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THE WESTERN STAR, 7 December 1917
Obituary of JOSEPH M. KING

Joseph M. King died at 7 :30 a.m. on last Saturday, December 1, 1917, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. C. Duncan, in this city. On Tuesday of last week he was seized with a stroke of paralysis, and from that time
he gradually sank into unconsciousness. Toward the end he was apparently, in a deep sleep and experienced no pain. Seven years ago he suffered the loss of one leg, and about two years ago the other leg, was also amputated. Although thus crippled, he continued to display remarkable patience and was always cheerful and hopeful. For some time he had been unable to be about at all, his whole time being spent in his bed. Since the death of his wife, 12 years ago, he had made his home with relatives, a part of the time with his daughters, Mrs. W. C. Duncan and Mrs. T. B. Duncan, in this city.

Deceased was born near Louisville, Kentucky, on October 28, 1835, and at the time of his death was 82 years, 1 month and 3 days of age. He moved from Kentucky to Clinton co., Ind., and there, on November 14, 1854, he was united in marriage with Rebecca Coffman. In the year 1867 the family moved from Indiana to Kansas, settling near the Missouri line in Bourbon co. He was engaged in farming, and later, for a number of years, was a merchant in Monmouth, Kansas. Thus he experienced much of pioneer life
in the west. In the southeastern part of the state he was a well known citizen, and by all he was held in high esteem because of his strict integrity and upright life. For 45 years he had been a member of the Masonic lodge, and was one of the oldest masons in the state.

Mr. King is survived by five children, Mrs. W. C. Duncan and Mrs. T. B. Duncan of this city, Mrs. S. C. Blackburn of Cushing, Oklahoma, S. N. King of Walnut, Kansas and W. W. King of Pittsburg, Kansas. Four children had preceded him in death.

The body was taken on Sunday to Cherokee, Kansas, where burial was made by the side of the wife. Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Duncan and S. N. King, who came from his home in Cherokee co., on Saturday, accompanied the body to Cherokee.
Transcribed and Contributed by Shirley Brier

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