Isaac Austin Bassett, well known in the wholesale business district, a Knight Templar and representative of a family long and honorably known in eastern Massachusetts, died at his home in the Commonwealth Hotel yesterday afternoon of a fall he sustained last Wednesday.
Mr. Bassett started for his office in Bedford Street Wednesday morning, and as he left the hotel remarked to a friend who is crippled with rheumatism, “It’s a pity you cannot hike across the Common as I can.”
When near the corner of Tremont and West streets he slipped and fell, breaking his left hip. He was taken home in a carriage and Dr. Charles L. Thompson was called and attended him. Complications ensued, however, affecting vital organs, until finally the heart became affected, and the end came quite suddenly just before 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon.
Mr. Bassett was born in South Wellfleet March 18, 1843, the son of the Rev. Isaac Austin Bassett, who soon afterward removed to the vicinity of Boston, where he preached for many years. When about 19 years old the younger Bassett entered the employ of the Continental Mills Company of Lewiston, Me., and remained with that concern through the ensuing 45 years of his life, being chief accountant in the mills’ Boston office at the time of his death.
He was a member of Lafayette Lodge of Masons, Mr. Vernon Royal Arch Chapter and Joseph Warren Commandery, K.T.; the Royal Arcanum and the A.O.U.W. With his wife, he was a constant attendant at the church of the Ascension.
It had been his custom to live in his house in Dorchester during the summers and at the Commonwealth through the winters, but last fall he took up his permanent abode in the hotel. He served two terms as a member of the school board during the nineties.
— Located by Adam Seaman(Source: http://www.bassettbranches.org/tng//getperson.php?personID=I1376&tree=1B)