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Ruel Starr

At 11 o'clock P. M. of the 19th inst. There passed away in our midst, one of the oldest and most pominent citizens of Porter county -- Ruel Starr, Esq. It will be remembered that about seven years ago, Mr. Starr was attacked with serious illness, which for a long time confined him to his house. Since that period of sickness he has never enjoyed his former health, and though for two or three years past he has been able to give a good degree of attention to his farming and railroad business, he was seldom seen upon our streets, and was by no means as prominent in the business affairs of the community as formerly. During the past severe winter he has kept the house on account of bodily infirmity, yet only five days before his death he went out to his farm, and was absent the greater part of the day. The labor and exposure of that day however in all probability hastened his death, for he afterwards appeared to suffer a severe cold. On Saturday last he became much worse, and on Monday evening he suddenly expired but a few minutes after retiring to bed.

Mr. Starr was born in Oneida county New York, Dec. 22d 1803, and was therefore in his 72d year at his death. He came to Kalamazoo county Michigan in 1832. In the following year he married Miss Phebe Elder of that county, who after forty-two years of living companions life, remains to mourn his loss.

They came to Porter county, Indiana in May 1834, and settled on their beautiful farm about two miles east of this place, where they remained until the spring of 1850, when they removed to Valparaiso and have resided here ever since.

Six children were born to them. Of these one by one has been gathered home until one only, Mrs. McGill, remains to sorrow over her father's death.

The deceased, though a man of great activity and of a more than usually vigorous intellect, was never a seeker after public honors, and never held any county office except that of commissioner, to which he was several times elected. He was in that position when our present court house was built. To-day at 2 P. M. his funeral was attended at his late residence by a large concourse of friends, the services being conducted by Rev. R. Beer, of the Presbyterian church.

Newspaper: Porter County Vidette
Date of Publication: April 22, 1875
Volume Number: 19
Issue Number: 16
Page: 3
Column(s): 6

Key to Newspaper Publication Locations:
    Newspapers Published in Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana
                Chesterton Tribune
                The Tribune
                Westchester Tribune

    Newspapers Published in Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana
                Porter County Vidette
                Practical Observer
                Valparaiso Practical Observer
                Vidette and Republic
                Western Ranger

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