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    Cambria Freeman, 18 Dec 1880, Page 2, Contributed by Lisa Baker

DEATH OF A PROMINENT CITIZEN OF ALTOONA. -- We deeply regret to record the death of an old and valued friend and subscriber to our paper, Mr. John Rockett, of Altoona. He died suddenly, at his residence in that city, at an early hour on Monday morning last. The deceased was born in Indiana county, on a farm adjoining the public road between this place and Indiana, in the year 1836. When he was a young man he went to Johnstown, where he learned the trade of house painting, and subsequently became a partner in that business with Paul Kingston, who died there a number of years ago. Before he located in Altoona he resided for a short time in Wilmore, or in its vicinity, where, according to our recollection, he was married to Miss Mary Storm. In 1861 he removed to Altoona, where he continued to work at his trade until about a year ago, when he was elected Street Commissioner by the City Council, and continued in the faithful and satisfactory discharge of the duties of that position until stricken down on Saturday morning last by paralysis of the brain. He was one of the best known and most respected citizens of Altoona, and seven years ago was the Democratic candidate for Sheriff of Blair county. Everybody who knew John Rockett was John Rockett's friend as an evidence of which the Altoona Sun states that when the news of his dangerous illness became known over the town, at least six hundred persons called at his residence to express their sympathy and condolence with the stricken family. He leaves a widow and one child, a daughter 16 years old. The interment took place from St. John's (Catholic) Church on Wednesday morning, previous to which High Mass was celebrated and an impressive funeral oration delivered by Father Breilly. May his soul rest in peace.

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