Capt. Joseph Walther died at his residence in De Soto on Tuesday, January 24, 1899.
Deceased was born at Muenster, Westphalen, Germany. April 26, 1831 he was married there February 1856. He was a lieutenant in the German Army. He came to the United States in 1860 and went into the civil war as Capt., Co. D., 41st N.Y. Vol. He served throughout the war and was thrice wounded- once by bayonet in the thigh, at Gettysburg, once by bullet in the shoulder and once by bullet over the heart. The latter bullet was never extraced, and was probably a contributory cause of his death. He was honorably discharged in 1865.
In 1866 Captain Walther came to Jefferson county, and located on a farm 3 miles east of De Soto. In 1884 he moved to De Soto and engaged in the Feed and Coal business. He served four years as Postmaster under the Harrison administration, and was elected Collector of Jefferson county in 1894. After serving his term as Collector he retired from business on account of bad health. He always took an active interest in the development of De Soto; built the ice plant there in 1893; had an interest in other home industries and was a Director in the German-American Bank. He leaves a wife, eight sons and one daughter to mourn his loss; and throughout the city and county, where his bluff, hearty and genial qualities were so much esteemed, he leaves many sincere friends.
The funeral takes place today (Thursday the 26th) at 2 O'Clock p.m., and will be conducted by G.A.R. local Post. There is likely to be a large attendance.