Major Russo King, born 6/11/1811
Posted By: Karen Bergquist Uhr, volunteer
Date: 1/11/2005 at 22:33:37
Major Russo King, whose illness has been mentioned from time to time in these columns, died on Tuesday morning, May 15, at 6 o'clock. In October last he had an attack of paralysis. Afterwards he had two or three other attacks, and about three weeks ago became entirely speechless. On Tuesday morning he seemed better than usual. Suddenly he fainted, probably the result of another paralytic stroke and died in about 30 minutes. Major King was born in Luzerne county, Penn., June 11, 1811. In 1834 he moved to Kalamazoo, Mich., and in 1837 to Keosauqua, being the oldest surviving settler of the town. He engaged in the boundary line war between Iowa and Missouri. He with others put up the first grist and saw mill at Keosauqua, and he was the builder of the old grist mill at Bonaparte. He was a man or more than ordinary good common sense, accumulated considerable property, and was honored and respected for his perfect uprightness and integrity of character. He was buried at 2 o'clock yesterday by the Oddfellow's fraternity of which he had been a honored member since May 20, 1848. A good and true man has gone. Peace to his ashes.
"Death is the crown of life: were death denied poor man whould live in vain.
Death wounds to cure; we fall, we rise, we reign;
Spring from our fetters, fasten to the skies,
Where blooming Eden withers from our sight.
The king of terrors is the prince of peace."
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