submitted by Ronna Thuman, November 14, 2007

Died July 31, 1878 (hand written)

The late HENRY V. BODMAN was born in Bernshause, Kingdom of Hanover, February 10th, 1809. He graduated from the University of Hildesheim. Was married to Maxia Regina Becker in 1835, in the village of Nesselroden. She died in Muscatine in September 1856.

He emigrated to the United States in 1845 and lived in New York City nearly a year working at his trade (that of a tailor). In the following year he moved to Elizabeth, New Jersey, where he left his family and came west to what was than called Bloomington, Iowa. Being pleased with the country, he returned east, and in 1847 returned to Bloomington, bringing his family of four children, three of whom survive him. In the spring of 1848 he moved to the mouth of Pine Creek, where he remained until autumn, when he returned to Bloomington. On Christmas day of the same year he had the misfortune to lose his left hand, by an accidental blow of a cleaver in Joseph Bennett’s pork house, the building on the corner of Pine and Front streets.

In 1857 he married Christine Kohler, who survives him. Five children by his first wife survive him: Regina, Robert, Henry, Max and Leonora; and five by his second wife: Julius, Lizzie, George, Willie and Mamie.

Mr. Bodman was clerk in Bennett’s mill for several years. Later he was employed as bookkeeper at Kleinfeller’s foundry. His health had been failing since last spring, but until the last three weeks he was not considered dangerously ill. He died, surrounded by his family, Wednesday morning, at 12:30 o’clock. Thursday afternoon, Rev. G. N. Powers conducted the funeral services, and his remains were interred in Muscatine cemetery.



At his residence on the Lucas Grove road, Muscatine, July 31st, 1878, HENRY V. BODMAN in his 70th year.

Mr. Bodman was a graduate of the University, of Hildesheim, in his native land. He came to America in 1845, locating in New York, but coming to this place two years later. He was for a long-time employed in Bennett’s mill and pork house. On Christmas, 1848, while working in the pork house his left arm was accidentally cut off with a cleaver by a fellow-workman, Charles Fowler, who permitted the cleaver to descend at the unlucky moment when Mr. B. was adjusting the carcass of a hog on the block. This disabled him for manual labor, but he made himself useful as bookkeeper, and collector for various business houses.

Mr. B. was twice married. His first wife, with whom he was united in Germany, died in Muscatine in 1857. His second survives. Each was the mother of five of his surviving children. He died, surrounded by his family, Wednesday morning, at 12:30 o’clock. Thursday afternoon, Rev. G. N. Power conducted the funeral services, and the remains were interred in the city cemetery.

Back to Book One, INDEX

Back to the Muscatine Co. IAGenWeb, Index Page