Putnam County, Illinois History and Genealogy
Obituaries and Death Notices


 Columbus Kays

Henry Republican, Henry, IL, December 21, 1882


Columbus Kays, brother of Marcus, John A. and Emory, living three miles south of Magnolia, died Wednesday morning about 4 o'clock. Will be buried here Thursday about 12 noon. Mr. Kays went to the fat cattle show in Chicago, took the measles, caught cold which terminated his life. He leaves a wife and three children with enough to keep them comfortably.

Henry B. Kays


February 28, 1878
Died in Magnolia township, Putnam county, Feb. 13, of chronic inflammation of the stomach, Henry B. Kays, aged 63 years.

Henry B. Kays died February 13, at his residence, near Caledonia, Putnam county. He had suffered from failing health for some two years, but was confined to the bed but six weeks. Mr. Kay's birthplace was Kentucky. He afterwards emigrated to Knox county, in this state, and in 1850 came to Putnam county, where he located as a farmer, and from whence he amassed a considerable landed estate. He entered the army in 1862 as first lieutenant; served one year and resigned. He was a prominent man in the community, actuated by noble impulses, of strict integrity and one of those who despised a mean act. He had been a member of the M. E. church many years, and died a conscientious receiver of that faith. His family consisted of a wife and four sons and two daughters, all of whom survive him, except two of the children, who preceded him to the unseen world. Several of the children are married and have families, and all stand high in the estimation of their fellow citizens. The roads and weather were bad at the time of the funeral, yet the attendance was very large, attesting the worth of the deceased, and the sympathy felt for the bereaved. The interment took place at the Magnolia village cemetery.

Mr. Kays

The Putnam Record
April 2, 1891

The father of W. A. Kays, who lived in Abingdon, died last Monday evening. He would have been 87 on the 11th of this month. Mr. Kays was unable to attend the funeral on account of the meeting of the board of supervisors.

Mrs. Mary Keiser


July 24, 1879 - Hennepin

Mrs. Mary Keiser, aged 80 years on the 8th day of June died on Sunday last of dysentery, after a week's illness, and was on Tuesday followed to her resting place by a very few persons. She had lived for more than 35 years in Hennepin. During the last ten, the "weight of years" had borne heavily upon her, so that but little serious sickness was necessar to wind up her life's career. This however has no surprise to her or us, as she and we had long expected her death.

Theophilus Keller

December 1, 1881 - Magnolia

At early dawn last Saturday, the 26th, our quiet village was shocked with the news that Theophilus Keller had hung himself in his shop chamber. It was noticed by the neighbors for the last few years that Mr. Keller would have spells, bordering on insanity, which had been the case with him form about two weeks previous to his death. He was undergoing extreme pain, with diseased stomach. He eat a few mouthfuls of supper with his family about six o'clock, and then rose up from the table and went out, which was the last time he was seen alive. Mr. Keller was about 66 years of age, a worthy member of the Methodist church, a good kind neighbor and an honest pan. He came from Pennsylvania shortly after the war, bought out A. H. Evans, built a shop, and carried on the business of undertaker up to the time of his death. He was buried Saturday at 2 p.m. Rev. H. Brink preached the funeral sermon to a very large audience. He leaves a wife and one daughter that he was living with, one son living in the village and several married daughters in distant parts. Mr. Keller will be greatly missed and the family has the sympathy of the entire community.

Lloyd E. Kessling

Henry Republican

March 8, 1928

Hennepin Lad buried Thursday.

Private funeral services for Lloyd E. Kessling of Hennepin, who passed away November 29, were held at the home last Thursday with Rev. Luckie in charge of the services. Lloyd Eldon, son of Henry and Valerie Kessling, was born October 30, 1916. He has suffered greatly all his life and when 2 years of age, he lost his speech. He is survived by his father and mother, two brothers and one sister and his grandparents and several other relatives and friends. At the time of his death he was 11 years and 29 days old. Burial was in the Florid cemetery.

Martin Kellogg

April 5, 1877

At Snachwine, March 19, Martin Kellogg, aged 76 years, only brother of Mrs. W. E. Cook, of Lacon. See Snachwine letter for further particulars.

