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 Nettie (Robinson) Keigwin

Oct 19, 1948 Sterling Gazette

contributed by Margaret Mangers

Nettie (Robinson) Keigwin 1875-1948 Mrs. Nettie Keigwin, 73, of Walnut passed away Tuesday morning in Peoria, Illinois, where she has been under medical care for several months. Funeral arrangements have been completed. Nettie Robinson was born in Walnut March 4, 1875, the daughter of James and Anna Robinson. She was married in 1892 to Howard Keigwin of Walnut. He passed away in 1928. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Cecil Plum of Walnut, one son, James of Bushnell, Ill.; five grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Etta Oakford of Naperville; and one brother, Joe Robinson of Oklahoma City, Okla. --

Florence Kelley

Contributed by Foxie Hagerty

Out of Illinois Paper but don't know which one:

Florence Kelley, Aged Sheffield Resident, Dies

Sheffield-- Mrs. Florence Kelley, 83, a native of Kentucky, died at 10 am today at the home of her son, Eddie C. Kelley, route 1, Sheffield.

Funeral services will be held at 2pm Friday at the Seifert and Smith funeral home in Kewanee. Burial will be in the Little Clifty cemetery near Clarkson, Ky.

Mrs. Kelley had lived in Illinois for the last three years with her son near Sheffield, Previously she had lived near Bradford.

The former Florence E. Nichols, she was born in Grayson County, Ky, Sept 07, 1868. Her husband James Archie Kelley, whom she married Feb 12, 1888 at Clarkson. KY, died in 1923 ----meaning my grandfather James Archie Kelley died in 1923.--- She had been ill for about a month before her death. She was a member of the Methodist church in Kentucky.

Surviving are three sons, Eddie, William D. Kelley, of Kewanee, and Logan Kelley, Parkersburg West Va. ; three daughters, Lona Mrs. Ed Anderson, Wyoming, Thelma Mrs. Roy Warren, LaFayette, and Mary Mrs. Allen Fox, 16 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Two whom are dead.

Out of Clarkson, KY Newspaper but do not have name of paper.

Florence Kelley Rites at Little Clifty

Mrs. Florence Kelley, 83, a native of Kentucky, died on Wednesday, October 3, at the home o her son, Eddie Kelley, Route 1, Sheffield, Ill. Mrs. Kelley had lived in Illinois the past twenty years with her son.

The former Florence Ellen Nichols, she was born Sept 7, 1868. Her husband, James Archie, to whom she was married February 12, 1888, at Clarkson, died in 1923. She had been ill for a month before her death. She was a member of the Methodist church in Kentucky.

Surviving are three sons, Eddie, William D., of Kewanee, Ill, and Logan Kelley, of Parkersburg, W. Va. And three daughters, Mrs. ED Anderson, Wyoming; Mrs. Roy Warren, LaFayette, Ill and Mrs. Allen Fox. There are 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. The body was brought to the Rogers Funeral Home, Clarkson, on Saturday, and services were held at Little Clifty at 2pm on Sunday by Rev. Roy Mayhew, Pastor.

Funeral Services for Kathryn Ormande Kelley, 66, wife of Eddie Calvin Kelley, R 1, Sheffield, Ill., were held Tuesday, Nov 21, in Leet Memorial Methodist Chruch, Bradford, with the Rev. Arnold Olsen of the Methodist of Bradford and Rev. Warren Christian of the Buda and Sheffield Churches officiating.

Mrs. Kelley died Saturday, Nov 18, in Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton, Ill. The former Kathryn Ormande Foley was born Feb 10, 1895 at Hodgenville, Ky, daughter of James and Ella Steadman Foley and was educated in the Larue County, Ky, schools. She was lifelong member of the Methodist churches. On Dec 20, 1916, she was united in marriage to Edde C. Kelley in Peoria, Ill.

