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KABURECK, VICTOR/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 2, 1910
Victor Kabureck, in his 16th year, died suddenly Sunday morning at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Kabureck, 1204 Rodemeyer avenue. The boy had been ill about eight years, but was able to be around. The doctor was treating him for dropsy and heart trouble. His death was unexpected, however. He was at the breakfast table when he complained of being sick and on being put to bed he died soon afterward. The family came here less than three years ago. The father is foreman at the Luer Bros. plant. They have relatives and friends in Springfield and Carlinville. The funeral will be tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock from SS. Peter and Paul's Cathedral.


KAESER, BESSIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 23, 1918
Mrs. Bessie Kaeser, wife of Gottlieb Kaeser, died this morning at the family home at 1205 East Seventh street, after a lingering illness. Besides her husband she leaves a daughter, Nettelie, 5 years old, and a brother, V. Knox of Nameoki. The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the home, Rev. O. W. Heggemeier, pastor of the Evangelical Church will officiate. The burial will be in the City cemetery.


KAESER, GOTTLIEB/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 8, 1907
Gottlieb Kaeser, aged 55, died Friday morning at 3:30 o'clock at his home, 302 Cherry street, from pneumonia. Mr. Kaeser had been very ill, and in his delirium he got out of bed yesterday and wandered down the street, greeting his friends. They thought that he was much better and did not realize that his appearance on the street was a manifestation of a fatal symptom of his disease. He was finally taken back to his home and he did not rally from the shock and exposure of being up out of bed. Mr. Kaeser leaves his wife and nine children. He was one of the best known residents of the east end of the city. He was engaged for many years as a carpenter, and owned considerable property in the east end. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family home, and Rev. Ernest Mueller of the German Evangelical church will officiate.


KAHL, HATTIE (nee WILD)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 11, 1913
The body of Mrs. Hattie Kahl, nee Wild, a former resident of Alton, will arrive here tomorrow morning and the funeral services will be conducted in the Twelfth Street Presbyterian Church by Rev. G. L. Clark. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Mrs. Kahl was a niece of Mrs. A. J. Johnson, and a cousin of Mrs. Peter Hawkins, Mrs. Thomas Hawkins, and Mrs. Charles Campbell of Alton.


KAISER, ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 23, 1902
Mrs. Elizabeth Kaiser, widow of Bartel Kaiser, died Tuesday night at her home, 819 Union street, after an illness with pneumonia and lung fever, in her 80th year. She leaves one son, Peter Hartman. Mrs. Kaiser had been a resident of Alton many years and was well known in the East End. The funeral will be held Friday morning at 9 o'clock from St. Mary's church.


KAISER, UNKNOWN INFANT/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 13, 1884
From Fosterburg – On March 2, 1884, an infant son of Herbert Kaiser died of congestion of the brain.


KALENDS, HARRY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 5, 1911
Greek Boy Dies From Wound - Case Is Mysterious
Harry Kalends, aged 20, who came to America from Greece last October, was fatally shot Sunday afternoon on Illinois avenue, and whether by himself or by someone else is not known. Kalends died at the hospital about 1 o'clock Monday morning, about nine hours after the shooting. He was a brother of Thomas Kalends, a Greek, who distinguished himself by teaching Shurtleff professors the pronunciation of Greek words, while he worked in the W. A. Rice barber shop on Piasa street. The shooting is shrouded in mystery, and it is believed that instead of suicide, it is a case of murder. There are several stories which, connected with the conduct of men implicated, tend to support the murder theory. When Officer Chris Ulrich reached the place where the young man was lying wounded, he found a small 22 calibre revolver by the boy's side and three chambers were empty. Kalends had a bullet hole through his head, but no powder burns whatever. Dr. Shaff, who attended him, gave the opinion it was not a suicide. This is supported by the fact that the boy had drawn $21.50 Saturday, and had not a cent Sunday afternoon when he was found. Kalends did not become able to speak after the shooting. The revolver was undoubtedly his own, and it is supposed that he quarreled over a gambling game with one or more men, and that in a scuffle his own revolver was taken from him and he was shot with it. The bullet entered forward of his left ear. Coroner Streeper considered the case so serious this morning, that he deferred taking evidence until Tuesday evening, when the coroners' jury will hear testimony of witnesses. In the meantime, a search is being set up for witnesses, some of whom are reported to have heard quarrelling and also heard the shot.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 21, 1911
Thomas Kalends, a Greek boy, lay in the broiling sun this morning for two hours, weeping over his brother's grave in City cemetery. Since his brother's death, Tom has been inconsolable. He has spent much time in the cemetery lying on the grave of his brother, of whom he was very fond, and his grief was so overwhelming it was feared that it might have disastrous effects. The boy was to start today for his home in Greece to carry tidings of the tragic end of his brother, Harry Kalends, to his mother and other relatives. Going to the cemetery this morning, Tom threw himself on the grave and would not move from it. Finally, when he prolonged his stay, his uncle, John Venardos, went to the cemetery, got the boy and induced him to leave the place. Tom, as has been said, goes back home giving up his cherished plan of becoming an American citizen, knowing that a long period of service in the Greek army awaits him when he arrives in Greece. Leaving his brother dead here and knowing the grief he will bring to his mother in his native land caused the boy to give away completely to his sorrow over the killing of the brother.


KAMP, EDWARD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 13, 1907
Edward, the 4-months old child of Mr. and Mrs. John Kamp of Second and Vine streets, died this morning at 4 o'clock and the funeral will be held tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock from the home. Burial will be in City cemetery.


KAMPER, JOHN H./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 6, 1904
Old Soldier Dies
Fosterburg News - After a long illness, John H. Kamper, an old resident, died at 8 a.m. Friday. Mr. Kamper did good service in the army, and there was a warm friendship that existed between him and his old comrades. He was a member of the Presbyterian church, a good citizen, and much respected by all who knew him. He died at the age of 69. He leaves a wife, three sons, and three daughters, all grown. Funeral services took place at the Presbyterian church, conducted by Rev. Morey and the Grand Army Post, assisted by the band, had charge of the exercises at the cemetery. There was a very large attendance and numerous and beautiful floral offerings. Pallbearers were: John and Moses Thompson, Frank and Sam Williams, John Culp and Charles Gabriel. The family have the sympathy of the entire community.


KANADY, JACK/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 24, 1919
Shurtleff Boy Makes Supreme Sacrifice - Is College's First to Die in War
News of the first Shurtleff College man lost in France arrived at the school in Upper Alton this morning. Jack Kanady, of Omaha, Ill., is the college student who makes first supreme sacrifice representing Shurtleff College on the battlefield in Europe. Kanady had been a Shurtleff College student four years when drafted in Alton. He left this city with the contingent of soldiers in October 1917. He was trained in Camp Taylor and was sent to France early in the spring of 1918. He was in the front line on the battlefield all last summer, and was wounded in action three different times. He recovered in the hospital from each of his series of injuries. Each time he was sent back to the front where he fought more bravely each time. In the last great battle that was waging at the time the armistice was signed, the Shurtleff College student was gassed. He was sent to the hospital in a very serious condition. He lingered some time when pneumonia set in and he died on November 24, fourteen days after the war ended. Word came to Shurtleff College this morning of the death of the young soldier. The news was sent by the father of the young man from Omaha, this state, and he stated that he had just received official news from the War Department announcing the boy's death. It is said the dead soldier was the only child of the parents. The news of the death of the college student cast a gloom of sadness over the entire school. Jack Kanaday was with Company I, 138th Illinois Infantry. He was working his way through college, and would have graduated this spring with the class of 1919, had he not answered the call of his country to defend American rights that were being trampled under feet by Germany. Mr. Kanady had rooms at the residence of Rodger and Miss Daisy Templin on Annex street during the time he lived here and he was held in the highest esteem by all who knew him, as well as by everybody at Shurtleff College.


KANE, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 28, 1916
John Kane, who died early this week at St. Joseph's Hospital, was buried this morning at 9 o'clock, requiem mass being said at the Cathedral by Rev. M. A. Tarrant. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery.


KANE, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 19, 1911
Mrs. Mary Kane, widow of the late Patrick Kane, the grocer, of Second and Langdon streets, died Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 from paralysis. She suffered a stroke about a year ago, but apparently recovered from the effects of that one. Two strokes suffered recently were more than she could rally from, and her end came peacefully. She was 78 years old, and came to Alton from Limerick, Ireland in 1851. She has resided here since. She is survived by her daughter, Miss Ella Kane, who lived with her mother and cared for her since old age overtook her. Mrs. Kane was twice married, the first husband being a Mr. Sheehan. He died after they had been married a few years, and later she married Mr. Kane. The late John T. Sheehan, grocer, was her son, and in addition to her daughter she leaves three granddaughters, children of Mr. and Mrs. John T. Sheehan. They are Mrs. Mary Daly, Mrs. Helen Mahoney, and Kathryn Sheehan, all of Alton. Mrs. Kane was well and widely known in the Alton's, and leaves many friends and acquaintances, who will regret to hear of her death. The funeral will be held Thursday morning at 9 o'clock from the Cathedral, where a requiem mass will be said. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery.


KANE, PATRICK/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 6, 1909
Old Faithful Delivery Horse Leads Cortege to Cemetery
The funeral of Patrick Kane, the East Second street grocer who died Saturday morning, aged 77 years, was held Monday morning at 9 o'clock from the Cathedral, where a requiem high mass was said by the Rector Rev. E. L. Spalding. The church was well filled with friends of deceased, and the funeral cortege to Greenwood cemetery where burial was made was a very long one. Mr. Kane had lived in Alton since 1850, and his long life was such as to gain him the respect and good will of all who came to know him. This was attested at the funeral by the unusually large number of those gathered to pay their last respects. In all respects the wishes of Mr. Kane regarding his funeral and burial were carried out by the family. He said he wanted his faithful, old delivery horse, which he had driven for the last twenty-one years, to take him to the grave, and the horse in accordance with this wish led the funeral cortege, the animal being in charge of two of the employees of deceased, James Garner and Ben Rose Jr. Mr. Kane also said he would like his pallbearers to be chosen from among his tenants, and this was done, all but one, Lewis Megowen of Upper Alton being the exception. Several years ago Mr. McGowen and Mr. Kane made an agreement that which ever died first the other should place the last spadeful of dirt on his grave, and Mr. Megowen kept the trust and was the sixth pallbearer. The others were Squire Rose, John Abel, Frank Girard, Albert Girard, and Emil Hanold. Among out of town folks who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. John T. Hutton, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Ganey, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Ganey of Gillespie, Miss Mary Burns of Litchfield; Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Drennan, and Mrs. Mary Kinney Shea, of St. Louis; Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Ganey, Mrs. Thomas Devanney, Mrs. Mary Coyne and Mrs. Annie Thompson of East St. Louis. Floral offerings were numerous in spite of request made not to send flowers.


KANTER, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 21, 1917
 Drowns in Swimming Hole
John Kanter, the 20 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Kanter of East Alton, was drowned Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock by going into deep cold water in a swimming hole in a tributary of Wood River, east of the Tile works. Kanter was with two nephews, Fred and George Gerdes, of Bethalto. The two boys were visiting the Kanter home and had gone with John Kanter to enjoy a swim. John Kanter was a good swimmer, but it is supposed that in taking his first plunge into the deep cold water of the swimming hole, he was made helpless by cramps. His two companions saw him drown and called for help. The body was recovered from the water and an inquest held by Deputy Coroner W. H. Bauer. The hole in which Kanter lost his life, it developed at the inquest, was 8 feet deep. Beside his parents he leaves two sisters and three brothers. The funeral was held this afternoon from the German Evangelical church in Alton at 2:30 o'clock.


KANTER, WILHELMINA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 1, 1904
Mrs. Wilhelmina Kanter, widow of the late John Kanter, one of the best known of the pioneer German-American farmers in the vicinity of East Alton, died Tuesday morning at her home east of East Alton on the Bethalto road. She was 79 years of age and had lived on the farm where she died since she went there a bride sixty years ago. Last Tuesday Mrs. Kanter, who had been ill for a few days, fell on the porch of her home, and in falling her side struck a bench and three ribs were fractured. She never recovered from the shock. She was a sister of the late Frederick Hausmann, and leaves two sons, William, who lived with her, and August, besides numerous relatives. The funeral will be Thursday afternoon at 10 o'clock from the home to the City Cemetery. Services will be conducted by Rev. Theodore Oberhellmann.


KARDELL, NELLIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 14, 1907
Mrs. Nellie Kardell, wife of Henry W. Kardell, died Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the home of her brother, Fred Haskett, on Bluff street, after a long illness. She was 23 years of age December 31. Mrs. Kardell's death has been one of the most pathetic ones that ever comes into the lives of any family. Four years ago in February she became the bride of Henry W. Kardell, and was married in the gown she wore as a graduate a short time before, when she completed her course of study in the High school. She was the youngest daughter of Mrs. Emma V. Heskett, and was admired for her beauty of face and disposition. She was the picture of perfect health and her married life was a very happy one. She was taken ill with scarlet fever a number of years ago, and it is said that the disease left her strength enfeebled so that she fell a ready victim of kidney troubles which attacked her within recent months. Her husband had just completed a handsome residence on Bluff street in which they expected to live, and during her illness she expressed the utmost confidence that she would recover and that she would enjoy living in her handsome new home. During her illness she never lost hope, even when blindness darkened the day for her. She was never able to see her home completed, as her condition forbade her visiting it. Beside her husband, she leaves one child, her mother, brothers and sisters.


KAREL, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 27, 1903
After an illness of several weeks from apoplexy, Mr. John Karel, one of Alton's best known business men, passed away Sunday night at 8 o'clock, aged 67. During the last few years Mr. Karel has been an invalid part of the time. He suffered from gangrene of the foot, resulting from his feet being frosted many years before. It became necessary to amputate one of the feet, and Mr. Karel began to improve at once. He was able to be around again and continued to look after his prosperous business at Third and Market streets until a few weeks ago, when he was suddenly stricken with apoplexy at his home. His condition appeared to be hopeless from the beginning, and Sunday night he passed quietly away. Mr. Parel was a native of Pilsen, Austria, in the province of Bohemia. He came to America in 1866, and after living a year in St. Louis came to Alton and married Miss Mamie Homan. He was connected with the Rodemeyer carriage factory many years, and six years ago he acquired the business. He leaves his wife and four daughters, Mrs. Bertha Schmoeller of Alton; Mrs. Robert Loewenstein of St. Louis; Mrs. Ben Doerre; and Miss Carrie Karel of Alton. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the family home, and services will be conducted by Rev. J. H. J. Rice, and the German Benevolent Society will participate in the services at the grave.


KARNS, HENRY L./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 15, 1911
Old Soldier Dead - Failed to Get Pension He Deserved
Henry L. Karns, a veteran of the Civil War and later of the Indian Wars, a member of the regular army for twelve years, died from Brights disease at his home, 1934 Central avenue, at 4:40 o'clock this morning. He had been ill a long time and had been unable to work. One of his maladies from which he suffered was rheumatism, and he claimed a pension from the government for his disability but was unable to get it, owing to the fact that he had no hospital record. He enlisted for service in the Civil War when he was 13 years of age, and after the close of the war he re-enlisted and served on the western frontier fighting Indians. He slept on the ground in the open and contracted rheumatism, but he never reported for hospital and so could not claim any pension on that ground. He served during the Civil War as a bugler in the 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry. He was born at Carlisle, Pa., and was 64 years of age. For years he followed the occupation of coal miner, and was president of the coal miners union at Pana during one of the long strikes. The family came to Alton to live ten years ago. He leaves beside his wife, four daughters, Mrs. Charles E. Lessner, Misses Ellen, Maggie and Mary Louise Karns. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family home.


KARR, HENRY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 18, 1906
Henry Karr, the young signal man who was struck by a Chicago & Alton train at Godfrey, died at St. Joseph's hospital about 5 o'clock Wednesday afternoon from the injuries he received. The body was turned over to Deputy Coroner Keiser, who will hold an inquest Friday afternoon when the train crew, who picked up the young man after the accident, can be here. The body was taken to the home of the father of the deceased at Godfrey today, and the funeral will be held tomorrow. Karr was not able to tell how the accident happened, and there is no one who knows whether he was in the line of duty or was out on the road on his own responsibility when struck by the train.


KARR, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 20, 1920
Old Soldier From Civil War Succumbs to Pneumonia
John Karr, one of the best known old residents of Godfrey township, died from pneumonia at the home of his sister-in-law, Mrs. Samuel Karr, in Godfrey last night at 8:30 o'clock, after an illness that began a little over four years ago. He was in his 87th year. He was never married. He leaves one brother, Wilson Karr, of Jerseyville, and one nephew and a niece. He was born in Ireland and came to this country when a young man. He enlisted for service in the Civil War on the first call for 90-day troops, and re-enlisted afterward for three years. He was wounded at the battle of Antietam, and also participated in the battle of Bull Run. He had suffered paralysis in the leg in which he was wounded. He was a resident of Godfrey township more than thirty years. The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon, from his ______ home, and burial will be in the Godfrey Cemetery.


KARR, WILSON/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 4, 1920
Wilson Karr, a former well known farmer of the Godfrey neighborhood, died this morning at 4 o'clock at the home of his sister-in-law in Godfrey, Mrs. Sarah Karr, following a short illness. Few knew of the serious condition of Karr, and his death came as a very great surprise. He was born in Ireland and came to Godfrey fifty years ago where he has since resided. He was 85 years of age. He never married, and with the exception of his sister-in-law, he leaves no immediate relatives. A brother, John Karr, died at Godfrey last spring, following a long illness with paralysis. The funeral of Karr will be held Friday afternoon at two o'clock from the Karr home, and interment will be in the Godfrey cemetery. Rev. G. Calvert of the Godfrey Methodist church will conduct the funeral service.


KASTEN, UNKNOWN INFANT/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 7, 1916
Baby Dies From Auto Accident
The eight weeks old child of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kasten died at the home at 3:30 o'clock Sunday morning from injuries received in an auto accident on Saturday evening. The mother and the two boys and Mrs. Henry Hohman were all thrown from the Hohman automobile on Saturday evening, when the machine skidded into a ditch. The accident happened so quickly that there is no telling how the baby met its death. It is believed, however, by those who were in the accident, that the mother was thrown on top of the baby and the child died from the injuries.....The baby was taken at once to the Kasten home, where it was given surgical attention. All efforts to save its life failed, and the little child died at 3:30 o'clock on Sunday morning. The inquest was held at the home this morning.


KASTIEN, FRANK/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 11, 1901
Frank Kastien, an aged citizen and farmer, was found dead in his bed by his wife, early Tuesday morning. Deputy Coroner Streeper came over from Upper Alton and held an inquest. Mrs. Kastien testified that she was awakened by her husband giving a cough, and went to his bedside and found him dead. Mr. Kastien has been feeble for a number of years and his mind was at times impaired. For a long time Moro township elections have been held at Mr. Kastein's house.


KAUDER, MARTIN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 25, 1914
Two Die When Yacht Capsized in Swift Current
Finis Handle Jr., aged 19, and Martin Kauder, aged 24, were drowned in the Mississippi river Friday afternoon about 5 o'clock, and Charles Southard, aged 21, escaped, when a little yacht belonging to Kauder, in which the three young men were taking a ride, capsized at the head of a barge of the Mississippi Sand Co. fleet, at the mooring of the and company [sic]. According to the story told by the survivor, Charles Southard, and also from the accounts of eye witnesses, the fatal features of the accident could have been avoided, but for the efforts of the two young men who were drowned to save their disabled yacht from being carried under the barge, around and under which a current was racing at a speed of 6 to 7 miles an hour. The engine of the yacht was not working well when the trio started out from the Fluent dock. Capt. W. D. Fluent said he noticed that only one cylinder was working. The party kept on and were working with the engine, hoping to get it running properly. When they were in toward shore trying to avoid the swiftest current, and were about 75 feet above the barges of the Mississippi Sand Co., the engine died down completely and the yacht drifted with the current....When the members of the party saw that they must inevitably float against the head of the barges, Southard stood on the bow of the boat and the two others on the stern as the boat came in contact with the overhanging part of the barge and the three tried to push the yacht away...It is believed that Kauder and Hindle became entangled in the canopy top and were carried under the barge. Hindle never did appear after going under the barge, and was probably drowned under the barge and then shot out under the water far down the river. Kauder, who seemed to be a strong swimmer, managed to extricate himself from the boat and he swam out from underneath after he had gone down the river about half the length of the barge. Frank Yost and Frank Weber, two men employed on the fleet of the sand company, saw the accident and ran along the edge of the barge trying to rescue Kauder, who had appeared on the river side of the barge, swimming and floating. The men shouted to him to swim toward them, but he evidently did not understand them, or was bewildered by being underneath the barge and he continued to swim away, evidently not realizing that he had come to the surface and was far enough away from the barge to be safe. Kauder sank.....Southard, who like the other two, had clung to the bow of the barge when the yacht struck, hauled himself up and was wet only to the knees....Word was sent to the parents of the two victims of the accident. David Kauder, father of Martin Kauder, arrived at the river bank just as Fluent returned with word that there was no chance of getting the two bodies at that time. The father's first thought was of his son's wife. He hurried off to break the news to her. Mrs. Kauder was at her home on Eliot avenue when she learned of her husband's death. Kauder was a young printer, who recently completed his apprenticeship. He had been working for J. J. McKeen at the Alton Printing house, and was studying to become a line type operator....Finis Hindle Jr. is the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Finis Hindle. Finis Hindle, the father of one of the victims, is still suffering from the effects of a bad fall and is a cripple, being obliged to get about on crutches. Coming at this time the loss of one of the bread winners for the family is a heavy one. All three of the young men worked for W. M. Sauvage, and he regarded them as valuable helpers....Mrs. Kauder this afternoon authorized the offer of a $50 reward for the recovery of the body of her husband.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 9, 1914
The body of Martin Kauder, who was drowned fifteen days ago when his yacht was carried by a swift current against the upper end of a sand barge of the Mississippi Sand Co., near the foot of Prospect street, was recovered just before noon today. The body evidently had been held down by a snag as the body of Finis Hindle, who was drowned with Kauder, was recovered six days after the accident, and was down the river near the mouth of the Missouri river when picked up. Hope of recovering Kauder's body had about been abandoned. His widow, despairing of the body being found and laboring under a heavy mental strain due to grief over the loss of her husband and the failure to recover his body, had gone to Atchison, Kan. A reward of $50 offered for the recovery of the body by the widow had been withdrawn, but another reward of $25 was offered by W. M. Sauvage and others. Just before noon, a child, Blanche Ventress, while walking along the river bank with her mother, noticed the body floating. It was just a short distance below the barge where the accident occurred, and the yacht was sunk by the swift current.


KAUFFMAN, ADOLPH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 24, 1920
Adolph Kauffman, a returned soldier, aged 29, died at 6 o'clock this morning at the family home, 2517 State, from pneumonia, following an attack of influenza. The whole family, with one exception, had been down with the disease, eight being sick at one time in the house. Efforts to get help were fruitless for days. The mother was taken down with the disease. One daughter, Pauline, who had taken a nursing course in Kansas City and was home convalescing from injuries she received in a fall, took charge of the sick folks, but it was manifestly beyond her physical powers to handle all the work and appeals for help were made. Unfortunately, the Welfare Council was out of funds and had no regular nurse at the time. Thursday night some help was secured temporarily, and last night permanent help was secured. The sick mother had risen from her bed to take care of her dying son. There was one stove in the house, the family said, but in the room where the dying boy lay there was no heat until neighbors supplied oil stoves. The house was under strict quarantine. The family did not lack for food as they were close to a grocery store, and they were kept supplied. The father does not live with his family. In addition to the regular family a daughter was home on a visit and had with her a three months' old baby, which added to the burden that had to be borne in the house. The young man who died had served four years in the army. The Odd Fellows will have charge of the funeral tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock, and burial will be in the City cemetery.


