William Drury

Rock Island Argus


William A. Drury, one of the oldest living settlers in Muscatine Co., Iowa, died Friday at his home, 1018 Lombard Street in that city. He was born 16 February 1816 in Wayne Co., Indiana and resided there until 1822 when he moved with his parents to Morgan Co., Ill., where he lived until he was 18 years of age.

He then came to this part of the country on horseback and settled in Mercer Co., Ill. And ran a general store for several years. He then moved 4 miles above Muscatine on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River and there, with his brother, Reynolds Drury, founded Drury's Landing.

While living there, he married Miss Armilda M. Comstock on 29 Dec. 1844. They resided in the lower end of Rock Island County until 1845 when they moved to Muscatine with their son Ross. They resided on East 6th Street. He was mayor of Muscatine in 1850 and then started a grocery business on East 2nd Street which he operated until 12 years ago.

He is survived by his aged wife Armilda and his only child Ross plus a grand-daughter, Miss Alice K. Drury. He was the last in a family of 5 brothers and 4 sisters, all of whom with one exception, settled in Drury Twp., Rock Island Co.

Those who have preceded him in death are Mrs. Shepard Smalley of Muscatine, Iowa; Mrs. J. LeQuatte, Mrs. Malissa DeMoss and Mrs. Helen Terry, all of Rock Island County; and Miles Drury, Reynolds Drury, Silas Drury and Eli Drury, all of Drury twp.


Submitted by Marsha Schulz

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