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One of the more interesting stories of the Jasper County Russells concerns Robert Henry Russell who joined the army without his parents' consent during the Civil War - was sent to San Francisco by the water route and stationed there. He then wrote home for a time, but letters ceased and after years of anxious waiting his relatives gave him up for dead. About twenty-five or thirty years later Wildman Murphy, at the request of Robert's aged mother (Mary Duncan Russell), searched the soldiers' Cemetery in San Francisco and found a small marker on which was his cousin's name and other identifying data.
His bones were disinterred, shipped back to Newton, IA, and tenderly reinterred in the Slagel Cemetery, Jasper Co., IA in the presence of his mother, Mrs. Mary Price Duncan Russell; his brothers, John W. Russell, B. J. Russell and Sam G. Russell and his sister Mrs. J. W. (Ann Eliza Russell) Murphy and many other friends and family. Rev. R. C. F. Chambers reviewed briefly the unusual circumstances and offered a prayer. A hymn was sung and thus, after nearly thirty years, all that was mortal of Robert Henry Russell received a Christian burial. June 7, 1934, by Lola V. Murphy Wilson
The Grinnell marble men erected a monument last week for Grandpa Russell and his son Robert, who are buried in the Slagel Cemetery. ~ The Newton Record, Part Two, Friday, January 10, 1896, Page 4, Column 1