KAUFFMAN, I. B./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 22, 1914
The funeral of I. B. Kauffman, old soldier, was held this morning at 11 o'clock from the family home, where Rev. W. I. Terhune of the Methodist Church conducted the funeral services. There were many old friends of Mr. Kauffman and of the family at the funeral. The cortege went from the Moro Presbyterian Church, where Rev. Mr. Terhune again conducted services, which were attended by many friends of Mr. Kauffman, from the Moro neighborhood. Burial was in the Moro Cemetery.


KAUFFMAN, SUSAN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 26, 1921
Mrs. Susan Kauffman, 52 years old, wife of Louis Kauffman, died at 3 a.m. today at her home, 1918 Main street. Mrs. Kauffman recently returned from a six months' trip to California for her health. Mrs. Kauffman was born in Eureka, Ill., and came here in 1907. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, and interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery.


KAUFFMAN, THOMAS H./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 17, 1906
 Prominent Citizen and Business Man Succumbs to Typhoid Fever
Thomas H. Kauffman died Saturday morning at 2 o'clock at his residence, 1028 Langdon street, after an illness of three weeks from typhoid fever. Mr. Kauffman was born at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Kauffman of St. Louis. The aged couple are still living and are making their home in St. Louis. The parents formerly lived in Bethalto and were well known residents of Madison county. Mr. Kauffman was a member of a family of six sons and two daughters, and his is the first break in that large family circle. He was 44 years of age. The first illness began about three weeks ago, and while Mr. Kauffman was able to be around the streets and attended to his duties part of the time as superintendent of the Stanard mills here, he was a very sick man. It was ten days before his case was diagnosed as typhoid fever, and then the malady had made such progress that it was impossible to do much for him. He lingered close to death for days, some days his condition being slightly improved and at others it would be worse. During his illness reports from the sick chamber were being awaited with great anxiety by his many friends. The death of Mr. Kauffman is a cause of keen regret to those who knew him both in a business way and socially. He was a man of great force of character, keenly alive to a sense of duty and most active in doing his duty as he saw it. He was deeply interested in public affairs as well as in business, and last spring he took an active part in conducting the campaign of the Citizens' ticket to a successful issue at the municipal election. He was president of the Alton Commercial club and a leading member of the Alton Manufacturers' association. During the years he was in Alton he had charge of the Stanard mills, and he carried on the office affairs with such efficiency that he was held in the highest esteem by his employers. He was connected with E. O. Stanard since leaving college, and by unwavering fidelity to his duties succeeded in pushing his way up to a position of prominence in the employ of the company. As an employer he was extremely well liked by the men who worked under him, and there is not one of them but feels his death as a personal bereavement. He was kindness personified in all his dealings with those under him, and never was there a man in his employ but thought Tom Kauffman was quite the best employer he had ever known. His dealings with men in business were the same as in social life. He was intensely interested in all that he did, never allowing anything to be done in a half way. Mr. Kauffman is survived by his wife and three children, two daughters and one son. The officials of the Alton Commercial club today closed the club rooms out of respect oto the deceased president, and a meeting of the club members was called for this evening to take some action appropriate to the sad event which has occurred. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the First Methodist church. Interment will be in City Cemetery and will be private.


KAUFFOLD, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 6, 1902
The funeral of Mrs. Henry Kauffold will take place at the family home tomorrow afternoon. The minister of the German Evangelical church at Edwardsville will officiate. The burial will be at Oakwood.


KAUTER, JOHN/Source: Alton Telegraph, July 29, 1886
From Bethalto – The funeral of Mr. John Kauter took place from his late residence, two miles east of Wann [East Alton], on Friday last.


KAY, MARGARET/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 15, 1915
The death of Mrs. Margaret Kay, for six year matron at the Old Ladies' Home on North State street, occurred last evening at Nokomis, Illinois, where she was staying at the home of Mrs. Margaret Arnold. Mrs. Kay has been very low for some time, and her death was not unexpected. She has been sick for many months and everything possible was done to relieve her suffering. Thinking that a change would benefit her, relatives had her taken to Nokomis from the Mitchell home on Alby street, but she continued to grow worse. Mrs. Kay was sixty-five years of age, and was born in the North Side, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Mitchell, well known residents of the Coal Branch. When quite young she moved to Portland, Oregon where she resided for thirty years, returning to Alton about fifteen years ago. Many relatives survive her, the nearest being a daughter, Mrs. Ida Stites of Portland, Ore.; and a brother, James Mitchell of Brighton. The body will be brought to Alton this evening and will be taken to the Mitchell home on North Alby street, the old family homestead where Mrs. John Mitchell now lives. The funeral will be held tomorrow at 2 o'clock, the services to be conducted by Rev. W. M. Twing of the First Baptist Church, and Rev. L. M. Williamson of Upper Alton. Burial will take place in the City Cemetery. When quite young Mrs. Kay joined the Baptist Church, and for some years has been an active member of the First Baptist Church of this city.


KAY, NETTIE/Source: Alton Telegraph, July 19, 1872
Died on July 15, at the Coal Branch, Nettie, infant and only daughter of Isaac and Maggie Kay; aged 3 months and 19 days.


KAYLOR, ABBIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 13, 1907
The body of Mrs. Abbie Kaylor arrived this noon from St. Louis and was taken to City Cemetery for burial. Services were conducted by Rev. A. A. Tanner of the Congregational church. Mrs. Kaylor lived in Alton many years ago. Her husband was buried here. She was 76 years of age.


KAYSER, CHARLES F./Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, July 5, 1924
Charles F. Kayser, a well-known resident of Liberty Prairie, died at his home yesterday morning at 7:30 o’clock, following an illness of nine weeks. Mr. Kayser was the son of John E. and Elise Kayser. He was born November 14, 1844, in St. Charles, Missouri, and was 79 years, 7 months, and 10 days of age. His early life was spent in St. Charles and St. Louis, where he was educated. After marrying in 1875 to Miss Sophia Blume of Pleasant Ridge, he engaged in farming until retiring nine years ago. Their union was blessed with seven children, two of whom preceded their father in death – Edward of Indianapolis and Albert Eugene, who died in France.

Kayser was active in the Liberty Prairie Presbyterian Church of which he was a member. He had a genial, lovable disposition, was a kind husband and father, and was happiest with his children and grandchildren.

He was survived by his widow and five children: John of Greenville, Illinois; Will of Terre Haute, Indiana; and Mrs. Louis Arbuthnot, Miss Bertha, and Ernest Kayser of Liberty Prairie; twelve grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Mary Kann of Georgia; and a brother, Herman F. Kayser, an aged Civil War veteran of Litchfield. Interment was in the Liberty Prairie Cemetery.


KAYSER, HERMAN F./Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, March 16, 1931
Herman F. Kayser, 91, a former resident of Liberty Prairie and a veteran of the Civil War, died at the St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield Saturday night, of influenza and old age. His wife, Mrs. Alice [nee Stearns] Kayser preceded him in death in January.

Herman Kayser was born in St. Charles, Missouri, on April 10, 1839. For a number of years, the family lived at Liberty Prairie. At the beginning of the Civil War, he enlisted at Alton with the 97th Infantry, Company I. He remained in service until the end of the war. Kayser left behind three children – Mrs. Emma Hyndman, Bert Kayser of Litchfield, and Mrs. Effie Mayhew of Lewanee.


KAYSER, JOHN ERNST/Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, November 2, 1892 - Submitted by MyraAnn
Died, Friday, in Liberty Prairie, Ft. Russell township, after a short but painful illness, John Ernst Kayser, aged 83 years, 5 months and 23 days. He was born in Prussia, Germany, April 6, 1809. He was the third of a family of twelve children. After his father's death he was married to Miss Mary Elise Sander, June 27, 1835. In the fall of the same year he and his wife and widowed mother with her remaining ten children, emigrated to American and settled on a farm in St. Charles county, Mo. There were born to the couple seven children, five sons and two daughters; two sons died in infancy. In 1857, with his family, he came to Illinois, and settled on the farm in Liberty Prairie, on which he resided until death. He leaves surviving one brother, F. W. Kayser of Wenas, Wash., one sister, Mrs. Bertha Kunst, of Burlington, Ia; his aged wife, two daughters, Mrs. Minnie Eppelsheimer and Mrs. Mary Kann, of St. Louis, and three sons, H. F. Kayser, of Litchfield; A. E. Kayser, of Omphghent, and Chas. F. Kayser, who has living with him continuously; also twenty-one grand children and two great-grand children. His sturdy honesty and uprightness have won him the profound respect of all his neighbors and acquaintances. Arriving in this country, he, like many others, had to endure hardships and privations, but by industrious habits and perseverance accumulated a handsome estate and lived to see his children in comfortable circumstances. In politics he was a life-long republican. He voted for Wm. Henry Harrison in 1840, and if he had lived, would have voted for Benj. Harrison. He was deeply interested in the progress and inventions of the age. Having inherited a robust constitution he generally enjoyed good health, but of late years was more or less debilitated and his eyesight weakened, yet he was always glad to see his friends, and to them he was an interesting entertainer. He was a true friend and those of his nativity have good reason to be proud that he was one of them. The regard and esteem in which he was held by the community was demonstrated by the large concourse of friends attending his funeral Sunday afternoon. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Hunter, of Liberty Prairie C. P. church, after which the remains were interred in the Liberty Prairie cemetery. The pall bearers were: D. C. Scheer, V. P. Richmond, F. Nietert, L. Hill, Wm. Galt and J. R. Newman.


KEATING, HANNAH M./Source: Alton Telegraph, October 24, 1862
Died on Friday evening, Hannah M. Keating, relict of the late Edward Keating, aged 43.


KEATON, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 31, 1921
Three Die Enroute to Hospital
While enroute to St. Elizabeth's Hospital to attend her daughter, who was to undergo an operation for appendicitis, Mrs. Mary Keaton, 28, wife of Martin Keaton, 2214 Bryan Avenue, Granite City, with Mrs. Mary Craig, 45, wife of Clement Craig, 2223 Missouri Avenue, Granite City, was instantly killed when the Craig automobile was struck by the Wabash fast passenger train at Granite City at 7 o'clock today. William Bausman, a son of Mrs. Craig by a former marriage, who was injured, died an hour later in St. Elizabeth's Hospital. Mrs. Keaton's daughter was on the operating table and the anesthetic was about to be administered, when her mother was killed. The operation was postponed. The daughter has not been told of her mother's tragic death. The bodies of the three dead have been taken in charge by Coroner Edward Mercer, who will conduct an inquest. The automobile was driven by Mrs. Craig. Information at the office of the coroner was that the automobile was going at a moderate rate of speed. Just as it reached the tracks, it was said, Mrs. Craig saw the speeding train and made an effort to throw the engine into reverse. This action failed to get the machine off the track and the speeding train crashed into it. The two women were instantly killed. The boy was rushed to the hospital, and every effort made to save his life, but failed. Clement Craig, husband of the woman driving the automobile, is mess sergeant at Jefferson Barracks. Keaton is a craneman at the Commonwealth Steel Co. At almost the same instant that the fatal accident at Granite City occurred, a Wabash train crashed into the rear end of a Chicago and Alton passenger train at Madison. The last coach of the Alton train was thrown from the tracks when the rails spread, and demolished. No one was in the rear car when the Wabash train crashed into it. Presence in the car would probably have meant certain death.


KEBER, GOTTLEIB/Source: Alton Telegraph, December 5, 1878
Ends Life by Suicide
Mr. Gottleib Keber, of the State Street Steam Dyeing and Cleansing establishment, ended his life and earthly troubles together last night, by a plunge into the cold waters of the river. The apparent reason was a “skeleton in his household,” or in other words, family troubles were the cause of the rash deed. Deceased, as we are informed, worked part of the day yesterday at his usual avocations, but had some trouble with his wife, and in the course of the day, told his brother that he could not live any longer. About 9 o’clock last night, he was in Steinheimer’s Saloon, and bid some gentlemen there goodbye, and told them that he intended drowning himself. He then went out and was seen no more alive.

The body was found this morning about 7 o’clock, floating near the Spread Eagle at the landing. The presumption is that deceased threw himself into the water from the sand barge, a short distance above the freight warehouse, floated down and lodged against or near the packet, and was raised by the motion of the wheels. As the Coroner did not arrive on the 9 o’clock train, the body was removed shortly after that hour under direction of Deputy Sheriff Rudershausen, to the family residence on State Street near Fourth. Deceased leaves a widow, a very estimable lady, and six small children.

Keber appears to have made all his preparations with a cool determination to live no longer. He left his money with his eldest son, and told his brother, Fritz Keber, last evening, that he would this morning find a postal card in the office, which proved to be the case. The card reiterated his intention to commit suicide, and in it he bade farewell to his friends. Those to whom he spoke of committing the deed had no idea that he was in earnest, and requested him to leave any valuable that he might have.

Coroner Youree arrived on the 2 o’clock freight train, and held an inquest at the late residence of deceased. The verdict of the jury was that “Gottleib Keber committed suicide by drowning himself in the Mississippi River, sometime after 8 o’clock p.m. Thursday, November 28, and that from the evidence, the probably cause was family troubles.”

Gottleib Keber was born in 1838 (probably in Germany), and was married to Mary _____ (?-1883). Besides his widow, surviving was his brother, Fritz Keber, and six children (one of which was Fred Keber, 1870-1909). Gottleib was buried in the Alton City Cemetery. He was 39-40 years of age.


KECK, LUCRETIA E./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 14, 1907
Mrs. Lucretia Keck died today shortly before 12 o'clock at the home of her parents, Captain and Mrs. William R. Wright, in Upper Alton. She was 58 years old last August, and leaves one son, W. P. Keck of New York. Mrs. Keck has been a sufferer from asthma for many years, and the past twelve years she has lived in Denver on account of her health. Her home was formerly in Chicago, and her body will be taken to that city for burial beside that of her daughter, who died at the age of 16 years. Mrs. Keck was here two years ago to visit her parents, but the climate affected her health in such a way that she was compelled to return to Colorado as quick as possible. In the past few months it became evident she could not live long, and she returned to Upper Alton two weeks ago to be with her parents and brothers and sisters once more. Yesterday morning her condition became so bad that the attending physician advised that her son be sent for, and a message was sent calling him to his mother's bedside, but the end came today while the son was on his way. Mrs. Keck was born in Upper Alton. She was the oldest child of Capt. and Mrs. Wright. She leaves besides her aged parents, two sisters, Mrs. Hattie E. Bell and Mrs. S. A. Wightman, and one brother, Frank Wright, all of Upper Alton. The burial will occur in Chicago, but arrangements cannot be made until the son of the deceased lady arrives.


KEEFE, EDWARD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 14, 1919
Well-Known Saloon Keeper and Powerful Democratic Figure Dies
Edward [sic] Keefe, 53 years old, saloon keeper and well known in local political circles, died this morning at 11 o'clock at his home, 1320 East Broadway, following a short illness. Though troubled for some time with stomach ailments, Keefe did not become seriously sick until a few days ago. He was up and around yesterday, but complained early last night and went to bed. Edward Keefe was originally a glassblower, but left that trade twelve years ago and entered the saloon business with the father, the late Martin Keefe, who died nine years ago. Since that time the saloon has been conducted by Edward Keefe. Keefe was a powerful man in East End political affairs. An ardent Democrat, he conducted many of the campaigns of that party in the eastern part of the city. He took also a prominent part in city elections and usually was able to swing that part of town to his candidate. Candidates for seats in the council from that section usually fared poorly without Keefe's aid. It was said about Keefe that although he never held public office, whether the election was big or little, he always was interested. Edward Keefe was born in Alton on August 31, 1865, and spent his entire life here. He was a member of St. Patrick's Church, and at one time was a member of the Knights of Columbus. At the time of his death he belonged to the Moose Lodge. He leaves his widow, Mrs. Minnie Keefe, and one son, Charles. He leaves also a brother, Matthew Keefe, of Alton, and two sisters, Mrs. Julia Temme of Alton and Mrs. John Bollier of San Francisco, Cal. Funeral arrangements have not been made.


KEEFE, HANORA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 8, 1904
Mrs. Hanora Keefe, aged 85, died Thursday night from bronchitis at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mary Gibbons, 903 Alby street. She had been ill a long time and the illness was aggravated by her great age. She was the mother of Mrs. Mary Gibbons, Mrs. Kate Harris of Alton; Judge David E. Keefe of East St. Louis; and John J. Keefe of Bunker Hill. She was born in Ireland and came to America in 1848, settling in St. Louis. She lived there until 1855, when she moved to a farm near Bunker Hill, where she made her home until the death of her husband in 1893. She then came to Alton to live with her daughter. The funeral will be held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock from SS. Peter and Paul's Cathedral.


KEEFE, MARTIN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 7, 1911
Martin Keefe, aged 78 years, died Tuesday night at 11 o'clock after a protracted sickness caused by general old age disabilities and nervous breakdown, at his home in east Second street. He was a resident of Alton fifty years or more and conducted a saloon in the same stand on east Second street for 39 consecutive years. He was known far and wide as "Honest Martin Keefe," and was known as a charitable man of the unostentatious kind. Intoxicated men could get no liquor at his place, and he has even been known to make strong pleas with drinking men to cut out liquor altogether if they found it impossible to drink moderately. He preached "temperance" in all things, in eating, drinking, judgments of other, etc., and lived up to his preaching. He was a very well posted man on all general subjects, and took an active interest in the affairs of the nation and the world. He was bright and intelligent and was fitted for a much higher calling than the one he engaged in for so many years. His wife died 11 years ago, and he is survived by four children: Mrs. John Bollier of San Francisco, Mrs. Julia Temme and Edward and Mathew Keefe of Alton. The funeral will be held Friday morning at 9 o'clock from St. Patrick's church. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery.


KEEFE, PAT/Source: Alton Telegraph, July 19, 1883
A man by the name of Pat Keefe of Dorsey was killed by lightning during the storm Monday evening.


KEEFE, WILLIAM D./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 14, 1919
Soldier Dies From Disease Overseas
News was received this morning by Mr. and Mrs. Michael Keeffe of 2005 Alby street of the death of their son, William D. Keeffe, overseas. The information came in an official telegram from the War Department, which stated that Keeffe had died from disease, February 2. The official message did not state the nature of the disease nor the place where the death occurred. To the best information of the family, however, the death must have occurred at some point in Germany, for the last letter received from him was dated January 8. At that time he was with the American Army of Occupation, and had been in Germany about two weeks, having been transferred from France. The family have taken steps to secure additional information regarding the death. The news of the death of Will Keeffe came as a great shock to both relatives and friends. In the last letter received from him by his family he stated he was "feeling fine and doing well and not to worry" about him. Keeffe left Alton on June 26 last, and went to Kansas City, Mo., where he took a course at the Rabe Automobile School. He was later transferred to Camp Halibrook, Baltimore, Md., and on October 1 was sent overseas. He was originally in the water tank service but was later transferred to the 89th Division, Co. E, 354 Infantry. He did not engage in any of the battles in France. The members of his family here do not know just what class of work he was engaged in since being transferred to the 89 Division. Will Keeffe was 23 years old. Besides his parents, he leaves a brother, James, and two sisters, Miss Nellie of Alton and Mrs. Chris Mayford of East St. Louis. He was also a nephew of Charles Donnelly. Before going into the military service he was connected with the Chicago and Alton railroad as a switchman. Keeffe was a member of Alton council, No. 460, Knights of Columbus, and his death makes the seventh gold star on the Service flag. He was a member of the Cathedral and of the Young Men's Sodality of the church. He attended the Cathedral school. The news of the death of the young man came as a terrible shock to his relatives and especially to his mother. Mrs. Keeffe has been in poor health for some time and the shock today told heavily upon her. This morning it was stated by relatives that she was very ill and that her family were afraid that she would not recover.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 16, 1921
Mr. and Mrs. William Keefe of north Alby Street have received word that the body of their son, William Keefe, had left France and would arrive in New York on May 21. The body will be sent direct to Alton from New York and upon its arrival plans will be completed for a military funeral to be held from SS. Peter and Paul's Cathedral. Keefe died on February 2, 1919 in France, but word of his death was not received in Alton until several months later. He was a former well known young Alton boy, and his death caused great sorrow among relatives and friends.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 4, 1921
The remains of William Keefe, who died overseas during the war, arrived in Alton this morning and will be taken to the home of the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Keefe. The funeral will be held Monday morning from SS. Peter and Paul's Cathedral, and will be a military funeral, under the auspices of the American Legion. William Keefe enlisted in the Auto Branch of Service on June 26, 1918, and was sent to the Rahe Auto school at Kansas City, Mo. Later he was transferred to Camp Holibird at Baltimore, Md., from there he was sent to Camp Upton, from where he sailed for France on Oct. 26. After arriving overseas he was placed in the 854th Infantry, 89th Division, Co. E, where he remained until about Jan. 14, when he was taken sick at Neuerburg, Germany, with Pulmonary Embolism. His death occurred Feb. 2, 1918. The deceased was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Keefe, of 2005 Alby street. Before his entrance into the army, he was employed as switchman on the Chicago and Alton railroad. He was a young man of unquestionable character and was highly esteemed by all who knew him. Besides his parents, he leaves one brother, James Keefe of Alton and two sisters, Mrs. Chris Mayford of East St. Louis and Miss Nelle Keefe of Alton. The funeral will be under the auspices of the American Legion.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 6, 1921
The funeral of William Keefe, who died overseas during the war, was held this morning at 9 o'clock from SS. Peter and Paul's Cathedral. The church was crowded to its capacity with friends of the family and of the young man. A goodly representation of ex-service men attended the service. A requiem high mass was celebrated by Rev. Fr. T. Tarrent, assisted by Frs. Spalding and Smith in the church. It was a military funeral and there were patriotic aspects to it too. In the yard and within the vestry of the church were lined up the full number of Cathedral school children who sang an appropriate song as the casket bearing the remains was borne into the church by ex-service men, and again they sang this time the Star Spangled Banner, as the casket was being borne out following the Mass. The effect made by the singing of the children was a striking one. There was not seating capacity in the Cathedral for the throng that desired to be present at the services over William Keefe. Prior to the services, a complete identification of the remains had been made possible for, though the young man had been so long dead that ordinary means of identification could not be available of, it had been possible through information given by a dentist who had worked on his teeth, also by his hair and some other means to make certain that the remains were those of the Alton boy they purported to be. It was said that there was no room for doubting the infallibility of the identification. The American Legion Post had furnished the pallbearers. They were James Spellman, Charles and Lucien Hagen, Joseph Peters, Fred Berry, David Long. In the church, Miss Anne Moran sang a song as one of the musical features of the service. At the Greenwood cemetery, Dr. Mather Pfeiffenberger, Commander of the American Legion Post, gave a eulogy and a firing squad was used to give the salute to the dead.


KEEFER, JAMES G./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 4, 1918
James G. Keefer, a father of two sons serving their country in France, died at the family home in Milton Heights Saturday night at 11:40 o'clock, after an illness of five years with tuberculosis. Keefer was 44 years of age and was well known. He is survived by his wife, four sons and two daughters. The sons are George and Edward, who are in France; William and Elmer, and the daughters are Mille and Nellie. He also leaves many friends throughout the city. The funeral will be held Tuesday from the family home at 2:30 o'clock. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery.


KEEFFE, UNKNOWN CHILD OF W. H./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 26, 1904
The six months old son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Keeffe died Tuesday morning at the home in North Alton after a few hours illness with nausea and summer complaint. The funeral will probably be Thursday morning.


KEEHMLE, ELIZA/Source: Alton Telegraph, October 15, 1874
Died on Wednesday, October 7, at the residence of her son-in-law, T. M. Boyle, in Upper Alton, Mrs. Eliza Keehmle, in the 77th year of her age.