April 5, 1877

Local Correspondence - Snachwine
Since writing last "news items", death had been in our midst, and taken a victim from both youth and old age. Henry, only son of Sidney White, and grandson of J. R. Taliaferro, a very bright and interesting boy of five summers, died suddenly on March 21st, and on the 29th, Martin Kellogg was called to that bourn from whence no traveler returns. He was the only brother of Mrs. W. E. Cook of Lacon; was born in 1801 in Wayne county, Pa; came to Michigan in 1837, and about 20 years since came to Illinois with his family, residing most of the time at Ottawa, Vermillion and Streator, where he has a large circle of friends who will regret to hear of his death.

His business while in this state was buying and selling real estate, and loaning money on real estate, in which he had been very successful, leaving quite a fortune to his wife and daughter, Mrs. Dwight May of Kalamazoo, Mich., who was summoned by telegram to his deathbed, she doing and having done everything that could be done without avail. Mr. Kellogg had been in poor health for a month previous, but had so far recovered as to be able to walk out, when unfortunately, by a misstep, he got a fall which produced a fatal injury only living 13 days after the fall, and five after the arrival of his daughter. Mr. and Mrs. Kellogg came to Snachwine in November last, to remain until the first of April, little thinking that his lifeless form would be carried out in his burial casket.

Luella (Tomlinson) Kessling

Front Page, December 6, 1948

Mrs. Henry Kessling Sr.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 Saturday at the Dysert Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Henry Kessling Sr. 70, of Florid, who died early Thursday morning December 9, 1948 at St. Margarette's hospital where she had been a patient since October 2nd. She had been ill for many months. Luella, daughter of Fredrick and Margarette Sipple Tomlinson was born June 7, 1878 on a farm near Henry, where she grew to womanhood. On December 28, 1900 she was united in marriage to Lester Foster of Cottage Hill where they made their home until his death on March 29, 1931. She was married to Henry Kessling of Putnam of November 28, 1934 and they made their home in Florid for a number of years. She is survived by the husband, two sons, Albert Foster of Troy Grove and Edward Foster, Granville, two granddaughters, Rosemary Foster Deininger and Velma Foster and one great-granddaughter, Diana Lee Deininger, three stepchildren, Albert and Henry Lee Kessling of Henry and Miss Esther Kessling of Peru. Also surviving are four sisters, Mrs. Charles Deitch of Lacon, Mrs. George Reismeyer, Peoria, Mrs. William Scholsher, Toluca, and Miss Olive Tomlison, Aldin Minnesotta. Two brothers preceded her in death. The Reverend R.H. Northdet of Magnolia, paster of the Methodist Church in Hennepin officiated at the services and at the burial in the Florid Cemetery. Acting as pall bearers were Ed Holocker, Fred Holocker, Ivan Sipe, Herald Sipe and Ervin Deitch.

Valiera (Stockdell) Kessling

Taken From the Putnam Record

December 28, 1933

Last Rites for Mrs. Henry Kessling

Funeral services for Mrs. Valiera Kessling who passed away at her home near Magnolia, were held at the Presbyterian church in Florid, Wednesday afternoon, the Rev. W. C. Hevl of Granville, having charge of the services. Burial was made in the Florid cemetery. Mrs. Kessling formerly resided in Florid.

She is survived by her husband and three children; Alvern, Esther, and Henry, her father, C. D. Stockdell, one sister, Miss Zella Stockdell, and three brothers, Victor Stockdell of Sellersburg, Indiana, John of near Florid, and Earl of Sparland. A son Eldon, preceded her in death several years ago, and her mother passes away last February.

Mrs. Elizabeth Kidd


May 13, 1880
At Magnolia, May 10, of lung fever, Elizabeth, wife of John O. Kidd. Mrs. Kidd leaves a wife (husband?) and three small children to mourn her loss.

Belle Kimbell

Taken From the Henry Republican
February 20, 1873

At Hennepin, Feb. 14, of cerebra spinal meningitis, Miss Belle, aged about 18, daughter of Moses Kimbell.

Mrs. J. M. Kimball (nee Mawbray)

Taken From the Henry Republican
May 19, 1870

At Hennepin, May 5, of consumption, Daniel Peterson; also May 4, of consumption, Mrs. J. M. Kimball, and daughter of George Mawbray.

