Obituary Submissions

From the Democrat and Leader July 12, 1906:

The Hoehn Funeral

The funeral of the late George Hoehn was held Wednesday afternoon from the family home on N. Brady Street. Rev. Judy conducted the services and there was a large attendance of friends and many beautiful floral offerings in evidence. The active pall-bearers were C.N. Voss, A.A. Baluff, Julius Hassler, William Heuer, J.H. Haas and Julius Burmeister.

The honorary pall-bearers were Frank Von Ach, Henry C Struck, Frank Thompson and Mr. Kearns of Moline.

From the Democrat and Leader November 7, 1944:

Mrs. Elizabeth Donegan

Mrs. Elizabeth Donegan, 80, 2319 E. High Street, a life resident, died in her home at 5 p.m. Monday after a brief illness.

Elizabeth Cunningham was born May 11, 1864 in Davenport and was married to Patrick Donegan on Feb. 21, 1889 in the Sacred Heart Cathedral. Mrs. Donegan was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society of St. Paul the Apostle Church. Her husband preceded her in death.

Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. Clay Taylor, Downer's Grove, Ill., and Mrs. Edward Loftus, Davenport; one son, Robert M., Bakersville, Calif; three grandchildren, Nancy Taylor and Gerald and Donna Donegan; and 2 sisters, Mrs. Margaret Quinn and Miss Rose Cunningham, both of Davenport.

Funeral services will be held at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the Halligan Funeral Home and at 9 a.m. in St. Paul the Apostle Church. Interment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. The rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.

From the Democrat and Leader-May 10, 1943

Edward James Donegan

Edward James Donegan, 8 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Donegan of Bakersfield, Calif., formerly of Davenport, was killed Saturday when the bicycle on which he was riding was struck by a car. The funeral will be held in Bakersfield Tuesday. Surviving besides the parents are a brother, Gerald; a sister, Donna; both of Bakersfield and his maternal grandmother, Mrs. P.L. Donegan, 2319 High Street.

C.K. Vollmer Dies After Long Illness

Charles K. (Kenny) Vollmer, a resident of Davenport for 26 years, died at 5:35 p.m. Friday at a local hospital, following an illness of the past eight months. He had resided at 604 West Seventeenth street. Born Aug. 15, 1903, in Burlington, Mr. Vollmer was educated in the schools there. He was married to Loretta Russell in Davenport Oct. 25, 1922. A former employe of the Ordnance Steel Co. he was a member of Holy Family church and the United Farm Equipment and Metal Works of America, local No. 144. Surviving are his widow; two daughters, Joyce and Mona, both at home, a son, Charles, at home, his mother, Mrs. Emma Vollmer of Rock Island, two sisters, Mrs. Verne Geiger of Davenport, and Mrs. Opal Fitzpatrick of Rock Island, and one brother, Earl C. Vollmer of Rock Island. The body was taken to the Runge mortuary from where the funeral will be held Monday at 9 a.m. to Holy Family church at 9:30 a.m. Interment will be in St. Marguerite's cemetery. The rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Runge chapel.

"The Daily Times", Sat., 15 Apr 1944

Loretta Vollmer

Private services for Loretta Vollmer of Davenport, will be Monday at 11:15 a.m. at Runge Chapel and noon at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church, of which she was a member, or American Heart Association. Mrs. Vollmer died Friday at Mercy Hospital. Loretta Russell married Charles Vollmer in Davenport. He preceded her in death. She was employed at Montgomery Ward & Co. for 32 years before retiring. Survivors include daughters, Mona Vollmer, Davenport; and Joyce Konkler, San Bernardino, Calif.; a son, Charles, Davenport; four grandchildren; sisters, Claudine Russell, Davenport; and Niomi Moore, Denver, Colo.; and a brother, Wesley Benson, Davenport.

(Unknown paper, 24 or 25 Oct 1981)


Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Hill & Fredericks Chapel for Mrs. Emma Vollmer, 90, former Burlington resident who died Thursday in the Knowles Nursing Home. Friends may call at the chapel after 3 p.m. today. Burial will be in Sunset Gardens in Rockford, Ill. Born July 1, 1870, in Burlington, Emma A. Baum married Charles Vollmer in 1892. He preceded her in death. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Roscoe Dunlap, Davenport, and Mrs. William Spaulding, Rockford; a son, Earl C., Rock Island; nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

(Unknown paper Fri, Jul 15, 1960)

(Her maiden name was Lemberger not Baum. Her mother's maiden name was Leinbaum)



Mrs. Charles Benson, 88, formerly of Green Acres, died Thursday in Mary's Rest Haven, Davenport. The former Emily Peters was a native of Davenport, Mr. Benson died in 1932. Surviving are four sons, Louis and Arthur Faust, both of Davenport; Wesley Benson, of Davenport, and Harrison Benson, of Chicago; three daughters, Mrs. Claudine Russell and Mrs. Loretta Vollmer, both of Davenport, and Mrs. Naomi Moore, in California; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The body was taken to the Runge Mortuary.

(Unknown paper, she d. 13 Mar 1958)


The death of Claus Peters occurred Friday at his home, 131 Division street, after a long illness. Deceased was 62 years of age, and came to America with his family in 1868. He is survived by five children. The funeral will take place from the residence at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon.

"The Davenport Democrat", Sunday, 13 Feb 1898, p. 1


Mrs. Neoma Sophia Peters, 77 years old, died at 4:45 o'clock Sunday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Dora Gradert, 1906 West Fifth street, after a lingering illness. Deceased was born in Krempel, bei Lunden, Holstein, Germany, Jan. 22, 1837. She was united in marriage with Claus Peters on Dec. 17, 1859, in St. Ann. Germany. The same year the couple came to the United States. They came to Davenport in the year 1868 and Mr. Peters died in 1898. Since then she has made her home with her daughter. There survive a brother, Juergen Bojens of this city and the following children, Mrs. Catharina Bauer, Mrs. Amelia Benson, Mrs. Dora Gradert and J.H. Peters of Davenport and Mrs. Anna Suhl of Gann Valley, S.D. Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon from the home of the daughter, with interment in Fairmount cemetary.

"The Davenport Democrat", Monday, 28 Dec 1914, p. 13

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OBITUARY, Davenport Democrat, 18 Apr 1949:

James R. Hinton, 46, of 2613 Thirtieth Street, Rock Island, an automobile salesman and used car dealer in Davenport and Rock Island, died of a heart attack at 6:55 a.m. Sunday at the residence. Police attempts to revive him with an inhalator failed.

A resident of Davenport and Rock Island ten years, Mr. Hinton was born at Novinger, Mo., Dec. 15, 1902. He was reared and educated in Novinger and married Lorraine Barnes in Rock Island, April 5, 1946.

Mr. Hinton was a former salesman for the Blackhawk Chevrolet Co., Davenport, and the Economy Motor Sales, Rock Island. Prior, Mr. Hinton was employed at the Rock Island arsenal one year, and also operated a gas station at Thirty-eighth street and Eighteenth avenue, Rock Island. Mr. Hinton was operating a used car lot at Thirty-eighth street and Fourteenth avenue at the time of his death.

Surviving are the wife; one son, James R. Hinton, Jr., a daughter, Cheryl Lynn, both at home; his mother, Mrs. Evelyn Hinton, Davenport; two brothers, Basil, Davenport, and Bryan, East Moline; three sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Hunt; Mrs. William Levinson, Los Angeles, Calif., and Mrs. Ruby DeLap, Davenport.

The funeral will be held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Knox mortuary with Rev. Richard N. Chase, pastor of Central Presbyterian church, officiating. Burial will be in Oakdale cemetery, Davenport.

MATKINS FUNERAL, Davenport Democrat, Nov. 1951:

Final rites for Mrs. Harry Matkins were held at 8:45 a.m. today in Halligan funeral home, and at 9 a.m. in St. Anthony's church. The Rev. E.W. Barron celebrated a requiem high mass, pronounced the burial absolution and preached the sermon. The Rev. M.J. Broderick officiated at committal services in Mt. Calvary cemetery. Pallbearers were James E. Smith, Jack Banes, Richard Hinton, William DeLap and Arthur Cartee.

OBITUARY, Davenport Democrat, 18 Sep 1966:

Services for Claud D. Hinton, 76, of  802 Grand Court, Davenport, will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Runge Chapel. Mr. Hinton died Saturday morning in his home. Visitation will be after 11 a.m. today in the mortuary. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park.

Mr. Hinton was born in Kirksville, MO. He was a resident of Davenport since 1910. He married Louise O. Schulz in Clinton in 1912. Mr. Hinton was a painter and decorator in Davenport for many years until his retirement four years ago.

He is survived by his wife, daughters, Mrs. Harold (Wilma) Montgomery, Rock Island, Mrs. Harold (Phyllis) Jones, Bettendorf, and Mrs. Joe (Marion) Napoli, Tampa, Florida. Sons Donald D., Superior, Wisconsin, Kenneth W., Aurora, Illinois and Richard H., Davenport, 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.