KEENE, SOPHRONIA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 3, 1917
Mrs. Sophronia Keene, aged 83, widow of Eli Keene, died at St. Joseph's Hospital Thursday night following sunstroke. She was brought over to Alton Tuesday night in a bad condition from her home on Missouri Point, owing to the lack of facilities at home for giving proper care to the aged woman. The body will be sent to Parkersburg, W. Va., for burial. The death of Mrs. Keene recalls her long and successful battle in the courts for possession of the share of the estate she was to receive under the laws of Missouri. The case began in the St. Charles Circuit Court and ended in the Supreme Court of the United States. J. F. McGinnis of Alton was one of the two attorneys for Mrs. Keene in this litigation. Mrs. Keene married her second cousin, Eli Keene, a wealthy landowner on Missouri Point. He brought her as a bride from her West Virginia home. He failed to make known to her before she became his wife that for years he had maintained as a common law wife a negro woman, who had borne him a large family of children. The bride discovered on arriving on Missouri Point that she was stepmother to a large number of people born to a negro mother, who had been recognized as the common law wife of Eli Keene. The situation was embarrassing to her, and she did not stay long. Returning to West Virginia she stayed there until years later, Eli Keene was taken mortally ill, and she came out to be with him and look after him in his dying days. After his death, it turned out that Eli Keene, in his will, recognized the negroes as his own children, setting at rest all doubts as to how he would regard them. He left to his white wife, only a life interest in a farm, and to each of his dark skinned children he left a farm absolutely. Mrs. Keene was unwilling to accept this division of her husband's estate and started suit. The contention made by her lawyers was that when Eli Keene contracted the common law marriage relation with the woman whom he recognized as his wife, the woman was a negro slave, a chattel, under the laws of Missouri, and was not capable of making any kind of a contract. The common law marriage that was set up and recognized in the will was therefore held null and void. The United States Supreme Court affirmed this finding in the case, and the property was divided as Mrs. Sophronia Keene was the only wife her husband ever had, and as though she survived him with no children. She got the share that would go to a widow of a man without children. The children got what was left. Three of the stepchildren of Mrs. Keene were over in Alton today, deeply concerned over the death of Mrs. Keene, regardless of the litigation, it is related that they had nothing but the highest respect to pay her and their expressions seemed to indicate that they thought she was a "mighty good woman." The stepchildren are known on Missouri Point as law-abiding people, and are generally respected.


KEENE, THAD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 27, 1918
Soldier Makes the Supreme Sacrifice - Shot Twice and Gassed
Thad Keene, 31 years old, was killed on the battlefield in France on the eighth day of October, according to a letter received today by his brother, Frank Keene, of North Seminary street, Upper Alton. The letter was written by the lieutenant of the company, telling of the young man's death. Thad Keene answered the call of the government for men very soon after the United States entered the war. He was living in Upper Alton with his brother at that time. He joined the marines and was sent to France a year ago last May. The family had not heard from him for some time, and they were uneasy about him until the letter came today setting at rest any anxiety and uncertainty about his whereabouts. In the letter from the lieutenant, he states that the young man was a brave fighter and died fighting. In August he was shot in the leg by a bullet, which penetrated the leg above the knee and came out below the knee. He was in the hospital on account of this injury when the hospital was gassed by the Germans. He recovered from being gassed and also from being shot, and returned to the battlefield. On the eighth day of October he was killed.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 21, 1921 Body of Soldier to Arrive Tomorrow
Funeral services over the body of Thad Keene of West Alton, which is expected to arrive tomorrow from France for burial here, will be held at St. Mary's Church at 1 o'clock Sunday afternoon. After the ceremonies at the church the body will be taken across the river, where interment will take place at the West Alton Cemetery.


KEHNE, LOUIS FREDERICK/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 4, 1916
Louis Frederick Kehne, aged 70, died at his home at Bethalto Thursday night at 11:15 o'clock from apoplexy. Mr. Kehne had been assisting the ladies of the Presbyterian church, who were engaged in giving the church building a house cleaning. He had been carrying water for them, and it is supposed he overexerted himself. Thursday night he was prostrated by a cerebral hemorrhage and died a few minutes later. He was one of the leading members and a hard working officer in the church. Mr. Kehne was born in Frederick, Md., February 12, 1846. He was married there to Mary J. Scholl, February 16, 1869. He moved to Moro township where he resided a few years, and worked at harness making and farming. Then he moved to Bethalto where he lived 36 years. He was the father of nine children, eight of whom survive him: Mrs. W. E. Greenwood of Dallas, Ore.; Mrs. A. T. Walls of Salem, Ore.; Mrs. A. T. Doerr of East St. Louis; Mrs. C. E. Windsor of Alton; Mrs. Ed Cooper of East Alton; Harry, Dennis and Miss Flora Kehne of Bethalto. The time of the funeral was not set, as it was desired to await word from those of his children who were in distant places and might wish to attend the funeral. Besides the members of his family mentioned, he leaves a brother and a sister in Maryland and four grandchildren.


KEHNE, UNKNOWN WIFE OF LEWIS F./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 19, 1910
Bethalto - The funeral of Mrs. Lewis F. Kehne took place Sunday afternoon. Short services were conducted at the house by Rev. McMican of the Moro Presbyterian church, and the services concluded at the Moro church of which she was a member since 1871. Mrs. Kehne was born at Frederick, Md., in 1843, and was married in 1869 at that place and came to Moro soon afterward, lived there a few years when they moved in our vicinity and have lived here ever since. She was a good wife, a kind neighbor, and devoted to her family. An invalid daughter kept her closely confined to her home. To this union 9 children were born, 8 of whom are living: Mrs. Ed Cooper, Mrs. Elmer Windsor, Miss Flora and Carrie and Dennis of our village, Mrs. Fannie Wahln and Mrs. Helen Greenwood of Salem, Oregon, and Mrs. Susie Doerr of Herrin, Ill. She also leaves a husband and a brother and a sister and five grandchildren. Pallbearers were J. S. Culp, H. L. Windsor, John Jones, and J. E. Kelsey. There were many beautiful floral offerings.


KEHOE, MICHAEL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 18, 1901
Michael Kehoe died at the county poor house today [in Edwardsville]. He has been in that institution six years. He was sent from Alton. The Supervisor says that if there are any relatives here who wish to take charge of the body, that they should make it known at once.


KEHOE, THOMAS L./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 6, 1909
The body of Thomas L. Kehoe of Alton from Hillsboro this morning for burial here. The body of the young man was completely identified at Hillsboro yesterday by Charles Miller, a relative, who was sent over to ascertain whether the young man killed by a train at Hillsboro was Kehoe. The body had been buried, as it was badly torn up, it was not considered advisable to attempt holding it. It was exhumed and fully identified by Miller and sent to Alton. He was the only son of Mrs. Augusta Kehoe of 1508 east Third street and was 28 years of age. He had been in Mattoon, and as stated in the Telegraph, his body was identified primarily through an address carried in his pocket of a Mattoon man. His father met a sudden death by drowning in a canal at Ottawa, Illinois when Tom was a very young child. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the home of Kehoe's mother.


KEIDEL, UNKNOWN SON OF NELSON/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 1, 1910
There were three more deaths of little children at Melville Thursday night, all from the same dread disease that had already claimed five little folks, and had a score or more of them very ill. The families which were bereaved by death last night were those of Jacob St. Peters, Oliver St. Peters, brothers, and John Heafner. Mr. and Mrs. Jacob St. Peters lost a 20 months old boy, the second within a week. Mr. and Mrs. Oliver St. Peters lost a two year old boy. Neither of the St. Peters families now have any children, as the result of the scourge. The funeral of the child of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Keidel was held this morning from the Melville church, Rev. H. A. Cotton officiating. The little boy was a favorite in the neighborhood, and there is genuine grief over his death among those who knew him.


KEISER, GEORGE H./Source: Alton Telegraph, September 14, 1911
Word has been received of the death of George H. Keiser at his home near Medicine Lodge, Barber county, Kansas, August 19, 1911, after a short illness. He was born in Ost Friesland, Hanover, Germany, July 23, 1837, and came with his parents to Alton via New Orleans in 1848. He left Bremen in Sept., 1847, twelve weeks on sailing vessel to cross the Atlantic. On January 1, 1848 he landed in New Orleans. The family located a half mile west of Moro. Mr. Keiser clerked for the late J. R. Smith of Moro, William Witte of Moro, and later Charles Bruening, Bethalto. In 1876 he moved to Barton county, Kansas. His first wife and two children are buried in Madison county, Illinois. He is survived by a widow and two sons, and two daughters and a number of grandchildren; also two sisters, Mrs. C. P. Smith of Edwardsville, Ill., and Mrs. Charles A. Willres of Hutchinson, Kansas. He was a brother of the late Ira H. Keiser of Alton. He united with the Presbyterian church at Moro under Rev. Alfred Denney many years ago and remained a faithful member to the last. The funeral services were conducted by a Presbyterian minister, August 2, 1911. He was a kind husband and a loving father, and a good citizen. Mr. Keiser was a reader of the Alton Telegraph for over half a century.


KEISER, HARRY H./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 24, 1919
Former Fosterburg Boy Dies in Camp Lewis
Harry H. Keiser, 29 years of age, died Monday at Camp Lewis, Washington. He was a son of Mrs. Minnie Keiser, of Kansas City, Mo., formerly of Fosterburg, Ill. Keiser lived at Fosterburg for a few years and went to Washington when called the army. His sister, Mrs. Lydia French, died a few months ago. He leaves his mother, four sisters and three half sisters. The body is expected to arrive in Alton Sunday morning. Funeral services will be in the Baptist church at Fosterburg.

Alton Evening Telegraph, January 21, 1919 Soldier To Be Sent Home For Burial
Mrs. August Maxeiner of Kansas City notified her relatives that her brother, Harry Keiser, a former resident of Fosterburg, had died in an army camp in the state of Washington, and that his body would be sent back home for burial at Fosterburg. He was about 30 years of age. The young man leaves a number of relatives in Alton and the Fosterburg neighborhood. The cause of his death was not given in the message.


KEISER, HARBERT HARM/Source: RootsWeb and Alton Evening Telegraph, September 10, 1903
Harbert H. Keiser, one of the oldest residents of Foster township, died at his home on Wednesday morning, Sept 2, at 10 o'clock having suffered for more than a year with cancer of the throat. Mr. Keiser was born in Firrel, Ostfriesland, Hanover, Germany, May 21 1826 -- age 77 years 3 months and 12 days. He came to America in 1846. He lived in Alton five years, and then moved to Fosterburg, where he lived afterwards. He united with the First Baptist church in Alton and on his removal to Fosterburg he became one of the original members of the Baptist church in that place. He filled the offices of superintendent of the Sunday school and deacon. He was a most faithful Christian and in all walks of life blameless and highly respected in the community. His wife and ten children survive him. Mr. Keiser was twice married, his second wife being Miss Minnie L. Golike. His living children are Mrs. Hilka Essmann and Mrs. Radmacher of Ellsworth, Minn, Mrs. Mary Zimmerman, of Harvel, Ill, Mrs. Ida Meyer, of Prairietown; these are by his first marriage. By his second were: Mrs. Mary Knecht, Mrs. Hannah Dole, and Mrs. Louise Dole, Kansas City, Mo., Mrs Ella Knecht, Childers, Indian Ty., (?) Mrs. Emma Maxeiner and Harry Keiser of Fosterburg. The funeral took place Saturday morning from the family home in Foster township, and was very largely attended. The services were conducted by Revs. Stretch of Upper Alton and Schulze of St. Louis. The pall-bearers were William Thompson, Wm. McCauley, Philip Newhaus, Mose Thompson, John Tompson and William Titchenal. There were many present from other places at the funeral.


KEISER, SAMUEL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 12, 1900
Fosterburg News - Samuel Keiser, a member of one of our most prominent families, died in Kansas City July 2, and was buried here on the 5th. His death was a surprise to his many friends at Fosterburg. He was 34 years old. He leaves a wife, father, mother, several sisters and one brother to mourn his departure. With much feeling, Rev. Hussey of Upper Alton preached the funeral sermon at the Baptist church. The pallbearers were Charles Ost, Harry Thompson, John McCauley, Harry McCauley, John Newhaus and Robert Pfaff. The family have the sympathy of their many friends.


KEITH, EMILY JANE/Source: Alton Telegraph, May 8, 1841
Died, in Edwardsville, Illinois on the 29th ult., in the 25th year of her age, Mrs. Emily Jane Keith, wife of Mr. William Keith, and daughter of John and Sally Evans. Mrs. Keith had bee, from the age of thirteen years, a consistent Christian and a member of the Methodist Church. She was truly amiable in her character, and greatly esteemed by those with whom she was acquainted. Her affliction was protracted and severe, but she bore it with Christian fortitude and resignation; and in her last conflict, death was disarmed of his terrors, and with the mildness of an angel, charmed her into his cold embrace. Yes, she could sing, "O Death! where is thy sting! O Grave! where is thy victory!" And while all in her room seemed absorbed in grief, she alone was cheerful. I was forcibly reminded, while beholding her, of the language of a poet: "The chamber where the good man meets his fate, is privileged beyond the common walks of even virtuous life, quite in the verge of Heaven." She has left a bereaved husband and tender parents, brothers and sisters, with many friends to mourn her loss, "but they sorrow not as those who have no hope."


KELLEM, JOHN CLEMET/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 8, 1913
John Clemet Kellem, aged 84 years, died Monday afternoon at 1 o'clock at his home near Fosterburg, after an illness of ten days duration from uraemic poison. He was born in Germany but came to Madison County when a boy, and for very many years lived with the family of the late Robert Kennedy in Wood River Township near Bethalto. He later married a sister of Mrs. Kennedy and lived happily with her until December 25, 1903, when Mrs. Kellem died. His nearest relative here is a stepson, Charles Titchenal, with whom he made his home. Mr. Kellem disposed of his farm a year or so ago, intending to return to the old country, but ties here were stronger than the ones over there, and he abandoned the trip at the last moment. He was a brother-in-law of Mrs. D. Tibbitt of the North Side, and often visited in Alton at the home of the Tibbits or at that of John Krug. The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock from the home of Charles Titchenal in Foster Township.


KELLENBERGER, ARTHUR JORDAN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 27, 1915
As the result of a stroke of paralysis the came to him last Thursday night, Arthur Jordan Kellenberger died at his home in Upper Alton at 9:40 o'clock Sunday night. Mr. Kellenberger sank from the time of the attack last Thursday, and did not rally. Arthur J. Kellenberger is one of Alton's native born citizens. He was 62 years of age, and was born here in Alton and has resided here all of his life. Years ago he was connected with the old Alton Mutual Insurance Co., and was an expert in the knowledge of the fire insurance business. Later, he engaged in the grocery business on Third street for a number of years, leaving this business to again engage in the insurance business, going to the Millers' Mutual Insurance Co. of Alton, serving in the capacity of assistant secretary of this company at the time of his death. Mr. Kellenberger is a member of Alton's old time, and highly respected families. A sister, Mrs. Joseph Hamill of Grove street, Alton; and a brother, Harry G. Kellenberger of Godfrey survive. He is also survived by his wife and four sons - Louis of San Francisco; and Charles, Arthur, and Edward of Alton; and two daughters, Mary Burns of Upper Alton; and Miss Clara, who resides at the home of her parents. The funeral will be held at two o'clock tomorrow afternoon from the home in Upper Alton.


KELLENBERGER, BERTHA/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 3, 1882
Died Friday, December 30, 1881, Bertha, infant daughter of Arthur J. and C. V. Kellenberger.


KELLENBERGER, EDWARD P./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 26, 1909
Owner of Piasa King Farm Fatally Injured by Young Horse
Edward P. Kellenberger, owner of the Piasa King farm on the western line of Madison county, ten miles from Alton, was almost instantly killed Sunday morning by an accident while trying to hitch up a fractious young horse at the John Chambers place near the Kellenberger home. Mr. Kellenberger had gone to the Chambers place on business, and when the horse was being hitched he offered to help. It is supposed that a horsefly stung the nervous horse as the animal made a plunge to get out of the shafts and to restrain it Mr. Kellenberger caught the horse by the mane and nose. The horse started to run, and Mr. Kellenberger held on, going about 15 or 20 steps with the horse. Suddenly, the horse reared up, threw Mr. Kellenberger off and ran away. Mr. Kellenberger was thrown violently to the ground and was unconscious for a few minutes. He was moved to the porch of the Chambers house, and a doctor was sent for. Mr. Kellenberger was roused from his insensibility and was able to talk, but about ten minutes later collapsed and died, within forty-five minutes after he was injured. Dr. J. J. Beard of Godfrey hastened to attend Mr. Kellenberger, but arrived too late. He examined his body and found that three ribs were torn loose, and it is supposed that death was due to some injury of the heart. Mr. Kollenberger was one of the most successful farmers in Madison county. His farm was noted for its big products. His corn was famous, the biggest ears measuring almost 18 inches, a 14-inch ear being quite common. He was a scientific farmer, and devoted his life to his work. It is said that in the past nine years he had never been in the city of Alton, and he did not attend the World's Fair at St. Louis. He loved the peace and quiet of his home and was happy only there. Mr. Kellenberger was a talented elocutionist, and his services were in demand at entertainments throughout the country. One time "Kel" gave a recital in Temple theater at Alton, where he entertained a large audience. He never appeared after that. He belonged to an old time family, and he leaves a sister, Mrs. Joseph Hamill, and two brothers, A. J. Kellenberger of Alton, and Harry Kellenberger of Godfrey. He leaves also his wife and one daughter, Mrs. Angie Pilkington, whose husband died a violent death about a year ago. He was 59 years of age and had lived all his life in Alton or the immediate vicinity. The fatal accident to Mr. Kellenberger was witnessed by a number of members of the Chambers family, who say that they were greatly surprised to find out that Mr. Kellenberger was so seriously hurt, as at first it was not believed he had been injured at all. It was not believed the horse struck him with its feet. Coroner Streeper went to Piasa King farm today to hold an inquest. The funeral of Mr. Kellenberger will be held tomorrow at 12 o'clock from the family home, and burial will be in City cemetery at Alton.


KELLENBERGER, ELEANOR/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 27, 1837
Died in this city [Alton], on Friday last, Eleanor, daughter of Mr. Lewis Kellenberger of this city, in the eighth years of her age.


KELLENBERGER, JOSEPH/Source: Alton Telegraph, April 2, 1847
Died on Sunday morning of an inflammation of the brain, Joseph, son of Mr. Lewis Kellenberger of this city, aged about 10.


KELLENBERGER, LEWIS/Source: Alton Telegraph, February 10, 1865
Died on the morning of the 5th instant, of pneumonia, Lewis, infant son of George S. and Mary L. Kellenberger, aged 2 years and 17 days.


Lewis J. Kellenberger and WifeKELLENBERGER, LEWIS J./Source: Alton Telegraph, April 4, 1878
Another old and esteemed citizen of Alton has passed away. Hon. Lewis Kellenberger died at 1:30 o’clock, Sunday morning, after a lingering illness, at his residence in Middletown. He had been confined to the house for several months, and a severe fall down the stairs on Friday evening aggravated his disease. Mr. Kellenberger had been a resident of Alton for over forty years, and during that period had borne a prominent part in her business affairs, and filled various positions of trust in her municipal government, including that of Mayor (1860-1862) and member of the Common Council.

Mr. Kellenberger was a native of Virginia, born March 16, 1804, being therefore aged 74 years and fifteen days at the time of his death. He was twice married – first on December 3, 1829, to Ann C. Jordan of Smithfield, Virginia, who died in Alton on May 18, 1838. On May 27, 1840, he was married in Alton to Sally A. Padleford of Taunton, Massachusetts, now deceased. In private life, Mr. Kellenberger was a courteous gentleman, a genial friend, and a kind neighbor. He was an affectionate husband and father, devoted to his family and their best interests.

Mr. Kellenberger was one of the oldest members of the Presbyterian Church, and was ever a liberal supporter of the church, and benevolent to all worthy objects that claimed his attention. His character was conspicuous for uprightness and integrity.

Mr. Kellenberger came to Alton about the year 1836. In 1837, he was engaged in the wholesale dry goods trade, and subsequently traveled for the firm of Doan, King & Co. of St. Louis. In 1845, he was elected director of the Illinois Fire Insurance Company, and in 1849 became its Treasurer and special agent. He maintained his connection with this company for many years, and until his retirement, was engaged in the insurance business in various capacities.

Mr. Kellenberger leaves six children – four sons and two daughters – all of adult years, and several grandchildren. His oldest son, George, died about twelve years ago.

In the death of Mr. Kellenberger, the community loses a valued and respected citizen, one who has been identified with the growth of Alton since an early day. Few of his contemporaries of forty years ago now survive. His career has been a useful and honorable one, and his death will be greatly regretted.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Dr. Armstrong, at the family residence in Middletown, at 2:30 o’clock this afternoon. The following gentlemen acted as pallbearers: Messrs. R. G. Perley, W. C. Claflin, Samuel Wade, John Atwood, Dr. Quigley, and Captain E. Hollister. [Burial was in the Alton City Cemetery.]


KELLENBERGER, MARY/Source: Alton Telegraph, October 3, 1873
Died on September 29 in Alton, at the residence of her brother, Lewis Kellenberger, of general debility, Miss Mary Kellenberger, in the 7th year of her age. She was a native of Maryland.


KELLENBERGER, SALLY A. (nee PADDLEFORD)/Source: Alton Telegraph, December 22, 1871
Wife of Lewis J. Kellenberger
The many friends of Mrs. Lewis Kellenberger, Esq., will regret to learn of her death, which sad event took place last Monday night [December 18, 1871], the result of a cancerous affection of longstanding. She was one of the old residents of Alton, and a most estimable lady, beloved by all who knew her. In her death, her husband and children have met with the greatest of afflictions, the loss of a loving wife and mother. They have the sympathies of the community in their sad bereavement. Mrs. Kellenberger was 56 years of age, and the funeral will take place Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the family residence in Middletown.

Mrs. Kellenberger was the daughter of Elijah Paddleford, and was born in Taunton, Massachusetts on November 4, 1815. She immigrated to Alton with her relatives – the DeWolf family – in 1838. In May 1840, she was married to our fellow-citizen, Lewis Kellenberger, Esq. In 1844, she became a member of the Presbyterian Church of Alton, of which from that day she has been a consistent and much-valued member. For many years, she was a regular attendant upon the Sabbath, prayer and social meetings of the church, until distance and the cares and disabilities growing out of the charge of a large household interrupted these delightful duties.

She was a true wife and mother, devoted, exemplary, and affectionate. She was the mother of nine children, six of whom live to mourn her loss, the youngest now fifteen years of age. In the family, she held ever a true mother’s place – namely that of the heart-center of the system. All leaned upon her. Her loss will be deeply felt. To the bereaved, her death is irreparable, but in this, their great sorrow, they have the unfeigned sympathy of a wide circle of warmly-attached friends and acquaintances.

In Mrs. Kellenberger’s death, our friend and fellow-citizen loses that best of Heaven’s gifts to man – a true wife; his family their warmest, most loving and sympathizing friend; the church a valuable member; and the community another of its elements of strength – a true wife and mother. [Burial was in the Alton City Cemetery.]


KELLER, CATHERINE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 2, 1918
Mrs. Katherine Keller, in her eighty-eighth year, died Tuesday evening at 9 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Weber of Godfrey township, from old age. Mrs. Keller was born in Coberg, Germany, June 17, 1830, and came to America with her parents when she was an infant. She was married in Milwaukee in 1848, and in 1850 she came to Alton. She leaves her one daughter, Mrs. Weber, with whom she resided, and four grandchildren: Frank, George and Miss Alvena Weber, and Mrs. W. J. Morgenroth. "Grandma" Keller, as she was affectionately known, was one of that class of old country folks whose hearts are filled with the cream of human kindness, and she endeared herself to everybody who ever made her acquaintance. She resided a long time in the eastern part of the city and her passing is deeply regretted by her former neighbors, as well as by those who learned to know and esteem her since moving to Godfrey township. Up to a year or so ago when she suffered a severe spell of sickness, she enjoyed the most robust health, and was as active as a person of 40. She refused to be idle and "enjoy herself," because there was no enjoyment for her in idleness. She was interested in the world's doings as well as those closer home, and never lost her interest and solicitude for others. She forgot herself much of the time endeavoring to give comfort or pleasure, or peace to others.


