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Old Settlers’ Meeting

At a meeting of Old Settlers, held at the office of Messrs. Cloud & Broomhall, July (SIC August) 10th, 1872, on occasion of the death of Mrs. William Gordon. On motion of D. C. Richman, a committee of three was appointed to draft resolutions. Messrs. D. C. Richman, Samuel Gilbert and Pliny Fay were made said committee. The committee reported the following resolutions, which were unanimously adopted:

    Resolved, That in the passing away of another of our number we are reminded afresh that we are but pilgrims and strangers on the earth and can tarry but a night;

    That in the death of Mrs. Gordon, a faithful wife, a tender mother, and an unobtrusive Christian friend leaves a void that will be hard to fill in the hearts of all to whom she was dear in life;

    That we hereby tender our sympathies to those whose hearts are made to bleed and suffer by her departure, and we commend them to the favor of that God who doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.

    That we will attend the funeral of our departed friend.

The Chair appointed Jos. Bridgman, Esq., to arrange the order of the Old Settlers at the funeral.
G. W. KINCAID, Pres’t.
P. JACKSON, Sec’y.



Died at her residence in Muscatine, Iowa, August 8th, 1872, at 7 o’clock p. m., Mrs. ELIZA H. GORDON, wife of William Gordon, Esq., aged fifty-two years and eleven months. Mrs. Gordon came to Muscatine (then Bloomington) in the year 1839, and was consequently one of our oldest settlers. She had been married thirty-two years, was a faithful and affectionate wife, a tender and loving mother, an unobtrusive and devoted friend, and her memory will long be green in the hearts of all who knew and loved her. The spirit of patience, and trust in the goodness of the All Wise, enabled her to bear her afflictions and sufferings without murmur or complaint; and when the last hour drew nigh she was ready to rejoice in anticipation of the peace and quiet of the Better Land, and said she was glad there was rest for the weary in the House of God.

“In the Christian’s home in glory
There remains a land of rest,
There my Saviour’s gone before me,
To fulfill my soul’s request.
There is rest for the weary,
There is rest for the weary,
There is rest for the weary
There is rest for you ---
On the other side of Jordon,
In the sweet fields of Eden,
Where the tree of life is blooming,
There is rest for you.

He is fitting up my mansion,
Which eternally shall stand,
For my stay shall not be transient
In that holy, happy land.

Pain and sickness ne’er shall enter
Grief nor woe my lot shall share,
But in that celestial cent……
I a crown of life shall wear.

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