submitted by Jo Ann Carlson, Aug. 24, 2007

Journal Obituary -- Oct 13, 1871

Died at the residence of Richard Cadle (her son-in-law) at Muscatine, Iowa, on the 12th day of October, A.D. 1871, at 8 o’clock p.m., Mrs. Hannah Magoon, relict of Isaac Magoon, late of said city, deceased, in the 83d year of her age.

In her death Muscatine loses another of its earliest settlers. Mrs. Magoon was born and reared in Massachusetts, where she was married, and from which State she removed with her husband to Ohio. From there they removed to Warsaw, Illinois, in 1836, and settled at Muscatine, Iowa, in 1839, where Mr. Magoon died in December, 1846, and where she has since lived among her children.

Mrs. Magoon was widely known and universally beloved and respected.-The manner of her life has been such as to secure that esteem and regard from others which the pure in heart so richly deserve. She became a member of the Congregational Church of this city in its infancy, died in its communion, and by her consistent life and conduct has been a shining example of what a Christian spirit can do for the human heart. She reached a ripe old age, and until recently was blest with continued good health and a measure of strength and activity accorded to but few who reach four score.

She will be missed as an early resident, familiar with the privations and vieissitudes of frontier life; as a true and faithful friend; as a wise and discreet woman; as a tender and loving mother who found her work and happiness in the home circles of her children, and as a devoted Christian who feared God and kept his commandments and was confident of finding in death the summons to that sweet rest pomised to the weary, and that perfect joy revealed by the Saviour, which heaven alone can bestow.

“How blest the righteous when he dies!
When sinks a weary soul to rest,
How mildly beam the closing eyes!
How gently heaves the expiring breast!

“So fades a summer cloud away,
So sinks the game when storms all o’er;
So gently shuts the eye of day;
So dies a wave along the shore.

“A hold quiet reigns around—
A calm which life nor death destroys—
And raught disturbs that peace profound
Which his unfettered soul enjoys!”

The funeral service will take place at the Congregational Church, Saturday morning at 10 o’clock.

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