Capt. Anthony Lee Wilson, 55, a veteran of both World wars, and former Davenport automobile dealer, died at 6:45 p.m. Friday in Moline Lutheran hospital. Although in ill health for a long period of time, he was hospitalized only the last 10 days.

During his army career, Capt. Wilson saw service on the Mexican border in 1916 and after the first World war served in the army of occupation. During World War II, he served as provost marshal at Camp Polk, La., and later with G2 Intelligence there.

A resident of Davenport since 1924, he was born in Capac, Mich., Aug. 23, 1895, and received his education in schools there and Port Huron, Mich. His marriage to Dorothy Gamble took place in Chicago, Sept. 18, 1920. During his residence in Davenport Capt. Wilson had been associated with the Packard Motor Car Co. here for 33 years.

During World War I, he served as captain of the 32nd division, 125th infantry, and at the conclusion of the conflict, had remained with army of occupation in Germany. He enlisted in the army in the Second World war in November, 1942, and was stationed at Camp Polk, La. He was placed on the inactive list Dec. 2, 1943.

Capt. Wilson was a member of the American Legion, pot No. 26 of Davenport and the 40 & 8 club.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Lee Marvelli, Eau Claire, Wis. and Mrs. Beverlie Meeker, Springfield, Ill.; two sons, Anthony Lee Wilson, jr., Kewanee, and Edwin Gamble Wilson, Davenport; three sisters, Mrs. Melissa Lambert, Los Angeles; Mrs. Madge Howe, Port Huron, Mich., and Mrs. Hariette Muir, Almont, Mich., and seven grandchildren.

The body was removed to Runge mortuary, where services will be held in the chapel at 3 p.m., Monday. Burial will be in Rock Island arsenal cemetery.

OBITUARY, Davenport Democrat, 13 Oct 1967:

Basil E. Hinton, 62, of 9 Bridge Ave., Davenport, died Thursday evening in Mercy Hospital after an extended illness. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in the McGinnis Chapel, Bettendorf, with burial in Oakdale Cemetery. Visitation will be after 3 p.m today at the funeral home. Mr. Hinton was born in Novinger, MO. He had lived in Davenport 56 years.

In 1926, he married Eva Marie Logan in Illinois.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Lawrence J., Miland; sisters, Mrs. Ruby DeLap, Los Angeles, Calif., and Mrs. Julia Levenson, North Hollywood, Calif., and a brother, Bryan, Rodney, Ark.

OBITUARY, Davenport Democrat, Aug 1967:

Word has been received that Mrs. Donald Hinton (Dorothy Forbes), 51, of Superior, Wis., and formerly of Davenport, died Saturday afternoon in her home after a heart attack. Mrs. Hinton was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1916 and was married to Mr. Hinton in that city in 1937. Survivors include her husband; two sons, John, Calif., and Wayne, Minneapolis, Minn.; and three grandchildren. Services and burial will be in Superior.

OBITUARY, Quad City Times-Democrat, 13 Sep 1973:


Richard H. Hinton, 54, of 2826 Fairhaven Road, Davenport, vice president and treasurer of the insurance firm Trissel, Graham, and Hinton, Inc. died Wednesday after suffering an apparent heart attack while playing golf at the Davenport Country Club.

Services will be 10a.m. Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Davenport. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park.

Visitation is after 2p.m. Friday at the Runge Mortuary.

Memorials may be made to the Trinity Cathedral or the Rotary scholarship fund.

Mr. Hinton entered the insurance business in 1945 and was associated with the former Waterman and Lohmiller firm. That company then merged with Trissel & Graham Inc. to form Trissel, Graham, & Hinton, Inc.

He was born in Davenport. He married Marilyn B. Prochnow in 1956 in Davenport.

Mr. Hinton attended the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.

He served as a 1st lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps for four years during World War II.

Mr. Hinton was past president of the Davenport Association of Insurance Agents and Davenport Jaycees. He was a vestryman at the Trinity Cathedral. Mr. Hinton was currently serving on the board of directors of the Davenport Club. He also was an active member in the Davenport Chamber of Commerce and Davenport Rotary Club.

He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Barbara Ann and a son, Jeffrey Richard, both at home; mother, Mrs. Louise Hinton, Davenport; sisters, Mrs. Harold (Phyllis) Jones, Bettendorf; Mrs. Harold (Wilma) Montgomery, Kansas City, Mo. and Mrs. Stewart (Marion) McKnight, Tampa, Fla., and brothers, Donald, Superior, Wis. and Kenneth, Aurora, Ill.

OBITUARY, Davenport Times-Democrat, 12 Jun 1976:

Services for Donald D. Hinton, 61, Superior, Wis., and formerly of Davenport, will be Monday in Superior. Mr. Hinton died at home Thursday after an apparent heart attack.

He was born in Davenport and had worked at Evans Cleaners in Davenport. He has lived in Superior since 1957, where he had been a carpenter contractor.

He married Dorothy Forbes in 1937 in Cedar Rapids. He later married his wife, Mildred, in 1969 in Superior.

Survivors include his wife; three stepdaughters; sons, John, California, and Wayne, Minneapolis, Minn.; nine grandchildren' sisters, Mrs. Harold (Wilma) Montgomery, Rock Island, Mrs. Harold (Phyllis) Jones, Bettendorf, and Mrs. Stewart (Marion) McKnight, Tampa, Fla., and a brother, Kenneth, Aurora, Ill., and mother, Mrs. Claud Hinton, Davenport.

OBITUARY, Quad City Democrat, 5 Nov 1976:


Services for Mrs. Leola G. Smith, 58, of 1805 40th St., Rock Island, will be 10 a.m. Monday in McGinnis Chapel, Bettendorf. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park.

Visitation is 7 to 9 p.m. today and 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Smith died Friday at her home.

She was employed at Younkers in the Southpark Mall.

Leola Perry was born in Mechanicsville, Iowa. She married Woodrow H. Smith in 1948 in Davenport. He died in 1965.

Survivors include half-brothers, John and Jim Perry, both of Michigan, and a niece, Mrs. Don (Jean) Star, Rock Island.

OBITUARY, Quad City Times-Democrat, 28 Oct 1986, BETTENDORF:

Wilma G. Montgomery, 73, of 2910 Middle Drive, Bettendorf, formerly of Rock Island, died Monday at St. Luke's Hospital. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hodgson Funeral Home. Burial will be in Chippiannock Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 9 p.m. today. Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, of which she was a member.

She had been employed at an advertising agency in Chicago, and also had been employed at Jansen's Jewelry Store, Davenport. Wilma Hinton married Harold Montgomery in 1937 in Davenport. He died in 1980. She was a member of the Rock Island Elks Ladies Auxiliary.

Survivors include her mother, Louise Hinton, Davenport, and sisters, Phyllis Jones, Bettendorf, and Marion McKnight, Tampa, Fla.

OBITUARY, Davenport Democrat, Aug 1969:


James E. Smith, 60, 2103 7th Ave., Moline, formerly of Davenport, died Thursday morning in St. Luke's Hospital.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday in the Hodgson Chapel. Burial will be in Rock Island Memorial Park. Visitation is from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Mr. Smith was born in Cordova. He married Ann Chambers Sept. 28, 1939, in Lisbon, Iowa. He lived most of his life in Davenport, moving to Moline three years ago.

He was a master sergeant in Battery B. Medical Corps, Davenport. He was employed as a driver for Dohrn Transfer Co. for 30 years.

Mr. Smith is survived by his wife; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Don F. Starr, Rock Island, and a step-granddaughter

All of the above Transcribed & submitted by:
Janette (Wilson) Ramos

December 6, 1908 Davenport Democrat

Dominck(sic) Gillin, one of the early settlers of Winfield township, died from the effects of a paralytic stroke Friday afternoon at 3:45 o'clock at the home of his son, John Gillin near Long Grove. Mr. Gillin was in his 83d year. He was a native of County Sligo, Ireland, and came to America in 1850. He made his home in Pittsburgh, Pa., for three years and his marriage with Miss Ann McSteen took place in that city. Mr. and Mrs. Gillin engaged in farming and continued in that pursuit until his retirement after the demise of his wife in 1892. He then removed to Davenport and took up his residence with his daughter, Mrs. John Carroll. Two years ago the desire to pass his remaining days in the surroundings of his earlier years caused him to return to the farm of his son, where he died. Mr. Gillin was a man of those sturdy qualities which characterized the pioneer, and he enjoyed the esteem of all who knew him. He proudly told of voting the Democratic ticket at every election since he attained his majority and never scratched a ticket in all those years. The survivors are four sons and one daughter -- Michael, Peter, (name not clear) and John Gillin of Long Grove; and Mrs. John Carroll of Davenport. Funeral services will be conducted this morning at 10 o'clock at St. Anne's Catholic church in Long Grove. Interment will be in the village cemetery.

