MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 485
submitted by Charlene Nichols Hixon, December 4, 2007
DEATH OF LUTHER VAN BUREN.
At the meridian of life, and after a brief illness with acute pneumonia, Luther Van Buren passed away peacefully at 12:20 p.m. yesterday, at his rooms in the Commercial hotel. The decedent was well-known in Muscatine, which had been his home since childhood. Those who knew him best admired his generous nature and his word was ever good as a bond, as he prided himself on keeping his plighted faith with everybody. He was a familiar figure in our city and one that will be greatly missed by his friends.
Martin Luther Van Buren was a native of the Empire state and a distant relative of the president whose name he bore. At a tender age his parents moved from New York to Muscatine, and here the greater part of his life, which covered a span of 45 years, was spent. He was long identified with the saw mill interests of the city and for years was associated with Henry Peck in charge of the shingle department of Chambers Bros.’ mill. Subsequently he had the contract for handling the shingle department of the Burdick mills, but for the past decade and a half had retired from active life. Mr. Van Buren was never married. Those surviving are his brother, John Van Buren, his sister, Mrs. G. W. Porter, and a half-brother, Mr. Thatcher, residing in Illinois.
The funeral is appointed to take place at 2 o’clock tomorrow (Monday) afternoon from the residence of his brother, John Van Buren, at 108 Spruce street. The remains will be interred at Greenwood, where his parents and two sisters are at rest.
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