Martin King

Taken From the Henry News Republican

January 14, 1915

Obituary of Martin King

Martin King, son of Silas and Evaline (Shields) King, was born in Oxbow, Ill., April 15, 1835 and passed away at his home in Magnolia, Ill., on Jan. 14, 1915. His age was there fore, 79 years, 8 months and 29 days. Everything was done that medical skill and loving hands could do, but to no avail.

All of his life was spent in Marshall and Putnam counties. He followed farming as an occupation from which he gained a competence. He was united in marriage to Ellen A. Smith, Oct 6, 1859. She passed away Jan. 26, 1898. To this union were born 11 children, three of whom preceded him to the grave. Those living are Silas and Frank of Magnolia; Henry B. of Bloomington; L. B. of McNabb; Mrs. Laura E. Trone of Mt. Vernon, S.D.; Robert E. of San Jacinto, Cal; Mrs. Edith Deffenbaugh of Magnolia, and Mrs. Kate E. Hiatt of Bloomington. All were present at the funeral except Mrs. Hiatt, who was not able to come on account of poor health. He leaves also 21 grandchildren and three great grandchildren, also a large host of friends.

Funeral services were held in the Masonic hall in Magnolia in charge of the Masonic order, of which he was a member for about 40 years. Rev. Bell, a fellow Mason, officiated, assisted by Rev. Lackland. A. B. Smith of Henry acted as mortician. The burial took place in Oxbow cemetery.

Fred Kingsbury


July 24, 1879 - Hennepin

Fred Kingsbury, aged 21 years on the 26th day of last February, was drowned on Monday, July 14, while bathing in the Sioux river at Sioux Falls, Dakota territory. His father, Prof. L. Kingsbury, was principal of the Hennepin public school during the school year 1877 and 1878. The family removed here to Sioux Fall's one year ago and the news of Fred's sudden death shocks our whole community.

Cora Kinzie

Taken From the Henry Republican, Henry, IL

November 11, 1880
In Magnolia township, November 1 of rheumatism, Cora Kinzie

Taken From the Henry Republican, Henry, IL

November 4, 1880, Hennepin - A daughter of Morris Kinsey who lived near Strawn's church, attended a dance in the neighborhood on Saturday night a week ago, took cold and died on last Sunday night or Monday morning, aged about 18 or 19 years.  The friends were in town after the necessary coffin Monday.

Eugene Klein
The Putnam Record, Hennepin, Putnam Co., Illinois, Wednesday, January 23, 1907. No. 31
- Contributed by Jack C. Henning
James McCutcheon received word from Adolph Klein, of Henry, Ill., that his son Eugene was found dead in his bed yesterday morning, at Carroll, Iowa, where he had been working. Eugene Klein was a nephew of Mrs. McCutcheon. There was no further particulars, except that the funeral will be held at Henry tomorrow at 9:30.

Mrs. Lizzie Klein (nee Trerwiler)

Taken From the Putnam Record

September 8, 1898

The following obituary is copied from the Henry Times of September 2

Yesterday the body of Mrs. Adolph Klein, of Whitefield Corners was brought from Chicago to Henry for burial, services heing held from St. Mary's church at 9 a.m., Fr. Gerardy officiating. Mrs. Kein, whose maiden name was Lizzie Trerwiler, was a native of Hennepin, the daughter of Charles Trerwiler. She was between 40 and 45 years of age and had been married to Mr. Kline about 24 years.

She was the mother of 14 children, 11 of whom survive her, the youngest about two years old. Mrs. Kline has been sick sometime and about a month ago was taken to Chicago fro treatment. It was thought at first that she was improving but a week or so ago she began to fail and her husband was sent for. She grew rapidly worse and expired at the home of her sister in Chicago Sunday and was laid to rest yesterday.

Mary Klein

Taken From the Henry Republican, Henry, IL

November 11, 1880, Local Items
A daughter of the wife of William Klein, died at Putnam county Monday and was brought here Tuesday evening. And after services at German church early yesterday morning, the remains were again taken to Putnam county for burial. We gather no further particulars.

