Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 92 & 93
submitted by Ronna Thuman, November 14, 2007


Mar. 19, 1880 (hand written)

Readers of the JOURNAL have had their minds prepared for the sad news that at a late hour last evening Andrew J. Fimple, one of our oldest and best known citizens, departed this life. He had been suffering from a severe attack of typhoid-pneumonia and for several days his death was almost hourly apprehended.

Mr. Fimple was born in Delaware county, Pa., Feb. 19, 1814, and was consequently aged 66 years and one month at the time of his death. He came to Muscatine in 1840, and for eight years kept a tailor shop, part of the time in partnership with M. M. Berkshire. In 1848 he quit that business and with Giles Pettibone ran the ferry-boat several years, after which he was engaged partly in farming and partly in managing a stone quarry on a tract of land owned by him a few miles above the city; meantime, however, keeping his homestead in this city in the same house where he resided for about thirty years.

Mr. Fimple was a frank, genial man, who endeavored to square his conduct by

“That old, old creed of creeds,
The lovliness of perfect deeds,”

And whose life was a blameless one. Although a non-church member, those who had access to the inner temple of his thoughts know that he held in veneration the teachings of revelation and had a genuine respect for true Christian character. Politically, he was an unswerving Democrat, and was frequently nominated for places of trust and honor by his party, though by no means an office seeker.

The deceased leaves a wife and son, Andrew. The funeral will take place at 2 o’clock Sunday, from the family residence, on Fifth street. ---Died Mar. 18, 1880 (hand written)--

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Old Settlers’ Meeting.

The meeting of Old Settlers, called for the of taking such action as should seem proper in view of the recent decease of Andrew J. Fimple, and to make arrangements for the funeral tomorrow, was called to order by the President, D. C. Richman, at nine o’clock this morning. The Secretary of the society being absent, Wm. H. Woodward was appointed to take the minutes of the meeting.

Remarks highly eulogistic of the character and intrinsic worth of the deceased were made by D. C. Richman, Joseph Bridgman, Suel Foster, J. Scott Richman, John Mahin and Marx Block. A committee consisting of Joseph Bridgman, Henry Funck and A. M. Winn was appointed to express the sense of the Old Settlers of Muscatine county in view of the death of A. J. Fimple and the same committee was requested to draft fitting resolutions regarding Mrs. Rebecca S. Miller, lately deceased.

It was understood that the members of the society will meet at the house of Mr. Fimple at 2 o’clock to-morrow afternoon and go out to the cemetery. The following is a list of the pall bearers: Jos. Bridgman, Jos. Bennett, Suel Foster, Peter Jackson, M. M. Berkshire, D. C. Richman, Alex. Jackson. Adjourned

WM. H. WOODWARD, Sec’y pro tem.


Toll! Toll the bell! The spirit of Andrew J. Fimple has winged its flight, and we are soon to carry to its last resting place its earthly tabernacle. One who has so often trod with us, and so lately, too, the pathway to the “Cit of the dead,” shall walk with us no more. The order to “close ranks” has scarcely died away ere it is repeated, for another of our number has fallen in the arch of life.

We need not call to mind the many virtues of our departed friend, and tell them to the world, for his unswerving honesty, his strict integrity his love of truth, all bore daily evidence of that truism, that “An honest man is the noblest work of God.” Therefore

Resolved, That while we, as “Old Settlers,” mourn his departure, we will now cherish in our memories that many endearing qualities of his long and not uneventful life among us, and extend to his bereaved family our warmest and heart-felt sympathy in this their great loss and crushing affliction, and would with sweet words of sorrow bind up their bleeding hearts.


“A Mother in Israel has fallen.” As the years are told off, by the flight of time, we are called upon to tarry for a brief hour and pay the last tribute of respect, as Abraham did to Sara, the mother of God’s chosen people, and “bury our dead out of sight.” Therefore.

Resolved, That in the death of Mrs. W. H. Miller, her neighbors have lost a considerate friend, her relatives a kind, loving sister, her husband and children a most devoted wife and mother, and that we, as old settlers, extend to them all our heart-felt sympathy in this their irreparable loss—a loss to them, but to her a heavenly gain.


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