Surviving are her husband; one son, James C. Kelley of Wyoming, four daughters, Mrs. Edith Plouvier, Hodgenville, Ky; Mrs. Louise Troxel, Peoria; Mrs. Virginia Irving, Creve Coeur, Ill; Mrs. Maxine Porter Albion, Ill; 15 grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs Margaret Burress and Mrs. Earnest Hines, both of Wyanet, and on Half-brother, James Hines, Peoria. She was preceded in death by her parents and one daughter who died in infancy.

Pallbearers were Walter Nelson, Donald Hasbrook, James Anderson of Sheffield, Ill, Carl Muller, John Hickey, William Van Ostrand of Bradford, Burial was in the Bradford Cemetery.


The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois

March 27, 1941 - Thursday, pg 13

Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

John J. Kerber Rites At Yorktown Lutheran Church on Tuesday

Funeral services for the late John J. Kerber, who passed away Saturday night near Sheffield were held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon in Yorktown Lutheran Chruch, preceded by a prayer service at 1 o'clock in the Parent Funeral Chapel in Tampico. Rev. C. J. Gess, pastor of the Yorktown Lutheran Church, officiated, using for his text, Psa. 23:4. Two hymns "Abide With Me" and "Saved by Grace," were sung by Mrs. Clarence Hasselman, accompanied by Carl Sandrock. Interment was in the Yorktown Cemetery. The pallbearers were Lyle Lang of Sheffield, William Frank of Manlius, Arthur Kerber of Walnut, Wayne Gerlach of Prophetstown and Fred Strike and Leo Strike of Tampico.

Attending the services from a distance were Mrs. Albert Schroeder, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Schwalger and Fred Flowtow of Crystal Lake, and Mrs. Ernest Foote of Woodstock. Many other attended from Sheffield, Manlius and Sterling.

Sketch of Life.

John Joseph Kerber was born in Germany on March 22, 1858. In 1883 he, with his wife, Fredericka, Frank Kerber and daughter Bertha, came to America and lived for a time near Walnut, later moving to a farm north of Sheffield. Two other daughters and three sons by this marriage survive him. They are: Mrs. Minnie Teske and Mrs. Mary Gerlach of Sterling, Herman Kerber of Walnut, John Kerber of Tampico and Ben Kerber of Rock Falls.

After the death of his wife he married Mrs. Minnie Strike in 1890; and two children, Fred Frank of Manlius and William Strike of Tampico survive. He is also survived by 30 grandchildren and 54 great grandchildren. Following the death of his second wife he made his home with his children.


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois

November 25, 1995 - Saturday, pg A2

Beaver Creek, Ohio: - Sharon Ann Kerchner, 49, of 2821 Varsity Drive, Beaver Creek, Ohio, died Thursday, Nov. 23, 1995 at her home.

Graveside servcices will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Yorktown Cemetery, Yorktown, with the Rev. Jeffrey King officiating. Burial will be in Yorktown Cemetery, Yorktown. There will be no visitation. Arrangements were completed by Johnson Funeral Home, Manlius. A memorial has been established to the American Cancer Society.

Mrs. Kerchner was born April 16, 1946 in Princeton, the daughter of Howard and Arlene (Pierson) Hansen. She married William Kerchner on July 16, 1967, in Dixon. She attended Augustana College and is a graduate of Moline Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in 1967. She was employed as a quality assurance nurse at Heather Green Nusing home in Xenia, Ohio.

Survivors include her husband of Beaver Creek, Ohio; two sons, Rodney Kerchner of Riverside, Ohio, and Steven Kerchner of Beaver Creek, Ohio; one daughter, Laurie Kerchner of Tempe, Arizona; her parents of Tampico; and one sister, Karen Souders of Western Springs.

Mrs. Mary Pettigrew Keyes


Mrs. Mary Pettigrew Keyes, a real Daughter of the American Revolution and a member of Princeton Chapter, D.A.R., Princeton, Illinois, died March 17, 1913, after a brief illness. Had she lived until May 26th, she would have rounded out her century, for she was born May 26, 1813.

Mrs. Keyes was the daughter of William Pettigrew who served as a private in the American Revolution. He was the son of Alexander Pettigrew, who was of a family of Huguenots who fled from Europe for religious liberty, and settled at Grantham, N.H.

