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Frances Elizabeth Keith
Frances Elizabeth Keith, daughter of Albert and Mary Clymer, was born in Old Kaskaskia in Randolph Co., Ill., Oct. 11, 1855, departed this life Jan. 29, 1922 age 66 years, 3 mo., 16 days. She was united in marriage to C.H. Keith at Dexter, Ohio, by Rev. Geo. H. Willis, Feb. 21, 1878.
To this union was born two children, one daughter, Mary Minnie, who was called out of this life July 19, 1894, on son, Earl A. Keith, of Rinard, Ill. She was converted and first joined the M.E. church South then later placing her membership with her husband in the M.E. church at Rinard of which she was a member at death. While for reasons she did not attend church often, yet it is said that she was true to the trust and had implicit faith in her God.
This was made evident at the beginning of her serious illness when she called her son Earl to her bedside, after assuring him that all was well and that she was going to leave, said “Goodby”.
She leaves a husband, one son, three grandchildren, one brother, Frank Clymer of New Combers Town, Ohio; one sister, Flora Danford of Noble County, O., a number of other relatives and a host of friends to mourn her departure. Five brothers and two sisters having preceded her in death.
“Twas sown in weakness here,
Twill be raised in power
That which was sown an earthly seed
Shall rise a heavenly flower.”
Funeral services were held in the M.E. church at Rinard, Ill., Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 1:30 p.m. and were in charge of Rev. J.C. Fouts, of Xenia, Ill., a former pastor. Interment at Bunker Cemetery.
[Source: Flora Journal-Record Feb. 9, 1922]