KELLER, EDWARD A./Source: Troy Call, Friday, March 8, 1918
Edward A. Keller, a brother-in-law of J. C. and W. J. Gebauer of this city, and well known to many here, passed away this morning at 9:30 o'clock at his home in Edwardsville. Mr. Keller was taken ill some months ago with creeping paralysis but his death was directly due to complications arising out of his ailment. His age was 66 years, 1 month and 22 days. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock and will be from the family residence. Rev. Poole will preach the funeral sermon and interment will be under the auspices of the I.O.O.F. fraternity. Edward A. Keller was a native of Switzerland and born January 14, 1852. His mother died when he was two weeks old and the father afterward came to America, bringing his children, about a year later. The family located first in New Orleans and later in Memphis, and then came north and located at Edwardsville. After leaving school, Mr. Keller engaged in a number of occupations as a young man. He finally got into the hardware business and finally established himself in that line in Edwardsville, which he continued for many years with success. He retired from business last fall, selling his interests to other members of the firm, but the firm is still known as the E. A. Keller Company. Mr. Keller was married forty years ago to Miss Elizabeth Gebauer, eldest daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Gebauer of Troy. Four children with the wife and mother survive him. They are Udell and Edmund and Misses Eleanore and Florence. There are also one sister and two brothers who are Miss Phronie Keller and John and Joseph Keller of Edwardsville.


KELLER, ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 29, 1901
Frightened to Death
Mrs. Elizabeth Keller, wife of Henry Keller, a well known glassblower living on Main street opposite Hunter street in Upper Alton, died suddenly this morning at her home. An interesting coincidence is that on Saturday evening Mr. and Mrs. Keller and children were in their surrey when it was struck by the Springfield Accommodation train on Piasa street while it was backing up from the depot to the yards at 8 o'clock. Mrs. Keller and her children alighted from the surrey in safety, but Mr. Keller had a narrow escape by being dragged out of the vehicle with the reins about his feet. Mrs. Keller was badly frightened, and her screams attracted a large crowd as she watched her husband in great peril. While she was frightened, it was not believed that there would be any serious results. Yesterday she seemed in her usual health and entertained company as happily as she ever did. This morning she was aroused about 3:30 o'clock by one of her children, and she remarked that she was very warm. Later her husband heard her exclaim something, and when he went to her she was in an unconscious condition. Dr. Yerkes was summoned, but death occurred before his arrival. She leaves besides her husband, one daughter and two sons. Deputy Coroner Streeper held an inquest this afternoon.


KELLER, LOUIS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 4, 1917
Accidently Killed by Cousin In the Basement of Alton Furniture Co., After Hunting Trip
Louis Keller, 16 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Keller, was accidentally shot and died almost instantly in the basement of his father's store, the Alton Furniture Co., at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon. His cousin and comrade for many years, Clarence Wills held the gun, when it went off accidentally. The boys were in a hunting party during the day. Mr. Keller had taken his two sons, Louis, aged 16, and Paul, aged 14, and his two nephews, Clarence, aged 16, and Gerhardt, hunting with him. They had completed the hunt and returned to the basement of the Alton Furniture Co. to clean their guns before returning to their homes. All of the guns had been cleaned with the exception of the one owned by Clarence Wills. It was a repeating twenty-two calibre rifle, and he had trouble getting the cartridge out of the chamber. All but one of the cartridges had been removed with the magazine. While he was working with the gun, his two cousins were lounging across the room, Paul standing directly in front of Louis. Then Clarence threw up the barrel of the gun and as he did so the cartridge exploded. The ball passed over the shoulder of Paul and struck the left shoulder of Louis. It went into the should only a short distance, then it glanced off towards the heart and cut the big artery carrying the blood from the heart. The lad died instantly. Louis and Clarence were both graduates of the Central Avenue German Lutheran School. Clarence had been assisting his uncle, Jacob Keller, in the men's clothing store, while Louis worked for his father. The boys were fast friends and were hardly ever seen separated when away from their work. Relatives say they had been comrades from childhood. The shock of the death of the boy left his mother in a serious condition, and it was necessary to summon a doctor for her several times during the night. Other members of both families are grief stricken. Clarence Wills was in a state of nervous collapse last evening. The body of the Keller boy was turned over to Deputy Coroner William H. Bauer, and the inquest was held this morning.


KELLEY, EDNA MARIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 19, 1910
Bethalto - Little Edna Marie Kelley died early Sunday morning of a complication of diseases. The baby was 7 months and 17 days old. The funeral took place Tuesday from the M. E. church. This makes the seventh infant Mr. and Mrs. T. Kelley have buried, and all but this one were less than three weeks old. They have the sympathy of their friends.


KELLEY, ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 13, 1903
Mrs. Elizabeth Kelley, wife of Isaac H. Kelley, after an illness of six months, passed away this morning. Mrs. Kelley bore her illness, which was very severe at times, with fortitude and Christian patience. She was born in Tennessee 72 years ago. She went to Edwardsville in early life, remaining there until 1850, when she married Isaac H. Kelley and at once came to Alton with her husband, where she has since resided, respected by all who have known her. She was the mother of four children, all of whom are living. She also raised a granddaughter, Maggie L. Kelley, from infancy, who is still a member of the household. She was a devoted wife and mother, whose departure will be regretted by her many friends. She was a member of the Union Baptist church. The funeral will take place Friday afternoon from the church. [Burial was in City Cemetery]


KELLEY, LUCY ANN/Source: Alton Telegraph, May 29, 1879
Died in Alton at the residence of her father, Mr. I. H. Kelley, after a long illness, culminating about three months ago in spinal meningitis, Lucy Ann Kelley, aged 22 years, 5 months, and 14 days. Miss Kelley’s death occurred Wednesday evening, May 21. She had been an invalid the most of her life, but had borne her sufferings with commendable resignation. She leaves many relatives and friends to mourn her death.


KELLY, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 21, 1900
John Kelly, a stone mason whose home was at Bloomington, was killed yesterday evening at 5:40 o'clock by being crushed under a stone that fell from a culvert under the Chicago and Alton tracks, two miles west of Godfrey, where he was working. Kelly was finishing up his day's work, a stone weighing 800 pounds, which had been laid in place, became dislodged and rolled down the embankment, falling on Kelly's back. The man's back was crushed badly, and nearly every bone in it was broken. Dr. Waldo Fisher was summoned from this city, but Kelly was beyond surgical aid. Coroner Bailey was sent for and went to Godfrey last night to hold an inquest. At the coroner's inquest last night it was learned that Kelly was repairing the culvert and the stone which killed him slid down without any apparent cause to start it. Kelly was struck squarely on the back of the neck and his neck was broken. The body was sent to Bloomington on the c. & A. midnight train.


KELLY, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 14, 1903
A man, apparently a working man, was killed Monday evening at the foot of Cherry street by the Chicago and Alton Prairie State Express. Kelly was walking along the track and had apparently stepped out of the way of the train, but misjudged the distance and did not stop far enough. He was struck on the head by the post on the pilot carrying the signal flags, and his skull was split in twain. When witnesses of the accident arrived on the scene, they found Kelly dead, the blow he sustained having been instantly fatal. Deputy Coroner Streeper took charge of the body and removed it to his establishment in Upper Alton. The only thing about the body to identify it was a scrap of brown paper on which was written, "John Kelly." A knife was found in the pockets also. No one knew the man, who seemed about 60 years of age.


KELLEY, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 29, 1904
The body of John Kelley, the man who died from whisky and exposure last Sunday at Mitchell, was buried today at Milton cemetery by Deputy Coroner C. N. Streeper. No relatives of the dead man have been heard from since his death.


KELLY, FRANK/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 17, 1903
Frank Kelly, a well known colored barber, died Monday night at his home on Warren street from the effects of injuries he sustained by falling Saturday night. He was a victim of epilepsy and he fell Saturday evening, striking his head with such violence that fatal injuries were sustained. He was 43 years of age, and a son of Mr. I. H. Kelly. He leaves besides his father, two brothers, a sister, and a wife. The funeral will be Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock.


KELLY, LOUIS B./Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, April 27, 1853
Died in Alton on the 22rd inst., Louis, son of Louis B. and Elizabeth Kelly; aged 7 years and 5 months.


KELLY, MARGARET/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 21, 1921
Mrs. Margaret Kelly, aged 79 years, widow of James Kelly, died this morning at 2:30 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Carr, on East Broadway, death being due to old age. Mrs. Kell(e)y, who formerly lived in Brighton, is widely known in that vicinity, as well as in Alton. Her bright and cheerful disposition made her a favorite among her many friends. Mrs. Kelly is survived by six daughters, Mrs. M. A. Jones, Mrs. John Carr, Mrs. Henry Wolf, Mrs. Antone Johnson of Alton, Mrs. Georgia Shane of East St. Louis, and Mrs. Charles Winer of Memphis, Tenn., and one son, James Kelly, alderman of the Fifth Ward of the city. The funeral will be held Friday morning at nine o'clock from the St. Patrick's Catholic church. Interment will be in the Greenwood cemetery.


KELLY, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 9, 1906
Mrs. Mary Kelly, widow of Peter Kelly, for many years a resident of Alton, residing at 1215 Elm street, died last night at St. Joseph's hospital where she was taken a few days ago. Her husband and children all preceded her to the grave years ago. She was about 65 years of age and is survived by three brothers, Lewis Murphy of Alton, Patrick Murphy of Godfrey, and Joseph Murphy who lives in Connecticut. The funeral will be tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock from the Cathedral.


KELLY, NELLIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 29, 1914
Miss Nellie Kelly, aged 26, a graduate of the Alton High school, died Wednesday afternoon in Springfield of heart trouble. She is the daughter of J. W. Kelly of St. Louis, and had been visiting in Springfield. She leaves besides her father, four sisters - Misses Lizzie Kelly of Springfield; Agnes Kelly of St. Louis; Mrs. T. W. Rachford of Springfield; and Mrs. Charles Seibold of Alton; and two brothers - John and Hugh Kelly of St. Louis. The body will be brought to Alton tomorrow, and the funeral will be held at 9:30 o'clock at St. Patrick's church. Burial will be in the Greenwood cemetery.


KELLY, PATRICK/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 28, 1904
Patrick Kelly, who was taken to St. Joseph's hospital Tuesday afternoon suffering from a stroke of paralysis, died Wednesday morning. He was an "old timer" about Alton and worked many years as a section hand for various railroads. He was also a veteran of the civil war, but was not a member of the Grand Army. He was without relatives in this part of the country as far as known, and will be buried tomorrow by strangers. His age was about 70 years.


KELSEY, JAMES/Source: Alton Telegraph, October 12, 1849
Died at the residence of his father on Wood River, on the 3d inst., after a lingering illness, Mr. James Kelsey, aged 27 years, leaving many relatives and friends to mourn his loss, but “they mourn not as those without hope.”


KELSEY, MARY (nee HANDSAKER)/Source: Alton Telegraph, February 14, 1884
From Bethalto – Mrs. Robert Kelsey of Fort Russell died at her late residence, three miles east of Bethalto, last Saturday morning, at the advanced age of 67 years. She was a native of England, but came to this country in an early day, and had lived in Madison County many years. She leaves a husband and one son, Robert Kelsey Jr., to mourn her demise. The funeral took place Monday from the family residence, and considering the very disagreeable weather and bad roads, was largely attended. The remains were deposited at the Liberty Prairie Cemetery. The father and son have the heartfelt sympathy of a large circle of friends in this, their sad affliction.


KELSEY, ROBERT/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 24, 1901
Passing of an Old Pioneer
Robert Kelsey, one of the oldest and most prominent as well as wealthiest farmers in Madison county, died at his home Monday evening at Bethalto after a long illness from Bright's disease. He was 77 years of age and had been a resident of Madison county, near Bethalto, nearly all his life. Mr. Kelsey was born September 4, 1824, in Lincolnshire, England. He came to America and settled near Bethalto in 1836, and the next year came to Alton a poor boy to make a start in the world. For thirteen years he stayed in Alton, working in a soap factory and doing anything he could find to keep him busy. By industry and economy he saved enough money to make a start in life, and in April 1849 he was married in Alton to Mary Handsacker. After his marriage, Mr. Kelsey moved to Ft. Russell township where he made his home until the time of his death. Mr. Kelsey was the father of six children, only one of whom, James Kelsey, survives. Mrs. Kelsey died many years ago. Mr. Kelsey owns fine farming lands aggregating 1,500 acres near Bethalto, and was rated as one of the wealthiest farmers in the county. The funeral will be Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock, and services will be held in the Bethalto Methodist church.


KELSO, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 12, 1901
Mrs. Mary Kelso, wife of Rev. A. H. Kelso, pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian church, died this morning at 3 o'clock after an illness of seven weeks with typhoid fever. She was 39 years of age and had been married nine years. The funeral will take place Sunday evening and services will be held in the Cumberland Presbyterian church at 8:30 o'clock. The services will be conducted by Rev. H. K. Sanborne, of the Presbyterian church; Rev. G. W. Shepherd of the Methodist church; Rev. M. W. Twing of the Baptist church; and Rev. J. H. J. Rice of the Congregational church. The body will be taken to Chicago Sunday evening, and the burial will be in Chicago Monday. The death of Mrs. Kelso is one of the saddest events that has occurred in the city of Alton. For her, life held out all that was promising and happy. She was a worker in her Master's vineyard and as such she seemed to be one of the efficient of workers. Since her girlhood days, she had been actively interested in the church work and also in the W. C. T. U. To the state officers of the W. C. T. U. she had been a pillar of strength in the support of the cause, until she became the bride of Mr. Kelso and in part surrendered her place among the temperance workers, while she took up the labor of love to make a home bright and happy. She was gifted with better than ordinary intellectual talent, and recently an article from her pen read at a Cumberland Presbyterian meeting made the Alton people proud of their representative. In her home life she was all that a good mother and a good housewife could be. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Cowan of Chicago, who left for their home in Chicago last Tuesday, after attending their daughter through part of her illness. She leaves three children and her husband, besides her parents, to mourn her death. It was believed until recently that Mrs. Kelso would recover from her illness with typhoid fever. A short time ago she suffered a relapse, but even then her family clung to the hope that she would get better. The last two days she had been failing and yesterday she lost consciousness. This morning death came before dawn and cut short what would have been a life of great usefulness. The friends of Mrs. Kelso may view the remains Sunday at the home, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


KELTON, UNKNOWN WIFE OF JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 31, 1908
Mrs. John Kelton, an aged and much respected lady, was buried Monday morning from the Mt. Olive church and interred in the Short cemetery. Rev. Waggoner of Upper Alton officiated. She leaves three sisters, Mrs. Julia Kennedy, Mrs. Lila Tibbets and Mrs. William Ashlock, besides a son and husband to mourn her demise. She was 74 years of age.


KEMP, RACHEL A./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 11, 1905
Mrs. Rachel A. Kemp, one of Alton's oldest residents, died at a little before six o'clock Tuesday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. G. C. Greding, in Upper Alton. She was the mother of ten children, four of whom are living: Mrs. Louisa Storms of St. Louis, Mr. Edwin C. Kemp of Gas City, Ind., Mr. James M. Kemp of Alton, and Mrs. G. C. Greding of Upper Alton. Mrs. Kemp was born on the 26th of February 1822, and came to Alton from Indianapolis in 1846. She was a member of the Congregational church and well known to most of Alton's older residents. Her death was due to a complication of diseases, including a very light attack of smallpox, as well as a general breaking down on account of her advancing age. One of the sad feature of the case is that the usual funeral services, which we are accustomed to look upon as a last mark of respect to our departed loved ones, could not be held, Mr. Greding's home being under quarantine. Her remains were interred in Alton City cemetery just before daylight Wednesday morning.


KENDALL, JAMES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 5, 1907
James Kendall, aged 77, a native of the American Bottoms, died from old age this afternoon at the home of his son, Wesley Kendall, after a brief illness. He leaves another son, Wilbur, residing in Alton, and a nephew, O. T. Kendall, also of Alton. Squire Kendall, as he was known, was one of the last of the old time public officials. He filled the office of highway commissioner many years ago, and was also a justice of the peace. He was married three times, two of his wives being dead. The time of the funeral is not set.


KENDALL, MAGGIE A./Source: Alton Telegraph, August 9, 1872
Died on July 31, of congestion, Maggie A., infant daughter of J. H. and Esther Kendall; aged nearly 10 months.


KENDALL, S. PAUL (DOCTOR)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 3, 1918
Young Veterinarian Dies Few Weeks After His Marriage
Dr. S. Paul Kendall, aged 29, only son of Mr. and Mrs. O. T. Kendall of the Wood River road, died at 7:25 this morning after a very short illness with what was said to be grippe-pneumonia. Ten days ago the young man was married to Miss Mabel Soliday, a girl from Wood River, the wedding being a big surprise to his friends and acquaintances. After their marriage Dr. and Mrs. Kendall went to Chicago for a short honeymoon, and while there the young veterinarian was taken ill with a cold. After his return to Wood River he was taken down in bed, his cold having become serious. His condition was not thought to be critical until yesterday when a change came. On Sunday Mr. and Mrs. O. T. Kendall entertained a few friends at their home in honor of their son and his wife. Dr. Paul Kendall was raised in Alton and attended the public schools, and was one of the best known young men in the city. He is a son of O. T. Kendall who for many years was a well known motorman on the local street car lines, and who, with his family, resided on Bluff street. Several years ago the family moved to the Wood River neighborhood and are residing on a farm. Dr. Kendall, after completing his school work in Alton, went to Chicago where he took a course in a veterinary college and fitted himself to be a veterinarian. Since his graduation a few years ago he returned and established a very good practice in Alton, East Alton and Wood River. He was very popular and his services were in great demand, as he was highly successful. He is survived by his young wife, Mrs. Mabel Soliday Kendall, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. O. T. Kendall, and one sister, Miss Margaret Kendall. Recently Kendall was given a commission as First Lieutenant in the army, and was expecting to be called any day. For this reason he and his bride did not go to housekeeping, but were staying with his parents. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the residence. Interment will be in the Upper Alton Cemetery.


KENDALL, SARAH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 30, 1910
Mrs. Sarah Kendall, who was practically alone in the world, died Thursday evening at the Old Ladies Home, where she had been making her home for a number of years. She was one of the oldest inmates of the institution. Mrs. Kendall was the widow of a Mexican war veteran, and drew a pension of $12 a month, which made her self-supporting. She had been weak and helpless for a long time, and her death was expected. Nevertheless, the death of the old woman was the cause of much grief to the other inmates of the home to whom she had been kind and who in turn had lavished much care and attention on her when she was helpless. She was born in 1823, and was 87 years of age. The funeral will be Saturday morning at 9:30 o'clock from the Home.


KENDALL, SUSAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, October 16, 1846
Died in the city of Alton on the 11th inst., Mrs. Susan Kendall, in the 74th year of her age.


KENDLE, UNKNOWN/Source: Alton Telegraph, June 23, 1881
From Upper Alton – Mrs. J. N. Kendle (formerly Mrs. Totten), living near Shurtleff College, died Friday evening from an ovarian tumor. Her sufferings were intense, especially as she was a woman of advanced age and quite fleshy. Her husband has lived in Upper Alton several years, and survives her.


Photo of Doctor Adin Almerin KendrickKENDRICK, ADIN ALMERIN (DOCTOR)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 7, 1902
Former President of Shurtleff College Dies
Dr. Adin A. Kendrick, one of the best known college men of the West, former President of Shurtleff College, and at the time of his death honorary dean of the theological school, died at 3:45 o'clock this afternoon at his home in Upper Alton. Death was probably due to apoplexy, from which he had been a sufferer over one year. He was in the home, and no one but Mrs. Kendrick was with him. Mrs. Kendrick found him lying on the floor of a back room of the house, where he had fallen a few minutes before. Dr. Kendrick became President of Shurtleff in 1872, and continued as President of the school until 1894, when he resigned and was succeeded by Rev. Dr. Austen K. DeBlois, who is now in Elgin. Dr. Kendrick has ever since been an adviser of the institution, and was dean of the theological school until he was stricken with apoplexy. His health made retirement compulsory, but he remained the nominal head of that department. His last year was passed in quiet and rest. Dr. Kendrick was in his 67th year. He came to Shurtleff as president after closing a successful pastorate of the Beaumont street Baptist church of St. Louis. When he gave up the presidency he resumed preaching and went to the Emmanuel Baptist church of St. Louis, where he remained five years. He leaves besides his widow, five children: A. J. Kendrick of Fort Smith, Arkansas; C. J. Kendrick of Waverly, Illinois; E. A. Kendrick of Buffalo; Mrs. R. C. Dennison of Janesville, Wisconsin; and Miss Mary Kendrick, who is now in Boston.

Tribute of a Friend and Co-Worker in Shurtleff's Cause
Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 8, 1902
Adin A. Kendrick was born in Ticonderoga, N. Y., January 7, 1830. His father and grandfather were physicians, the latter, Dr. Adin Kendrick, in Poultney, Vermont. The family in its various branches embraced many representatives of prominence in the professions of medicine, law and theology; among them were Rev. Clark Kendrick of Vermont, Rev. Ariel Kendrick of New Hampshire, Rev. Nathaniel Kendrick, D. D., one of the founders and the first President of Madison (now Colgate) University at Hamilton, N. Y., and Prof. A. C. Kendrick, D. D., the noted Greek scholar, for many years a member of the faculty of Rochester University. Dr. Kendrick's early education was received at Granville Academy, Washington county, N. Y. His tastes for intellectual pursuits were developed at an early age. When twelve years old he was amply fitted for college, and was only delayed from entering by ill health. His college training was received at Middlebury College, Vermont, where he graduated with honor. Having chosen the profession of law, he was admitted to the bar, and practiced one year in Wisconsin and one year in St. Louis. White at the latter place, he became convinced of his duty to devote his life to the gospel ministry, and although the practice of law was a delight to him, he deliberately turned from it, and entered upon a theological course at Rochester University. Graduating here in 1861, he went to Chicago as pastor of the North Baptist church. In January 1865 he accepted the appointment of assistant pastor of the Second Baptist church, St. Louis. A year and a half later, he assumed pastoral charge of the Beaumont street Baptist church of that city, where he continued until his election to the Presidency of Shurtleff College in June 1872. Dr. Kendrick's life was one devoted to the Master, whose cause he had espoused at the early age of 14 years, at which time he united with the Baptist church in Granville, N. Y. This devotion was shown in the abandonment of his first choice for a profession, and the touchstone of his life has ever been the call of duty. While attaining eminence as an orator, an educator and an administrator of many and varied trusts, Dr. Kendrick was above all a preacher. He never lost sight of his duty in this regard; nor for a moment laid aside his work of preaching the gospel, even in the midst of duties both exacting and distracting. And those who have heard his sermons will long remember the marvelous clearness of statement that characterized them, revealing a mind of legal trend directed to the proclamation of divine truth. Dr. Kendrick's tenure of the Presidency of Shurtleff College covered a period of twenty-two years. To this institution he gave the best of his life, and surely he accomplished a magnificent work. His labors while here were not only productive of much physical good to the college in respect of equipment and growth, but his life was a constant inspiration to the hundreds of young people who came under his touch and learned to love him. Feeling a drawing towards active pastoral work once more, Dr. Kendrick resigned the Presidency of Shurtleff in June 1894, accepting a call to the pastorate of the Immanuel Baptist Church, St. Louis. After five years of service in this field, he returned to Shurtleff in September 1899 as Dean of the Theological Faculty, a position which he has held till the present time. During the vacancy of the presidential chair between the administrations of Dr. De Blois and Dr. McKay, Dr. Kendrick was Chairman of the Board of Control. He has been for thirty years intimately identified with every hour of Shurtleff's life, and many of her sons and daughters will mourn his loss as that of a father, while his associates will sadly miss his valued counsel. Possessing a mind of peculiar powers of analysis, he was quick to plan, and always ready to embrace the opportunity for progressive action. It was a peculiarity of his that no emergency found him unprepared. He planned not only for the probably, but as well for the possible advantage of the interests under his direction. Dr. Kendrick was among the foremost theologians and educators of the West, with the modesty of true greatness, but fearless in defense of the right. His uniform courtesy won him the esteem of all, and those who best knew the man will mourn most deeply the death of the scholar. The educational world has lost an accomplished instructor; the church has lost a faithful exponent of God's truth; the State has lost a citizen of honor and prominence; but these, his neighbors and associates, have lost a friend - one who has let slip no opportunity so to prove himself during the years of his life among them. No bells will be rung at Shurtleff College until after Dr. Kendrick's funeral, and the college will be in mourning. Tuesday morning President McKay spoke at the chapel services, taking for his subject Dr. Kendrick's life and career. A memorial service will probably be held Sunday, in which the public may be invited to join. Mrs. Kendrick desires that the funeral be as unostentatious as possible, as she believes Dr. Kendrick would have so desired it, but owing to his prominence as a public man it is probably that there will be a large outpouring of his old friends and young ones too. The time of the funeral is not definitely set, but it may be held Thursday afternoon.

