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HENRY KANNING
Mr. Kanning was born at Kiel, Denmark, where he was educated and learned the tailor’s trade. In 1849, he was drafted into the army, and served two years. He came to the United States in 1852, landing at New Orleans. In 1861, he enlisted in the 6th Kentucky volunteers as second lieutenant, company H. He was mustered out in the winter of 1864. In 1865 he went to Leavenworth, Kansas, and carried on a tailoring establishment, working about sixteen hands. In 1870 he went to Oswego, Kansas, and resided there until the fall of 1882, when he came to Springfield, Missouri. Mr. Kanning was married at Louisville, Kentucky, in 1857, to Miss Mary Kimmel. They have six boys and five girls, all living. He is a member of the A.O.U.W. His parents died in Denmark, his father at the age of sixty-nine and his mother at the age of sixty-three. His father was a German soldier, and fought against Napoleon the Great.
Source: Greene County, Missouri; St. Louis, Western Historical Company (1883) Transcribed by Kim Mohler

A.J. KANADA
Mr. Kanada was born in Franklin county, Mo., January 21, 1847. He lived upon the farm until the civil war. In 1863 he joined company H, 4th Missouri cavalry, Confederate service, and served until the close of the war. In 1866 he began firing upon the Missouri Pacific railroad, which he continued for a year, and then went to braking. He was promoted to conductor and has been braking and running a train alternately until the last year, since when he has had charge of a regular train. In 1873 he went upon the Iron Mountain R.R. and stayed about a year, and then ran upon the I. and St. L. for nine months, and then upon the Salem & Little Rock R.R. for about eight months. He worked for a short time at the yards at Pacific. Mr. Kanada was married June 9, 1876, to Miss Virginia Lavender, a native of Franklin county, Mo. Their union has been blest with five children, three of whom are now living, Charles P., Emma E. and Cora M.
Source: Greene County, Missouri; St. Louis, Western Historical Company (1883) Transcribed by Kim Mohler

HERMAN H. KAUFHOLTZ
Mr. Kaufholtz was born in Oldensburg, Germany, February 2, 1832. In 1845 his parents emigrated to the United States and settled at Baltimore, Md., where Herman grew to manhood. In 1853 he went to Galveston, Texas, where he remained a few years and then located at San Antonio, Texas, where he sold groceries until 1870. During the war he was constable at San Antonio. In 1870 he came to North Springfield and engaged in merchandising. He carries a large stock of groceries and does a flourishing business. In 1872 he lost heavily by fire but has since recovered, and is now one of the solid business men of the place. He was a member of the first city council and has filled the office seven years. He was married in 1854 to Miss Elizabeth Banks, of Galveston, Texas. They have five children now living, viz.: Bertha, Henry, Annie W., Lena F. and Ada K.
Source: Greene County, Missouri; St. Louis, Western Historical Company (1883) Transcribed by Kim Mohler

MICHAEL KEARNEY
Mr. Kearney is a son of Thomas and Ann (Bussing) Kearney. His father was a native of Ireland, and his mother of New York. Michael was born in Providence, Rhode Island, October 8, 1839, and was reared in the State of New York. At the age of sixteen he went to work in the machine shops of the Hudson River Railroad Company, where he worked until the war broke out. He was then employed as a mechanic by the government until the war ceased. He then accepted the position of foreman in the railroad shops at Nashville, Tenn., where he remained two years. Then he filled the same position at Marshall, Texas, for the Southern Pacific railroad for over a year. He next went to New Orleans and worked for the New Orleans & Jackson railroad a short time, and in 1870 he came to the St. Louis & San Francisco railroad and was foreman at Pacific City, until the shops were removed to Springfield, and since 1875 has been master mechanic for that road. Mr. Kearney is a self-made man and has fought his way unaided to the lucrative and responsible position he now holds, and enjoys the confidence of the road officials, and all who enjoy his acquaintance. Mr. Kearney was married in 1872 to Miss Mary DeLong, of New Orleans, formerly of the State of New York.
Source: Greene County, Missouri; St. Louis, Western Historical Company (1883) Transcribed by Kim Mohler

