d. September 11, 1897
Saturday, September 11, Mr. Henry Keller passed out of this life, after having been a patient sufferer for over a year. Mr. Keller was born September 6, 1821, in Luzerne County, Pa. Until he was twenty-one years old he remained with his folks on the farm, attending school in the fall and winter seasons and working the farm in the summer. After he became of age he worked on a canal boat for sixteen years. On April 3, 1854, he was married to Miss Sarah Shales, daughter of Chester Shales. In the spring of 1855 the young couple decided to come west and build a home for themselves. The settled in Nunda township on a quarter section of land that was his home to the of his death. To them were born seven children, five of whom have passed over the silent river and two William and Charles, are left to mourn his departure. On February 27, 1887, he lost his companion. On October 2, 1889, he was married to Miss Inez Carr, who is left behind to mourn over his death. The union was blessed by two children, Clyde and Henry. Clyde died in infancy. Henry is still living. Mr. Keller was one of the most respected and well known citizens of our community. He was a kind father and good husband. Was well disposed to be charitable to all that needed help. He may have had faults, but narrowness was not one of them. His heart throbbed for the good of others. He was respected member of the I. O. O. F. for 48 years. He was also a member of the Masonic fraternity. In life he held offices of public trust and honor. Early in life he heard some of the pioneer preachers of the Christian church preach in Pennsylvania. The impression on him at the time never left him. Early in the summer he desired to be baptized, which was done by Rev. Oeschger in the Fox River. As he grew weaker in body he grew stronger in faith. Just three weeks before his death he gave the Christian Church of Nunda a lot worth a thousand dollars as a gift, for the building spot for their new church. His end came like the setting of the sun on a calm summer evening. He died in the triumphs of the living faith. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Oescher of the Christian Church. Rev. Oeschger spoke from the words: "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord" A large concourse of relatives and friends was present. Internment was made in Prairie Grove Cemetery. [Crystal Lake Herald, Thursday, September 16, 1897 - Submitted by Laurie Selpien]
SARAH SHALES KELLER
d. February 27, 1887 Kingston, PA
SARAH SHALES KELLER with her husband Henry Keller, had been to Pennsylvania, on a visit, and at Kingston, at thehome of his brother John Keller, Sunday February 27th, 1887, 5:30 p.m. while having a farewell chat (as they wereabout to leave for home) and Mrs. Keller was laughing heartily and all enjoying a splendid time, she suddenly said"catch me, I am going to fall," slid out of her chair onto the floor and was a corpse. Her body was embalmed,a service held at which over 200 friends were present, and then March 1st at 1:15 a. m. with his nephew, AlonzoKeller, and a certificate from the Dr. as follows:
Kingston Pa., February 28, 1887. These lines are to certify that Mrs. Henry Keller died February 27, 1887 of non-contagiousdisease. Paul A. Quick, M. D., attendant. The disease was Appoplexy.
Mr. Keller started for his home at Nunda. At Chicago he was met by C. M. Willard, Wm. Miller, J. Huffman, and R.Andrews, brother Masons. They arrived at Nunda, March 2nd 4:40 p.m. Mr. Keller going immediately home and terribly stricken family, and a large delegation of friends tenderly caring for the remains. As we mentioned last issue,the funeral services were held at M. E. Church at 1 p.m. March 3rd. The house was packed full and the aisles full.The pall-bearers were- E. Maxham, Wm. Johnson, C. Warner, R. Bonner, S.S. Shepard and R. Andrews. Mr. N. Beardslyhad charge of the proceedings, the details of which had all been prepared by John Goodwin. At 1 sharp as the cortegeentered the church the choir, (composed of Mrs. Ingersoll, Mrs. Covalt, Messrs. C. F. & W Dike, with Mrs. FrankSmith as organist) sang an appropriate hymn, this was followed with prayer by Rev. Congdon, then the song "TillHe Comes," after which Rev. Cessna said: "Sarah Shales Keller was born August 31, 1838, in Luzerne CountyPa. she was married to Mr. Keller in 1854; they came to Nunda in 1855. Mrs. Keller leaves her husband and fourchildren, who will deeply feel her loss. A number of years ago both Mr. and Mrs. Keller experienced conversionand made a profession of faith, previous to baptism, intending to unite with the Baptist Church of Crystal Lake.On account of serious and protracting illness Mrs. Keller was not able to attend the baptism. Since that time shehas not been identified with any church. While living on their farm Mrs. Keller was always interested in the SabbathSchool work, working diligently to keep up this means of instructing the children in God's works. She has alwaysbeen careful about the observance of the Sabbath in her home."