Lewis B. Keith
Lewis B. Keith, son of Pardon C. and Susan Keith, was born Oct. 12, 1965, at Keith, Ohio, died Friday, June 5, 1925. In early manhood he came to Illinois, locating at Rinard, where his uncles, Chas. and Lewis Keith, resided.
He was first married to Miss Julia Kneff of Rinard. To the union were born three children: Harry, Marie, and Faye. The young wife and mother passed away in 1904, leaving the young children, to whom he was both father and mother until 1909, when he was united with Miss Pearl Leonard. The marriage was a happy one and two children, Billie and Kathryn Sue, came to bless the home. In the household peace and harmony prevailed, all living happily until the tragic death of the husband and father broke the family circle.
Mr. Keith located in Flora 24 years ago and with the exception of a few months’ residence in Louisville, Ky., has been engaged in business here continuously. For many years, he was in the feed, grain and milling business, buying all over Southern Illinois, forming a wide acquaintance. Few men were ever better known than Lew Keith, as he was known to hundreds.
About 17 years ago he united with the First Baptist church, continuing in that relation to the day of his death, generous to the material needs of the church, in attendance when possible. He was affiliated with the M. W. A. and Royal Neighbors.
Mr. Keith was the kindest of men. He loved his fellowman, great hearted, open handed, heeding the call of distress. Many homes in Flora have benefited by his generosity. Always his was the helping hand. His disposition was amiable, his manner pleasant and cordial in the extreme. Who shall say these things do not count when the final reckoning comes and the books of our lives are balanced? In his home he was devotion itself, loving and helpful, thinking always of the welfare of his loved ones. His was a hospitable home, both stranger and friend were welcome.
At the time of his death he was employed by the Caberange Co. of Granite City and was delivering a bill of goods when he met death.
Mr. Keith is survived by his widow and five children—Harry and Faye Keith, Mrs. Marie Keith-McDonald, Billie and Kathryn Sue; two grandchildren –Jimmie and June Marie Keith; four brothers and numerous relatives in Illinois and Ohio.
Funeral services were conducted at the First Baptist church Sunday afternoon by Rev. G. C. Mitchell, former pastor and close friend of the family, of North Vernon, Ind. The building could not accommodate the great throng of sorrowing friends who came to pay their tribute of love to the deceased. The entire front of the church was massed with beautiful flowers. Rev. Mitchell delivered an impressive sermon and eulogy. An appropriate number was a vocal selection “Let me live in a house by the side of the road and be a friend to man.” At the close of a perfect day, interment was made in beautiful Elmwood, where all that was mortal of a great-hearted, wonderful man was laid beneath a covering of fragrant flowers. The M. W. A. used their impressive funeral rites at the grave. Attending from out of town: Mr. and Mrs. Jos. McDonald, Chicago, O. W. Keith, Maywood, Ill; Wayne Keith and Chas. Keith of Caldwell, O; Mrs. J. P. Parker, Decatur; Mr. and Mrs. Horn, of Granite City; Stephen Leonard of Vincennes; Miss Louise Ahlering, of Evansville; Miss Marcia Stewart, of Metropols; Chas. Keith, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Keith, Mr. and Mrs. Ellsworth Keith, of Wayne county; Manford Kitley, of Shelbyville, as well as relatives from Clay City and surrounding country.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (11 June 1925). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Chas. Kitley
Chas. Kitley, aged 72 years, passed away Saturday evening at his home on Vincennes avenue after a long illness. Services were held at the home Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Good, pastor of Harmony church. Interment at Elmwood cemetery.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (2 February 1922). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Martha Jane Knowles
Martha Jane Johnson was born in Indiana, March 15,1856. and departed this life at Quincy, Illinois. April 20, 1930, age 74 years, 1 month and 4 days.
She was united in marriage to David Lowory Knowles, March 12, 1882. To this union were born three children: Hattie Foreman, of Quincy, Illinois; Henry, of Dixon. Illinois, and Wilson, of Ingraham, Illinois.
She professed faith in Christ early in life and united with the Flora Baptist church, later moving her membership to Union Prairie Baptist church, and when the church was organized at Ingraham she became a charter member, of which she has ever remained a faithful and consecrated member. Serving the church as clerk for a number of years.
There were also three orphan children given a home and mother's care: Laura Anderson, a niece of St. Louis, Missouri; Lyman Moore, of Sumner, Illinois, and Mina Nix, of Olney, Illinois. Her husband preceded her in death December 20, 1922.
She leaves besides the above mentioned, two brothers, William Johnson, of Casper, Wyoming, and George Johnson, of Colon, Nebraska, and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn their loss.
Such is the record of the span of one short earthly life ; and yet it does not toll the hopes, the ambitions, the desires that prompted the actions of her heart. She possessed many virtues which distinguished her as a good neighbor, friend, mother and Christian woman. Firmness of purpose and nobleness of character were written deep in her soul. Unstinted in love and sacrifice for all who needed help and cheer.
It is comforting to know that while the latter portion of her life was filled with affliction, she could look forward
with blissful contemplation of that time which was soon to come, when she could lay off the tabernacle of flesh with its
pain, and go to dwell in that mansion not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday by Rev. A. W. Phillips, assisted by Rev. Geo. B. Leathers and Rev. Francis Sparling. Interment in Ingraham cemetery.
[Pictures and Biographical Sketches of the Business Men of Clay City, Illinois 1930 Obituaries by the Clay County Advocate Press]

Jacob Krutsinger
Prominent Farmer Dead
Jacob Krutsinger died at the home of his sister, Mrs. E. E. Winters on Second street, Monday night, after a lingering illness of cancer. He was taken to Olney several months ago and operated on but the operation proved unsuccessful and he lingered until death relieved him of his suffering.
The remains were taken to his home north of Xenia on Tuesday and interment took place today.
[Source: Flora Journal Record Sept. 22, 1921]

Frank A. Kutz
Frank A. Kutz died at his home in Cisne Sunday after an illness of several months’ duration. He was born in Kutztown, Pa., and was 83 years old. He was well known in Flora business circles and was an intimate friend of the late Col. Randolph Smith.
Funeral services were held from the family home Monday afternoon Interment in Cisne cemetery. Thos. Patton, an old friend of the deceased man, attended the obsequies.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (28 August 1924). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]



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