MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 78
submitted by Ronna Thuman, November 14, 2007
DEATH OF JOSEPH C. PARHAM.
June 8, 1878 (hand written)
This well-known citizen died at ten minutes past seven o’clock this morning. Though our citizens were partially prepared for this intelligence by announcement in the JOURNAL on Thursday of his serious illness, still the news fell with a shock on the ears of the public. The immediate cause of his death was inflammation of the stomach and bowels, which set in last evening, baffling all medical skill.
Mr. Parham was born in Philadelphia, April 2d, 1813, and was therefore in his 66th year. He was married in 1837 to Miss Deborah M. Stimble, who survives him; also, three sons and two daughters, all grown and married, viz.: Theodore G., lining in Wichita, Kansas; Jacob M., in Burlington, Iowa; Wm. M., in this city; Mrs. Anna E. Emerick, in Lewisburg, Pa., and Mrs. Clara V. Wallace, in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. All are expected to be at the funeral except Mrs. Emerick.
Mr. Parham had been nearly twenty years a resident of Muscatine county, having removed from Philadelphia to this place in October, 1858. He lived about six years on Muscatine Island, but has resided the rest of the time in this city. He was by treade a plasterer, but having means sufficient for support, for a number of years before his death his time was chiefly occupied in looking after his investments. He possessed an active and energetic mind and took considerable interest in public matters, though not a politician or a party man. H was of a positive nature and cared but little for personal popularity, though warm in his friendships and personal attachments. After joining the reform movement he showed a zeal in it amounting to enthusiasm. He made it his chief aim to help others who like himself were struggling against an appetite which had been the bane of his life, and the many good deeds done for the unfortunate in this way are matters for grateful remembrance. He was a member of the Free Masons and also Secretary of the Reform Club.
The funeral will take place from the family residence, corner of Fourth and Linn streets, Monday afternoon, at 2 o’clock, Rev. G. N. Power officiating. The pall-bearers will be H. Funck, C. Chaplin, J. Rubelmann, A. Jackson, T. E. Ingham, B. Beach, I. R. Mauck and G. W. Van Horne.
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