In His Last Long Slumber
Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 10, 1902
In the sleep into which he peacefully and quickly fell last Monday afternoon, Adin A. Kendrick, Baptist minister, president of Shurtleff for nearly a quarter of a century, scholarly gentleman and consistent follower of his Master, was laid away this afternoon in Oakwood, to sleep until the advent of the great day which he has so confidently preached the greater part of his lifetime. His leaving this earth was just as he would have wished, cut down while he was closing his period of active usefulness. The funeral was the occasion of a gathering of notable people of the college alumni and friends of Dr. Kendrick. The funeral services of Dr. A. A. Kendrick were held this afternoon at the family home at 2 o'clock and at the Upper Alton Baptist church at 3 o'clock. Only the family and intimate friends attended the services at the home. Rev. L. M. Waterman conducted this service, taking for his text Proverbs 27:9, "Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart, so doth the sweetness of a man's friend." Mr. Waterman made a beautiful application of this text to the life and character of Dr. Kendrick. At 3 o'clock the funeral party reached the Baptist church, where a large company of people were assembled. President S. A. McKay of Shurtleff conducted this service. He took for his text: 2nd Samuel 3:38: "Know ye not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel?" Many present remembered that Dr. Kendrick used this same text when he preached the funeral sermon of Dr. Charles Fairman, for many years a Professor in Shurtleff College, and they were reminded of the fact that many of the men with whom Dr. Kendrick was associated had passed on before him. Dr. McKay's eulogy of Dr. Kendrick was both eloquent and thoughtful. The students and faculty of Shurtleff marched in a body to the church, where they formed in line and waited for the funeral party to pass in. The music was under the direction of Prof. W. D. Armstrong, who presided at the organ. The music was by a double quartet composed of Mrs. Thomas, Mrs. Waggoner, Mrs. Neff, Miss Cushing, Prof. Ray, Messrs, Worley, Wightman and Edwards. The floral offerings were beautiful. A large number of friends from a distance attended the services. Among them were Mr. and Mrs. Justin Kendrick and two daughters, of Webster Groves; William Watson and Mrs. William Nolte of St. Louis; Rev. George Steele of Ironton, Mo., of the theological class of 1884; Mr. Neece and daughter, Miss Minnie, of Waverly; M. W. Weir of Belleville; Rev. and Mrs. S. A. Bemis, Rev. Dr. W. W. Boyd, of St. Louis; Rev. H. H. Branch of Carbondale. The funeral was the largest ever known in this vicinity, and the general expressions of personal grief best showed the feeling of bereavement which has befallen the Shurtleff College circles, and the entire community in the death of Dr. Kendrick.

Adin A. Kendrick was born in Ticonderoga, New York, January 7,1830. His father and grandfather were physicians, and various members of his family were prominent physicians, lawyers, and theologians. Kendrick was educated in New York, and attended Middlebury College in Vermont, where he graduated with honor. He first chose the law profession, and was admitted to the bar. He practiced one year in Wisconsin and one year in St. Louis. While in St. Louis he decided to devote his life to the ministry, and entered a theological course at Rochester University. Graduating in 1861, he went to Chicago as pastor of the North Baptist Church. In 1865 he accepted the appointment of Assistant Pastor of the Second Baptist Church in St. Louis. He next served as pastor of the Beaumont Street Baptist Church in St. Louis until his election to the Presidency of Shurtleff College in June 1872. Kendrick served as President of Shurtleff for twenty two years. He resigned in June 1894 after feeling a call to once again work as a pastor. After five years he once again returned to Shurtleff as Dean of the Theological Faculty, a position he held until his death. Kendrick is buried in the Upper Alton Oakwood Cemetery.


KENNEDY, ALLEN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 6, 1909
Allen Kennedy, a painter living on Spring street between Second and Third streets, died this morning at his home after a long illness. He leaves his wife and two children.


KENNEDY, BARTHOLOMEW 'BARTH'/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 17, 1921
Bartholomew Kennedy Sr. died Saturday evening at the home of his son, City Clerk B. R. Kennedy, 436 Bluff Street, following an illness of many months. For the past several months he had been confined to his room. Mr. Kennedy was 84 years old. Mr. Kennedy came to Alton 61 years ago. He was born in Galway, County Galway, Ireland in 1837. He came to America from Ireland on his honeymoon trip, just after his marriage in Ireland. Mrs. Kennedy died several years ago. For a number of years Mr. Kennedy was in business on East Broadway, just east of Cherry Street. In his younger days he was interested in civic affairs and served in the City Council in 1880 and 1881. Mr. Kennedy was the father of nine children, six of whom are dead. Louis, George, Mary, Henry, John and Agnes Kennedy are dead, and Mrs. T. W. Cunningham and Mrs. George Palmer, and City Clerk B. R. Kennedy survive him. Mr. Kennedy had been failing in health for a few years and for some time was unable to leave his room. He was a man of iron nerve and tenaciously clung to life, succumbing to his illness only after a valiant struggle. During the past few weeks he steadily declined from the infirmities of old age. Mr. Kennedy was at one time a well known figure in Alton. He was a successful business man and attracted attention for his interest in the betterment of his city. His career in the City Council was marked by his progressive attitude on public questions. He was a man who loved his family and gave his children the best advantages possible. His kindly nature and charitable disposition made for him many warm friends. The funeral will be from the Bluff Street address at 9:15 Tuesday, and Requiem mass will be sung at SS. Peter and Paul's Cathedral. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery.


KENNEDY, FRANCES ROSA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 17, 1902
Mrs. Mary Kennedy of 1100 east Fifth street was called to mourn the death of her 14 year old daughter, Frances Rosa, who died of pneumonia this morning. Frances was a sweet girl, the delight of her mother, who has the deepest sympathy of her friends in the great loss. The funeral will probably be held Friday.


KENNEDY, GEORGE F./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 17, 1903
George F. Kennedy, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. Kennedy of 1106 East Second street, died at 6:10 o'clock this morning after a long and painful illness of tuberculosis of the liver. He was educated at Shurtleff college and has held several positions of trust. He served for a number of years as chief mail clerk on the Vandalia system running out of St. Louis. He also served as auditor of the city of Alton. His struggle against death was most remarkable, his illness being such as not to allow the partaking of any nourishment whatever in either a solid or liquid form for the past ten weeks. He will be sadly missed by his family as well as by his numerous friends and acquaintances for his manly and unassuming qualifies. He leaves besides his parents, two brothers and three sister, namely Henry M. and Bart R. Kennedy, Mrs. H. E. Nutter, Mrs. A. C. Nutter, and Miss Rosamond Kennedy, all of Alton. The funeral will take place Friday morning from St. Patrick's church to Greenwood Cemetery.


KENNEDY, JULIA (nee TITCHENAL)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 11, 1919
Mrs. Julia Kennedy, widow of Robert Kennedy, and a native of Madison County, died this morning at 1:30 o'clock at her home in Bethalto, from old age. She had been disabled for only about a week. This remarkable woman, though 93 years of age, had continued her activities about the home, had put in her time reading and knitting, and meeting her friends, and was one of the most beloved residents of Bethalto where she lived. All of her life she spent in the vicinity of Alton. She was born at what is known as Hop Hollow, and spent her young girlhood there. Just last summer Mrs. Kennedy made a visit to Riverview Park, where she could get a view of Hop Hollow, and for the first time in many years she cast her eye over the country where she had roamed in childhood. Her mind was clear up to the last and her recollections of the early days in Hop Hollow and in Alton were very interesting. Mrs. Kennedy had lived in Bethalto 47 years. Prior to that she had resided on farms in that neighborhood. She was married in Alton when a young woman, to Robert Kennedy, who died about seventeen years ago. Her maiden name was Julia Titchenal. Mrs. Kennedy leaves four daughters, Mrs. U. S. Nixon of Alton; Mrs. Cornelia Head of Wood River township; Mrs. George A. Klein of Bethalto; and Mrs. Kate Boedendieck of Vienna, Mo. She leaves also two sons, Edward Kennedy of Moro and Robert Kennedy of East Alton. The funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 10 o'clock from her late home and burial will be in the Short Cemetery.


KENNEDY, NELLIE (nee ALT)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 12, 1920
Mrs. Nellie Alt Kennedy, wife of City Clerk Bart R. Kennedy, died at 11:45 o'clock this morning after an illness with pneumonia, following an attack of influenza, which began eight days ago. Mrs. Kennedy contracted the disease while taking care of members of her family who were suffering from it. She was unwilling to give up at once when she began to feel sick, and when she did take down she was very quickly in a bad way and pneumonia developed fast. The past week her condition had been very grave, and the cause of great anxiety. Members of her family gave up all hope early in the week, but she clung tenaciously to life, having the desire to live, especially for the sake of her husband and her two little sons. The case of Mrs. Kennedy has been watched with intense interest by a very large circle of friends of both herself and her husband. There were few people in Alton who had more good friends than the Kennedy family, as in all the time of trouble for other folks, the Kennedys always found it their chief happiness in doing something to relieve mental or physical distress. Owing to the contagious character of the disease from which Mrs. Kennedy was suffering, it was impossible for their friends to go in and out of the house. Mr. Kennedy himself was very sick with the influenza just before his wife took down. A competent nurse was secured and every care given Mrs. Kennedy, but her case of pneumonia progressed in gravity fast, and her friends were given cause for fresh anxiety every day by more and more disquieting reports that came from the Kennedy home. Mrs. Kennedy was born in Alton, and was almost 41 years of age. She was the stepdaughter of Fred Hoppe, her own father having lost his life when she was a child and her mother remarried, later dying too. One of the most important public services that she ever performed was her service as a school teacher. She was of a temperament that specially suited her for teaching school. She enjoyed her work and she made their studies pleasant for the children. She was one of the most efficient of all the teachers in the entire corps of Alton school teachers. Ten years ago she resigned her post as school teacher to become the bride of Bart Kennedy. She was devoted to her husband and to her children, was an ideal homemaker and her home life was most pleasant. In the neighborhood where she lived, she was loved by everyone and her private life was a complete exemplification of what should be in one of the highest religious characters. Mrs. Kennedy was born in Alton March 15, 1879. She was a graduate of the Alton high school, and was a very popular teacher in the public schools of our city for a number of years. On July 20, 1910, she was united in marriage to Bart R. Kennedy, the present City Clerk. Her death is a severe blow to Mr. Kennedy, as he is just recovering from an attack of influenza. At the present time the youngest son, John, is ill with pneumonia. She leaves to mourn her departure, her husband and two little sons, George R. and John Edward, aged eight and five respectively; also her father, Fred W. Hoppe, and her aunt, Miss Ella Fischer, who raised her from childhood. She also leaves three brothers, Charles L. Alt, John Hoppe, and Arthur W. Hoppe, all of Alton, and one sister, Mrs. Clayton E. Houts, who is residing in St. Louis. The funeral will be held from the home at 2:30 o'clock Friday afternoon, and interment will take place in Greenwood Cemetery. On account of the nature of her illness, the funeral will be private.


KENNEDY, PHILIP/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 23, 1917
The funeral of Philip Kennedy, retired farmer and dairyman, was held Saturday morning from St. Patrick's church where a requiem mass was said and he also conducted brief services at the graveside. A large number of the residents of Foster township, among whom deceased had lived many years, attended the obsequies and the cortege was the longest one seen leaving that church in years. Floral offerings were numerous, and covered the mound in Greenwood cemetery beneath which Mr. Kennedy rests. An error was made in his published age the other day. He was 76 years old on the day he died, and those who knew him best say he tried to do some good act, or some kind act every day during most of these years. At the church Rev. Manning spoke a few words of consolation to the large family of children and to the bereaved wife. The pallbearers were Messrs. Charles Ducommon, John Vohanaman, Minard Joehl, Joseph Loehr, John Metfale, Police Magistrate Maguire.


KENNEDY, ROBERT/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 11, 1903
Bethalto Pioneer Dies at Age of Eighty Three
Robert Kennedy, one of the oldest and best known residents of Wood River township, died at his home near Bethalto, Wednesday evening, after a long illness. He was 83 years and 6 days. Mr. Kennedy's funeral will be held Friday morning at 10:30 o'clock from the family home at Bethalto, and burial will be in Short's Cemetery. Mr. Kennedy's death was due to paralysis of the throat and tongue, brought on by debility of old age. He had been ill only 9 days, having been in fairly good health up to the time of his last illness. After much suffering, Mr. Kennedy died this morning at 4:15 o'clock, full of years and with the record of a well spent life. He was one of the pioneers of Madison county, having come to Alton in 1843, since which time he made his home here almost continually. He was born in Philadelphia, February 5, 1820, and came to Alton in 1843. He worked on a farm and at teaming for five or six years, practicing in that employment strict fidelity to the characteristic traits, industry, honesty and frugality, which finally crowned his career with success and made him a man of strong character in the community. He went to Wisconsin to work in the pineries there for a period of three years, and afterward returned to Madison county and was engaged at farming in Wood River township. He was engaged six years in the coal business, having made the record of hauling coal every day in six years from Bethalto to Edwardsville. He made his start in this manner and purchased the Walnut Grove farm near Bethalto, where he lived 24 years. He moved into Bethalto in 1877 and resided in the village until his death. He was married in Upper Alton to Miss Julia Titchenal by Rev. John Young. Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy were the parents of seven children, and Mr. Kennedy's death is the first break in the family, all the children and the mother being alive still. He had been life long Republican and a subscriber to the Alton Telegraph more than fifty years. He was a school director and a member of the village board at various times in his career. Mr. Kennedy leaves seven children: Edward Kennedy of Moro; Robert Kennedy of Bethalto; Mrs. W. W. Head of Ft. Russell; Mrs. U. S. Nixon of Alton; Mrs. George A. Klein of Bethalto; Mrs. Ellen Harrison of Upper Alton; and Mrs. Kate Boedendeick of Vienna, Mo. The pallbearers at the funeral Friday will be his sons and his sons-in-law - Edward and Robert Kennedy, W. W. Head, U. S. Nixon, George A. Klein and his grandson, Zeph Harrison. Mr. Kennedy leaves a valuable estate, including a farm of 500 acres.


KENNEDY, SUSAN (nee KEOWN)/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 5, 1880
Susan, wife of Lewis Kennedy and oldest daughter of William H. Keown of Olive Township, died last Thursday at New Douglas, leaving an affectionate husband and a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn her demise.


KENNEDY, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Telegraph, February 27, 1852
An inquest was held by Coroner Robbins yesterday, upon the body of an Irishman named William Kennedy, who met his death about 11 p.m. on Thursday night, in consequence of falling from a high bank upon the railroad track, his head striking against the ties or rails, and severely fracturing his skull. Verdict in accordance with the above facts.


KENNEDY, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 12, 1917
Man Dies From Wounds After Being Shot at Long Lake
William Kennedy, aged 27, son of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Kennedy of Fourth and Vine Streets, Alton, was fatally shot at a dance at Long Lake about 8 o'clock Sunday night. He died in St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Granite City at 12:30 o'clock, noon Monday, where he was taken after the shooting. All the members of his family were with him when his death occurred. He leaves his parents, seven brothers and four sisters.

Kennedy was hit by two of three balls of lead fired at him by Clarence (also reported as Charles) Kelly of Wood River, age 17, who was resenting some attentions Kennedy was showing to a girl Kelly had taken to the dance, Miss Katherine Burke of Wood River. One ball, which proved fatal, struck Kennedy in the abdomen. The other lodged in his leg. The revolver he used was a huge one of 45 caliber. The shooting broke up the Sunday night dance at the Long Lake resort.

According to some who went to the dance, Kennedy was not to blame for the shooting, and was the victim of a jealousy in Kelly, who took offense because Kennedy had danced with Miss Burke and had afterwards talked to her a few minutes between dances. According to the Granite City police department, Kennedy made a statement at St. Elizabeth's Hospital which indicated that a quarrel had preceded the shooting. Kelly, who is about 19, remonstrated with Kennedy for showing attentions to the girl, and Kennedy had struck Kelly in the face with his fist. Kelly, it was said, then took his opportunity to shoot Kennedy when the latter was sitting outside the dance hall. Kennedy had gone outside the hall, and soon thereafter three shots were heard by the dancers. One ball crashed through the window of the dance hall and there was a panic. It is said that following the shooting there was a big fight and that one Alton man is said to have licked six men before he was through. The Alton attendants at the dance made their return to Alton as soon as they could get away.

The Telegraph is told by one man who saw the shooting that there were wild scenes after it was found Kennedy had been so seriously wounded. As soon as it was possible to do so, the wounded man was hurried away to Granite City and put in St. Elizabeth's Hospital. Kelly was held and locked up in the Granite City jail where he is being held until the inquest is held by Coroner Lowe. No statement could be obtained by the Telegraph from Kelly, and the story published is given, on the authority of the Granite City police headquarters, as coming from Kennedy himself. Kennedy is well known in Alton.

The funeral of Kennedy was held on March 14, 1917 at St. Patrick’s Church in Alton. He was buried in the Greenwood [St. Patrick’s] Cemetery in Godfrey.

Clarence (or Charles) Kelly was arraigned before the circuit court on March 24, 1917, and plead not guilty. He was charged with murder. The trial began June 26, 1917. Kelly explained to the jury that he carried the revolver because he traveled a lonely road to and from his home to see Miss Burke, and that there were numerous dogs that gave him trouble. He stated he took Burke to the Long Lake resort, and danced with her all evening. While getting ready to leave, he found Miss Burke and Kennedy talking. The girl was in tears, and said that Kennedy had insulted her. He stated the Kennedy knocked him down three times, and then he shot in self-defense. Miss Burke told a similar story. The dying statement of Kennedy was read: “I was chewing the rag with a Jane,” and then he told of Kelly coming up and interfering. “I pushed him in the face.” The dying statement also said that Kennedy did not want to prosecute Kelly. Clarence Kelley was acquitted by the jury.

State’s Attorney Streuber revoked the liquor license of Frank Hackethal (effective April 1, 1917), who owned the resort and dance hall at Long Lake. Streuber claimed the Long Lake resort, located in the Granite City/Pontoon Beach/Mitchel area, was a disorderly and ill-governed place. Hackethal, who had purchased the license a month earlier, had paid fines for running an illicit saloon, and for allowing gaming and slot machines. It was further stated the Hackethal had assisted in the assault of Kennedy. Hackethal had quite the reputation. He was later a prominent St. Louis organized crime figure, and was one of nine members of the Egan’s Rats, convicted of mail robbery on November 15, 1924. Hackethal owned a popular resort on Long Lake, which was a favorite hangout of the Rats, who used it as a base of operations. Hackethal later was convicted for his part in the Staunton mail robbery in 1924, and was sentenced to 25 years at Leavenworth Penitentiary. He was transferred to the Atlanta Penitentiary, and later to Springfield. He was released in January 1941, and died at home in Granite City on July 13, 1954.


(see also KINNEY)


KENNEY, JOHN W./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 3, 1911
John W. Kenney, aged 58, died Thursday afternoon at his home, _21 Langdon street [looks like 321], after an illness of three weeks with a complication of diseases. He was taken seriously ill at the start, and physicians could do nothing to cause a change for the better. Mr. Kenney is survived by his wife and one daughter, Miss Kenney. He was a hard working industrious man, an upright citizen, and highly respected by his neighbors. He had lived many years in the house where he died, and his nearest neighbors are grief stricken over his death. The funeral will be held Saturday morning at 9 o'clock from SS. Peter and Paul's Cathedral, and burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.


KENNEY, KATHERINE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 23, 1907
Mrs. Katherine Kenney, a native of Limerick, Ireland, but who has lived in Alton and vicinity for almost seventy years, died Tuesday night at her home, 302 Jefferson street, after an illness caused by old age infirmities. She was the widow of Michael Kenney, for many years lived on a farm in Godfrey township. She is survived by two children, William Kenney of Alton and Mrs. Mary Shea of St. Louis. The son was removed from his home to St. Joseph's hospital a week ago and is seriously ill from liver and stomach troubles. He will not be able to attend his mother's funeral, which will be held Thursday morning from the Cathedral.


KENNEY, MIKE/Source: Alton Telegraph, July 6, 1866
Killed by Train
Source: Alton Telegraph, July 6, 1866
Last evening, some boys were playing in a culvert on the railroad, and one of them proposed to the others to lie down by the side of the track till a train, which was coming towards them, should pass. The boys agreed to do so and lay down. The train came on and had passed, except the last car, when one of the boys, Mike Kenney, became frightened, and tried to get away, but instead of doing so, threw an arm and a leg directly on the rail in front of the car, and remained there until it had passed. The wheels cut his arm and leg off – the arm close to the should, and the leg was cut entirely off, and part of the thigh. He was picked up insensible, and carried to his home. He was brought to by proper remedies, and lingered until this morning, suffering untold agony, when he died.

This sad accident cast a shadow over many families in Alton, but more especially those having boys. Boys, let this sad accident teach you a lesson, and the less you have to do with railroads, the better it will be for you.


KENNEY, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 13, 1907
William Kenney, aged 50 years, died last night at St. Joseph's hospital after a long and painful illness from Bright's disease. He was a native of Alton, but for several years resided on a farm in Godfrey township. A few years ago he purchased some lots in Riverview addition, built on them and moved back to Alton with his mother. She died a few months ago, just after he had been taken to the hospital and he was not able to attend the funeral. He leaves one sister, Mrs. Shea of St. Louis. The funeral will be held Saturday morning at 9:30 from the Cathedral.


KENNINGTON, JOHN JR./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 14, 1912
John Kennington Jr., aged 20, died at the hospital today from the effects of injuries he sustained November 3 while trying to capture a squirrel in a tree in Godfrey township. His family live at 1207 Marshall street. With Joseph Stamper, Kennington was hunting and they had treed a squirrel. Kennington climbed to shake the squirrel out, taking an axe along to cut his way into the squirrel's home. In making a downward swing, the axe struck another limb and this flying back, struck Kennington, made him lose his hold, and he fell to the ground, a distance of 20 feet, striking on his head and shoulders. He fractured his spine and shoulder and complete paralysis set in from the waist down. He was taken to the hospital last Tuesday, as his condition seemed to be growing worse.