William Pettigrew was born November 6, 1757; when he was eighteen he ran away from home to join the Continental army at Claremont, N.H., where General Stark was recruiting. He is said by the family to have been sixth on the list in Gen. Enoch Poor’s brigade. Afterwards he was assigned to the brigade commanded by Major General Sullivan, with headquarters at Ticonderoga, where they remained until the approach of the British forces under General John Burgoyne, in July, 1777.

Mary Pettigrew was born at Weathersfield, Vt. She taught in private schools until her marriage on September 29, 1839, to the Rev. N.A. Keyes, who was appointed to the Syrian Mission. At this post they remained for four years, when they returned to the United States. In 1855 they moved to Princeton, where Dr. Keyes succeeded Owen Lovejoy as pastor of the Congregational church.

Physically frail always, but mentally brilliant, Mrs. Keyes was a remarkable woman and an inspiration to the members of Princeton Chapter, who ministered to her lovingly.

*The Illinois State Board of Health has presented to the Illinois State Historical Library a copy of the certificate and record of death of Mrs. Pettigrew Keyes (widow). Occupation, school teacher; born May 26, 1813, died Princeton, Illinois, March 7, 1913. Age: 99 years, 9 months, and nine days. Daughter of William Pettigrew (birthplace Grantham, N.H.) and Mary Alden (birthplace Warwick, Mass). William Pettigrew was a Revolutionary soldier and Mary Alden was a direct descendent of John Alden.


Transcribed by FOFG.


The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois Octobeer 21, 1983 - Friday, pg A6

Manlius: - Donald H. King, Manlius, died early Sunday morning at his home. Funeral services were held at the Trinity Lutheran Church Tuesday, Oct. 18. The Rev. Jeffrey Otto officiated. Burial was in Manlius Cemetery.

Mr. King was born March 10, 1907 in Gold Township in Bureau County and married Clara Heurlin on Oct. 8, 1927 in Wyanet. He was a retired farmer and a past member of the Bureau County Board of Suprvisors. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Manlius.

Survivors include his wife, Clara; one son, Wilbur and one daughter, Mrs. Robert (Donna) Doty, both of Manlius; four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his step-mother and one sister in infancy.

Mrs. Mary Raymond Kinney (nee Farmer)

Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

August 31, 1962 - Friday, pg 6, col 2

Mrs. Elmer Kinney, Mount Carroll, Dies

Mount Carroll: - Mrs. Elmer P. Kinney, 83, of Mount Carroll, passed away at 8 p.m.Thursday in Freeport Memorial Hospital, where she had been a patient the last five weeks.

Mary Raymond Farmer was born May 21, 1879 in Mount Carroll, the daughter of Charles C. and Esther E. Jefferies Farmer. She was married June 22, 1904 to Elmer P. Kinney in Mount Carroll.

Surviving are one daughter, Miss Mary Kinney, two sons, Platte Kinney and Charles F. Kinney, and two grandsons, all of Mount Carroll.

Friends may call at the Frank Fruneral Home from 7 til 9 p.m. Sasturday.

Funeral services will be in the funeral home at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, with the Rev. James M. Green, pastor of the First Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Robert G. Kirk

December 5, 1872

In Wheatland, Bureau county, Nov. 28, of erysipelas, Robert G. Kirk, aged 69 years.

Timothy Kirkhove

Nov 12, 1992 Sterling Gazette - Donated by Margaret Mangers

Manlius – timothy J. Kirkhove, 20, of Manlius, died Nov 11, 1992 of injuries received in an automobile accident.

Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at trinity Lutheran Church, Manlius, with the rev. Jeffrey King, pastor, officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded. Interment of the remains will take place in Gold Township Cemetery at a later date. A luncheon will be held in the church hall following the services. A memorial has been established to the Manlius Fire Department and Manlius Rescue Unit.

