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Henry Suit
Posted by: Sharon Keys (ID *****9120) Date: May 07, 2011 at 11:29:35
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I have newspaper clippings, presumably from a Council Bluffs, Iowa newspaper, but no dates on the clipping. I also have an ancester byb the name of Henry Suit, born about 1821 in Indiana or Illinois. He married Phoebe Ann Hewett. Does anyone know more about the clipping or about Henry who married Phoebe?

Council Bluffs, Iowa newspaper - Henry W. Suit Death, 6 Sep.
"HENRY W. SUIT DIES AT AGE OF 106 YEARS - Oldest Man in Iowa and Said to Have Built First House in Omaha, Dies - Chewed Tobacco 90 Years --- Henry William Suit of Council Bluffs, who it is claimed built the first house on the site of Omaha died yesterday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Payne, 2310 Avenue A, Council Bluffs at the age of 106 years and eight months.
He was the oldest resident of Iowa.
In 1854 Mr. Suit and his partner crossed the river from Council Bluffs and built a log cabin on the Omaha site. This cabin it is claimed by his daughter was the first house on the site of Omaha.
Mr Suit was never a resident of Omaha. He moved to Council Bluffs fifty-eight years ago from Indiana and lived there ever since.
Mr. Suit was a familiar figure of Council Bluffs for years. Up to the past year he was seen on the streets daily. He chewed tobacco for 90 years.
Suit is survived by two sons, John Suit of Council Bluffs and S. Suit of Oshkosh, Neb., and one daughter, Mrs. Payne of Council Bluffs. There are also surviving him thirty grandchildren and thirty-five great-grandchildren, many of them living at Council Bluffs. Mr. Suit was a horse trader when he moved to Council Bluffs and built the first house erected there.
Mr. Suit and his oldest son set out the trees which now furnish shade in Bayliss park at Council Bluffs.
The three surviving children are all past sixty-five years of age and possess the same rugged health which characterized their father.
About six weeks ago Mr. Suit had his long beard shaved off for the first time in many years and Mrs. Payne declares that the wrinkles which showed in his face at the time of this death ony made their appearance since Mr. Suit became critically ill.".
No date was listed on the clipping. Assume clipping is from the Council Bluffs newspaper.

BURIAL: Council Bluffs newspaper - Henry W. Suit Burial, 6 Sep.
"Suits Funeral -- Services for Bluffs Centenarian Held This Afternoon at Residence --- The funeral of Henry W. Suits, the Council Bluffs centenarian, who died Wednesday afternoon, was held at the home of his daughter, Mrs. H. W. Payne, 2310 Broadway.
The services were conducted by the Rev. A.V. Babb in the presence of a large gathering of friends of the family. Burial took place at Walnut Hill cemetery.".

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