Submitted by Christine Murcia

From the Davenport Democrat & Leader newspaper dated June 15, 1937 pg. 9:
 After eight witnesses testified Monday night at an inquest into the death of Homer S. Pruden Sr., 71, Hotel Belmont, a coroner's jury returned an open verdict, substance of which was that he died at 7:25 a.m. June 14, in Mercy Hospital of injuries incurred at 3:45 a.m. June 13, at Third and Harrison Streets, where he was struck by an automobile driven by Thomas Fabricius, 23, 115 Division Street.
 Fabricius is at liberty on bond of $1,000 pending his apperance in police court for reckless driving. Fabricius testified he drank three highballs about midnight. Policeman W. G. Schroeder, who took Fabricius to headquarters after the accident, said he showed effects of having been drinking, although, he added, he could not detect an odor of liquor on his breath. Fabricius said he ate lunch in the Colorado Cafe, accompanied three friends to Third and Scott streets where Fabricius roadster was parked, and was driving alone and east on Third street to pick up friends at the Colorado cafe when the accident occured.
 He said he did not see Pruden, a news dealer, until an instant before the right headlight struck him. Witnesses said Pruden's body was found about 25 feet east of the intersection. He had been walking south on the east side of Harrison street pushing a cart loaded with newspapers. Fabricius said he was driving about 25 miles an hour and that lights and brakes were good.
 A. D. Brown, 307 West Sixth street; proprietor of the Boston Cafe, fixed the speed of Fabricius car at 40 to 45 miles an hour. He said he talked with Pruden only a few moments before he was run down. Brown was standing in front of his cafe and witnessed the accident.
 Dr. D. H. Brown said acute peritontis resulting from ruptured and severed intestines caused death.  Other witnesses included Charles W. Yetts, 1009 Perry street, and Policemen John Morris, Harry Mass, and Roy Behr.

From the same newspaper quoted above, dated June 20, 1937 pg. 8:
 Except that the defendant was speeding, the automible accident in which Homer S. Pruden Sr., Hotel Belmont, was fatally injured a week ago today, was an accident, according to an announcement made late Friday afternoon by Magistrate John A. Hornby in police court after he heard evidence against Thomas Fabricius, 23, 115 Division street, driver of the death car, who was charged with reckless driving.
 Fabricius was fined $50 and costs, but when he surrendered a portion of his operator's licence, he was released on payment of a fine of $25 and costs.
 Testimony, which was similar to that offered at a coroner's inquest Tuesday night, indicated that Fabricius was driving 30 miles an hour as he went east on Third street, and at Harrison street his car hit Pruden who was crossing southward pushing a cart loaded with morning newspapers. Attorney Nathan Grant appeared for the defendant.

Submitted by Paul Pruden

(#1) Davenport Democrat, April 3, 1883, page 1


The family of Daniel Stapleton, 306 East Ninth street, are in great distress over his disappearance. He left his home about 7 o'clock Saturday evening last to come down town and get a paper; at 9:30 he was seen on the corner of Fourth and LeClaire streets by an acquaintance who conversed with him. He was all right at that time. Since that hour his have family heard nothing from him - and all efforts to find him frutless. He has lived in Davedport for nearly thirty years, and is well known to many people in the city. He is a boiler maker by trade. He is short in stature, a thin, spare for, rather sunken cheeks, and keen dark eyes. He is genial and inclined to converse on slight encouragement. His family are of the opinion that he has been foully dealt with.


(#2) Davenport Democrat, May 2, 1883, page 1


A Body Known to be that of Daniel Stapleton found in the River - Marks of Violence.


The evening of the 31st of March, Daniel Stapleton, 306 east Ninth street, left his home to come down town and get a paper - and he did get the paper from Mr. Ottersen. He then stepped into a friend's house on Iowa street, above Second, and staid there until 9 o'clock, when he started for hom. And that was the last his family ever heard of him. He had lived in Davenport 18 years, and never spent an evening from home when in the city. He was employed in the railroad shops.

This afternoon the body of a man was taken out of the river, near Grant's old saw mill, it having arisen among some logs of Paige, Dixon & Co. Chief Kessler pronounced it to be the body of Daniel Stapleton. The skull was mashed in as with the back of an axe. If it be the body of Mr. S., he was undoubtedly murdered and thrown into the river.

The body has been fully identified as that of Mr. Stapleton by his elder son.


(#3) Davenport Democrat, May 3, 1883, page 1


This forenoon Coroner Bawden commenced an inquest over the remains of Daniel Stapleton, whose body was found in the river near Paige, Dixon & Co's mill yesterday afternoon and reported in last evening's DEMOCRAT.

The jury was composed of Chas. Seims, Thomas O'Brien and William Steffen. A little important testimony was taken during the forenoon. Phillip Schultz a barber, who had known Mr. Stapleton for fourteen years, testified that he shaved him on the 31st of March, when he (Stapleton) was going to Dan King's funeral. Stapleton seemed depressed, though he was always jovial before, and said, "you give me the last shave like Dan King." Witness thought nothing of the remark until he heard that Stapleton was missing, and told Mrs. S. that he though Dan was in fun.

Michael Coughlin testified that Stapleton was at his house, 312 LeClaire street, at 9 o'clock the evening he disappeared, was in good spirits, could not say he was drunk, and "walked just as good as I ever saw him walk." He wanted witness to go over to Pat Stapleton's with him, and, when he left witness' house he said, "Well then, this boy will go up the hill," meaning LeClaire street, in the direction of his home.

The coroner made a statement of his examination of the body, which had undergone great post mortem changes. The only thing worthy of special mention was a contusion over the right eye; and while there was a blood-clot on the skull, the skull was not broken. In the coroner's opinion it might have been caused by a fall, and could have been caused by a blow.

Mrs. Stapleton, her daughters Maggie and May, and son Daniel, all testified that the husband and father had been cheerful when they last saw him before his death. He visited May where she words, the evening he disappeared, leaving her about 8:15 o'clock, saying Maggie was with her mother and he must accompany her to her home. He was not downcast - showed no signs of feeling ill or down-hearted.

The inquest is in progress as we go to press.

The jury will proably return verdict of death by accidental drowning - or death from cause unknown.



(#4) Davenport Democrat, May 4, 1883, page 1


The coroner's inquest in the case of Daniel Stapleton was resumed by Dr. Bawden this morning. No evidence of any importance whatever, additional to that published in this paper yesterday, was secured. The witnesses examind were Chief Kessler, Captain Falkner, officer Gartland, Antoine LeClaire, and Patrick Shanley. All but Chief Kessler testified to seeing the deceased on the 31st ult., the date of his disappearance, and that he was perfectly sober. The Chief testified as to the finding of the body and the contents of the pockets - specs and handkerchief.

So there was no account of Mr. Stapleton's movements after he left Michael Coughlin's, on LeClaire street, above Third, and started up that thoroughfare saying he was going home.

The jury - Messrs. Thomas O'Brien, Carl Siems and Wm. Steffen - returned a verdict "that the said Daniel Stapleton came to his death on or about the 31st day of March, 1883, by causes to the jury unknown."


Submitted by Donna Walker
Please note: I have transcribed the articles exactly, making no changes in wording, grammar, or spelling

Tuesday, 11 February 1908, Page 10



Bringing Deep Bereavement on a Well-Known Davenport Home


A beautiful life was ended, and a home cast into the deepest grief, this morning, when Mrs. E. W. Dixon passed away, suddenly and entirely unexpectedly, from heart trouble following an illness, from grip. Mrs. Dixon had been troubled with a cold for a fortnight or so, with some symptoms of grip, but had not been ill enough to alarm herself or give an of her relatives or friends a premonition that their bereavement was so near. Monday afternoon she seemed better, but this morning she could not be roused, and between 6 and 7 o'clock, her spirit took its flight.

Mrs. Dixon's life had been a quiet one, but a help and a benediction to all who knew her well. Most of it had been spent in Davenport, and those who knew her, or the husband and children whose bereavement is so deep and so unexpected, will extend the most heartfelt sympathy to those who are so suddenly cast into mourning.

She was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, May 3, 1835, her maiden name being Elizabeth MacDougall. Her father was a Congregational clergyman, and with him she came to Hamilton, Canada, in her youth. In 1856, at Guelph, Canada, she was married to Mr. Dixon, and in 1866 they came to Davenport. Mr. Dixon became a member of the firm of J. E. Dixon & Sons, consisting of the father, four brothers and a brother-in-law, engaged in the dry goods business at Second and Main streets, in the then Valla block, where the "Why?" store is now located. For years more recently, Mr. Dixon has been engaged in the coal business, devoting to it an energy and meeting with a success to which he was encouraged by the quiet and faithful woman whose companionship had been his inspiration for more than 50 years.

Mrs. Dixon was a member of the First Presbyterian church, and hers was a fine type of Christian character. She was the last of her family, their parents, brothers and sisters having all passed on before. Her husband and six children pay their tribute to her memory, the children being Mrs. H. A. Doud of Omaha, C. E. Dixon of San Diego, Cal., Mrs. C. T. Darling of Davenport, Mrs. L. P. McDonald of Toledo, 0., Mrs. C. E. Smith of Omaha, and H. M. Dixon of Cloquet, Minn.

