MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 475
submitted by Jo Ann Carlson, January 7, 2008
(beginning of article cut off, name was hand written)
…unexpected, yet only the day before he was down town greeting his friends. He awoke yesterday morning with an oppressive feeling in his chest, and at his request his daughter, Mrs. W.R. Edmiston, prepared him a hot drink, and alarmed at his symptoms of distress, hurried next door to summon her brother, George, who arrived just as their verable parent was breathing his last, he expiring at 5:30, and just twenty minutes after he had awakened and complained of feeling ill.
The decedent was a son of Fatherland, first seeing the light of day at Schornbach, Grand Duchy, Hessen-Darmstadt, Germany, on January 5, 1822. In early manhood he came to America, landing in new York in 1844, and tarrying there but a short time proceeded to Pittsburg and then to Quincy, removing to Walling’s Landing, now Port Louisa, Louisa county, Iowa, in 1846. After twelve years’ residence there he came to Muscatine and here has lived for 40 years, engaging in the wood, coal and sand business and steamboating, he having built or owned a number of boats, including the Mary J. Arnold, the Oriole, Ida May and Kate Keen. Capt. Arnold is survived by his son, Alderman George Arnold and one daughter, Mrs. W.A. Edminston. His wife, Anna M. Merkel, to whom he was united in 1845, passed away seventeen years since.
The last sad rites will be conducted by Rev. P. Laurent at 9 o’clock Friday morning at St. Matthias church, of which deceased was a devoted member.
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