(note: the article went on to print the Rev.'s sermon......).
The remains were taken to Prairie Grove Cemetery for internment, there were forty teams in the procession, showingthe high regard and appreciation of a worthy woman. One of the hymns sung was selected by Mrs. Keller years agoand marked for the occasion. The Herald joins with all the friends in heartfelt sympathy for the afflicted ones.Mrs. Keller was a member of the Rebecca degree lodge, I. O. O. F. and both lodges turned out wearing badges tothe funeral. Mr. Keller was a member of the Nunda lodge of A. F. & A. M. and many of the members turned out,many being present from other towns. Mr. and Mrs. Keller were married March 3rd 1854 at 2 p.m. Just thirty-twohours before her funeral.[Crystal Lake Herald, March 11, 1887 p. 4. - Submitted by Laurie Selpien]
Anne M. Kies
Anne M. Kies, 69, of Woodstock, died on Monday (July 25, 2011) at the Centegra Hospital in McHenry after a2 1/2year battle with cancer.
She was born Dec. 12, 1941, in Chicago, to Edward F. and Anna M. Ryan Stapleton.She married Robert E. "Bob"Kies Jr. on Nov. 11, 1961, in Hinsdale.
She received her degree in computer science from the Quincy University in 1991.
She had been employed as the assistant vice president of the Elecronic Division of the Wonder Lake State BankGroup for the past 14 years.In addition to enjoying being with her family, she loved to travel, making frequentvisits to Door County, as well as playing tennis and kayaking.She was a member of St. Parick's Catholic Churchin Hartland.
She is survived by her husband, Bob Kies Jr. ofWoodstock; three daughters, Kathie (Scott) Sembach of McHenry,Jennifer (Dan) Nelson of Florissant, Mo., and Cynthia (Mike) Elsbury of Byron; two sons, Dan (Amerika) Kies ofBurlington, Iowa, and Jon (Robin) Kies, of Quincy; grandchildren, Megan Nelson, Aimee Nelson, Dustin Elsbury, GeorgeNelson, Caitlin Sembach, Nicholas Elsbury, Corie Sembach, Jacob Elsbury, Brandon Elsbury, Gavin Kies, Tyler Elsbury,Kayleigh Sembach, Dylan Kies and Griffin Kies; three brothers, Edward F. (Mary Carol) Stapleton of Villa Park,Robert (Margie) Stapleton of Muskegon, Mich., and Jerry (Mary Jean) of Westmont; two sisters, Kathryn (Donald)VaVerka of Valencia, Calif., and Maureen (Dick) Hammond of Deerfield; a sister-in-law, Judy Wood of Dubuque, Iowa;as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister-in-law, Barbara Olson Bartman.
SERVICES:11 a.m. Friday in St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Hartland.Interment will be in St. Patrick'sCemetery in Hartland.
VISITATION:4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Schneider Leucht Merwin and Cooney Funeral Home, 1211 N. Seminary Ave.,Woodstock and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday in the church.