The funeral arrangements are deferred until the absent relatives are conferred with, and will be announced later.


Friday, 14 February 1908, Page 11


The Dixon Funeral

A simple but impressive funeral service at the Fejervary apartment house marked the leave-taking of her relatives and most intimate friends of Mrs. E. W. Dixon, Thursday afternoon. Rev. Mott R. Sawyers read from the Scriptures and made some timely and pertinent comments on Mrs. Dixon's life and death, and Miss Elizabeth Nott and Miss Sue Nott sang "Asleep in Jesus," and "Peace, Perfect Peace." The service was of the quiet nature that fitted in with the life of her who had gone. A few final words preceded the burial at Oakdale. John L. Mason, C. C. McIntyre, W. H. Wilson, M. N. Richardson, Captain W. A. Blair and B. F. Tillinghast were the pallbearers.
Sunday, 10 May 1931, Page 9




Former Well Known Davenporter Passes Away at Home in Omaha

Dr. Charles E. Smith died at his home in Omaha Saturday, according to a message received here by W. R. Weir.

Dr. Smith, a former Davenporter, was the owner of the three story brick building on the south side of Third Street, between Brady and Main, formerly occupied by the Peoples Light company and for a time by the American Commercial and Savings Bank during the erection of its new building. In earlier years it was the home of A.J. Smith and Son, a big local furniture concern.

The deceased was born in Davenport 64 years ago, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Smith. He was a dentist by profession and followed this vocation in Omaha after leaving Davenport some 25 years ago. His wife preceded him in death a number of years ago, as also, did a brother, Will Smith. Surviving are two daughters.

Funeral services and burial will take place in Omaha Monday.
January 17, 1910


A Long and Active Life in Which He Had Won the Esteem of All.

Another of the men who linked this city with the Davenport of the '60's passed away Monday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock, when E.W. Dixon's spirit answered the final call, after a protracted i1lness that was borne with that cheerful Spirit that had animated him through his long career. The summons found him at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.T. Darling in McClellan Heights, where he has lived since the death of his wife two years ago.

Since that bereavement his health and strength had failed, and it has been evident for some time that the end of his life was not far off. Five of his children have been with him recently, from time to time, and the sixth, C.C.S. Dixon of San Diego, Cal., he himself visited last spring and summer, returned here in August. CT Darling, his son-in-law, returned home recently from Gorton, Vt., where he had gone on account of the frail condition of his own parents, well advanced in years.

With these evidences of the affection and care of his relatives, and the warm remembrance of long-time friends, Mr. Dixon may well have comforted himself that his life had not lacked reward. The words of tribute that his friends pay him today show that they hold him as a man of the highest integrity, remarkable industry, and the soul of geniality. He passes beyond to the regret of those who knew and esteemed him, leaving behind a memory which all will cherish.

His Active Life

Edward Wellington Dixon was born Sept. 11, 1833, at Cornwall, Ontario, the oldest of several children of Mr. and Mrs. James E. Dixon. He spent his boyhood and young manhood steamboating on the St Lawrence river, and in the mercantile business. He was married in 1856 to Elizabeth McDougal.

Mr. and Mrs. Dixon came to Davenport from Wisconsin in 1865, his father and three brothers coming with them. They engaged in the dry good business where the Why store is now located at Second and Main streets. It was in those trying days just after the war. They did a large business but on a declining market, and finally closed out at a heavy loss.

Later Mr. Dixon was with John L. Davis & Sons for many years, and gained the practical acquaintance with business which led him (unclear word) to engage in the lumber business as a member of the Paige-Dixon Lumber company. After it was closed, he removed to Omaha, where he was for some years. Since his return to Davenport, Mr. Dixon was for the past ten years engaged in the coal business, until a few months ago. Then his failing health sounded the warning that he could no longer continue the active and vigorous career that his had always been, and he sold the business, took the trip to California that has been mentioned, only to be invalided for most of the time since his return. He hoped by taking a rest to regain his strength, but his trouble, pernicious anaemia (sic) was too deep seated.

Mr. Dixon is survived by one brother, Adam, and a sister, Mrs. James O'Connor of Kilbourn, Wis., and by six children Mrs. HA. Doud and Mrs. C.E. Smith of Omaha, C.E.S. Dixon of San Diego, Mrs. L.P. McDonald of Chicago, H.M. Dixon of Cloquet, Wis., and Mrs. C.T. Darling of Davenport.

The funeral will be private, and will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home of Mr. and Mrs. Darling, 26 McClellan boulevard.

Omaha, Nebraska
January 17, 1910


Edward W. Dixon, 77, a former business man of Omaha, died Monday evening at his home in Davenport, Ia. Mr. Dixon was born in Ontario.

He located in Omaha in 1884, engaging first in the lumber business and later in real estate. His wife died very suddenly in February, 1908, and this proved a shock from which he rallied with difficulty.

His children are Mrs. H.A. Doud of Omaha, Charles E.S. Dixon of San Diego, Mrs. C.T. Darling of Davenport, Ia.; Mrs. L.P. McDonald of Chicago, Mrs. Charles E. Smith of Omaha and Harry M. Dixon of Cloquet, Wisc.
Wednesday, 25 July 1937, Page 8



Funeral services for Mrs. Grace Dalzell, native and resident of Davenport the greater part of her life, will be held in Oakdale cemetery immediately after the arrival of the body here at 1:55 p.m.

The daughter of H. H. Smith, Davenport pioneer who operated a general store at the corner of Second and Brady streets for many years and who built the octagon house which is a landmark at Sixth and LeClaire streets, she was educated in Davenport and moved to Chicago 25 years ago.

Surviving are two sons, Howard Shaw of Chicago and the Rev. Harold Dalzell of Pittsburgh, Pa., six grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Emma Balch of Davenport.

Funeral services will be supervised by the Horrigan home for funerals.
February 8, 1900


At 9 o'clock last evening at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C.A. Dalzell, occurred the death of Henry Holcomb Smith, one of the oldest residents of Davenport. His death was due to a gradual breaking down, resultant upon old age.

Mr. Smith wss born in Philadelphia, Penn., August 16, 1815, and came to Davenport in 1850. Here he engaged in the dry goods business, and later in the coal business, becoming very successful in his business life. About 15 years ago, he resigned, and since then has been spending most of the time, with the exception of the last two years, at the home of his son in Washington, D.C. The last few months Mr. Smith has spent at the home of his daughter.

Two daughters and one son survive. They are Mrs. C.A. Dalzell, of Davenport; Mrs. Emma Balch, of Chicago; and Harry Smith, of Washington, D.C.

Davenport, Iowa
Thursday, February 8, 1900




After a Long Life of Honorable Activity He Passed Peacefully Away Last Even ing at His Daughter's Home - Other Deaths Chronicled Today.

At the home of his daughter, Mrs. C. A. Dalzell, Arlington avenue and Twelfth street, at 9 o'clock last evening, occurred the death of Henry H. Smith, one of Davenport's old time merchants and business men. and for many years prominent within her borders in many ways.

Mr. Smith's advanced years had been blessed with good health in unusual degree. He was free, to the last, from maladies that often embitter the lives of old people, and, until the fall of 1898, he enjoyed what seemed to be almost perennial youth. He was a great walker, and sprightly and active in body and mind. But about that time a decline set in, and he slowly but painlessly lost his vigor and power of action, till at last, several months ago, he was virtually made a prisoner in the house, and finally was shut up in his room. About a week ago he was compelled to take to his bed. From that time forward, the decline was swift. His death was not attended by the slightest pain, and came as gently as sleep.

Mr. Smith was born in Philadelphia, Aug. 16, 1815. He spent his early life there, receiving a fair education for those days, and with it a good training in the business of his father who kept a dry goods store. He was married there, Aug. 4, 1842, to Miss Mary Lewis. His father died not long after this, and he succeeded him in business.

After a few years he was drawn to note the opportunities in the new west and selected this city as his place of settlement. He reached this city with his family May 12, 1850. Canal and stage and steamboat were the only means of locomotion in those days, and the 1200 miles between Philadelphia and here were a journey of weeks. The stock of goods that had been selected for display here was a full month on the road.

Davenport was hardly more than a frontier village in that day. It had but 200 inhabitants, and only four stores, all of which were located on Front street - to be near the river, the only avenue of travel and shipment in that day. Second street was an avenue of humble residences and back yard gardens. Mr. Smith was the man who led the mercantile movement of Davenport away from the river. There was no such thing as a storeroom on Second street, so a private residence, the home of physician, was secured by rental. It stood on the southeast corner of Second and Brady streets. "Smith's Philadelphia Variety Store," was the name that the sign over its door bore. Mrs. Smith was the only clerk in the establishment beside the proprietor. She and her husband worked hard, turned their means and opportunities to account, and their business grew. Within two years the dwelling was too small to hold the enlarging business, so a friend was found who bought a lot 40x60 feet, the site of the present office of the Western Union Telegraph company. Opposite the place just named, and erected on it a good store room, with large show windows. Here the establishment which had become known all over this part of the country as Smith's Variety store, had room to expand, and business went on well. The store, in fact, gave a name to it owner. He was known for years as Variety Smith, and the older residents of this city will easily enough remember hearing that name commonly applied to him.

