IDAHO COUNTY FREE PRESS

FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 1888

DIED - ROCHPIERRE (ROCHE PIERRE) - In Grangeville, I.T., June 8, 1888.  Charles de la Roche Pierre, aged 29 years and 10 mos.  Charles de la Rochepierre was born in Lusanne Switzerland, August 8, 1858.  His ancestors were Huguenots who quitted France during the dark days of persecution and found an asylum in the mountain republic of Europe.  In his youth he studied medicine, but did not take kindly to the profession and later he took a course of civil engineering.  He served in the Army of the Loire, in the rank of Lieut. during the Franco Prussian War, and was afterwards transferred to Algeria.  He came to the U.S. in 1875, tried his luck in the Black Hills for 2 years, then came to Camas Prairie in 1878, where he has ever since resided.  He was a genial, accomplished, true hearted man, a good neighbor, a useful citizen and a warm hearted friend.  It was pitiful to watch him slowly dying through the long 7 days during which he lay totally unconscious from the shock which caused concussion of the brain.  He died at 11:10 on Friday morning and the funeral services the following day elicited the largest concourse of people ever assembled here on such a mournful occasion, so universally he was liked.  The closing words of Mr. Hall's eloquent eulogy of his character at the grave fitly expresses the esteem in which he was held.  His sun has set at noon!  How truly is it said "In the midst of life we are in death".  We shall miss him - the tongue that thrilled the French syllable so well is now still.  The community will miss him.  The band of which he was a member from its first organization will miss him in it's council and when it would yield its sweetest music it will seem as though some of the chords were broken - one instrument silent - one hand has forgotten it's cunning.  But appropriately do his comrades gather about their companion here today, and in solemn measure chant the requiem of their Loire.  And now, my brother, we bid the farewell. 

 

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