MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 89
submitted by Ronna Thuman, November 14, 2007
At his residence in this city, at 6:30 p. m., Dec. 31, 1879, MALEN BROWN, in his 66th year.
Thus passed away in the closing hours of the year another old settler of Muscatine. Mr. Brown was a native of Scioto county, Ohio. Where he was born Sept. 18th, 1814, and where he was married in 1840 to her who now survives him as his widow. They came to Muscatine in April, 1845, and ever since made this place their home, rearing a family of twelve children, nine of whom survive. Mr. Brown learned the cabinet makerís trade in Portsmouth, O., but was engaged mostly in carpentering, boat-building and house-moving. He was a loving father and husband, a kind-hearted neighbor and a good citizen. His entire family, to whom he was devotedly attached, are plunged into the deepest grief by their sudden bereavement. He was taken sick first on Christmas day, with a chill, but apparently recovered from it. On the day before his death there came a relapse, and though the best medical skill was summoned the disease could not be conquered. It was something like pneumonia, with congestion of the lungs.
The funeral took place this afternoon and was attended by all the family except the youngest son, William, who is in Utah, and by a large number of sympathizing friends. The religious ceremonies were conducted by Rev. D. Murphy.
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