MARTIN KEENER
Mr. Keener is the son of Gottleib Keener, and was born at Batenheim, Germany, May 9, 1846. He came to the United States, landing at New York, September 1, 1865. He then went to South Bend, Ind., and then to Michigan. In the summer of 1869 he went to Davenport, Iowa, and in the spring of 1870, he went to Fort Scott, Kansas, and in October of that year he came to Springfield. November 7, 1870, he bought out the bakery of C. Woollmann, who had started the bakery the year previous. Mr. Keener now has the largest bakery in the city, and has carried on the business successfully for thirteen years. In 1870 he was married to Mrs. Woollmann, widow of C. Woollmann. They had by that marriage one daughter. Mrs. Keener died September 23, 1879. Mr. Keener’s parents were natives of Germany. His father died when he (Martin) was a boy, and his mother died in 1876. They had four sons and one daughter.
Source: Greene County, Missouri; St. Louis, Western Historical Company (1883) Transcribed by Kim Mohler

JOSIAH T. KEET
This gentleman is the son of Charles Keet, and was born in England September 8, 1822. He emigrated to America and settled in Arkansas in 1839. In 1840 he moved to Barry county, Missouri. He began merchandising before he was of age, and has been engaged in it steadily to the present, except about six months. He came to Springfield in 1862, and has been engaged in the wholesale and retail trade until within the last five years, when they concluded to do an exclusive wholesale business. The firm was at first Keet, Massey & Co., but now it is Keet, Rountree & Co. They have the only wholesale dry goods and boot and shoe house in the city, and sell for about one hundred and fifty miles southeast, south, and southwest of Springfield. Mr. Keet was married in Barry county, Missouri, August 10, 1843, to Elizabeth P. West. They have been blest with six children. He is a Mason, and he and his wife are members of the Methodist church.
Source: Greene County, Missouri; St. Louis, Western Historical Company (1883) Transcribed by Kim Mohler

THOMAS W. KERSEY
Mr. Kersey is the son of Benjamin and Amanda (Van Gilder) Kersey, and was born in Knox county, Illinois, June 28, 1851. He was educated at the State Normal University, and at Eureka College. He entered the law office of F.A. Willoughby, at Galesburg, Ill., and next in the office of Robert Dollard, at Yates City, Ill. He was admitted to the bar September 10, 1874, at Ottawa, Ill., before the Supreme Court. In November, 1874, he came to Springfield, Mo., and is now of the firm of Kersey & Price, attorneys. He was married April 25, 1876, to Miss Lizzie, daughter of A.A. Powell, of Springfield. Their union has been blest with three daughters. Mr. Kersey is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and he and his wife are members of the Calvary Presbyterian church. His parents are living in Springfield. They had but two children. The firm of Kersey & Price enjoy a good practice and deserve the confidence they receive.
Source: Greene County, Missouri; St. Louis, Western Historical Company (1883) Transcribed by Kim Mohler

I.J. KELLY.

This gentleman is a son of T.J. Kelly, a native of Tennessee, who came to Missouri in about 1830 and settled in Polk county, and was one of the pioneer Baptist preachers of this part of the State.  He came to Greene county in 1858.  The subject of this sketch was born in Polk county, February 16, 1849.  His mother was Jane (nee Lemon) Kelly, also a native of Tennessee, and still resides in this county.  Mr. K. received his education in the common schools of this county, and at an early age began farming, which has ever since been his chief vocation.  In October, 1882, he and A. Buttram opened a livery stable in Ash Grove, since which time his interests have been identified with that town.  He was married December 23, 1866, to Miss Mary L, daughter of James Bradley, of Lafayette county, Mo.  Mr. Kelly and wife have three children, - all living at this writing, - named Matilda, John, and Polly, respectively.  Both Mr. and Mrs. K. are members of the Baptist church. 
Greene County, Missouri; St. Louis, Western Historical Company (1883); transcribed by S.Gruver