The time eventually came, however, when the confinement proved too hard for his health, and in the early days of the war he gave up the store for duties of assistant United States assessor, an internal revenue officer, charged with collection of the war taxes of those trying days. He did not surrender the business, however, till 1867, when the store was disposed of. Then for a number of years, Mr. Smith was partner of D.H. Hartwell, in the firm of Hartwell & Smith insurance. In 1878 he embarked in the coal and fuel business, and this line of trade was continued for ten years, when he retired. Since his retirement a great part of his time has been spent with his son in Washington, though his summers have generally been passed in this city. He finally returned here from the national capital Dec. 24, 1896.

Mrs. Smith was a devout member of the Baptist church prior to her removal from Philadelphia hither. Her husband joined that church soon after coming here, and together they were active in the work of that church, and its associated activities. During the war they were prominent among the patriotic people of the city, and energetically engaged in all works of relief for the soldiers and their families. The old records of the city charity organizations bear their names in frequent passages, and show that they were prominent and untiring in good deeds then. This joint activity for the good of the city was terminated by the death of Mrs. Smith in 1880. She was mourned by the entire city as one of the best and noblest of women. In his years of retirement, Mr. Smith has been out of the rounds of busy work in those lines, but always to be counted one of the citizens of Davenport to be found in live with every good work in church, state or society.

In his early years, while a resident of Philadelphia, Mr. Smith was a member of the famous Round Table club of that city; a literary and social society that included such men as George W. Childs, Peterson, the well known publisher, and others prominent in literary life. All his life he has been interested in educational matters, and almost an enthusiast in matters pertaining to the general spread of enlightenment among the people.

Mr. Smith is survived by his son, Harry Smith, of Washington, and two daughters, Mrs. Dalzell of this city and Mrs. Emma Balch of Chicago. Both the daughters were with him when he died, and the son paid him a visit last not long ago.

The funeral will be held from Dalzell home at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon, and all friends of the departed will be welcome to attend.
Davenport, Iowa
April 10, 1898



Death of One of Davenport's Best Men.

Tuesday's Painful Attack Indicate a Condition of Hopeless Disorder - Mr. Smith's Long Life in Davenport as One of Her Most Respected Citizens

Sad news for the city of Davenport, this morning, was the announcement that A.J. Smith had died at daybreak. His illness has been known, but its serious character had not been so generally understood. and the people of this city who have been accustomed to see him in his daily walk of business for the past 38 years were not prepared for the sudden call. No man who has left us has been more generally and sincerely regretted.


For the past two weeks, Mr. Smith has been a sick man. His condition has been such as to give his family and friends grave cause for alarm. He has been under medical care, and was thought to be gaining. He was able to go to the polls Saturday and vote for the candidates of his choice, and this week he was able to come down to his store. There it was, early Thursday afternoon, that he suffered a severe attack of pain in the region of his stomach, attended with serious shock to the nervous system. He was taken home, and the best of care was given to him. His condition seemed little changed till Wednesday evening when it was plain that he was sinking. Then, as a last resort, the family sought the last remaining chance in a surgical operation was performed at midnight, the best and most expert hands wielding the instruments. The operation was performed by Drs. Middleton, Hill and Crawford. Drs. Watzek and Hoefle, who had been in attendance till it began to appear that the case was one for the surgeon, were present.

The operation disclosed a state of affairs that made it plain that recovery was impossible. Some form of ulceration of the wall of the stomach had caused perforation of the front wall of that organ. The giving away of this wall it was that caused the severe attack of pain that was first experienced Tuesday, with the accompanying shock. The perforation permitted the escape of the stomach's contents into the abdominal cavity, and by the time the operation had been performed such a state of septic inflammation had been reached that there was no hope.

Mr. Smith rallied well after the operation, but it was plain that the peritoneal inflammation was doing its work. He continued to sink, and at 5:10 this morning he died, surrounded by his heartbroken family and mourned by the whole city as one of the best and most upright business men it contained and one of the finest and fairest gentlemen who ever had a place in this community.

Adonriam Judson Smith was the son of a Baptist minister, and was named by his parents for the world renowned missionary of that denomination. He was born Aug. 28, 1840, at Columbus, N.J. He came to Davenport in 1858, from Philadelphia where he had been located briefly. He began work as a clerk in the employ of his uncle, H.H. Smith, who then kept a variety store of the southeast corner of Second and Brady streets. Sometime later when H.H. Smith retired from business, his nephew entered the employ of Kelley and Mack, proprietors of a hardware store on Second street. He remained there a short time and then entered the office of the United States quartermaster who was located here. He remained in this place several months, and then became a clerk in the retail store of W.C. Wadsworth, remaining there about a year. In March, 1863, he entered the furniture store of Daniel Gould. He staid (sic) in this place till Feb. 1, 1881, when, with the late Francis McCullough, as the firm of Smith and McCullough, he bought out Mr. Gould, and succeeded to his business and good will. The firm was continued under this style till Dec. 28, 1895, when Mr. McCullough retired, and Will G. Smith succeeded to his interest, becoming a partner with his father. The firm, as need not be told, continued till today.

Mr. Smith was married to Miss Helen A. Squires Dec. 12, 1860. The ceremony was performed in the old Calvary Baptist church, which was a landmark for years on the southwest corner of Fourth and Perry streets, and Rev. Issac Butterfield was the officiating clergyman.

Mrs. Smith survives him. With her are their two sons, Will C. Smith of this city, and Dr. Charles Elmer Smith of Omaha. They were all with him when he died.

There is no need to strew roses on the bier of the dead by way of pointing out the fact that he was beloved in life and lamented in death. It would be hard for this paper to say anything of him that its readers do not already know. As a matter of fact his best epitaph is written in the sorrow that shows on the countenances of his unnumbered friends, as they talk of his hurried departure and compare experiences in eulogy of his virtues as a business man, a citizen, a neighbor and a friend. He will long be remembered for the good man he was, and in the memories of those who knew him his vacant place will be embowered with fragrant recollections to the end of time for them.

The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon from the residence, 1214 Second avenue.

Davenport, Iowa
April 11, 1898


Family, Friends and Business Asso ciates of A.J. Smith Mourn.
The Unexpected Death of that Honored Citizen and Business Man Causes Wide Spread Sorrow-Funeral Saturday.

The city is today in mourning over the loss of one of our most beloved and enterprising citizens.

The unexpected death of A.J. Smith, the well-known business man, which occurred yesterday morning at 5:10 o'clock, threw a veil of sadness over the people of Davenport.

The friends and business associates of the deceased were to some extent informed as to the illness of Mr. Smith, but were not prepared for the shock caused by his sudden and untimely death.

Few people outside of the family circle and very intimate friends knew of the seriousness of his case.

For some weeks the deceased had been failing noticeably and to such an extent as to more or less alarm his family. He had been under the care of Dr. Watezk and hopes of ultimate recovery were entertained.

Last Tuesday was the last visit Mr. Smith made to his business establishment and it was there he was fatally stricken and his business career brought so unexpectedly to a close. It was there that A.J. Smith acted his last part in the business drama of this world, the curtain of death falling yesterday, severing the sweet bonds of family ties, leaving a loving family to mourn the loss of an endearing husband and father.

The world is the better for his having lived; because the deceased was a Christian, an honorable man among men, a progressive and prosperous merchant who did unto others as he would be done by.

When the time honored citizen was stricken the family physician was summonsed (sic), who did all in his power to relieve his sufferings, but it was some hours before he could be moved to his home. During Tuesday night tended hands administered to his every need, aching hearts awaited encouragement from the family physician, but hopes grew dim. The following day Dr. Watezk notified the family of approaching symptoms of peritonitis. After two more calls, which was then 4 o'clock in the afternoon of Wednesday, the doctor recommended a consultation and Dr. Hoefle was called in. It was then evident that nothing could save the sick man, though there was a gleam of hope in an operation, still the doctors said there was great odds but the family took hope and consented to the last resort of skilled physicians, and the delicate operation was performed at midnight Wednesday. Doctors Middleton, Crawford and Hill were called. They found the cause of a septic peritonitis was a perforation of the wall of the stomach from an ulcer, letting the contents escape into the abdominal cavity.

The opening was closed and the cavity washed out. Although he stood the operation well he continued to sink as he had been for several hours before, from the shock and passed into eternity.

His son stated to a reporter that the operation was in every way successful and satisfactory so far as possible, but his father had not the strength left to endure its after effects upon the system.