Taken From the Henry Republican, Henry, IL

November 18, 1880
The reference to the death of a child, in last week's paper, is corrected by the following clipped from the Hennepin Record. Our statement was founded on rumor, which is not generally reliable, and was not in this case: "Nicholas Barnard of this place, received word last Tuesday of the death of his eldest daughter, Mary, who had been visiting with her aunt in Henry since week ago last Sunday. She was taken with diphtheria a few days ago, and although she had the best of medical attendance and her friends did all in their power to save her, after a few days suffering the spark of life went out. Her remains were brought here for interment, and the funeral took place on Wednesday, from the St. Anthony's Catholic church, Rev. Father Miller officiating. Little Mary was a bright child of some 10 or 12 summers, and her sudden loss is a severe blow to Mr. Barnard and wife. They deserve the sympathy of all."


Henry News Republican, Henry, IL March 25, 1915

The funeral of Miss Mary Kleinsorg took place at St. Patrick's church, Hennepin, on Friday at 11 am. Miss Mary Kleinsorg was a sister of Rev. J. Kleinsorg, pastor of St. Patrick's church, Hennepin. She was his housekeeper during his years in the ministry. Hennepin has lost a noble woman and Fr. Kleinsorg has suffered an irreparable loss.

She was fluent in all the classic languages, of wide experience as a teacher, having taught for nine years in one of the leading educational institutions in Paris. She abandoned the many preferential positions that sought her and was happy in ministering to the needs of her brother. A large delegation from Pesotum, where she had spent a few years and from Chicago, were at her funeral.

She was as much in her place nursing as in the class room; in housekeeping as in discussing art, showing the German thoroughness in the education of their women, as in their men. She was of superior intellectual delicacy, a fully accomplished woman, a holy and deeply religious woman. It was a rare treat to converse with her, for those capable to judge. Her few months among our Hennepin people endeared her to them and the many tears shed and words of regret spoke eloquently of the splendid character of this noble lady.

The pall bearers were selected from Pesotum and Hennepin men. The funeral was in charge of Mr. Peterson of Granville, and she was borne from the parochial residence with marked solemnity to the church where a solemn requiem high mass was celebrated.

John Knapp


August 31, 1878 - Mount Palatine
John Knapp, son of Mathias Knapp, died on Tuesday morning, aged 15 years. Deceased had suffered severly for over 12 months, and death to him must have been a blessed relief. Funeral services were held in the Catholic church on Wednesday and the remains interred in the Catholic grave-yard.

Daughter of Mathias Knapp

Taken From the Hennepin Tribune
September 11, 1857

On the 10th inst., a daughter of Mathias and Frances Knapp, aged 9 months

Dr. G. C. Koehler

January 27, 1881
Our readers will be sorry to hear of the death of Dr. G. C. Koehler, who died at the residence of his son George P. Koehler two miles northeast of Mt. Palatine, Putnam county. Dr. Koehler was born in Hassen, Darmstadt, Germany, in the year 1811. He practiced in Chicago for nine years, until last year, when his health failed him, and he came to live on a farm with his son. He died last Saturday about 1:30 o'clock, and was buried in the Mt. Palatine cemetery Monday forenoon. The services were conducted by the Lutheran minister, Rev. R. Johnson.

Mrs. Louisa Koehler

Taken From the Henry Republican, Henry, IL

November 25, 1880
Near Mt. Palatine, Nov. 15, suddenly, of heart disease, Louisa, 67 years 6 months 13 days, wife of Dr. George C. Koehler, formerly of this city.

Local items - The many friends will learn with pain of the death of the wife of Dr. George Koehler, late of this city. She was living with her son George in Mt. Palatine and enjoying reasonable health. On Monday morning of last week she was as well as usual and apparantly in as good health as ever. Sitting down in a chair, she suddenly fell asleep and that sleep was the sleep of death.She leaves a husband and three grown children, Albright, George P., and Josephine bereft of a good wife and mother. Funeral was conducted by the Lutheran pastor. Mrs. Koehler was a very worthy lady, highly respected here and loved by all who knew her.