General Loren KentKENT, LOREN (GENERAL)/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 3, 1868
The body of the late General Loren Kent arrived in Alton from Galveston, Texas, last evening, and the funeral services took place this afternoon from the Presbyterian Church, of which the deceased was an esteemed member. The funeral sermon was preached by the Rev. Dr. Taylor. It was an eloquent and impressive discourse, and recalled vividly to the assembly the worth and virtues of the gallant young soldier, whose untimely loss is so deeply mourned, not only here, but in the State where his duties had lately called him. The members of the several Masonic Lodges of Alton attended the services in a body, and the deceased was buried with the honors of the Order. The death of but few citizens of Alton has ever caused more profound sorrow than that of General Kent, but it is some mitigation of the grief of his friends that they are, at length, able to pay to him the last offices of love and respect, and to lay him to rest with his kindred.

Loren Kent was born July 12, 1839, in Lyman, Grafton County, New Hampshire. He entered the Civil War as a Private in the 10th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, which was a 3-month enlistment unit. After his service in that regiment, he received a U.S. Volunteers commission, and served as the Provost Marshal General of the Department of the Tennessee, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was appointed Colonel and Commander of the 29th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He was brevetted Brigadier General, U.S. Volunteers, on March 22, 1865, for “gallant and meritorious services during the war.” He died in Galveston, Texas in 1867, at the age of 28. He is buried in the Alton City Cemetery.


KEOWN, ANDREW/Source: Alton Telegraph, February 26, 1880
From Edwardsville – Andrew Keown died on February 20, and his funeral took place from his late residence to the Vincent Grave Yard [in Alhambra], last Saturday afternoon. He was the second son and last surviving child of John Keown, who died at an advanced age in Butler County, Kentucky. The father of John, and grandfather of Andrew, was Thomas Keown, a native of Ireland, who, on coming to this country, settled in South Carolina near Abbeville, and subsequently in 1806, removed with his family to Warren County, Kentucky, where he died. The children of John Keown were: William (born April 11, 1799); Andrew (born October 15, 1794); Thomas Porter (born December 21, 1798); John White (born March 26, 1803); Peggy M. (born April 2, 1807); Alexander J. (born September 5, 1809); and James C. (born February 22, 1812). Except William and James C., who died bachelors, said children all lived to have families of their own. William and Alexander died in Kentucky, and the others all died in Madison County, a few miles north of Alhambra.

Andrew was a soldier in the War of 1812, was in the battle of New Orleans under General Jackson, January 8, 1815, and from February 14, 1871 to his death, was in receipt of a survivor’s pension. He came first to Illinois in 1819, but returned again to Kentucky, and December 2, 1819, in Butler County in that State, he married Miss Sarah C. Goodwin. He removed to Illinois with his family in 1825, and bought and settled upon the land where he lived at the time of his death, and where his widow still lives.

Few people attain the age at which he died, and fewer still are fortunate enough to be blessed with the society of one companion for upwards of fifty years. The deceased, by honest toil and frugality, nobly aided by his companion, at an early day acquired a competence of this world’s goods, and retained that condition through life, and died owing no man a dollar. Four adult children, viz John, Mary, Calvin G., and Alexander, all having families of their own, survive him. “Uncle Andy” was known far and near, and was esteemed as an honest man and an upright Christian by all who knew him.


KEOWN, ANNA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 9, 1911
The funeral of Mrs. Anna Keown, who had lived in Marine for the last seventy-five years and who died Sunday night, was held this afternoon from her home. She was a daughter of Daniel Ground, who came to Madison county from England 100 years ago.


KEOWN, ISHAM V./Source: Alton Telegraph, July 17, 1874
From Edwardsville – Isham V. Keown died at his residence near New Douglass on July 7, in the 41st year of his age. He left surviving him a widow and six children in very indigent circumstances. Deceased was the only surviving brother of L. C. Keown of Edwardsville.


KEOWN, SARAH C./Source: Alton Telegraph, September 15, 1881
Mrs. Sarah C. Keown, relict of Andrew Keown, late of Alhambra, in this county, deceased, died on September 6 at the residence of her son, Alexander Keown at Carbondale. Her remains were interred at the Vincent Cemetery near Alhambra on September 8.


KERR, HUGH/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 25, 1877
From Edwardsville – Mr. Hugh Kerr of Liberty Prairie, father of Hon. Daniel Kerr of Grundy Center, Grundy County, Iowa, died at his late residence, four miles north of Edwardsville, where he had resided for many years. He died on Thursday, January 18, 1877, in the 64th year of his age. His funeral took place last Saturday. He has left a large circle of friends and acquaintances, who were wont, in days gone by, to meet the clever, cheerful, old man, shake his hand, and enjoy with him a social chat, and who feel sad now that he is gone.


KERR, MARTHA J. [ nee RANDLE]/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 17, 1909
Mrs. Martha J. Kerr, wife of James W. Kerr, died at 3:15 o'clock Wednesday morning at the home, 1201 State street, after an illness of three years. Her condition has been such that her death has been looked for during the last few months. Her children have been in constant attendance upon her, her son and his wife having come from Oklahoma to remain here until the end would come. During her long illness, Mrs. Kerr was given the most devoted attention by her family and her relatives, who made as easy as possible the painful end of a long and torturous illness. Mrs. Kerr was a native of Upper Alton and had lived in the Altons all her life. She was the youngest daughter of Rev. I. B. Randle, for many years a Methodist circuit rider and afterward a justice of the peace in Alton. He was one of the pioneers of southern Illinois, and the family was one of the most prominent in the Altons. She leaves one sister, Mrs. John N. Drummond of Alton, and two brothers, Fielding Randle and Charles Randle, Chicago. She leaves also her husband, James W. Kerr, and two sons, Irwin B. Kerr and John D. Kerr. Mrs. Kerr was 61 years of age. During her long period of residence in Alton she had formed many very good friends who were very solicitous for her welfare during her illness. She was possessed of a kindly disposition and was a woman who made and held fast friendships. She was a devoted mother and a dutiful wife.


KEOWN, MARTHA JANE (nee FIELDS)/Source: Alton Telegraph, February 17, 1881
From Edwardsville – The wife of John Ashley Keown, residing in Smart’s Prairie in Pin Oak Township, died on February 7. She was highly esteemed by all who knew her, and has left a husband, several adult children, and a large circle of friends to mourn their loss.

Martha Jane Fields Keown was born April 14, 1821. She was married to John Ashley Keown (1817-1910), and their children were John A. Keown (1855-1938) and Theresa Jane Keown Buckles (1859-1936). Martha was buried in the Hagler Cemetery in Troy.


KERSHAW, KATE (nee HINEBAUGH)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 29, 1922
Mrs. Kate Kershaw, nee Hinebaugh, who died suddenly Monday at 3:10 a.m. September 27, from a stroke of apolexy, was buried this afternoon in the city cemetery at 3:00 p.m. Funeral arrangements, which awaited the arrival of her oldest son, E. G. Hinebaugh, an editor and publisher of Minneapolis, Minn., were completed last night on his arrival. He is a prominent member and worker in the Modern Woodmen of America, belonging to the largest camp in the Northwest, and pallbearers with a committee attended the funeral of his mother from Robin Hood Camp No. 135 of Alton, headed by Camp Clerk C. S. Leech. Mrs. Kershaw was 79 years old. Her son, Charles L. Hinebaugh, his wife Leona, and daughter Lulu, now reside in Alton as their permanent home. Mrs. Kershaw, in years gone by, was a prominent worker in the Presbyterian churches at St. Paul and Minneapolis, where she resided over fifty years. Rev. Edward L. Gibson officiated at the services.


KESSINGER, MINNIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 17, 1907
Mrs. Minnie Kessinger, wife of William Kessinger, died at her home on Illinois avenue last night from blood poisoning. Dr. J. P. Squires said this afternoon that her death was due to blood poisoning and typhoid fever combined. The woman had been ill about one week. She had a pimple on one of her lips and scratched it. Blood poisoning set in and her face and head swelled to enormous size from the infection and brain fever resulted. She was only 19 years of age and leaves her husband and two children. The body will be taken to Hillview in Greene county for burial. Two physicians were attending the woman during part of her illness, and a third, Dr. F. C. Joesting, was summoned last night, but none of them could do anything to arrest the progress of the infection due to the scratching of the pimple on woman's lip.


KETCHAM, CHARLES FOOTE/Source: Alton Telegraph, November 9, 1849
Died in Alton on Thursday, the 6th instant, of croup, Charles Foote, youngest son of Colonel J. C. Ketchem, aged 7 years and 5 months.


KETTLEWELL, CHARLES H./Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, January 18, 1887
Died at his home on Grafton Road, January 15, 1887, of lung fever, Charles H., beloved husband of Lizzie, and eldest son of John and Mary Kettlewell. Aged 18 years, 5 months, and 9 days.


KETTLEWELL, JOHNNIE W./Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, January 18, 1887
Died January 14, 1887, Johnnie W., infant child of Charles H. and Lizzie Kettlewell, on the Grafton Road. Aged 2 weeks and 1 day.


KEYES, ANN M./Source: Alton Telegraph, July 11, 1851
Died at the residence of her father near Monticello [Godfrey] in Madison County, on the 26th ult., after a long and protracted illness, which she bore with Christian fortitude and resignation, Mrs. Ann M. Keyes, aged 25 years and 9 months. Her’s was an example worthy of imitation. An obedient daughter, a kind and affectionate sister, and universally beloved and esteemed by all who knew her.


KEYES, MARIA SMITH/Source: Alton Telegraph, November 10, 1881
Remembers the Burning of Washington by the British, and the Funeral of President George Washington
From Edwardsville – Mrs. Maria Keyes, who had the misfortune of having a severe fall, fracturing her thigh about three weeks ago, died at the residence of her only child, Mary Elizabeth Gillespie, wife of Judge Joseph Gillespie, in Edwardsville, last Friday November 4.

Mrs. Keyes was born in Charlestown, Jefferson County, Virginia, January 11, 1793. She was twice married. First on September 26, 1815, to John A. Smith (the father of Mrs. Gillespie). He died in 1823. She afterwards, in 1828, married Thomas Keyes, with whom she removed to Illinois in 1831 and settled in Greenville, Bond County. She continued to reside in Greenville and vicinity until the death of Mr. Keyes, which occurred in 1861, after which time, and until her death, she made her home with her daughter in Edwardsville.

While suffering from the accident above mentioned, she was attacked by typhoid malarial fever, which produced her death. Up to the time of her last illness, she had remarkably good health and was extremely active for one of her age. She was possessed of a remarkable memory, remembering and relating incidents which occurred fifty or seventy-five years ago with great accuracy. She remembered the funeral ceremonies held at Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, when Washington died. She often related a great many circumstances which occurred during the War of 1812, being at that time a grown woman, particularly the Battle of Bladensburg and the burning of the government buildings in Washington by the British. She saw Lafayette on his second visit to the United States in 1824. She has lived during the terms of all the Presidents. She was always a great reader and close observer, and took great interest in every event of moment that has occurred within the present century. Her funeral took place on Sunday, November 6, to Wood Lawn Cemetery in Edwardsville, and was largely attended.


KEYSER, DON/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 22, 1904
Don Keyser, aged 21, died from consumption [tuberculosis] Saturday night after a long illness brought on by too close confinement while he was manager of the Western Union Telegraph office at Alton. When he was a boy he was a young athlete. He learned the telegraph operator business and became so proficient, so ambitious was he, that in a short time he was one of the best operators in the company's employ. He was given the Alton office at a time when the Western Union had experienced considerable trouble in the city and a loss in business, and the young man endeavored to build up again the business lost. Although not allowed a night operator, he kept the office open part of the time and did the work himself, without extra compensation and scarcely without thanks of the company for which he worked. Finally he began to feel weak and unable to work any longer. He asked his company for a leave of absence, not once but many times, but no answer from headquarters. He sent telegrams imploring relief from his duties, but there was no answer. Finally he telegraphed asking transportation to Arizona and for a successor, but still there was no answer from headquarters. All this time, while the young man's pleas for relief so he could go west to save his life were being so coldly disregarded by his superiors, the boy was rapidly dying. At the same time, there hung on the office wall in Alton a letter seemingly in mockery, signed by the general manager of the Western Union, in which was expressed the highest appreciation of the good increase he had shown in business. The boy was asking bread and they gave him a stone in the form of a letter of thanks. At last Don telegraphed he would close up the office unless relieved. The next day he was relieved, but no transportation came until after he had started for Arizona. The boy continued to grow worse in Arizona, and the physicians told him that he could not live to return. With an iron will he determined to live to see his old home again before he died. He made the trip alone from Albuquerque to Alton. After his arrival he fainted as he entered his home on Seventh street, and he never was out again. Saturday night he slept away after many months of suffering. His life might have been saved many years but for neglect on the part of those over him. This is a true story learned from relatives and associates of the young man. The funeral was held Monday morning, and the body was taken to Elsah for burial.


KIBURZ, MICHAEL/Source: Troy Call, January 1, 1900
Michael Kiburz, aged 85 years and one of the oldest residents of Highland, died on Thursday of last week at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Louise Tuhler. The funeral was held Saturday. Deceased was a native of Switzerland, and for many years engaged in farming near Highland. Besides his daughter, he is survived by a son, Arnold Kiburz of Pierron.


KIDWELL, ADA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 2, 1921
Mrs. Ada Kidwell, wife of William Kidwell, died Saturday afternoon at her home, 2221 West College avenue, after a long illness due to a complication of diseases. She was 61 years of age. Mrs. Kidwell leaves, besides her husband, five children: Charles Kidwell of Minneapolis; Mrs. Charles Goring, Mrs. Walter Young, Mrs. Adolph Youngblood, Mrs. J. B. Mawdsley, of Alton. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the family home and services will be conducted by Rev. Cates of the Wesley Methodist church. Mrs. Kidwell was a woman who was loved by the members of her family and highly esteemed by a large number of friends and neighbors.


KIDWELL, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 24, 1912 [Note: this article was torn and very hard to read]
John Kidwell, age ..... died at St. Joseph's hospital this morning from the effects of accidental injuries inflicted by an emer... striking his as he was at ... in the Beall shops in Alton. Kidwell never regained good condition ... being hurt Monday morning. His .... continued weak and the surgeon decided that he was in such bad condition they could do nothing for him by performing a surgical operation. They concluded that his liver had been ruptured by the blow. The flying fragment of emery wheel thrown off while revolving at high speed struck the young man a little to the right side of the abdomen, and except for a bruised place there, which did not appear to be necessarily fatal, there was no indication of his having been hurt. The internal injury he sustained, however, the doctors recognized at once as probably fatal. The body was taken in charge by undertaker W. H. Bauer at once. The funeral arrangements had not been made today.


KIDWELL, SUSAN (nee NOTT)/Source: Alton Telegraph, February 12, 1885
Susan Kidwell (nee Nott) died Wednesday of consumption, after an illness of two months, at the age of almost 40 years. She was a native of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, but had spent most of her life in Alton. She bore the painful sufferings, incident to the disease of which she died, with Christian fortitude and resignation. She left a husband, D. W. Kidwell, and eight children to mourn the loss of a faithful wife and an affectionate mother. [Burial was in the Alton City Cemetery.]


KIEFFABER, UNKNOWN WIFE OF ADAM/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 15, 1873
A German woman, wife of Adam Kieffaber, residing at Marine, was missed by him about 2 o’clock in the morning on Monday, August 4, and after giving a prompt alarm and searching for her a few minutes, her dead body was found in the well. The well is small, and only about ten feet down to the water, so that with the aid of a light, her form was visible. She was taken out without delay, but life was extinct. The deceased had been unwell, and quite despondent for some time – had even threatened to bring her days to a close. She has left a husband and two children, the youngest only about three months old.


KIENRY/KNIERY, EDWARD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 25, 1921
Soldier Killed in France
Many Alton people went to Litchfield Saturday evening and yesterday morning to attend the funeral of Edward Kienry, the well known and popular young soldier, who was killed overseas. The body reached Litchfield last week and was given a military burial Sunday. A solemn requiem High Mass was held in St. Mary's church at 10 o'clock. The church could hold only one-third of the vast crowd which collected from the surrounding country. Interment was in the cemetery a mile and a half from the church, and the line of march stretched from the church door to the graveyard. The casket was placed on wheels and was drawn to the cemetery by four horses. Among those attending the funeral was a young man from Belletrees, a young stretcher-bearer, who took Kienry's body from the battle field. Kniery spent his early life in East Alton, and attended St. Patrick's school. Later on the family moved to Litchfield. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Kniery. He lived in Alton before going into the service.


KIES, JOHN ALBERT/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 16, 1886
From Godfrey – Mr. John Kies died Monday, September 6, from injuries received by his horse running away with him. His funeral took place Tuesday from the Bethany Church. Mr. Kies was born in Oakland, Coles County, Illinois. At the age of four, he removed with his parents to Missouri, where he resided until 1861, when he came to Illinois and enlisted in the First Illinois Cavalry, in which he served three years. On March 14, 1867, he married Carrie Chapman of Godfrey, since which time he has mostly resided here. He was kind-hearted and obliging. He leaves a wife and seven children who are deserving of Christian sympathy.

John Albert Kies was born November 2, 1838, in Charleston, Coles County, Illinois. He married Carrie Chapman (1847-1926), and they had seven children, five of whom are: Olive Myrtle Kies Williams (1868-1939); Ernest Lowell Kies (1869-1951); Albert Kies (1874-1926); John Kies (1875-1959); and Mary Frances Kies Robison (1880-1971). John was buried in the Bethany Cemetery in Godfrey.


KILLINGER, ABRAM/Source: Alton Telegraph, October 27, 1865
On Monday afternoon, as the wood train on the Chicago & Alton Railroad was passing between Springfield and the Junction [East Alton], a young man by the name of Abram Killinger, who was at the time acting as brakesman, was thrown from the top of the cars under the wheels, which passed over one of his legs, crushing it so terribly that amputation became necessary. He, however, soon died from the effects of the wound, and was brought to his home in Alton and was buried this morning. He was about twenty-five years of age.


KILLINGER, CHRISTOPHER/Source: Alton Telegraph, October 25, 1872
Died on October 21, in Alton, Christopher, youngest son of Christopher and Mary E. Killinger.


KILLINGER, JACOB/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 24, 1904
Postmaster Joseph Rain Saturday morning received a telephone message from Collinsville, notifying him of the death this morning of Mr. Jacob Killinger, whose serious illness has been noted in these columns. Mr. Killinger formerly lived in North Alton and was in business there for many years. He was prominent in Republican politics in Collinsville and in the eastern part of Madison county. He was more than 70 years of age.


KILLINGER, MARY EILEN/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, January 17, 1887
Died in Collinsville on January 12, after an illness of only two days, Mrs. Mary Eilen, wife of Chris Killinger, aged 39 years. Mrs. Killinger leaves a husband, six children, and a large circle of friends to mourn her untimely death.


KILLINGER, SOPHIA/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 29, 1881
From North Alton – Thursday morning, September 21, Mr. Jacob Killinger, wife and family arrived here from Mexico, Missouri, with the remains of their eldest daughter, Sophia, aged 19 years and 6 months. She died after a brief illness of typhoid fever. The deceased was a most estimable young lady, well known in this vicinity, and loved by all who knew her. She was a member of the Episcopal Chapel, and a devoted Sunday School worker. The bereaved family have the sincere sympathy of the entire community.


KILROY, THOMAS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 1, 1907
Several months ago Thomas Kilroy was killed by an interurban car near the Standard Oil works. He was here from Bloomington visiting some men who worked at the oil refinery and was on his way home when the car struck him. Although Coroner Streeper tried to locate his relatives, they would not respond and no word has been received from them. He has held the body, having embalmed it, and is still keeping it for the family, hoping someone would turn up. A few days ago a letter came to the coroner asking for a copy of the evidence taken at the coroner's inquest, and intimating that the attorneys who wrote were preparing to bring suit. Coroner Streeper will notify them he is still holding the body and before they get the inquest record they should first claim the body and have it buried decently.


KIMBALL, DAVID/Source: Alton Telegraph, July 30, 1874
On July 20, Mr. David Kimball departed this life at the residence of his son, Isaiah Kimball, one mile west of Bethalto. He had nearly reached the limit of human life, being in his 78th year, and though feeble, had been able to go about till a short time before his decease. He was a native of the province of New Brunswick, but had resided for some years in this vicinity.


KIMBALL, GEORGE (REVEREND)/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 7, 1878
From Edwardsville - Elder George Kimball, colored, a Baptist Minister of the Gospel, died in Edwardsville in the 55th year of his age. The deceased was liberated from slavery by the Emancipation Proclamation, and for many years, even while in bondage, had been a preacher of the gospel. His death is sadly mourned by his congregation, widow, children, and friends.


KIMBERLAIN, ANDREW/Source: Alton Weekly Telegraph, January 17, 1873
From Edwardsville – Andrew Kimberlain, an old citizen of Madison County, died at his home in Troy on January 8.


KIMBERLIN, LUCY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 25, 1919
Mrs. Lucy Kimberlin, wife of John Kimberlin, died at 3 o'clock this morning at St. Joseph's hospital at the age of 22. The young wife is survived by her husband, 4 brothers and one sister. The body has been taken to the home of Kimberlin's father at 1218 Rodemeyer avenue. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.


KIMBERLIN, MARGARET/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 9, 1874
Died at the residence, five miles northeast of Troy, on Saturday, December 27, 1873, Margaret, wife of Charles Kimberlin; aged 35 years, 10 months, and 15 days.


KINDER, CALVIN/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 23, 1879
From Edwardsville – Calvin Kinder, one of the oldest and most highly esteemed citizens of our county, died at his residence in Nameoki last Saturday. Only a short time ago, he was here attending the funeral of his sister, Mrs. Ruth Arthur, but he complained of being unwell then, and it is thought he caught cold on that occasion which resulted in his death.


KINDER, ELIZA JANE/Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, Wednesday, January 6, 1892
Resolutions of Respect, Oak Lawn Cemetery Society -- Whereas, It has pleased the all wise Providence to remove from us our beloved sister, Mrs. Eliza Jane Kinder, who departed this life December 28, 1891, in her 53rd year; it is but fitting that we, the members of Oak Lawn Society pay this respect to her memory. For eleven years as a member of this society she was pleasant, liberal and every ready to assist in behalf of its interests. For two years as its treasurer, she was faithful and discharged her duties creditably. As a neighbor she was truly kind and courteous to all, her virtues were many; so be it Resolved, That in the death of Mrs. Eliza Jane Kinder, this society has lost one of its most respected members, the husband a faithful wife and the children a loving mother. Resolved, That we extend to relatives and friends our sincere and heartfelt sympathy in this, their sad bereavement. Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be spread upon the records of this society, also printed in two of the Edwardsville papers and furnished the relatives of the deceased. Jan. 2, 1892, Committee.


KINDER, JACOB JEFFERSON (CAPTAIN)/Source: Alton Telegraph, April 2, 1885
Veteran of the Black Hawk and Civil War
From Edwardsville – Captain J. J. Kinder died at his residence, six miles south of Edwardsville, last Sunday evening, aged 75 years and 7 months. Captain Kinder was well known in this and adjoining townships, and was highly esteemed and respected. He was a successful farmer. He went through the Black Hawk War, and was a Captain in the War of the Rebellion [Civil War]. The funeral took place this afternoon from the family residence, and was largely attended. Company F of Edwardsville was present, and assisted in placing the gallant old soldier in his final earthly resting place.

Captain Jacob Jefferson Kinder was born June 20, 1809, in Jeffersontown, Kentucky. He was the son of George Kinder (1783-1856) and Isabella Roseberry Kinder (1788-1870). He married Sophia Sarah Pierce (1817-1893). They had at least six children: Sarah Jane Kinder Peat (1842-1926); Margaret E. Kinder Bosomworth (1844-1925); Isabel Jeanette Kinder (1849-1871); Robert Franklin Kinder (1850-1922); Sophia Angelina Kinder (1852-1872); and Joseph Kinder (1855-1855).