A. Judson Smith was born in Columbus, New York, August 28, 1840. Was the son of a Baptist minister. Came to Davenport in 1858 from Pennsylvania and became a clerk for H.H. Smith, an uncle. Later he became an attache of the firm of Kelly & Mack, a hardware firm. Subsequently he went into the office of the United States quartermaster, then located in this city. Some time after that he engaged himself with W.C. Wadsworth where he remained for a time. In 1863 he went into the furniture business with Daniel Gould, where he remained until 1881, when he and Francis McCullough began the furniture business by buying out Mr. Gould. In 1895 Mr. McCullough retired in favor of Will G. Smith, son of the late A.J. Smith. The firm became known as A.J. Smith & Son, and it so remained to his death. The deceased was one of the prime movers in the brick paving business, and it was he who, to a large extent, fathered the first improvements in that line by which the first four blocks of paving were lain on Third street and along in front of his business.

In 1860 Mr. Smith was married to Miss Helen A. Squires, who survives him, together with two sons, Will G. Smith, of this city, and Dr. Charles E. Smith, of Omaha.

The funeral will take place Saturday at 2 o'clock from the family residence, 1214 Second avenue, in (Mt. Ida) East Davenport.
Davenport Democrat & Leader

Monday, 10 December 1908, Page 9

The Smith Obsequies.


The funeral of the late Mrs. A. Judson Smith was held Sunday afternoon from the family residence, 1214 Second avenue. The funeral address was made at the home by Dr.H.O. Rowlands in the presence of a large number of sorrowing friends. Many beautiful floral offerings were sent to the home as tokens of sympathy and regard.

A quartet composed of Mrs. Amalia Schmidt-Gobble, Miss Sue Nott, William Johnson and H.E. Downer rendered "Lead Kindly Light," and "In the Hour of Trial." The pallbearers were John H. Whitaker, c.T. Darling, W.H. Knostman, C.D. Hayward, H.M. Joiner and I.L. Sears. The remains were later laid to rest in Oakdale cemetery.

Davenport Democrat & Leader
Sunday, 9 December 1908, Page 15



It was a great shock to her many friends in this city, to learn Saturday of the death of Mrs. A. Judson Smith, widow of the prominent furniture dealer of this city, who is also so well remembered here.

Mrs. Smith has been a sufferer from diabetes for several years, and has passed through some rather prolonged periods of illness, but had been in somewhat improved health recently, and was planning to spend Christmas with her son, Dr. Charles E. Smith of Omaha. She was down town on Thursday, and it was not until Friday that she became suddenly and critically ill. She breathed her last at 11:20 o'clock Friday night. Dr. Smith, at Omaha, notified of the attack, came here on the first train, to find that his mother had passed away a few hours before his arrival.

The deceased was born in Davenport, the daughter of Nathaniel Squires, one of the prominent contractors of Davenport's early days, and the builder of the homes of many of the leading citizens of that day. She was married to A.J. Smith in 1861, and Dr. C.E. Smith of Omaha is their only survivor, Will G. Smith, their other son, having died Feb. 18, 1904.

The funeral will take place this afternoon, with services at the residence, 1214 Second avenue, at 2 o'clock, and burial in Oakdale.
Monday, 18 February 1904, Page 6


A Davenporter All His Life, the Deceased Had Achieved Business Success Here and Displayed Many Other Qualities That Will Make Him Greatly Missed

In the death of Will G. Smith, which occurred Thursday evening, Davenport lost a very popular citizen. Mr. Smith had been an active factor in the business life of the city until ill health compelled him to relinquish its cares. He was highly esteemed because of the qualities of his character which made him one of the most genial of social companions as well a successful business man. His death is a deep bereavement to his relatives and his many warm friends here, and its announcement, while not unexpected, comes with quite a shock to them, and has caused many expressions of sorrow and of sympathy for the family today.

Only last month, Mr. Smith went to Alabama, to spend some time at Mobile in connection with the deal which has resulted in the organization of K. W. Gates Lumber Company, with Davenport interests controlling the company and with Mr. Smith as its treasurer. Since his return he has been in poorer health than usual, practically confined to his home, and was able to converse with his relatives up to a few minutes before the end. For several years past, heart trouble had hung over him its threat of impending death each day of his life, but he had accepted this fact with a rare courage and continued to take a cheerful view of life until the curtain fell and separated him from the scenes and faces that he had loved.

William Gardner Smith was born in Davenport, July 18, 1861, the son of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Smith. After attending school here, he went to North Dakota for a year, with John Seavern, cementing a friendship that brought Mr. Seavern to Davenport to spend the last few days at the Smith home and be with his old companion during his last few hours. Returning here Mr. Smith became bookkeeper for the firm of Smith & McCullough, furniture dealers, his father being the senior member of the firm. It was one of our oldest houses, tracing back through Gould & Smith to the original furniture house founded by Daniel Gould. Upon Mr. McCullough's death the deceased entered the business with his father under the firm name of A. J. Smith & Son, afterward incorporated.

After his father's death in 1898, Mr. Smith continued the business until 1901, when failing health compelled him to retire, disposing of what was then conceded to be the largest furniture house in the city.

Mr. Smith was not only an energetic business man, in the days of his health, but was characterized by an accuracy and care for detail and good business judgment that promised him a very successful career in the business field had his life been spared.

His nature protested against inactivity, and thus he had throw himself with enthusiasm into the plans for that, as stated, resulted in the organization of the E. W. Gates Lumber company, which was completed by incorporation only a fortnight or so before his death.

The deceased was an active member of the Davenport Business Men's association and of the Irrawadi Canoe club, from whose outings he will be greatly missed.

Mr. Smith was married Nov. 11, 1887, to Miss Cora Scott, daughter of Colonel and Mrs. Thomas Scott of this city, who survives him, with one son, Eugene Gardner Smith. His mother, Mrs. Helen A. Smith, also lives here, and his brother, Dr. Charles E. Smith of Omaha, is now here.

The funeral will be held from the family home, 802 Bridge avenue, at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon. Dr. J. B. Donaldson of the First Presbyterian church having charge of the service. The interment at Oakdale will be private.

Wednesday. 21 February 1904, Page 6

The Smith Funeral


The funeral of the late Will G. Smith held Saturday afternoon, with services at the home of the deceased was the ______ of a notable expression of sorrow on the part of his host of friends in this city. Floral of ferings and the personal presence of scores of who felt a sense of loss is his death lent their silent testimony and the spoken words by Dr J. B. Donaldson of the First Presbyterian church voiced the sentiments of all. Dr. H. 0. Rowlands of Calvary Baptist church assisted in the service, delivering the invocation, and four associates of the deceased S. B. Lafferty, Louis Knocke, H. E. Downer, and Dr.A. Atkinson, sang the hymns. They were "Lead, Kindly Light," by Dudley Buck, and "Consolation,u by Dow, and they were beautifully rendered. The remains were accompanied to Oakdale by the relatives and a few of the close friends of the deceased, and were consigned to their last resting place there after a short service. John H. Seavern of Jamestown, N.D., Wils McClellan, Dr. C. R. Baker, Geo. W. Bawden, L. L. Sears and Fred Wyman were the pallbearers.

George Squires, an uncle of the deceased, and Dr. Charles E. Smith, his brother, came from Omaha to attend the funeral.
Jan. 22, 1878


"At his residence in this city, this morning at 5 o'clock and 15 minutes, NATHANIEL SQUIRES, aged 70.

"Funeral from the residence in East Davenport on Thursday morning, Jan. 24th, at 11 o'clock. The friends of the family are invited. Burial at Oakdale."


Another Old Settler Gone.

"Nathaniel Squires, for more than forty years an active and highly esteemed citizen of Davenport, died at his residence in this city at a little after five o'clock this morning, of paralysis, after an illness of six days.

"Mr. Squires was born in Dansville, N.Y., August 12, 1807, and was a few months past the allotted three score years and ten at the time of decease. In the days of his youth he received the ordinary common school education of those times, after which he learned the trade of carpenter and joiner; married his first wife in Dansville in 1835; and being of a strong energetic character, determined upon the then far west as his permanent home. In 1837, at the age of 30, he left his native place, and, with his small family, came to Davenport - coming in the same year with Harvey Leonard, J.M.D. Burrows, Capt. John Coleman, Judge Dillion, Samuel Lyter, and many other well known early settlers, now living and dead.

"He found his services much in demand forthwith commenced putting up houses and improving in good earnest, the place of his adoption. Immediately he built for his own family a residence -a fine for the times - on the lots now occupied by Davenport's block, southeast corner Main and Second streets - which house was subsequently removed to Third street, and was torn down last summer to make way for Der Demokrat building. In a few years, getting uneasy over the tardy growth of the city, he sold this property to Mr. Davenport for a trifle, and left the place for a while only, but to return again; and for the past twenty-five years or so, has lived where he died at the 'Squires Place' in East Davenport, where several of his family were born and reared. His children by his first wife, now living, were two daughters -now Mrs. W.H. Guthrie of Helena, Montana, and Mrs. A.J. Smith, of this city, and three sons - Charles E., George C. And Wm. H., all now of Omaha. His first wife, dying in 1856, he was married in 1859,a second wife, who is left to mourn his loss, and by whom there are two children, masters Henry and Fred.