Reuben N. Kofoid
The San Francisco call. (San Francisco [Calif.]), July 28, 1905, Page 14, Image 14
Kofoid - In Berkeley, Cal., July 27, 1905, Reuben N. Kofoid, dearly beloved son of Nelson and Libby J. Kofoid and brother of Charles A. and Herbet C. Kofoid and Mrs. Nellie I. Dillon of Chicago, a native of Granville, Illinois, aged 24 years 4 months and 2 days.

Moses Koontz

Thursday, September 25, 1884
Died at Hennepin, September 10, of chronic enlargment of the mesentary gland, Moses Koontz, 40. Burial at Florid.

Mrs. Sarah Koontz

Thursday, October 1, 1885
Died near Hennepin, Sept. 17, Mrs. Sarah Koontz, 86 years, 7 months, 1 day.




Christiana Krafft (nee Burr) was born at Litzelstein, Germany in May 1839, a daughter of George and Katherine Minnermier Burr. She peacefully fell asleep March 10, 1922 at the age of 83 years. At an early age she was united with the German Lutheran Church and through her entire life, having a firm belief in her savior until the end. In the year 1868, she with a younger sister and her aged mother, came to America to join her one and only brother. She with her sister and brother, worked in and around Granville for several years and spending much of their time with their mother at the home of their aunt, Magdaline Biever of Granville. They having all passed before her, she being the last of a large family. August 10, 1871, she was united in marriage to John Krafft, who preceded her in death to the great beyond where there is no parting, just 18 days before her death. To this union, 7 children were born, 2 dying at an early age. Those lived to mourn the loss of a kind and loving mother are Sophia Cassell, William, Gus, Nicholas and Ferdinand Krafft, besides a host of relative and friends, also 16 grandchildren. She was loved by all who knew her and will be sadly missed by all. Funeral services were conducted from the Florid Presbyterian Church in Florid, where Reverend R. A. Reeves, pastor of the M. E. Church in Hennepin. Internment in the beautiful cemetery in Florid , Howard L. Dysert mortician in charge.

Ferdinand Krafft

October 21, 1937

Ferdinand Krafft Buried At Florid

Funeral services for Ferdinand Krafft were held Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. from the Florid Church with the Rev. Christian Ertlesen of the McNabb Swedish Lutheran Church in charge. Burial was in the Florid Cemetery, William Munnis, Amos Deininger, Earl Hartwig, Albert Hartwig, Barney Bima and Harvey Allen acted as pall bearers. Mr. Krafft died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Ben Cassell, following a six weeks' illness. He leaves one sister, Mrs. Ben Cassell, and three brothers, August of Varna and Nicholas and William of Hennepin Township.

Florence Annabelle Krafft.


August 17, 1921

Saturday August 6, Florence the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. August Krafft, was accidentally scalded so badly that she passes away Sunday afternoon. Florence Annabelle Krafft was born in Depue, IL, February 5, 1918 and departed this life near Hennepin, August 7, 1921, at the age of 3 years, 6 months and 2 days. She leaves her father, mother, 4 sisters and two brothers, besides a host of other loving relatives and friends. The funeral was conducted by Rev. R.A. Reeves, Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 with internment in the Granville cemetery. The casket bearers were her two aunts, Mrs. Minnie Davis, Miss Annabelle Casey, her cousin Miss Florence Wallin, and a friend Mr. Albert Foster. Mortician H.L. Dysart in charge.

Hubert Ferdinant Kroft

November 2, 1922


Hubert Ferdinat, son of Nicholas and Sarah Kroft, was born near Hennepin, February 7th, 1913 and departed this life at the home of his parents in Florid, October 25th, 1922, aged 9 years, 8 months and 18 days. He leaves his parents, one brother, Eugene, two sisters, Edith and Mary and a host of relative and friends to mourn his loss. He was a good, kind-hearted boy always ready to help do somthing for someone. Was a great sufferer the past few months, but bore it patiently. He was a regular attendant at Sunday school whenever health would permit.

The funeral services were held at the church Friday at 2 o'clock, Rev. Reeves of Hennepin speaking comforting words to the bereaved ones. A large number of relatives and friends came to pay their last respects to little Hubert. Eight of his boy schoolmates bore his casket to the silent tomb.