KINDER, MARGARET ARMSTRONG (nee GILLHAM) DAVIDSON/Source: Alton Telegraph, Dec. 6, 1872
Died on November 25, at her residence in Six Mile, Madison County, Mrs. Margaret Kinder, after a protracted illness, in the 81st year of her age. Aunt Margaret was born in York County, South Carolina, on May 2, 1792. She was the daughter of Isaac and Nancy “Jane” (Kirkpatrick) Gillham, and with them she immigrated to Illinois, arriving in Madison County on December 31, 1800. The family consisted of her parents, five brothers, and three sisters, of which she was the last. She was married to Calvin Kinder in July 1834, her first husband, Mr. John Davidson, having been dead some years [died 1828]. She leaves a loving husband and a large connection to mourn her loss, but not as those who have no hope, for we are well assured that our loss is her eternal gain.

It is always painful to record the death of any human being, however obscure or humble, for the great Redeemer, who sits in judgment above, knows no distinction of persons, save in the purity of souls. But how much more painful to record the decease of one so pure, so lovely, as the subject of this notice. The writer has known her all his life, and when informed about six months ago of her utter prostration, the sad tidings fell heavily upon him. During the time of her protracted illness, she was constantly surrounded by loving hands, ready to soothe her fevered brow, and words of love and affection fell upon her ear to comfort and console. She died in the home of her childhood, where familiar objects breathed love and beauty.

Aunt Margaret joined the Methodist Church in her 13th year, and lived a consistent Christian for 67 years, and when we say she lived a consistent Christian, we mean that her every thought and deed was that of a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. Her house was the home of the minister, and today scores of the ministry of the Illinois Conference can testify to the welcome they always received from her. Farewell, dear Aunt, may your ashes rest in peace, is the prayer of your ever-loving nephew, S. G. Gillham. Upper Alton, December 1, 1872.

Margaret Armstrong Gillham Davidson Kinder was born May 2, 1792, in York County, South Carolina. Her parents were Isaac and Nancy “Jane” Kirkpatrick Gillham. Her siblings were Isaac Gillham Jr. (1783-1845); Thomas Gillham (1785-1844); John Gillham (1787-1844); William Gillham (1791-1845); James Gillham (1796-1870); and Jane Gillham Fish (1799-1843). Margaret moved to Madison County, Illinois with her family, arriving here on December 31, 1800. She married John Davidson in 1814, and he died in 1828. She and John had one son, Isaac Milton Davidson, who died in 1848. She married Calvin Kinder in 1834, who survived her, dying in 1879.


KINDER, STELLA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 22, 1913
Mrs. Stella Kinder, wife of James Kinder, died this morning at the family home, 1605 Joesting avenue, after a long illness with Brights disease. Mrs. Kinder was 37 years of age. She leaves beside her husband, four sons, and two daughters, one of whom is but two months. She was a member of the Mutual Protective League, and the funeral Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Washington street Methodist church will be under the auspices of that order. Mrs. Kinder was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wilhite. She leaves six sisters, Mrs. Robert Burge, Mrs. Joseph Metz, Mrs. Frank An____ser, Mrs. Frank Monaghan, Misses Harriet and Hazel Wilhite.


KING, GERALD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 1, 1911
School Boy Drowns In River
Gerald, the 10-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. John P. King of 220 east Second street, was drowned Wednesday afternoon about 4 o'clock under a barge of the Mississippi Sand Co. near Lovers Leap. A large number of boys had gone swimming there, and some of them could not swim very well. Some of the boys were from the Cathedral school, and had gone there after school was dismissed for the day, and among these was the King boy and Gaspar Crivello. The King boy could not swim, and when he got out in the deep water and swift current, he was very soon lost to sight under the barge. The other boys, seeing that the child was drowning, called to some larger boys who were up farther along the bank, and the large boys ran down to render aid. It was too late then, as the boy had disappeared under the barge in deep, swift water. The barge was moved, as it was thought perhaps the body of the child might be held there. Friends and neighbors of the family responded to the call for help and went to assist in dragging for the child's body. John Brady, a boy who had witnessed the drowning, carried the boy's clothes home and with them bore the tidings of what had happened. The father and others went immediately to the place where the drowning occurred, and there was plenty of help offered to assist in the search. The boy was to have been a member of the first communion class at SS. Peter and Paul's Cathedral Sunday. He was a fine specimen of boyhood, large for his age and admired by all who knew him. The body was caught this afternoon, floating near the foot of Ridge street, and Coroner Streeper was notified.


KING, JAMES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 13, 1904
Former Foreman of Drummond Tobacco Company Dies in San Francisco
James King, a resident of Alton many years ago, died at San Francisco, October 12, after a long illness and from senile debility. He was about 75 years of age, his friends say. Mr. King will be brought to Alton and the body is expected to arrive here October 23, ten days hence. His first wife was buried in Greenwood cemetery, and according to an expressed wish his second wife, who is living at San Francisco, will send the body to Alton for burial beside that of his first wife. Many years ago Mr. King lived on Belle street between Seventh and Eighth streets, and he was foreman of the Drummond Tobacco Company's plant at Alton. When the Drummond plant was moved to St. Louis, he went with it and continued as foreman. Although incapaciated for work long before the sale of the Drummond plant to the trust, Mr. King remained on the payroll and when the plant was disposed of he received a good sum of money as his share of the price, he being interested in the plant financially. According to old friends of Mr. King, he had three children by his first wife and four by his second. Several years ago he went to California with his wife to make his home with his oldest son, as he had become too old to attend to his business affairs. Judge J. E. Dunnegan has charge of making the funeral arrangements, and word has been sent also to the Western Catholic Union to assist at the funeral, as Mr. King was an old-time member of that order.


KING, JOHN/Source: Alton Telegraph, November 17, 1865
Killed – a brakesman named John King was killed on the Chicago & Alton Railroad by being run over by cars. An inquest was held by Squire Regan, when the jury gave the following verdict: “We, the jury, after a careful examination of the evidence of Conductor White and brakeman Frank Shields, do find the following verdict, that John King came to his death by accidentally falling between the cars on the night of November 9, on the Chicago and St. Louis Railroad, between Alton and St. Louis.


KING, MARY SUSANNAH REIGART/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 23, 1874
Died on the morning of January 9 in Alton, after a protracted illness, Mrs. Mary Susannah Reigart, wife of E. L. King; in the 45th year of her age. Mrs. King was raised in Alton, and at an early age connected herself with the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which she was an active and devoted member, engaging earnestly in every enterprise of the church, especially that of Sabbath School instruction. She was an affectionate wife, an excellent mother, a good neighbor, and a kind and beneficent friend of the poor, and has left a husband and six children, and a large circle of friends and acquaintances to deplore her loss.


KING, REVA SHAFT/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 20, 1903
The funeral of Reva Shaft King, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. King, will take place tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock. Services will be held at the family residence, 1822 Maupin avenue. Interment in the City Cemetery. It had been the intention of the family to take the body to their former home in Missouri for interment, but owing to the inability to make railway connections it was found necessary to have the burial here.


KINCAID, BERTHA E./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 30, 1902
Bertha E. Kincaid, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Kincaid, died this morning at the family home, Fourteenth and Langdon streets, after an illness with typhoid malaria, aged 2 years. The body will be taken to Carrolton for burial tomorrow.


KINNEY, JANE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 14, 1921
Mrs. Jane Kinney, aged 79 years died this morning at 8:30 o'clock at the family home at 8 East Elm street, following an illness of five days suffering from pneumonia. She is survived by seven children, Mrs. Joseph Cannon of Godfrey; Mrs. Robert Glover of Chicago, Ill.; Mrs. Charles Stewart of Omaha, Neb.; Mrs. C. H. Jackson of Mt. Vernon, Ill.; Miss Bertie Kinney of Alton; David Kinney of Godfrey; and Robert Kinney of this city. One sister, Mrs. Lucy Shelby of Owenburg, Wash., and ten grandchildren. The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at one o'clock from the Elm street church, interment in the Godfrey cemetery. Rev. G. W. Brewer will officiate.


KINNEY, LYDIA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 28, 1918
The death of Mrs. Lydia Kinney occurred this morning at 1108 East Fifth street. Mrs. McKinney was very well known in the East End of town and leaves a large number of friends and relatives. She was 63 years of age. She is survived by her husband, Charles, four sons, Milton of Minneapolis; Albert, Joseph and Frank of Alton; also one daughter, Ruth Kinney. The funeral arrangements are incomplete.


KINNEY, THOMAS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 5, 1912
Thomas Kinney, aged 46, died at the home of Mrs. Rose Roberts, Fourth and Vine streets, during Tuesday night from asthma of the heart. He was found dead this morning. Connected with Mr. Kinney's life is an interesting fact that he did not know for many years that he had a relative on earth, and about eight years ago he discovered he had a sister and brother living. He was an orphan, and was put in an orphan's home as a child. For thirty years up to the time of his death he had boarded with Mrs. Roberts, and she was the nearest person on earth to him that he knew of. Eight years ago while he was at Pike's Peak, he was registering his name when a man from Columbus, Ohio, seeing his name, asked Mr. Kinney if he had any relatives at Columbus. Kinney said he was born there and did not know of any relatives because of the circumstances of his early days. The stranger gave him the name of an army officer there, and Mr. Kinney wrote and found it was his brother. He found also a sister, Mrs. Mary Rooney, of Mt. Sterling, Ky. Gus Miller, who was a friend of Kinney, today sent a telegram to the sister and asked her to answer at once. It is expected the brother and sister will be here to attend the funeral. For many years Mr. Kinney conducted a saloon. He did not drink for 21 years, was a quiet man, and conducted an orderly place. He never married. Much of Mr. Kinney's troubles in recent years has been due to worry over his ill health. He made a number of transfers of his business and seemed dissatisfied. He was always friendly and was highly esteemed by all who knew him.


KINSELLA, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 26, 1920
Mrs. Mary Kinsella died last night at 9 o'clock at the home of her son, Thomas P. Kinsella of Wood River, with whom she was living. Mrs. Kinsella was a resident of Litchfield for many years, and 16 years ago came to Alton to reside. A short time ago she went down to Wood River to spend the remainder of her days. She was 72 years of age. Mrs. Kinsella is survived by four daughters, Mrs. G. R. Algers, Mrs. H. O. Wayne, Mrs. C. M. Doran of St. Louis; Mrs. J. H. Manns of Alton; and three sons, Thomas P. of Wood River and M. J. Kinsella and P. J. Kinsella of St. Louis; also by six grandchildren. The aged woman has had several attacks of heart trouble but was in fairly good health and her death was very unexpected. She went out in the yard after supper last evening and was stricken while outdoors attending her plants. The funeral will be held Monday morning at 9 o'clock from St. Bernard's Church in Wood River. Interment will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Alton.


KINSLOR, UNKNOWN DAUGHTER/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 20, 1881
A little daughter of Mr. Charles Kinslor, aged nine years, was sitting in front of the fire at the family residence on the northern part of Belle Street, Saturday afternoon, when her clothing caught fire from the blaze. She immediately started to run, which only increased the heat, and in a short time she was fatally burned, her death taking place Sunday evening. In an attempt to extinguish the flames, an elder sister of the child had her hands badly burned. The funeral took place from the Cathedral, with a large attendance of mourners and sympathizing friends.


KINSULLIVAN, ARTHUR/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 7, 1917
John Lee Kills Arthur Kinsullivan After Quarrel Over Woman
John Lee shot and killed Arthur Kinsullivan Saturday evening about 7 o'clock at Seventh and Belle streets, following a quarrel over a woman to whom both had been attentive. Both are negroes. The shooting was witnessed by a number of people. Though four shots were fired, none flew wild as all entered the body of Kinsullivan and the wounded man, after being shot, staggered across the street and fell dead on the sidewalk. Lee made his escape, and owing to a wild confusion in descriptions given to the police, he was not arrested. According to the story of eyewitnesses, the two men were standing on the corner quarrelling. Kinsullivan exclaimed two or three times, "John Lee, I am not afraid of you." Then, it was said, Lee replied, "all right, I am going to burn you up in a minute." Drawing a revolver, he used his left arm as a rest for the revolver muzzle, and firing four times hit Kinsullivan every time. Chief of Police Fitzgerald said that both men were working at the lead plant, and had been having trouble there. One of them was discharged Saturday. So far as could be learned, both had been attentive to one woman, who was the wife of neither. Lee was a much larger man than his victim. Neither of them had even been in trouble before, so far as could be learned by the police.


KIRCHNER, EMMA L./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 27, 1906
Mrs. Emma L. Kirchner, wife of George Kirchner, aged 34, died Saturday night from peritonis, after an illness of one week at the family home, 808 East Third street. Her death was very unexpected and was a great surprise to many of her friends who did not know she was so seriously ill. She leaves beside her husband, five children. The body was sent to Keokuk, Iowa, today for burial. Mr. Kirchner is vice-president of the Henry L. Winter Manufacturing company.


KIRCHNER, JULIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 22, 1904
Old Beggar Woman Succumbs to Malaria Fever
Deputy Coroner W. H. Bauer was called to Duck Lake, back of the Federal Lead plant, Sunday morning to hold an inquest over the body of Mrs. Julie Kirchner, wife of Gilbert Kirchner, who died without medical attendance Sunday morning, after a three-month's illness with malaria. Mrs. Kirchner was well known about the city, as she made a living by begging, carrying a basket on one arm and going around asking with a whine for a nickel to help buy her next meal. It was generally known to the police that she was keeping in idleness a lazy husband. The developments at the inquest indicated that the woman had died from malaria, aggravated by neglect. Her husband admitted he had never sent for a doctor until Saturday night, and when the doctor came on Sunday morning the woman had just died. Mr. Bauer says that he will conduct an investigation to determine just how far responsible the husband was for the neglect. Kirchner is the human microbe of laziness, Mrs. Demuth says. He never worked, never did anything but compel his wife to go out begging. The family of two lived in a two room boathouse without a chair, table or bed. Nothing but old nail kegs served as seats, and the woman died on a rough pallet on the floor.


KIRK, EDNA ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 12, 1918
Edna Elizabeth Kirk, aged 9 years, died last night at 9 o'clock, following an illness with typhoid fever. The child died at the family home, 2517 Washington avenue. On account of the disease, typhoid fever, the funeral will be private. Services will be held Sunday afternoon about ____ o'clock from the home. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery.


KIRK, GOLDIE H./Source: Alton Telegraph, October 18, 1872
Died on October 11, in Alton, goldie H., infant daughter of James and Mary Kirk; aged 5 months and 12 days.


KIRK, HENRY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 12, 1900
Henry Kirk, aged 85, died very suddenly at St. Joseph's hospital this morning after a short illness with heart disease. He had been ill at the hospital four months and has no known relatives.


KIRK, JAMES WILSON/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 17, 1919 - Submitted by Jim Kirk
The body of the late James Wilson Kirk was shipped to Ina, Ill., yesterday for burial, that being his former home. The deceased, who died here last Monday of paralysis, was sixty years old.


KIRK, UNKNOWN WIFE OF C. S./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 28, 1917
Mrs. C. S. Kirk, colored, died Tuesday evening at her home at 2403 Locust street. She is survived by her husband and a family of young children. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.


KIRKPATRICK, J. R. (CAPTAIN)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 15, 1901
U. S. Navy Veterans Dies
Upper Alton - Capt. J. R. Kirkpatrick died last evening at 6 o'clock after many years illness. His death came on so gradually that until yesterday afternoon his family had not realized that he was so near death. For about nine years Capt. Kirkpatrick has been confined to his room with rheumatism of the heart, contracted during his service in the war. J. R. Kirkpatrick was born March 14, 1832 in Wheeling, West Virginia. He was married in 1861 to Miss Harriet E. Gill of Covington, Ky. Captain Kirkpatrick belonged to a family of river men. All his brothers were captains. He served in the Mississippi squadron, U. S. Navy, and was captain of the boat Pilot. He remained in the United States service until 1874, when he came to the vicinity of Alton, and has since lived here. The wife, two daughters - Miss Bessie Kirkpatrick and Mrs. George R. Stelle of Jerseyville, one brother and a sister in Kentucky survive him. Funeral services will be held from the house tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock. Dr. A. A. Kendrick, assisted by Rev. L. M. Waterman, will conduct the services.


KIRSCH, ANNA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 14, 1910
Mrs. Anna Kirsch, widow of George Kirsch and mother of Mrs. Louisa M. Williams, Mrs. Kate Wuerker of Alton, and George F. Kirsch of St. Louis, died very unexpectedly Monday morning about 12:50 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Williams, at 308 Prospect street. Mrs. Kirsch had been living with her daughter for 17 years. She was apparently in her usual health yesterday, except for what appeared to be an attack of acute indigestion. Mrs. Williams, that she might be near her mother in case of any necessity, concluded to occupy her room with her mother and give her any attention that might be needed. Mrs. Kirsch became very suddenly ill and Mrs. Williams was obliged to see her mother die before any help could be procured, so sudden and unexpected was the death summons. She called in neighbors, but Mrs. Kirsch had already passed away. Mrs. Kirsch was born in Luxembourg, August 13, 1832. She came to America in 1854. Her maiden name was Michelbuch. After being in Alton several years, she was married to George Kirsch in 1857, and he died in 1886. Members of her family said that they had not the least thought that their mother's illness would terminate fatally. She had not even thought it necessary to call a doctor, and she suffered very little. Her two daughters, Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Wuerker, had been with her up to 10:30 p.m. Sunday evening when Mrs. Wuerker went to her home. The sudden illness took her again abut 45 minutes after midnight, and death must have been instant. She was a remarkably well preserved woman for her years, apparently in the best of health, and her hair, a beautiful golden color, had not a gray hair in it. She was a happy, contented woman, beloved by her family and her neighbors, and the chief solace her family have in her sudden death is that it was without being attended by a long period of suffering. The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 10:30 o'clock from the home of Mrs. Williams, and services will be conducted by Rev. John W. Day of St. Louis. Friends are requested to omit flowers.


KIRSCH, GEORGE/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 16, 1886
Mr. George Kirsch, an old and estimable citizen, died at his residence in North Alton on Monday, after an illness of four months duration, in the 56th year of his age. In quest of health, he went to Germany about six weeks ago, but returned last week without having been appreciably benefitted by the trip. Mr. Kirsch was born in Bergzabern, Rhenish Bavaria. He came to Springfield in 1849, and to Alton in 1851, where he has ever since resided. About 30 years ago, he entered into partnership with his cousin, Mr. B. Schiess, in the meat trade, under the name of Kirsch & Schiess, the firm continuing until dissolved by the death of the senior partner. Deceased was a man highly esteemed for his probity and genial qualities. He left a widow, Anna M. Kirsch, two daughters, and one son, besides other relatives to mourn his death. The funeral took place Wednesday from the family residence at North Alton, with a large attendance. The remains were buried in Upper Alton Oakwood Cemetery.


KIRSCHNER, BURT 'BUD'/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 10, 1917
Found Dead in Hog Pen
Bud Kirschener, swineherd for Fred Gerdes, was found dead in a vacant hog pen belonging to Gerdes Sunday morning. The cause of his death was not known. He had been sick about two weeks and had apparently gone up to the hog pen to lie down there. He was covered with a blanket when found. The indications were he had a bad case of malaria. The pen where he died was one which was used by Gerdes to confine his hogs when rising water in the river would force him to take his hogs from the other place where he kept them. Kirschner was in charge of the drove of hogs. At the inquest it developed that Kirschner, whose real name was Burt Kirschner, had lain for eleven days in the hog pen unable to move. Kitty Snipes, a well known character about town, frequently arrested by the police, and who gets her name from her practice of going about the streets picking up cigar stubs, acted as an angel of mercy to the dying man. She went to and from, doing for him what she could. However, she is not able to do much herself, and at times is an inmate of the county poor house.


KIRSCHNER, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 16, 1911
Tragic Death of Steamboat Clerk - Fell Between Steamers to His Death
William Kirschner, second clerk on the Belle of Calhoun, lost his life at the Alton wharf Wednesday evening, by attempting to jump from the deck of the Belle of Calhoun to that of the Bald Eagle, as the Belle of Calhoun was making a landing. The G. W. Hill and the Bald Eagle were at the wharf, and the Belle of Calhoun was trying to push her way between the two boats to get her nose against the wharf. Accounts of the accident vary. Some of the passengers claim that in attempting to leap from the deck of the Belle of Calhoun to that of the Bald Eagle, before the Belle of Calhoun had come to a stop, Kirschner, who had been drinking, fell between, was caught between the guards of the two steamboats and was crushed. Then as the two boats swung apart, he was dropped into the river. Capt. Frank King of the G. W. Hill saw the accident, he says, and he does not believe that Kirschner was crushed. He thinks that Kirschner missed his footing on the edge of the guards of the Bald Eagle and fell backward, and as he plunged between the steamers his overcoat caught on the "bullguards" of the Belle of Calhoun and that Kirschner hung there an instant, then the coat came loose and the second clerk fell in the river. A yawl was lowered and efforts made to find the body, but it was never seen after the water closed over Kirschner the first time. Kirschner was about 55 years of age, and was a well known steamboat man. He had worked for many steamboats, and was at one time on the Eagle wharfboat at Alton. He has no relatives who are known of.


KIRWIN, LEE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, Monday, July 3, 1899
Shot Down by Jealous Lover
Lee Kirwin was fatally shot Saturday night about 10:30 o'clock by George Yahneke, who was insanely jealous of Kirwin's attentions to Miss Emma Mayford, with whom Yahneke was desperately in love. The young lady looked with marked favor on young Kirwin, to Yahneke's disadvantage, and to revenge himself the rejected lover deliberately laid in wait for Kirwin and shot him in cold blood in the presence of his sweetheart. Kirwin died from the wound this morning at St. Joseph's Hospital.

The shooting occurred near the Mayford home on State Street. Young Kirwin had arrived from St. Louis and gone out on the ten o'clock street car to meet Emma Mayford, by appointment, and take her to a dancing party at Reck's Garden. Miss Mayford's other lover, Yahnecke, had asked her to go to the dance with him and she had pleaded a previous engagement. Yahneke declared he would kill both Kirwin and Miss Mayford, and her refusal to go with him seemed to work him up to a pitch of frenzy. He waited at a place on State Street, where he was certain his sweetheart and his rival must pass, with the intention of killing one or both of them. Miss Mayford thinks the shot that killed Kirwin was meant for her. As the girl and Kirwin walked along the street on the way to the garden the jealous lover stepped out from behind the trees along the walk and fired twice with a 32 calibre revolver. The first ball took effect in the left side of Lee Kirwin's abdomen and ranged down, striking the spine. The second shot did not take effect. Tahnecke fled when he saw the effect of his shot. Young Kirwin staggered and fell, fainting into the arms of his sweetheart. Assistance was soon rendered her by passengers from a passing car, and the wounded boy was carried on board and taken down town. Surgical attendance was summoned, but it was evident no help could be rendered. He lingered in a dying condition until 6 o'clock this morning when death came.

The murderer was hunted by the police unsuccessfully until about 2 o'clock Sunday morning, when he walked into the police station and gave himself up. He claimed he shot Kirwin in self-defense, but such was not the case, as Kirwin had no revolver on his person and had made no threats against Yahneke. Yahneke is not of age, and has a guardian in the East who has been telegraphed for and is expected to arrive in Alton tonight. Coroner Bailey held an inquest this afternoon as to the cause of Lee Kirwin's death. A number of witnesses were examined, among whom were Henry Smith and Emma Mayford. Smith's testimony tended to show that Yahneke was justified in shooting Kirwin, because Kirwin approached him menacingly, and that Yahneke was afraid of him. Emma Mayford's testimony was that there was no provocation and that the shooting was done deliberately because of an old grudge. She said she was scarcely acquainted with Yahneke and was not keeping company with him. Robert Kirwin, a nephew of Lee Kirwin, testified that he heard Yahneke threaten to shoot his uncle, but thought he was "bluffing," and did not warn the victim. The funeral of Lee Kirwin will be Tuesday at 9 a.m. from the Cathedral.