ARRANGEMENTS:Schneider Leucht Merwin and Cooney Funeral Home, Woodstock. [Quincy Herald Whig, Quincy, IL]
Almina (Peck) King
d. Feb. 13, 1907
Almina Peck was born May 6th, 1819 in Genesee Co., NY and after an illness of six w eeks died Feb. 13, 1907 at the home of her daughter Mrs. Ione Fox, near Garrison, Butler County, NE.; aged 87 years, 3 months and 7 days. She was married to Isaac King, Feb. 16, 1837. Thirteen children were born to them, eight of whom died in e arly childhood. In the fall of 1837, she and her husband moved to Crystal Lake, McHenry County, IL., where they resided for over 40 years, when they moved to Butler Co., NE., where she resided until her death. These devoted companions walked together for over 64 years, sharing each others joys and sorrows until April 16, 1901 when God saw fit to call her husband to his home above. She was converted about 55 years ago at which time she joined the M.E. Church at Crystal Lake and remained a member of the same until 1861 when the Free Methodist Church was established. She and her husband were among the first to identify themselves with that church and remained lively members of the same until they came to NE. After coming to this state, being well along in years, she did not unite with any church but kept her eyes fixed upon and lived a devoted Christian life until her death. Several times during her last sickness she expressed her willingness to go when the Heavenly Father saw fit to call her. She leaves one son, Emery J. King, of Alexandria, NE, four daughter; Mrs.Julia Roys of David City, Mesdames Ione Fox, Effie Clute and Francis White, all of Garrison, several grandchildren, an aged sister, in Genesee Co., NY and many friends to mourn her loss. The funeral services were held at the home of Mrs. Ione Fox, Friday, Feb.15, conducted by Rev. H. V. Price, pastor of the Surprise M.E. Church, assisted by Rev. H. G. Claycomb of the Garrison M.E. Church.
Her remains were laid to rest by the side of her husband in the David City Cemetery. Call not back the dear departed, Anchored safe where storms are o'er, On the border land we left her, Soon to meet and part no more. When we leave this world of changes, When we leave this world of care, We shall find our loving mother In our Father's mansion fair. [GARRISON ARGUS - Garrison, Butler Co., NE - Vol 5 - Thursday - Feb. 21,1907 - #41]
d. April 16, 1901
Isaac King was born June 08, 1811 at Alexander, Genesse County, New York,Died, April 16, 1901 at his home near David City, Butler County,Nebraksa, age 89 years, 9 months and 19 days. He married Almina Peck, February 16, 1837, in the fall of the same year he with his wife moved to Crystal Lake, McHenry County, ILs., where they lived until January 22, 1880 when they moved near David City, where he died as above stated. Mr. King has lived a devoted christian life for about 50 years having been converted in the year 1851 at which time he joined the M. E. Church at Crystal Lake, and remained a member of that church until the year 1861when the Free Methodist church was established, when he and his wife were among the first to identify themselves with that church and were strong members,always giving liberally, for its support. After moving to Nebraska he being well along in years was not able to attend church very much but he lived a religious life up to the time of his death even on his sick bed singing praises to God. Father King with his history of almost 90 years leaves to the friends and relatives who know him marks of noble manhood. He made his home a home for the stranger and the poor, during all the years of his Christian life he never lost sight of the Christ. He said to one of the ministers who called on him while he was sick "my greatest desire is that all of my children might be faithful and true to God and meet me in heaven." He said he could bear his sickness and suffering because he believed he was doing it all for the glory of God. He leaves a wife, one son, four daughters, several grand children and a host of friends to mourn his loss.
The funeral services were held at the home on Thursday April 19, 1901, conducted by Rev. Mills pastor of Garrison M. E. Church assisted by Rev.Smith pastor of David City M. E. Church. Text second Timothy 4th chapter 6th and 7th verses. His remains was laid to rest in the David CityCemetery. We can truly say of this life as the poet said: "Happy soul thy days are ended All thy mourning days below" Go, by angel guards attended, To the sight of Jesus Go! Waiting to receive thy spirit. Go! The savior stand above. Show the purchase of his merit. Reaches out the crown of love. For the joy he sits before the, Bear a momentary pain, Die to live a life of glory, Suffer with thy God to reign.
[BUTLER CO PRESS - DAVID CITY, BUTLER COUNTY, NE. - April 24, 1901 - VolXXVIII #11 ]
Nora White King
Born in Coral, McHenry County, IL. February 11, 1855, Mrs. King was the daughter of J. M. and Mary Elizabeth White. She was married to E. J. King at Crystal Lake, ILL., March 12, 1873.