submitted by Ronna Thuman, November 14, 2007


Old Settlers’ Meeting.

At a meeting of the old settlers of Muscatine county called together on the death of D. J. Parvin and M. M. Bartlett, Mr. Suel Foster was chosen Chairman, and stated the object of the meeting, and told some incidents of the coming of the Parvin families to Muscatine in 1839.

Mr. J. P. Walton gave a short narrative of Mr. Bartlett’s arrival and employment among us.

Messrs. Walton, Bridgman and Fimple were made a committee on resolutions.On motion of W. H. Woodward, it was resolved that the old settlers attend the funeral of DAniel Parvin.--S. FOSTER, Chm’n.


Resolved, That in the death of Daniel J. Parvin, who died Feb. 24, 1880, one of the oldest and first settlers of this city, who came here when a mere boy in the year 1839, and spent most of his days among us; we have lost a reliable citizen, one whose integrity was never doubted, one that could be said to have always adhered to that golden rule,

“That mercy I to others show, That mercy show to me;”
and one who as a good neighbor, a faithful officer and a patriotic soldier had no superior.

Resolved, That we tender our sympathy and condolence to the bereaved family.

Resolved, That we attend the funeral in a body.

Resolved, That as a further token of respect these resolutions be placed among the records of the society.


Resolved, That in the death of Madison M. Bartlett, we recognize the loss of one, who though not so well known to many of us, possesses equal sterling attributes, one that always commanded the respect of all who knew him, and while engaged in many business enterprises that helped to develop our garden island, naught can be said against him or his integrity, and that we tender to his surviving relatives our deepest feelings of sympathy, like manner will have these resolutions recorded on our minutes.



The funeral of Mr. Parvin, this afternoon, was largely attended. The demonstration attested the genuine respect felt for the upright citizen and faithful soldier. The old settlers and army comrades of the deceased were out in force and Co. C.I. N. G. was present in uniform together with a martial band. The pall-bearers were selected from the 11th regiment, of which deceased was a member, all being of the same company, with one exception, viz: Geo. D. Magoon, D. W. Seiler, Justin E. Coe, F. P. Candee, Wm. Richards and Henry Madden. The religious obsequies were conducted by Rev. D. Murphy, of the Methodist church, assisted by Rev. A. B. Robbins of the Congregational church.

The following resolutions, offered by W. M. Kennedy, were adopted at a meeting of veterans in Dr. Morgridge’s office last evening:

    WHEREAS, Death has taken from us a noble specimen of a man in the decease of Daniel J. Parvin, late member of Co. H, 11th Iowa Infantry, and

    WHEREAS, Appreciating his worth as a citizen soldier and truly mourning his loss, therefore,

    Resolved, That we tender to the parents, brothers, wife and children of our deceased comrade and friend, our heartfelt sympathies.

    Resolved, That all soldiers of the late war in this county are invited to join with us in paying the last rites of respect to our lamented brother.


    Death of Daniel J. Parvin and Madison M. Bartlett. Feb. 25, 1880 (hand written)

    At 11:30 last night, DANIEL J. PARVIN, one of our oldest citizens, died, in his 56th year. He was born in Hamilton county, Ohio, Aug. 12th, 1825 and came to Iowa with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Parvin, who survive him, in 1839, since which time with the exception noted below, he made Muscatine his home. The deceased commenced the active duties of life in 1845, when he began to learn the cabinet making business with his brother-in-law, J. P. Freeman, who bears testimony that he was a skillful and faithful workman.—In 1852 he concluded to try his fortunes in California. He remained there till 1858, when he returned and resumed his former business here. Three years later the war broke out, and on the 21st of September, 1861, he enlisted in Capt. Beach’s company, (H. 11th Iowa,) and re-enlisted as a veteran Jan. 1, 1864.—His army experience was stirring and eventful. Five times he narrowly escaped death. At Shiloh a canon ball passed so close to his head as to cause a swelling in his ear. In the same battle, while he was in the act of adjusting the lock cams gun, a ball struck the gun and was imbedded in the stock. At Atlanta, on the 22d of July, a ball passed through his shirt collar, Finally, on the 20th of September, 1864, he was severely wounded in the siege of Atlanta, in the following manner. Capt. George O. Morgridge, his comrade at that time and his physician in his last illness, had fired a shot at two men whose forms could be seen occasionally above the enemy’s nearest line of works. One of them returned the shot. It struck a pole on which Capt. M. was resting his gun and the ball glanced downward, striking Mr. P., who was seated out of the range of the enemy’s fire, cutting his tongue and jaw so severely that for some time he was unable to talk and for awhile it was feared it would cause his death. He rallied, however, and was discharged from service on account of the wound, but never fully recovered from it, as it was undoubtedly the cause of his death.

    Deceased had been twice married—first to Sarah A. Hening, niece of Mrs. J. B. Hawley, April 12, 1860, who died, leaving two children, and lastly to Mrs. S. H. Selden, who survives him. He lived a blameless life and leaves a character without reproach.

    The funeral will take place from the family residence to-morrow at 2 o’clock. By notice elsewhere it will be seen that his comrades-in-arms and the old settlers will participate in the obsequies.

    MADISON M. BARTLETT, A RESIDENT OF Muscatine Island, died at his home last night from an attack of rheumatic neuralgia, with which he was taken only last Saturday night, having been previously in his usual health. He was born in Harrison county, Va., in 1824. His father died when he was ten years of age, and while he was yet a boy he left home, going to South America, returning by way of the Mississippi, being absent 11 years, during all of which time his family did not hear from him. He went to California in 1849, returning in 1851 or ’52 and locating in this county, which has been his home ever since.—He leaves a wife and seven children.—two of his sons live in Kansas, and one daughter, Mrs. C. T. McCampbell, lives in this city. The time of the funeral is not fixed. It will probably not take place for several days, as it will be deferred to hear from the sons in Kansas, who live remote from a telegraph station.

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