A.F. KERR.
This popular merchant and postmaster is the son of Jesse and Polly A. (Henry) Kerr, and was born in Blount county, Tennessee, December 18th, 1854.  His parents were also natives of Tennessee, and emigrated to Missouri in 1869, and settled in Greene county.  They are yet living in Walnut Grove.  Their son, AF. Kerr, was educated in the common schools, and at the High School at Greenfield.  He taught school until February, 1879, when he embarked in the hardware business at Walnut Grove, and is now one of the leading business men of the place.  The post-office was located at Walnut Grove in July, 1881, and his store was selected as the house, and himself as postmaster.  He has filled the office with credit to himself, and given satisfaction to all.  Mr. Kerr was married January 30th, 1879, to Miss Carrie R., daughter of John Hursh, Esq., a prominent citizen of Springfield, who died in 1874.  Their union has been blest with one child, Amelia A., born March 17th, 1881.  Mr. Kerr, though a young man, is one of Green’s most trustworthy business men, and a gentleman of whom all speak well.
Greene County, Missouri; St. Louis, Western Historical Company (1883); transcribed by S.Gruver

WILLIAM A. KILLINGSWORTH.
Mr. Killingsworth was born in McMinn county, Tennessee, January 6 1827.  His parents were William and Matilda (McClure) Killingsworth, who came to this county in 1839, and settled in section one of Boone township.  The father died in 1865, though the mother still survives at this writing, and is living on the old homestead.  William, Jr., received his education in the common schools, and early in life chose the vocation of farming.  In 1848 he purchased the place where he now resides, three miles southeast of Walnut Grove, his farm containing 171 acres of good land and well improved.  During the civil war of 1861-65 he was one of the first to volunteer his services for home protection, and served faithfully till the close of the war.  Mr. K. was first married February 17, 1848, but his wife died in 1865, and he was again married September 6, 1866, to Miss Rebecca Jordan.  By his first marriage Mr. K. had seven children, and three by the last marriage.  Five of the first and all of the last children survive at this writing.  The present Mrs. Killingsworth belongs to the Cumberland Presbyterian church.  Mr. K. is one of the early settlers, as he came to this State with his parents in 1839.  Having passed through many changes and privations, he has at last, by industry and economy, amassed a competency sufficient for comfortable living and stands well in the community where he is known.
Greene County, Missouri; St. Louis, Western Historical Company (1883); transcribed by S.Gruver

W.H. KING.
Mr. King is the son of Jonas L. and Mary King, and was born in Polk county, Missouri, January 8th, 1837.  His father was a native of Tennessee, born in 1807, and died in Polk county, Missouri, November 30th, 1880.  His mother was also a Tennesseean, born in 1808, and is still living upon the old homestead in Polk county.  W.H. King was educated in the common schools of the country, and when he was twenty years old, in 1857, he took the “gold fever,” and went to California, where he remained two years, having good success in mining.  He returned to Polk county, Missouri, in 1859, and followed farming until 1880, when he removed to Greene county and engaged in the mercantile business at Walnut Grove, and is one of the most substantial business men of the place.  He enlisted in the 6th Missouri U.S. cavalry in 1862, and was with that regiment until discharged in February, 1863.  He was married March 7, 1865, to Miss Mary, daughter of Jonathan Rice, a prominent citizen of Polk county.  Mr. King is a member of the A.F. & A.M. in good standing.  He does a large business in Walnut Grove and enjoys the respect of all.
Greene County, Missouri; St. Louis, Western Historical Company (1883); transcribed by S.Gruver


THOMAS M. KINNEY
Mr. Kinney is the son of John and Mary (Roach) Kinney, and was born November 1, 1850, in county Limerick, Ireland. His parents emigrated to America when he was an infant, and when he was still a small boy, they moved to Lafayette, Indiana. Thomas was educated at Notre Dame College, and at the age of sixteen he went to St. Louis and worked at his trade. In 1869 he went to Hannibal, Mo., and worked at his trade two years and then went to Columbus, Ky., and lived there over two years. He then returned to St. Louis and remained there until 1877. In November of that year he came to Springfield and worked some six months for Shipley, the tailor. He then embarked in business for himself with only a hundred dollars worth of stock. He now owns the building, No. 238 Boonville street, where he carries a splendid stock of piece goods, and employs about ten of the best tailors, and where the best work is done in the city. His stock and building is worth about six thousand dollars. Mr. Kinney was married April 16, 1872, at Hannibal, Mo., to Miss Mary A. Nevatt, a native of England. Her father was Isaac Nevatt, for many years editor and publisher of the Lancaster Advertiser in England. Their union has been blest with two sons and two daughters, all living. Mr. Kinney’s father died in 1862, and his mother when he was some five or six years of age.
Source: Greene County, Missouri; St. Louis, Western Historical Company (1883) Transcribed by Kim Mohler

