MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 469
submitted by Ronna Thuman, December 12, 2007
HENRY SMALLEY PASSES AWAY
June 29, 1899 (hand written)
Muscatine county loses a prominent resident in the death of Henry Smalley, who passed away at 6 o’clock last evening at his home in Fruitland township, after a lingering illness. The funeral is appointed to take place from the residence on Burlington road at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon.
Mr. Smalley was born in Hamilton county, Ohio, Nov. 3, 1833, and is the seventh in a family of eleven children. His father, a native of New Jersey, moved to the Buckeye state in 1816, and in 1839 came to Muscatine county, Iowa, settling on section 4, the farm on which his son Henry resided. On the land was a log cabin in which the family moved, and which he commenced to improve, but death soon called him hence, he dying the first year of the settlement of the family in this county. Our subject was educated in the district schools of Muscatine county, and learned the jeweler’s trade in Muscatine, following that occupation for a number of years. In 1862 he was united in marriage in St. Louis, Mo., to Sarah Berdeau, a native of New York and of French descent. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Smalley settled in Muscatine, where they remained until in 1868, when they removed to the farm where he died. Mr. Smalley engaged in general farming and gardening, and gave some attention to the raising of stock. In politics he was somewhat active, being affiliated with the grand old party of Jefferson, Jackson and Tilden. In the three score years he resided in this county he witnessed many changes and was an active participant in almost every enterprise tending to the building up of his adopted county.
He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Rilla, who is at home; also,
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