"Nathaniel Squires has been a prominent, industrious, and thrifty citizen of Davenport, all these many years. Many of the buildings that make up the edifices of this city, were the work of his skillful hands. Being of that busy class of men who never seek public preferment, he was not prominent in politics, yet sometimes served in a public capacity - was Alderman in 1849, 50, 51 and 52, under the mayoralties of Jonathan Parker, Dr. James Hall, Charles Weston, and John Jordan; and held other places of trust that fall to the lot of men of worth and intelligence. His principal labor life, however, consisted in making a good home for his family, attending in an upright way to his own business; letting that of others alone; and in works of general enterprise and benevolence, for he was a public spirited man, honest, blunt, and straight-forward in all his ways and doings; a good husband, an indulgent parent, worthy neighbor and true friend.

"Among the old settlers of Scott County, Mr. Squires has long been known as one of the most respected of their number, his life a busy one, his word a bond, requiring no witness.

"His life of care and labor was not unrewarded; for he reared and educated a large family of excellent sons and daughters, and gathered about him the comforts of home and an abundance of property to serve him during life, and a fair competence for those left behind that may need it.

"He died of a paralytic stroke - the last of several, which have before this time, reminded him of the breaking down of a most hardy physique - an iron constitution. Even up to his last days he was busy about his premises, always improving a little here and there never idle or wasteful; died with his hands hardened with every day labor. He will be missed - very much missed by family, neighbors and friends. The kindest sympathy of all who knew him go out to those who are left to mourn. He died in most perfect ease and composure, after a few days of illness died in the presence of his entire family - wife, daughters and sons - all of who were not already near at hand, having been sent for and arrived in time to pay the last sad offices at the deathbed of an aged, honored and dearly beloved father.

"Mrs. Guthrie has been with him for the past six months, being here on the account of the health of her husband. The three sons, who reside at Omaha, arrived last evening. The funeral ceremonies will take place at the families (sic) residence, in East Davenport, on Thursday morning, next at 11 o'clock, to which all friends of the family are invited. The interment takes place at Oakdale."

January 23, 1878

Death of Nathaniel Squires
A sketch of his History His Connection with the Growth and Prosperity of Davenport - His Characteristics - His Family - His Estate - His Funeral.

"At his home in East Davenport at five o'clock yesterday morning, after a life of great activity, and of integrity rarely surpassed, Nathaniel Squires died. He met death with his senses full toned, and calmly as though he was intending to take a little rest instead of passing through the awful change. His family were about his bedside, he knew them all - he looked hail and farewell to them all, and then passed away.

"The native place of Mr. Squires was Dansville, N.Y., where he was born the 12th day of August, 1807. His school days ended when he was sixteen years of age, and he served an apprenticeship to a carpenter and joiner for four years, becoming a first class mechanic before he was of age. In 1837, having married two years previously, he determined to move west - and he stopped not till he had reached the Mississippi, then the west line of a far distant frontier, crossed it and landed in Davenport. The county contained less than four hundred people then, and there were scarcely three hundred people in Davenport - but the men who were here were as noble a band of pioneers as ever opened farms or founded a city. Mr. Squires went to work at his trade at once, and the demand for his services was more than he could respond to. He became a master builder and contractor and for twenty years was a leading contractor in the city - a marvel of energy, very competent, with honesty unquestioned. As early as '38 he built his first home in the city on a roomy lot on the southeast corner of Second and Main streets, now occupied by Davenport's block. Mr. Davenport purchased the lot of him. In 1853 or '54, he built the stone cottage on Front street, in East Davenport, so long known as 'Squires Place,' which has been his home ever since. As contractor he built many of the best buildings erected in the town during the years he was in business - the Methodist church, (now shops below, the library above) corner of Fifth and Brady streets, the Baptist church, St. Luke's (now First Presbyterian) church, the Cook mansion (now occupied by Dr. Hazen) corner of Brady and Sixth streets and other large buildings and residences.

"'Nat.' Squires was noted for his push, promptness and ability as a builder, and much of the time, he was sought after by persons who had large jobs which they wanted pushed. He prospered and achieved a competency long before he gave up his occupation. He could have held lucrative positions "for the people," but he was no politician, no office-seeker, and about the only positions he ever held were those which required much work for little pay - as the office of the Alderman, which he filled for four years, or from the spring of 1849 to spring of 1853; That was before Aldermen were elected by Wards, and when there were but six members of the City Council, beside by the Mayor.

"When work on the Union Pacific Railroad commenced, Mr. Squires went to Omaha and worked as superintendent of buildings, and other branches of the great enterprise, receiving from $399 to $499 per month. All know with what zeal that railroad was pushed, year after year, till it was completed. Mr. Squires was 60 years old then, and he worked with all of the energy of a man of forty - and before he got through he broke down, his strong constitution weakened; and he realized for the first time, the fact that he was growing old.

"After his return to Davenport, where his family had remained during his absence, he did not follow contracting extensively. He took the contracts for building two sections of the Davenport & St. Paul railroad, and fulfilled then well - and sought no more large jobs.

"Of the people who have come to Davenport in the last ten years, comparatively few knew of Mr. Squires, or had even heard of him, so unobtrusive was he, so quiet in his ways. Yet twenty years ago, and for nearly twenty years before that, he was one of the most prominent citizens of Davenport. Talk with citizens who have known him all these years, and they will tell you they 'never heard anything against Nathaniel Squires, he was honest, he never failed to keep his promise, he was a good man.' The writer of this sketch heard remarks like that from many citizens yesterday. He leaves an estate valued at about $15,000 - in '56, worth three times that amount.

"Mr. Squires' first wife died in the fall of 1856. Her children, Mrs. W.H. Guthrie, of Helena, Montana, Mrs. A.J. Smith of this city, Charles E., George C. And William H. Squires, all of Omaha, with his younger children, Henry and Frederick, and their mother, were with him in his last hours. The mother and daughters were his faithful nurses through his illness. His death resulted from a paralytic stroke received a week hence. He was one of the kindest fathers, one of the best husbands, and his memory will be a treasure with his wife and children all their days, while his fellow citizens who knew him will sincerely regret his departure.

"The funeral ceremonies will take place at the family residence, in East Davenport, to-morrow morning at 11 o'clock, to which all friends of the family are invited. The interment takes place at Oakdale."


Jan. 25, 1878

The Last Tokens.

"The funeral services of the late Nathaniel Squires, at the family residence, yesterday forenoon, were attended by a large number of people - far more than the house could contain. There was a larger number of old settlers present than have appeared at any previous obsequies of members of their society in several years. The day was delightful. The services were conducted by Rev. J.G. Merrill, whose address treated of the noble character of the deceased, his life of unceasing work. His honesty, his temperance, and the value of the memory of such a father to his children. The pall bearers were Messrs. D.C. Eldridge, Wm. Van Tuyl, J.M.D. Burrows, John Homby, J.G. Speaker, J.M. Eldridge, Thomas Robeson, P. Kensal Redding - all members of the Pioneer's Society. The cortege was of great length. The interment was at Oakdale. So ends the career of one of the best of the men who founded our city."
Tuesday Evening, 17 December 1918, Page 15



A message announcing the death of her sister, Mrs. H.A. Doud of Omaha, has been received by Mrs. C. Darling, 26 McClellan boulevard. Mrs. Doud passed away after a lingering illness of several months' duration.

Mrs. Doud was formerly Miss Emma Dixon, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Dixon, and was for many years a teacher in the Davenport public schools. She has a host of friends here who will be grieved to learn of her death.

Above all Submitted by: Jerry Dalton

Taken from the Thursday, Sept. 19, 1985, Quad-City Times.


John J. FREUDENBERG, 64, of E. 9th Street., Davenport, died today at his home. Arrangements are pending at Halligan-McCabe Funeral Home.

Vivian YATES

Services for Vivian Elizabeth YATES, 62, a resident of Good Samaritan Nursing Home Center, Davenport, will be 1p.m. Friday at Bardolph, IL, Cemetery. Visitation is 7 to 9 p.m. today at Fairman Funeral Home. Mrs Yates died Wednesday at Davenport Medical Center.

She retired in 1977 as a processor at Swift Co., Sioux City, Iowa. Vivian MILLER married Venard TIMBROCK in 1938. She married Robert Yates in 1970 in Sioux City. He died in 1980. Survivors include 2 daughters; one son; six grandchildren; five great- grandchildren and a sister.

[ Everything but the names of living family have been ommitted.]


Memorial services for Kelli K. LANSING, 10 month- old daughter of Randall and Pamela LANSING, of Davenport, died Wednesday at St. Luke's Hospital, will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. John's Methodist Church, Davenport. Runge Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the family. She was born Nov. 16,1984, in Davenport.