JAMES M. KIRBY
Mr. Kirby is the son of Hendley and Elvira J. (Gilbert) Kirby, and was born in Robertson county, Tennessee, August 24th, 1844. In 1857 his parents moved to Arkansas, coming via Springfield. In November, 1863, he came to Springfield and enlisted in Col. J.E. Phelps’ 2nd Arkansas regiment, cavalry, in company K. He was mustered out at Memphis, Tennessee, August 20th, 1865, and returned to Springfield where he has since resided. He was for a long time a wholesale liquor dealer, and has accumulated considerable property. He was married to Alvira J. Williams, of Indiana. Their union has been blest with seven children, five of whom are now living. Mr. Kirby is a member of the Knights of Pythias. His mother died in 1861, and his father in 1876, at their home in Arkansas.
Source: Greene County, Missouri; St. Louis, Western Historical Company (1883) Transcribed by Kim Mohler

MOSES A. KIRKHAM

Mr. Kirkham is the son of Moses A. and Elizabeth (Warren) Kirkham, and was born in Davis county, Iowa, June 27, 1851. His father was a native of Ohio, and his mother of Kentucky. His grandfather was a soldier in the war of 1812, and his father was an Indian agent. His father moved to Kansas in 1857, and was the nearest neighbor of John Brown, and also took an active part with Brown in the Kansas troubles. When Moses was about fifteen years of age, he started out for himself and learned the plasterer’s and bricklayer’s trade. Since then he has worked at his trade in Kansas, Iowa, Texas, and Missouri. During the year 1876 he mined for lead in Galena, Kansas. In 1881, he moved to Springfield, and in 1882, he went to Bois D’Arc, where he now resides and works at his trade, and is proprietor of the Bois D’Arc hotel. He was married November 20, 1870, to Miss Lucinda, daughter of Squire and Lucinda (Hawkins) Owens, of Franklin county, Kansas. Their union has been blest with four children, three of whom are now living, viz.: Geneva, Tyrena, and Pearl.
Green County, Missouri; St. Louis, Western Historical Company (1883). Transcribed by Susan Geist

CAPT. CHARLES KROFF
This gentleman is the son of John and Elizabeth (Derry) Kroff, and was born in Monroe county, Ohio, December 11th, 1837. In 1853 he went to Decatur county, Indiana. He was educated at Milford, Indiana, and at Asbury University, located at Greencastle, Indiana. He studied law at Asbury, and in February, 1866, he graduated at the Indiana State University, and was then admitted to the bar. In July, 1866, he came to Hermitage, Hickory county, Missouri, and there practiced his profession until March 1st, 1883, when he came to Springfield. During the time he was in Hickory he was prosecuting attorney for seven years, upon the Republican ticket. Captain Kroff was married at Quincy, Hickory county, Missouri, July 21st, 1867, to Miss Mary Green. Their union is blest with two sons and two daughters. He is a member of the A.F. & A.M. and I.O.O.F. Captain Kroff’s parents were from Switzerland, and came to this country in 1808 and settled in Ohio. His father died in 1852, and his mother December 25th, 1875. They had thirteen children, ten of whom are living. In 1861 Captain Kroff enlisted in Company F, 11th Indiana volunteers, as a private and was in the following engagements: Fort Henry, Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Port Gibson, Raymond, Champion Hill, Siege of Vicksburg, Jackson, Carrion Crow Bayou, Lake Tusse, Halltown, Va., Winchester, Fisher’s Hill and Cedar Creek. He was mustered out as captain of the company in which he first enlisted, August 10th, 1865. He is now engaged in the law practice and the real estate business.
Source: Greene County, Missouri; St. Louis, Western Historical Company (1883) Transcribed by Kim Mohler




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