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RUBLEE, Dan 1798-1882


Posted By: S. Ferrall - IAGenWeb volunteer
Date: 12/29/2022 at 14:52:39

Death of Dan Rublee - It is with sincere sorrow that we announce the death of the venerable Dan Rublee, one of Allamakee county's well-known early settlers. Mr. Rublee died at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. P. Harskins at Franklin, Vt., July 13th, after an illness of only a few days and at the end of a long, and in many respects eventful life.

He was born at New Haven, Vt. March 30th, 1798, came to Iowa in May 1857 and lived in Allamakee county, with the exception of only a few years, from that time until June last when he returned to his native state on a visit, intending to return to Iowa again in the fall.

We believe Mr. Rublee first settled at Volney and afterwards lived at Rossville and Waterville. Of late years he has made his home with Mrs. J. Kleindist, his daughter, in South Lansing. About three years ago the old gentleman went over land to Kansas where he bought some property but afterward sold it, going from there to Nebraska and returning to Lansing last September.

During all the years of his pioneer life he worked hard, was honest, cheerful and respected by all who knew him. He was not one of the few who came early to the west and by "striking it lucky" made a fortune without effort, but one of the many who came here when the country was new and wild, have worn out their lives in honest toil, contributing largely to the development of the country, but oo often missing a deserved public recognition because missing that too often undeserved reward - success.

One by one these old men pass away. Soon the pioneers of Allamakee will all be gone but the united ultimate results of their self-sacrificing lives will exist long after the names of many of the bravest and best of them are wholly forgotten. In the incidents connected with Mr. Rublee's death to those whose hearts are touched by spiritual beauty there is evidence of the doctrine that the commonest life may be crowned with the rarest romance.

Before leaving Vermont Mr. Rublee buried his wife,
and after working and wandering about in the west alone for over thirty years, he retuned for the first time to his native state, intending only to make a brief visit, when he was suddenly taken ill, and falling asleep, in the deep sleep of death, was gently laid to rest by the side of his departed wife.

It may be an idle fancy, but who would rob a sorrowing relative of the thought that somehow in the mysterious realms of the unknown it was ordered that this hard-working, unpretending old man, ,after being tossed about for over thirty years by the rough waves of pioneer life should be guided by an unseen influence to the home of his youth and the grave of his wife just as the twilight of life was lost in the darkness of death.

Mr. Rublee was a frequent visitor at the MIRROR office. He was widely known throughout the county. The news of his death will cause universal regret.

~Lansing Mirror, Friday, July 28, 1882; pg 3


Note: Daniel Rublee served in the War of 1812. Refer to the 1812 Military Records, this website, for add'l info.


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