submitted by Ronna Thuman, December 12, 2007

April 13, 1899 (hand written)

Yesterday’s issue told of the serious illness of Mrs. Chaplin and of the fears expressed as to the result. Death, whether coming suddenly or unheralded, or coming when looked for, is always a shock. So our citizens felt this morning when the news rapidly spread that Mrs. Helen M. Chaplin, wife of our old and respected citizen, Charles Chaplin, passed away.

The passing away of Mrs. Chaplin leaves a vacancy in the ranks of the old settlers which will never be filled. She was born in the City of New York, July 21, 1826. At the age of seven years she came with her parents to the then far west and settled in Quincy, Ill. She lived with them in that city on the banks of the majestic river until Dec. 8, 1842, when she was married to Charles Chaplin and came to Muscatine to live.

Since that time, fifty-seven years, Mr. and Mrs. Chaplin have been known and identified with our city and our people, and have been honored, respected and loved by all.

For over forty-four years Mrs. Chaplin was a devout and active member of the First Congregational church in this city. She always took a deep interest in church work, and no appeal to her was ever made in vain. The good she did will never be known to anyone but herself, and many have called her blessed for aid and sympathy given.

Her sorrowing husband, now eighty-three years of age, has for many years filled the office of deacon in the same church, joining it with his wife, and the blow falls upon the church as well as upon the husband and family. On Dec. 8, 1892, at Eyrie, the home of our departed friend, was celebrated their golden wedding unde the most favorable and interesting circumstances.

She was the mother of seven children, four dying in infancy, one, Mrs. S. B. Cook, preceding her a few years ago, when she had reached full mother and womanhood. Two children and one grandchild, with her husband, mourn her loss. Mrs. Cora Weed and Mr. Joseph B. Chaplin, who were permitted to see her spirit pass gently and peacefully away upon that journey for which she was so fully prepared and ready to go whenever the summons came.

Robt. S. Cook, only child of her daughter, Mrs. S. B. Cook, is the surviving grandchild.

The writer of this notice called at Eyrie on last Tuesday morning and had the pleasure of quite a talk with the deceased as she sat in the parlor. She appeared happier and more cheerful than usual, as she seemed to be in much better bodily health, but alas before night the summons came and that tired and worn body had laid down to rest and its spirit gone to the great and happy beyond.

Her death was due to a complication of heart and stomach troubles, but she bore up under them all, as she knew upon whose arm she rested.

The funeral will be from the Eyrie on Saturday afternoon about 2 o’clock and will be private, with the exception of the presence of a few of the most intimate friends of the deceased.

Mrs. Aldine Chaplin, wife of Jos. B. Chaplin, lately called to Columbus, O., by the sickness of her sister, will be here, and Robt. Cook is expected from Poughkeepsie, N. Y., to attend the funeral. S. B. Cook is in Panhandle, Texas, on important business and will be unable to be present.

The sympathy of the whole community is extended to the sorrow stricken husband and family in this sad hour, for many will miss from among us the long familiar face of our departed friend, Mrs. Helen Chaplin.

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