John A. Krafft was born in Prussia Germany, January 29, 1842 and departed this life at his home in Florid, February 20, 1922, age 80 years and 22 days. When a young man, he immigrated to the United States, landing at New York. After a short residence there, he went to Missouri, from there coming to Granville township in 1868 where he made his home for several years and in August 10, 1871, was united in marriage to Miss Christiana Burr. A few years after his marriage, he purchased a small farm, 5 miles south of town where he resided until about 6 years ago when he sold the property and purchased a home in Florid. Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Krafft, 2 dying in infancy. Besides the widow, there remains four sons, William, August, Nicholas, and Ferdinand and one daughter Mrs. Benjamin Cassell to mourn his departure. Mr. Krafft united with the German Lutheran Church when a young man and has been a faithful member, his membership being with the County Line Lutheran Church. Funeral services were held in the Presbyterian Church at Florid conducted by Reverend R. A. Reaves, Pastor at the M. E. Church at Hennepin, Wednesday afternoon, February 22, 1922. Internment was in the beautiful cemetery in Florid, in charge of mortician H. L. Dysert of Granville.

Walter Eugene Krafft

Henry Republican

Thursday, February 11, 1932

Florid Child's Death Caused by Pneumonia

On Wednesday morning of last week, a shadow of great sorrow fell upon the home of Mr. and Mrs. August Krafft, when the death angel came to the family and took from them their infant son. Everything that kind and loving hands could do, was done to save his life, but he closed his eyes in sleep at 8 o'clock a.m., following over a week of illness with erysipelas and bronchial pneumonia.

Walter Eugene, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. August Krafft, was born October 8, 1931, being only 3 months and 26 days of age at the time of his death. He leaves to mourn his loss, besides his heart-broken parents, six sisters and four brothers and many other relatives. Funeral services were held in the Christian church at Florid, Friday afternoon at 1 o[clock, with the Rev. harms of Hennepin, speaking words of tenderest sympathy to the bereaved parents and relatives. Interment was made in the Florid cemetery with Viron and Leslie Gustafson as casket bearers.

Frank Kuhn

Taken From the Henry News Republican

April 29, 1915

Frank Kuhn, Discouraged and Despondent, Drinks Carbolic Acid

- Death Severe Shock to Relatives and Friends

Frank Kuhn committed suicide on Friday afternoon at the home of his sister, Mrs. H. G. Prior. For a number of months he had been in very poor health, and this caused him to be melancholy and despondent, with the result that he found nothing in life worth living for.

Frank Kuhn was a native of Putnam county, and the family home community was at Mt. Palatine or McNabb, which is now the railroad station. Here he grew to manhood and followed farming. He was about 30 years of age. Surviving him are two brothers and two sisters.

The body was taken to the old home Saturday afternoon by way of Spring Valley and funeral and burial services were held on Monday - Wyanet Review

Mrs. Theresa Kuchenbuck

March 2, 1882

Died in Hennepin, Feb. 18, at the residence of her son, the priest of the Catholic church, Mrs. Theresa Kuckenbuck, 86, mother of Rev. Father William Kuchenbuck. Funeral at St. Anthony's church, conducted by Rev. Father Hubert Tholen of Atkinson.

Mrs. Anna Elizabeth Kuhl (nee Burr)

Taken From the Henry Republican, Henry, IL

November 24, 1927

Mrs. Fred Kuhl of Florid Dies After Long Illness

Funeral services for Mrs. Fred Kuhl of Florid who died at her home on Saturday, November 12, after a long period of suffering from cancer, were held a week ago Monday afternoon at 12:30 at the Swedish church in Granville, Rev. M. J. Hafferman of the County Line church of which she was a member, officiating.

Mrs. Kuhl, who lived in Putnam County all her life, was Anna Elizabeth Burr, before her marriage. She was born October 19, 1881, the daughter of Nicholas and Mary Burr. She was united in marriage with Frederick Kuhl on December 5, 1900 at the home of her parents and to them were born eight sons and four daughters, Mrs. Arthur Smith of Mark; Kathryn, John, Martin, Freddie, Albert, George, Ethel, Arthur, Flora and Wilbur, all of Hennepin, who, with the father, survive. One son preceded his mother in death two years ago. She is also survived by one brother, William Burr of Florid and a sister, Mrs. Mary Hartwig of Barrington, Ill.


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