Lafayette Weekly Courier
Friday, December 10, 1875
More of Death's Doings
We have to chronicle this morning the death of MATTHIAS S. SCUDDER, one of our oldest and best known citizens, which took place a little after 8 o'clock yesterday morning, after a long and painful illness. The death was not unlooked for so the shock to his relatives and friends was not as severe as it might otherwise have been. The deceased was afflicted with a stroke of paralysis about seven years ago, and has been an invalid ever since, but it was not until within a few weeks that he was confined to his room and his bed.
MR. SCUDDER was born August 29, 1803, at Elizabethtown, New Jersey. In 1820 he removed with his father to Cincinnati, from thence to Indian Creek, Butler County, Ohio, and then to Dayton. From Dayton, when quite young, he, with his brother CALEB went to Indianapolis. The latter remained there, and died a few years ago one of the oldest residents of that city, leaving a large family behind. On Christmas Day, 1827, the deceased came to Lafayette, and has resided here ever since. He brought his lot of cabinet maker's tools with him on his back, making the distance on foot. He was the first cabinet maker that ever opened shop in this region, and some of his work - hand made, of course - is still in use in the city, nearly as good as new. His first purchase of real estate was lots No. 15 and 16, old town plat, corner of Main and Fifth Streets, where he first "carried on shop," and built a residence. As times changed and he increased in wealth, these buildings were changed, until now upon this spot stand some of the best in the city. Upon these lots MR. SCUDDER resided during his lifetime in this city, with the exception of two years, when he lived where his son C.R. now lives, on North Sixth Street. He was a member of Perry Lodge F. and A. Masons, under whose auspices the remains will be interred.
The following gentlemen have been selected as pall-bearers, they having passed nearly the whole of their lives as friends and neighbors:
WILLIAM P. HEATH
L. B. STOCKTON
GEORGE WARWICK and
THOMAS S. COX
The funeral will take place tomorrow (Thursday) at 1 o'clock from the residence on Fifth Street, near Main, REV. J.H. HULL officiating. The procession will move promptly at 1:40.