. W. A. McCampbell, of West Liberty; Mrs. Gertrude Van Anda, living in Nebraska, Misses Hattie and Helen, at home, and Arthur E. Kessinger, of Chicago. The funeral announcement will appear later.
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