MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 83
submitted by Ronna Thuman, November 14, 2007
DEATH OF TWO MORE OLD SETTLERS Dr. J. S. Horton and Mrs. Asenath Pettibone.
“All heads must come
To the cold tomb,--
Only the actions of the just
Smell sweet and blossom in the dust.”
Since the last issue of our paper two more of our citizens, who have for many years been known and respected in the community, have passed away to the undiscovered bourne.
Old Settlers’ Meeting.
The Old Settlers of Muscatine county called together at the City Hall March 24th, 1879, on occasion of the death of J. S. Horton and Mrs. Asenath Pettibone. The President, Judge D. C. Richman, being out of town, Mr. Suel Foster was chosen chairman and moved that a committee on resolutions be appointed, when Dr. B. W. Thompson, Messrs. John Mahin and M. Couch were chosen in case of Dr. Horton and Messrs. Suel Foster, A. Smalley and P. Jackson in the case of Mrs. Pettibone, and the committees instructed to furnish copies of resolutions to the city papers.
S. FOSTER, Prest. P. JACKSON, Sec’y DR. J. S. HORTON.
Resolved, That in the death of Dr. James S. Horton this community has lost one of its most highly esteemed and patriotic citizens, his neighbors a sympathetic and accommodating friend, and his family a kind husband and father.
Resolved, That in token of our esteem for the deceased and in commemoration of those distinguishing virtues of his which we desire to see perpetuated, we will spread these resolutions upon the official records of the Old Settlers’ Association and furnish a copy to his bereaved family.
B. W. THOMPSON. MOSES COUCH. JOHN MAHIN.
ASENATH DAY PETTIBONE.
We are often called on to part with one member of the early settlers’ society and now another has been called to her long resting place—Mrs. Asenath Pettibone. She had always maintained a Christian and benevolent character, beloved by all who knew her, and more especially in the Congregational church, where she was an earnest and faithful member of long standing, one of the first in the organization of that old church.
The Old Settlers hereby express their deep sympathy with the relative of the deceased.
SUEL FOSTER. ABRAHAM SMALLEY. P. JACKSON.
Concerning the death of Mrs. Pettibone, we have been furnished with the following brief sketch of her life.
Died, in Muscatine, Iowa, March 23d, 1879, Mrs. Asenath Pettibone, widow of the late Mr. Giles Pettibone, in her 65th year.
Mrs. Petttibone, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Day, was born in Essex, Vt., Sept. 13, 1814. Her father was a soldier in the war of the revolution. She was the youngest of twelve children, all now deceased. After a three years course of study at the Female Seminary in Middlebury, Vt., she came to Muscatine county in 1839, with a brother Irad C. Day, Esq.
She was married by the Rev. John Stocker to Mr. Pettibone March 23d, 1841—her death occurring on the anniversary of her marriage. After the death of Mr. Day, in 1850, Mr. and Mrs. Pettibone, with their family, removed to town from their farm near Lucas Grove.
Of their four children, two survive—Mrs. Hattie Berdine and Mr. John Pettibone.
Miss Laura Day, formerly a resident and teacher in Muscatine, a graduate of Oberlin College, Ohio, and now a missionary among the Zulus of South Africa, and sustained by the various mission circles of the Davenport Congregational Association, is a niece of Mrs. Pettibone, the daughter of her oldest brother.
Mrs. Pettibone had been a consistent member of the Congregational church from its organization in 1843; marked by her faithful interest in the welfare of the church and the usefulness and success of its pastor, by her interest in the cause of missions and earnest desire for the advance of every good and Christian cause, at home and abroad. She was identified, from the beginning with the W. C. T. U. of Muscatine.
Only waiting for the summons and desiring to depart, with calm confidence in her Savor, she passed away in great peace on the morning of the Lord’s day, just one week after the death of another beloved member of the same church.
“Her sorrows now o’er;
The sea is calm, the tempest past,
On that eternal shore.”
Funeral at 2 p. m. to-morrow, (Tuesday) from the Congregational church.
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