Mr. Kirkhove was born Oct. 7, 1972, in Kewanee, he son of John and Patricia (Stone) Kirkhove. He attended Manlius High School and worked at the Harold Crane farm, rural Sheffield. He was a member of Visitation Catholic Church, Kiwanee.  Surviving are his fiancé,. LaVina Thompson of New Bedford; mother, Mrs. Vernon (Patricia) Miller of Sheffield; father John Kirkhover of Kewanee; five sisters, Kathy Janssen, Morongo Valley, Calif., Karen Kirkhover of Kewanee, Christine Bohms of Oregon, Ill., Diane Thompson of Manlius, and Janelle Miller of Sheffield; five brothers, Dennis Chasteen and Michael P. Kirkhover, both of Mineral, Tim Miller of Sheffield, John Kirkhover II of Manlius and Matt Miller of Franklin Grove; grandmother, Helen Kirkhove of Kewanee; grandfather, Charles Stone of Sheffield; and godmother, Carol Schiltz of Kewanee.

Mike Kitterman
Bradford Independent, Bradford IL August 20, 1885
We clip the following from the Bureau County Republican
"Uncle Mike Kitterman died Tuesday morning at 9:45, being 85 years of age, having been born in October 1800. He was a native of Virginia; moved to Indiana and thence to Illinois in 1830. He first squatted on the present site of the Cyrus Bryant home, built a cabin and returned to Indiana for his family. He returned with them to find that his claim had been jumped. Rather than have a law suit he settled near the spot where he died. He sold his claim to Cyrus Bryant, who subsequently got possession. He was an honest, industrious pioneer and lived to reap the reward of his labor. The funeral will occur at his late residence, this afternoon at 2:30, conducted by Rev. Robt. Wahl, of Tiskilwa."
Uncle "Mike" as he was familiarly known, has been a prominent character among the early settlers of Bureau County. Like many of the early pioneers, he was very poor when he came to this state and underwent many hardships and privations to which a less hardy and robust constitution must have succumbed. In his later years, it was his delight to recount the adventures and incidents in his experiences of life in Illinois, in the decade from 1830 to 1840. Peace be with him.

Elisha Knox

December 8, 1898

Death of Elisha Knox

Elisha Knox, who lives a short distance west of Bureau, died at 2 o'clock Sunday morning, December 4, 1898. Mr. Knox was a frequent visitor to Hennepin during his long residence at the old homestead, and as a consequence was well known to many people here.  From the Bureau county republican we make the following extracts:

Mr. Knox was born in Alleghany county, Va., April 10, 1812, of which county his father, Elisha Knox was also a native. His paternal grandfather, also named Elisha Knox, was an Englishman by birth, and for many years was a sailor on English ships, but, on coming to this country, and being struck with its promise for the futre, he settled in Virginia as above stated.

In 1829, he accompanied his parents to Clinton county, Ohio, where they died several years later.  In 1840 he moved to Henry county, Indiana, where he remained three years, when he came to Bureau county and settled in Arispie township to grow up with the country the country, as a farmer and stock raiser.  He owned nearly 400 acres of good land, but in recent years he rented the most of it, and was in a quiet way enjoying his well earned fortune that had favored him.

In 1841, Mr. Knox married Miss Lizzie Lomax, a native of North Carolina and a daughter of Rober Lomax, who died some years ago. Six children were the fruit of this union, only two of whom are living, Ann E., wife of Stephen Gallaher, of Chicago; Samantha J., who married Lee Gallaher now deceased, and later she was married to Edward W. Barton.

This section of Illinois was still largly in a wild state in 1850; and Mr. Knox has often related stories about the shooting of wild hogs and turkeys, which at that time supplied most of the meat for the early settlers. Wolves, also, were numerous and more than once Mr. Knox has endeavored to put a period to their existance for carrying off young pigs. He was acquainted with Shabona, the famous Indian chief, and upon one occasion ate breakfast with him.

Mr. Knox was much interested in public affairs, and republican in politics.  For several terms he represented his township on the board of supervisors; was for many years a member of the board of highway commissioners, and for more than twenty-five years a school director.  In the exercise of charity and hospitality he was helpful and generous, and his word was a good as his bond. The funeral was largely attended Tuesday.  The deceased leaves an aged wife and two daughters to mourn his loss.


From Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 31, 1956 - Saturday, page 2
Fred Koenig Rites Thursday Afternoon
: - Funeral services were held for Fred Koenig Thursday afternoon, March 29, at St Paul's Lutheran Church in Yorktown, with the Rev. A. H. Landgrebe officiating. Mrs. Kenneth Frank and Mrs. Harry Sandrock sang "Abide With Me" and "Heaven is my Home," accompanied by Miss Wilma Koenig. Burial was in Yorktown Cemetery. Henry and August Brandau, Carl Sandrock, Oscar, John and Charles Koenig served as pallbearers.

Children of J. W. Kolp

Taken From the Henry Republican
March 1, 1877

Local Correspondence

J. W. Kolp, living near Princeton lost two children by death from scarlet fever last week. Two dying, within 7 hours of each other. A sad and afflicted dispensation to the family.

Arthur Krager

Manlius - Arthur Krager, 86, Manlius, died Tuesday afternoon at Perry memorial Hospital, Princeton.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 pm Friday at the First Baptist Church in Manlius with the Rev. Harold A. Schlink officiating. Burial will be in Manlius Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Howard Johnson Funeral Home 7 to 9 pm Thursday.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Memorial Fund or the Heart Fund.

Arthur Krager was born Aug. 13, 1889 in Manlius, the son of Amos and Emma (Eggers) Krager. He married Leona Van Deusen on Feb. 7, 1912 at Manlius. He was a retired farmer and a member of the First Baptist Church.

Survivors include his widow, one daughter, Mrs. George (Margaret Ellen) Twidell and one son, Cecil, both of rural Princeton; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one brother Charles of Wyanet; one sister Mrs. Mabel Van Deusen of Sheffield. He was preceded by his parents,one brother in infancy and two sisters.

The Daily Gazette April 21, 1976
Transcribed by Christine Walters

Mrs. Carrie Kruse

Feb 13, 1967
Sterling Gazette
- Donated by Margaret Mangers

Mrs. Carrie Kruse dies In Princeton

Walnut – Mrs. Carrie Kruse of Walnut, passed away Saturday noon at the Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Ross Funeral Home, the Rev. Donald Whitehead officiating. Friends may call this evening at the funeral home.


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 16, 1967 - Thursday, pg 2


Mrs. Carrie Kruse Buried On Tuesday

Walnut: - Mrs. Carrie Kruse, 79, died Saturday, Feb. 11, of a heart attack in the Perry Memorial Hospital at Princeton. She had been admitted to the hospital on Monday, Feb. 6 for treatment.

Funeral services were conducted from the Ross Funeral Home in Walnut at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14. The Rev. Donald Whitehead officiated, and Mrs. Gertrude Yonk was at the organ.

Pallbearers were six nephews, Clifford Kruse, Wayne Alshouse, Ivan Peach, Harold Foss, Arthur Kruse and Loyd Nodine. Interment was in the Walnut Cemetery.

Carrie Elizabeth Alshouse, daughter of Samuel and Mary Alshouse was born Jan. 18, 1888 in Hamilton Township, Walnut. She was united in marriage to Henry Kruse on Feb. 15, 1906. To this union was born two children, Lee Kruse of Oskaloosa, Iowa, and Louise Bilger, Morton Grove. Most of her life was spent in and around Walnut, except for about 20 years when she lived near Jesup, Iowa.

Mrs. Kruse was a member of the Walnut Christian Church.

Surviving in addition to her daughter and son, are two grandchildren, Dr. Kent Kruse, Mrs. Diana Page, also two foster granddaughters, Karen and Linda McNinch, a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, eight brothers and two sisters.

Ottis Kurl

Taken From the Henry Republican
October 27, 1881 - Milo

Died in Ottawa, Kan., Oct. 7, of membraneous croupe, Ottis, youngest son and Asa and Mary Kurl, aged about 2 years.


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