submitted by Neal Carter, Sept. 2, 2007


The sad and distressing, though not unexpected, news was brought into our office this morning that Mrs. D. R. Warfield was no more. She expired about quarter before 8 o’clock this morning, after a painful illness of several weeks. Her disease was effusion of the brain. Since last Sunday she has lain in a comatose state, with two or three lucid intervals, and her death has been momentarily expected. The funeral, we understand, is fixed for Monday, at 2 o’clock p. m., from the family residence on the Lucas Grove road, a short distance west of the cemetery. Rev. A. B. Robbins will officiate.

Mrs. Warfield was one of the most prominent and best known among our old settlers. She was one of the band of Steinberger sisters, -- nieces, we believe, of Gov. Lucas – who came to Iowa from Ohio in 1840, her maiden name being Joanna. Her sisters who then came west all married western men and are still living, they being Mrs. Wm. Miller, Mrs. George Porter, Mrs. G. W. Kincaid and Mrs. H. Q. Jennison. On the 29th of March, 1841, Miss Joanna Steinberger became Mrs. D. R. Warfield. The nuptials of the pair were celebrated in the frame mansion, then the residence of H. Q. Jenison, which stood so many years on the present site of the new post office building. With her husband, Mrs. Warfield lived in this county without interruption since her marriage, part of the time in the country and part of the time in the city. A few years ago Mrs. Warfield cleared a spot a short distance east of the Fletcher place, where he built and moved with his family, and here on the 23d of April, 1872, he was called to his long home. Mrs. Warfield occupied the old homestead with her sons until the time of her death.

Mrs. Warfield leaves four children – one daughter, Mrs. Daniel Hayes, and three sons – besides four sisters and other near relatives. Hardly any of our readers who have lived here any length of time but knew her, and knew her not alone in a social sense, but as a friend, Christian and pattern of all that is sweet and noble in woman. In her demise her children have lost the dearest friend on earth, a true and loving mother, one who was the light and joy of their home and the guiding star of their lives, while the community mourns a loved and valued member. Mild, gentle and unassuming, thoughtless of self when others could be served, she found her way to the hearts of all, whether relative or friend; and a lady of marked intelligence and firm in her Christian faith and principles of right, hers was a character that commanded respect and reverence. It is probably a sufficient commentary on her life and character that those who knew her best never wearied of enumerating her virtues and extolling her good qualities.

Deceased was born near Chillocothe, Ohio, came to Muscatine, as we have already intimated, in 1840, and was aged 57 years, 3 months and 3 days.

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