Submitted by Candace Horton


Leonard J. King, passed away Thursday night at 7:30 at his home, 1117 Scott street, after a lingering illness. He was born Nov. 15, 1867, at  Muscatine, IA., and was 49 years, 9 months and 19 days of age at time of death. Deceased was educated in the public schools of Muscatine and was a member of the Baptist church of that city. Mr. King was united in marriage to Laura Bell of Muscatine and came to Davenport in 1892 and had resided here ever since. He was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America of Davenport. He was a brick mason by trade.

Besides his wife, Mrs. Laura King, the following survive: Three daughters, Mrs. J.A. Shafer, Mrs. Wm. L. Purcell, and Laura, who is at home; one son, Jesse, at home; a father, George W. King, and three sisters, two brothers and a grandson.

The funeral will be held from the home Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock with interment an Oakdale cemetery.

Source: The Davenport Democrat and Leader
Date: August 3, 1917

The King Funeral

The funeral of Leonard J. King was held from the home, 1117 Scott street, Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Interment was made in Oakdale cemetery. Rev. Harry A. Whaley of the First Presbyterian church officiated at the home and at the grave. Mrs. O'Donnell rendered two songs, accompanied by Miss Gertz at the piano. The bricklayers' union, numbering 150, attended the services in a body. A large number of friends were present and there were several beautiful offerings.

Pallbearers were W. Schlichting, H. Best, A. Bresnahan, W. Lease, M. Frack and J. Hintermeister.

Source: The Davenport Democrat and Leader
Date: Aug. 5, 1917

Submitted By: Robyn Ashton

Source: The Morning Democrat, pg. 6
Date: Wednesday, May 15, 1957


Ex-Realty Man, Dies

Herman Heesch, 96, formerly engaged in the real estate business with the firm of Heesch, Carstens & Tallman, died at 5:45 a.m. Tuesday in the  Forest Park Nursing Home after an extended illness. He formerly resided at 224 E. 6th St., Davenport.

He was born July 4, 1860, in Davenport and had been a life resident of the city. He married Mary Whiteson. Later he married Mary Lund. She died in 1947. He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church; Trinity Lodge, No. 208, AF & AM; Zarephath Consistory; Mohassan Grotto; the White Shrine of Jerusalem and the Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter No. 178.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Veda Keebler, of Pasadena, Calif.; two sons, Alva, of Davenport, and Raymond, of Sioux City; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. in the Hill & Fredericks Chapel. Burial will be in Oakdale Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 1 p.m. today.

Submitted by The Ashtons

From the Democrat and Leader, 18 Mar 1937:

Mrs. Wilhelmina Schulz

Mrs. Wilhelmina Schulz, 71, a resident of Davenport for 52 years, died in her home at 527 West 13th Street at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday following a short illness.

Born in Bowden, Germany, June 9, 1865, she received her education in German schools and married Jacob Schulz on Oct. 16, 1884. The couple came to the U.S. and directly to Davenport in the following year. Mr. Schulz died in 1921.

She was a member of Zion American Lutheran Church and of Deutsche Hertha Lodge, No. 148 of Davenport.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Rudolf Thoensen and Mrs. Claude Hinton, both of Davenport and Mrs. H. Groening, of Mobile, Ala., one son, August, of Chicago and several brothers and sisters in Germany; and nine grandchildren.

From the Davenport Democrat and Leader, 29 Nov 1921:

Cigar Maker Here 40 Years Succumbs to Extended Illness

Jacob Schulz, 66, a resident of Davenport since 1884, passed away at his home, 1134 Gaines Street, Monday evening at 9:30 o’clock after an extended illness.

Born in Weinheim, Baden, Germany, August 12, 1855, Mr. Schulz came to America in 1884 and settled in Davenport where he conducted a cigar factory for 30 years. On Oct. 20, 1885 he was united in marriage to Wilhelmina Fuchs at Davenport. He was a member of the Sons of Herman and the Northwest Lieder Tafle, Northwest Turner Society, German Singing Society and Woodmen of the World.

Surviving are the wife, 3 daughters: Mrs. R. Thoensen, Mrs. C. Hinton, and Miss Irma, all of Davenport; 2 sons: William P. and August S., also of this city and 10 grandchildren.

The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock from the home, and interment will be made in Fairmount Cemetery.

From the Democrat and Leader, 1 Dec 1921

Schulz Funeral

The funeral of Jacob Schulz was held from the home 1131 Gaines street, Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock, Rev. Carl Holtermann officiating at the home and the grave, in Fairmount Cemetery. Pallbearers were Peter N. Jacobsen, Charles Price, L.F. Andresen, J.C. Lohmiller, Henry Jessen and Louis Beck.

From Democrat and Leader 10 Jan 1901:

The death of Mary Meinert occurred Wednesday evening at the family home, six miles from the city on Slopertown road. The deceased was the daughter of Henry Meinert and was 77 years of age. She is survived by her husband and four children, Mrs. Margaret Bergert, Mrs. Katherine Mohr, Claus, and Martin F.

The funeral will take place from the home at 11 o’clock Saturday morning with burial at Fairmount cemetery.

From Democrat and Leader 6 Mar 1904:

At his home 3 miles west of Davenport, on the Locust St. road at the age of 70 years, from asthma, occurred the death Friday of John Martin Meinert, a native of Germany and for 38 years a resident of Scott County.

The deceased was born in Ostermohr, Holstein, Germany on Jan. 3, 1834. When he came here he resided on the Haller farm which he has occupied as a tenant ever since. On June 17, 1868 he was married to ??? Catherine Schlommer who survives him with 3 sons and 2 daughters, John J., Fritz C., and Henry M. Meinert and 2 sisters, Mrs. Cecelia Claussen and Mrs. Dora Schroeder.

From Democrat and Leader 1 Feb 1906:

Henry Meinert, aged 30 years, passed away Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock at Mercy Hospital. The deceased was born in Davenport and death came after a few days illness. He is survived by 3 brothers and 2 sisters. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon from the Nissen and Hartwig undertaking establishment with interment in Fairmount cemetery.

The funeral will be held on this afternoon at two o’clock with interment at Farimount Cemetery.

From Democrat and Leader 16 Dec 1907:

The funeral of the late Fritz D. Meinert took place Sunday afternoon from the family home on the Middle road with services at the German Lutheran Church in Pleasant Valley, Rev. Grelf officiating. The interment was made in Pleasant Valley cemetery.

Mr. Meinert leaves to mourn his death his wife, Annie, one brother Herman Meinert of Pleasant Valley, and a sister, Mrs. Fritz Homman of Rockingham.

T. Sukesdorf, J.W. Baker, Fritz Poill, William Stewart, George Thuenen and D. Sukesdorf were the pallbearers.

From Democrat and Leader 7 Jan 1909:

Mrs. Hannah Meinert, aged 42 years,3 months, 9 days, died at Mercy Hospital at 4:30 o’clock this morning, after an illness of one month following an operation. Mrs. Meinert was born in Davenport, and made her home here a number of years. She had many acquaintances, who will be grieved by the news of her death. The survivors are her husband and 2 children, Mathilda and Olga; her mother, Mrs. Maria Clasen, Davenport; a sister, Mrs. Mary Brandt and 3 brothers, Ferdinand, August and Theodore Clasen. The funeral services will take place at he residence, one-half mile south of Green Tree, Sunday afternoon at 10 o’clock and interment will be in Pine Hill Cemetery.

From Democrat and Leader 27 Dec 1909:

Mrs. Augusta Meinert passed away Saturday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock at her home, 1824 Eddy Street, after a prolonged illness.

She was born Oct. 27, 1835 in Linden, Ditmarschen, Schleswig, Holstein, Germany and was 74 years, 1 month, 28 days of age. In the year 1874, she came to America and direct to this city, where she has lived since. Her marriage to Peter Meinert was celebrated in the year 1877.

Her husband, Peter Meinert, 2 daughters, Emma Meinert and Mrs. Henry Wilkens, one son, Otto Meinert, two sisters, Mrs. Johanna Kohl, of Boone, Iowa and Miss Elizabeth Meyer of Germany, and 3 grandchildren, Alfred Stein and Myrtle and William Hale survive.

The funeral will be held tomorrow at 2 o’clock from the late residence, 1824 Eddy St. Burial will be made in Fairmount cemetery.

From Democrat and Leader 7 Mar 1919:

Claus Meinert, a resident of Davenport until 13 years ago, passed away at Chicago Thursday afternoon according to word received here.

Deceased was born in Germany April 6, 1851 and received his education there. He came to this country and direct to Davenport when a young man 18 years of age.

He made his home in this city until 13 years ago when the family moved to Chicago.

The survivors include his wife and 4 sons, Albert of Clinton, Grover of Rockford, Ill., Edward and Rudolph of Davenport and 1 daughter, Mrs. Arthur Mickley of Davenport.

The body will be brought to Davenport Saturday and will be taken to the O.C. Hill Funeral Parlors wher services will be held from the chapel Sunday afternoon at two o’clock. Friends will be welcome to attend the services at the chapel, but services at the grave in Fairmount will be private.