submitted by Ronna Thuman, November 14, 2007


At her home in this city, at 5 o’clock a. m., June 15, 1889, after a lingering illness, MRS. MIRANDA H. CLOUD, wife of Hon. D. C. Cloud, aged 58 years.

Thus has passed away one of Muscatine’s most beautiful lives, radiant with deeds of loving kindness in home and elsewhere as the blushing flowers that bloom on the balmy atmosphere of a June morning. The deceased was born in Bennington, Vt., March 6, 1822. When nine years of age she removed to Circleville, Ohio, and remained some time in the family of her uncle, Hon. Edson B. Olds, where she received a liberal education. She came to Iowa in 1839, with another uncle, Dr. B. S. Olds, an early settler of this place and a prominent citizen till her removal to California and death, a number of years ago.

The subject of this sketch was for awhile a governess in the family of Col. George Davenport on Rock Island. It was during this period of her life that the beautiful young maiden was captured and almost abducted by an Indian Chief, as related by the editor of the Tribune in one of his “Old Settlers Chair” articles some years since—an event worthy of being celebrated in poetry and song. On the 21st of August, 18, 1840, Miss Miranda H. Olds (for that was her maiden name) was married in this place to Dr. James G. Morrow, a gentleman of high standing and respectability, who was Clerk of Muscatine county from 1838 to 1844. He died June 6, 1845. The only surviving child by this marriage is Mrs. G. W. Van Horne. ON the 8th of November, 1848, Mrs. Morrow married Mr. D. C. Cloud. Who, with two children, George R. and Annie B., survives to mourn her loss.

The deceased was taken severely ill last February. About two months ago her malady was leveloped as internal cancer. It caused at times the most excruciating pain, which was borne with Christian resignation. Owing to the peculiar nature of the disease it was almost impossible for her to take nourishment and her strength gradually wasted away. On several occasions during the past six weeks she was thought to be dying but she lingered on, her friends hoping against hope, till at last the messenger came and her prisoned spirit took its flight. She joined the Congregational Church at an early period in life. Her funeral will take place Thursday forenoon at 10 o’clock, Revs. Robbins and Barnard officiating.

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