George Yahneke was held and tried for murder. He was found guilty, and sentenced to the penitentiary. In June 1901, is was stated in the newspaper that he may be released on parole, if he could guarantee employment if he was released. The terms were he had to stay in Illinois, and report to the prison authorities at pre-determined times.

In 1904, Emma Mayford married Charles L. VanDeusen of St. Louis. The couple moved to Wood River, where Charles worked at the Standard Oil Refinery. Charles played drums for the Red Crown Band, and was an Odd Fellow. They had two sons, Charles Jr. and Walter. Charles Sr. died in July 1930. Interestingly, Charles Jr. worked at the American Oil Refinery, and played in the Standard Oil Band, the Famous 40 Band, and the Fred Immenga Orchestra. Emma, who died in 1949, and Charles Sr. are buried together in the Upper Alton Oakwood Cemetery.


KIRWIN, MICHAEL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 5, 1913
Michael Kirwin, aged about 82 years, died last night after a long illness. He was injured in a fall about one year ago, and never recovered from either the injury or the shock. Old age prevented recuperation, and for the most time during the past year he has been sick. Mr. Kirwin came to Alton in 1850 and has lived here since. He followed railroading for many years, but retired from active work several years ago. He was a good citizen all of the time and a good man, father, neighbor, and friend. He saw Alton's progress during this half century or more of residence here, and was a part of it - a helper towards it. He is survived by two sons and three daughters, James Kirwin and Mrs. Charles Donnelley and Mrs. William Spellman of Alton, Patrick Kirwin of Chicago, and Mrs. Catherine Ryan of St. Louis. The body was taken today to the home of Mrs. Spellman, 320 Bluff street. The funeral will be Monday morning at 10:30 o'clock from SS. Peter and Paul's Cathedral and burial will be in Greenwood cemetery.


KIRWIN, UNKNOWN WIFE OF WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 19, 1900
Mrs. William Kirwin, an old resident of Alton, dropped dead this afternoon at her home, Seventeenth and Alby streets, after an illness of only a few minutes. She fell in her house and expired almost immediately at 3 o'clock. A husband and one daughter survive her. Coroner Bailey was summoned to hold an inquest.


KIRWIN, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 5, 1916
The funeral of the late William Kirwin was held this morning from the home of his daughter, Mrs. Joseph Havens, to the Cathedral, where a Requiem High Mass was sung by Rev. E. L. Spalding. Rev. M. Costello was deacon, and Rev. Manning of St. Patrick's was sub-deacon. Burial was in Greenwood cemetery, the grave being covered with handsome flowers, the gifts of friends of the aged man. Mr. Kirwin was one of the last members of the old Irish families who formerly lived in the north end of town. The pallbearers this morning were John Mullen, B. J. Derwin, John Bray, John McGuan, James Hanlon and Edward Broderick. Many friends from out of the city attended the funeral.


KISSICK, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 17, 1881
From New Douglas – Died on March 12, near Corrington Chapel, William Kissick, an old and much respected citizen. His funeral took place yesterday at the above-named chapel, Rev. Tolle officiating.


KITTINGER, ANNA/Source: Alton Telegraph, December 6, 1845
Died in Upper Alton on the 22nd ult., after a long and painful illness, Mrs. Anna Kittinger, wife of D. M. Kittinger, Esq. of that place, aged 36 years. She has left a kind and affectionate husband, three children, and a large circle of friends to mourn her loss. She was for several years a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and adorned her profession by a consistent life, and died with the full assurance of a happy immortality beyond the grave.


KITZENBERG, LILLIAN A./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 16, 1922
Mrs. Lillian A. Kitzenberg, wife of E. C. Kitzenberg, died this morning at 7 o'clock at her home on 312 Belle street after a long illness with cancer of the stomach. She had been confined to her bed for four weeks. She was born in Jerseyville, April 10, 1869, and was in her fifty fourth year. She had lived in Alton thirty one years, moving here from Jerseyville a few years after her marriage. She left no children. Besides her husband, E. C. Kitzenberg, she leaves one sister, Miss Rowena Timmons, of this city. Funeral arrangements had not been completed today.


KITZENBERGER, UNKNOWN WIFE OF JOSEPH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 22, 1911
Mrs. Joseph Kitzenberger died at Jerseyville yesterday and will be buried at Alton Saturday. She was a native of Alton and was a sister of George T. Bailey, who lived here a number of years ago. The funeral services will be conducted by Rev. A. G. Lane of the First Presbyterian church. Mrs. Kitzenberger was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. Bailey of this city, and formerly resided with her parents here. She was fifty-eight years of age. She leaves besides her husband, three daughters and one son; also two brothers George of St. Louis, and Alfred of Chicago; and one sister, Mrs. Ada Schwallensticker of this city. The remains will be brought to this city Saturday morning at 8:17 and the funeral services will be held at the First Presbyterian church at nine o'clock, Rev. Lane officiating. Interment will be made in the City cemetery.


KITZMILLER, JOSEPH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 9, 1920
Last of Original 50 Buried in the Pruitt Cemetery
Joseph Kitzmiller, the ninety year old resident of the Bethel neighborhood, nine miles from Jerseyville, who was buried Saturday, was the last of a band of fifty farmers organized about 56 years ago to buy ground for a cemetery, and for a site for a church, according to his son, Richard Kitzmiller, the Belle street [Alton] barber. Joseph Kitzmiller followed forty-nine of the original band of fifty to their last resting places in the cemetery they bought jointly more than half a century ago. All did not live and die in that vicinity, but all who moved away and died were brought back for burial in the cemetery, which the purchasers named the Pruitt cemetery, a name it has kept since. The first building erected as a house of worship by the fifty was a log one, but the Bethel church of today is the development of the pioneer church organized by the majority of the fifty. "He helped bury forty-nine of the original fifty," Richard Kitzmiller says, "and their descendants helped bury him, the last of the fifty."

The Preuitt Cemetery is located on the property of St. Louis Regional Airport, located near South Moreland Road in Bethalto. The area is gated, and you have to obtain permission to enter.

Burials there include: (note the spelling of Preuitt changes)
Baby Cotter
Elizabeth R. Cotter
Hannah L. Goulding
Nancy Lyon Johnson
S. Johnson
Austin Jones
Joseph Kitzmiller
Franklin Lyon
Luther W. Lyon
Martha W. Lyon
Abraham Preuitt
Edward Preuitt
Elizabeth Higgins Preuitt
Franklin L. Preuitt
Solomon Preuitt
Emma Y. Prewitt
Martha Helen Lyon Prewitt
Martin Prewitt
Wiley Green Prewitt
Bertie Pritchett
William Martin Pruett Jr.
Martin Pruitt
Martin Pruitt Jr.
Rebecca Higgins Pruitt


KLABOLDT, VIOLA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 25, 1907
Viola, the 9 year old daughter of Joseph Klaboldt, died this morning at 5 o'clock at the family home, east Sixth street, after an illness with spinal meningitis. She was a pupil in St. Patrick's school, and the funeral will be from St. Patrick's church. The child had been ill for ten days and her case was considered hopeless from the first.


KLAGER, RICHARD HENRY/Source: Alton Telegraph, May 8, 1841
Died, in this city [Alton], on the 26th ult., Richard Henry, son of Archibald and Mary Klager, aged 2 years and 3 months.


KLASNER, EMIL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 6, 1914
Fourteen Year Old Boy Drowns in Godfrey Pond
Emil, the fourteen year old son of Mr. and Mrs. William Klasner of Central avenue, was drowned in the Godfrey pond Sunday while skiff riding. The fact that the lad was unable to swim and became greatly excited when the skiff started to fill with water probably caused him to lose his life. Emil and his older brother, Fred, had gone to the home of their uncle, Louis Joehl of Godfrey, to spend the day, and after remaining at the Joehl farm during the morning, they decided to attend a ball game in the afternoon. It was while the lads were on their way to the game with their cousins, Leo and Ray Joehl, that the accident occurred. According to the story told by Fred, the four boys passed the pond while on the way to the game, and while doing this, Emil saw a skiff turned upside down on the bank. He turned the boat over, and shouting to his companions, "I think I'll have a little ride," he jumped into the boat without an oar or paddle. The weight of his body caused the boat to float out from the shore. The boys on shore made an effort to get it, and one of them walked into the water until it was up to his waist, but it floated on out. The boat was leaky, and when Emil saw the water pouring into the bottom he became greatly alarmed and stood up in the boat. Several of the lads who were in swimming at the time shouted to him to keep his seat, and they would get him, but he finally said, "I can't stay in this boat any longer," and he jumped overboard in ten or twelve feet of water. Despite the efforts of the swimmers to get him out of the water, they were unsuccessful. Other boys standing a short distance away were called and they succeeded in getting the body in a very few minutes, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. The body was brought to Alton last evening and the inquest was held at the home on Sixth street this afternoon by Coroner J. Morgan Simms. It was said that the death of the boy was altogether unnecessary. The boat was not leaking enough to make it sink very fast, and it is said that it was the surging of the water in the bottom of the boat as the lad moved about in it that gave him the impression the boat was leaking fast and that he was going down. The boys who witnessed the accident said that while he was drowning young Klasner came to the surface six times. There was good opportunity to save him had there been anyone close at hand who could have rendered help, but the little boys accompanying were too small to be of any service. The funeral will be held at 9 o'clock Tuesday morning from St. Mary's church.


KLASNER, FRED/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 4, 1899
Fred Klasner, the 22 year old son of Joseph Klasner, sexton of the City Cemetery, was drowned at 3:15 o'clock this afternoon while skating on the ice near the draw span. He was skating rapidly and must not have seen the hole in the ice. He plunged in the icy water and was drowned before help reached him. Assistance came from bystanders, one man throwing his overcoat out for him to catch hold of. Klasner just missed it, and disappeared under the ice. The body was followed for a short distance, but was soon lost to view.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 6, 1899
The body of Fred Klassner was recovered from the icy waters of the Mississippi Saturday evening, two hours after the drowning. Louis Brown and W. D. Fluent, two experienced river men, were called upon to assist in dragging for the body, and it is to their ingenious plan for dragging that credit is due for such a prompt recovery of the body. About 300 feet below the hole where the young man was drowned was another hole in the ice. A long line with dragging hooks was floated from the upper hole to the lower one, under the ice, by means of a wooden float. When the line was stretched under the ice between the holes, each end was sank with a stone to the sand bottom after being attached to a rope with which to drag it. Twenty minutes after the dragging was begun, the body was caught under the ice several hundred feet from the fatal hole. A hook on the drag caught in the sleeve of Klassner’s coat, and the body was hauled out.

Coroner Bailey held an inquest Saturday evening, and a verdict of accidental drowning was found. George Ventress was the main witness, and testified that he saw the drowning. Klassner had just put on his skates and started down the river for a first dash over the smooth ice. While skating rapidly, he turned aside to avoid a small boy, and skated into the hole. Klassner made heroic efforts to save his own life, but must have been taken with a cramp. A rope thrown by men on the bridge draw was being carried to him and was only a few feet from the grasp of the drowning man, when he sank from sight. The funeral was today at 9 a.m. from St. Mary’s Church, and interment was at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.


KLASNER, JOSEPH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 22, 1913
Man Who Made Graves for Thousands in City Cemetery Dies
Joseph Klasner, for thirty years sexton of the City Cemetery, and who dug graves in that time for thousands of Alton people, died this afternoon at his home, 649 East Fourth street. His death had been expected for a week, as he has long been ill and his case was regarded as very serious. A number of years ago he retired as sexton of City Cemetery, and was succeeded by William Schneider. Mr. Klasner was born in Germany and was 86 years of age. He is survived by his wife and four children. One of his daughters is a nun and two of his five grandchildren are nuns.


KLASNER, MATTHIAS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 25, 1921
Retired Truck Gardener and Florist
Matthias Klasner, retired truck gardener and florist, died yesterday at 10 a.m. at his home at 1826 Kennedy Avenue. He was 85 years old. Though ailing for some time, he had been seriously ill only a short while. Mr. Klasner had been a resident of Alton at the Kennedy Avenue address for about three years. Before coming here he had been a resident of Godfrey township for fifty years. During his half century residence there he became known for his hospitality and ability as florist. Mr. Klasner was among the most hospitable of men. His friends were many. He came to America in 1868 to his home in Godfrey, where there was always a welcome. It was said of Mr. Klasner that his house was always open to his many friends. His genial disposition and constant friendliness made friends of all he met. Mr. Klasner's fame as a host did not outshine his fame as a florist and truck gardener. Demand was great for miles around for the products of his truck and flower gardens. Mr. Klasner was born on June 29, 1836, at Metzlich, Kartez, Germany. He came to America in 1868 and two years later took up his residence at Godfrey. Mr. Klasner is survived by two sons and two daughters. The sons are William Klasner, 619 Central Avenue, and John Klasner, 1004 East Seventh Street, manager of the Commercial Coal and Ice Co. The daughters are Miss Kate Klasner, who lived with her father, and Miss Mary Klasner, housekeeper for the Rev. Father Joseph Meckel, pastor of St. Mary's Church. Funeral services will be at St. Mary's Church at 9 o'clock tomorrow morning, when Requiem Mass will be celebrated. Interment will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.


KLAUSE, LEWIS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 19, 1911
Louis Klause died this afternoon at his home on east Thirteenth street of stomach trouble. He was 39 years of age. He has been a street car conductor for a number of years. He was thought to be improving when a sudden attack caused his death.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 20, 1911
The death of Lewis Klaus, which was briefly mentioned yesterday, followed a relapse when he supposed that he was getting along nicely. He had been told by the attending physician that he should change his occupation and get off the jolting street cars, which, he was told, might cause the ulcer in his stomach to break and result fatally. He was also told that the weight of the receptacle for change which street car conductors carry over their stomachs was too much for a man troubled as he was with such a malady. Mr. Klaus had been suffering from stomach trouble for some time, and eight weeks ago it was feared he would die. He was reported dead at that time, but he rallied and was able to return to his duties on the street railway line. He died at 2:40 o'clock Thursday afternoon. The funeral will be Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Twelfth Street Presbyterian church. The burial at the grave will be under auspices of Fleur de Lys lodge, K. of P. Mr. Klaus was 39 years of age, and had lived in Alton since he was 13 years of age. He was born in Nokomis. He is survived by his wife and one son, William. He leaves also a brother, Otto Klaus of Alton, and four sisters, Mrs. Will Clark of Alton; Mrs. Percy Burton of Bunker Hill; Mrs. Mary Mossberger of St. Louis; and Mrs. George Roberts of Staunton. He was a member of Fleur de Lys lodge and the street railway men's union. The death of Mr. Klaus is the third sudden death in one family, Mr. Klaus being taken ill again last Monday, and his condition became grave on Wednesday. His father-in-law, C. H. Bauer, died suddenly, and his brother-in-law, John Paul, died after a brief illness. The mother and her two daughters are thus widows in each case after only brief warning.


KLEBOLT or KLEBOLDT, FRANK/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 11, 1910
A telegram came Tuesday morning from Will Merkle saying that his brother-in-law, Frank Klebolt, a young glassblower, had died at San Antonio soon after the arrival there of Mr. and Mrs. Klebolt, their adopted child, and Mr. Merkle, the latter going along to look after Mr. Klebolt. The death of Mr. Klebolt was a great shock to his relatives. He had been ill for many months, the illness beginning with kidney trouble a year ago, and developing into consumption. Last Thursday the party left Alton for San Antonio, and at that time Mr. Klebolt was feeling very weak, but it was thought the change might protract his life. In this his relatives and friends were disappointed, as the end came this morning. The message said that the party would start back home at once, and the burial will be here. Mr. Klebolt was the son of Mrs. Fred Schaner of Brighton, who is now with her daughter, Mrs. Ed Ohley, in Alton. He leaves also one brother, Joseph Klebolt, and four sisters, Mrs. Ed Ohley, Mrs. Minnie Christian, Mrs. Kate Huber, and Mrs. Will Kolb. The deceased was well known and liked by everyone. His death is a sad bereavement to his family and to his many friends in Alton and vicinity.


KLEBOLDT, WILHELMINA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 30, 1909
Mrs. Wilhelmina Kleboldt, widow of the late Anthony Kleboldt, died Thursday evening at 7:30 o'clock at her home, No. 958 Union street, after a month's illness from heart troubles. She was about 69 years old and had lived in Alton many years. She is survived by four children. The body will be taken tomorrow morning to Prairie du Rocher, Ill. for burial and will be accompanied by a party of friends and relatives.


KLEFFNER, FREDERICK/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 16, 1921
Frederick Kleffner, aged 64 years, died this morning at 5 o'clock at the Nazareth Home, after a lingering illness, suffering from dropsy. The deceased had been a life long resident of Alton. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Robert Wingert, and three sons, Joseph, William, and Warren Kleffner, of this city. Besides the children he leaves two brothers, Joseph Kleffner of St. Louis and Frank Kleffner of Jerseyville. The funeral will be held Saturday morning at 9:30 from the Nazareth Chapel. Interment will be in the St. Joseph Cemetery.


KLEFFNER, THERESA (nee DUNCHEN)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 24, 1918
Mrs. Theresa Kleffner, wife of Fred Kleffner of 1039 West College avenue, died at St. Joseph's Hospital Sunday night at 11 o'clock after a long illness with dropsy and complications of diseases. The well known woman has been ill for a long time and recently was taken to the hospital where the most expert attention was given her. Among the surviving relatives is a son, Warner Kleffner, who is with the United States soldiers on the battlefields of France. Mrs. Kleffner, who was 58 years of age, was born and raised in Alton, having been before her marriage Miss Theresa Dunchen. She is survived by her husband, Fred Kleffner, one daughter, Mrs. Robert Wingert, and three sons, Warner, Joseph and William. The funeral will be held at 9 o'clock Thursday morning from St. Mary's Church and interment will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.

Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 14, 1919
Warren Kleffner will return to Alton tonight after ten and one half months' service for his country to learn for the first time that his mother is dead. Kleffner will reach Alton from Chicago at 6:40 o'clock and will be met at the station by one of his brothers, who will convey the sad intelligence to the young man. Kleffner has had many experiences since leaving Alton on the 25th of last February. He was officially reported by the War Department as missing in action on Oct. 29. Through the efforts of the Red Cross, he was found to be in a German prison camp and doing well. The name of the camp, however, was not determined. Last December 9 he wrote from Liverpool, England, that he was safe. This morning he sent a joyful telegram that he would be home this evening. Both the letter and the telegram were addressed to his mother, Mrs. Theresa Kleffner, who died September 22 last. For that reason, his family and friends are certain that young Kleffner is not aware of the fact that his mother has passed away. Upon the death of the mother, efforts were made to get the word to Kleffner, but it is apparent, now, that the letters have not reached him. Two brothers, Joseph and William, and one sister, Mrs. Robert Wingert, are living in Alton. Wingert is also in the service of his country, _____ a member of the Marines. Kleffner went from Alton to Camp Taylor, then to Camp _____ and later in France.


KLEIN, ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Telegraph, July 17, 1879
From Bethalto – Mrs. Elizabeth Klein, aged 63 years, mother of Messrs. Louis and George Klein, drowned in a well at the latter’s residence about 10:45 o’clock a.m. last Friday. Whether it was accidental or a premeditated suicide will always remain a mystery, though the circumstances indicate the latter. When last seen alive, she was peeling potatoes. Her absence was discovered within five minutes. Coroner Youree arrived in the evening, and held an inquest. The jury returned a verdict of drowning by falling in a well. The funeral took place yesterday from the residence of her son, Mr. George Klein.


KLEIN, HERBERT C./Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, Monday, August 7, 1916 - Submitted by MyraAnn
Herbert C. Klein, aged 28 years, a prominent young farmer of Prairietown, died at 5:45 o'clock Sunday morning, following an operation for appendicitis. He was operated on late Saturday morning and on Saturday afternoon seemed somewhat better. Saturday evening he began declining. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family residence, thence to the Lutheran church at Prairietown. Rev. U. Iben, pastor of the church, will conduct the services. Interment will be in the cemetery there. Mr. Klein was born November 5, 1887 and died August 6, 1916. His birthplace was a farm near Prairietown and he was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Klein. His schooling was acquired at the public school at Prairietown and after completing his education he remained on his father's farm and assisted Mr. Klein. Four years ago he was married at Dorsey to Miss Nona Renken, of that place. After the marriage they settled on his father's farm where they remained until Mr. Klein's death. The young man's death was a sad blow to his many friends, many of whom did not know that his condition was so serious. He was well liked by all those who knew him during his short but well spent life. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nona Klein, and one son, Homer, of Prairietown, also his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Klein of Prairietown and three brothers and two sisters. The latter are Louis and August Klein of Edwardsville and Frank of Prairietown and Mrs. Fred Weishaupt of Prairietown and Mrs. Henry Honerkamp of Worden.

Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, August 9, 1916 - Submitted by MyraAnn
Rites of H. C. Klein Held Yesterday - Prairietown Church was Packed to Greatest Capacity
The funeral of Herbert C. Klein, aged 28 years, who died Sunday morning, which was held yesterday afternoon, was one of the largest ever held at Prairietown. Over 600 persons attended the services and the Prairietown Lutheran Church was packed to capacity and many were compelled to remain on the outside. Services were conducted at 2 o'clock from the family residence, thence to the church. Rev. U. Iben, the pastor, conducted the services. There were many beautiful floral offerings, which evidenced the high esteem in which the young man was held by his many friends. The pall bearers were selected from the neighbors. There were: Edward Behrenfanger, Fred Zirges, Jr., Edward Meyer, Otis Drake, August Weishaupt, and Edw. Dustmann. The procession to the church was said to be over one mile and a half long. Interment was in the cemetery at Prairietown. Those who attended from out of town were: Mr. and Mrs. Fred Foley and family, Nicholas Smith, Misses Louise and Laura Foley, Mrs. Mary Schank, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Foley, Mrs. Elisabeth Gown and Mrs. Antone Kuper, Venice; Mrs. Henry Klein and daughter, Miss Louisa, Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Klein, Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Klein, Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Klein and children, Leona, Luela and Norman, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Sido and Herman Luebbert, Edwardsville; Mr. and Mrs. George Ranken, Miss Laura Ranken and Frank, Erhardt and Otto Ranken, Dorsey; Mrs. and Mrs. Henry Honerkamp, Mrs. and Mrs. August Honerkamp Jr., Mr. and Mrs. William Weishaupt, Mr. and Mrs. William Gusewelle, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Meyer, Louise Tino, Christ Heinemeier, John Rojeck, Mrs. Henry Emrich, Mrs. Joseph Mollage, Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Peters, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Blume, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Louise Blume Sr., and family, William Zirges, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Otis Welch and Mr. and Mrs. Ira Welch, Worden: Mrs. and Mrs. John Suesen, Mrs. C. W. Meyer, and Mrs. and Mrs. Charles Suesen and Mr. and Mrs. George Suesen, Bethalto; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Manshold and family, Mrs. Emma Schoenweg, Mr. and Mrs. Schoenweg, William Holenberg, Miss Louise Kolhlenberg and Mr. and Mrs. Chas Kohlenberg and family, Bunker Hill; Mrs. William Moritz, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Obert and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Opal, Jr., Carpenter; Rev. Theodore Uben, Litchfield, Mr. and Mrs. Ernst Kayser, Liberty Prairie; Mrs. Edward Smith, Hillsboro, and Mrs. John Gueltner, Moro.


KLEIN, OTTO/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, August 15, 1882
Otto Klein, son of George and Helene Klein, died yesterday at the age of 12 years, 10 months, and 6 days. The funeral took place at the residence of the bereaved parents on State Streets. The remains were taken for interment to the Bethalto Cemetery.


KLEINPETER, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 11, 1920
Mrs. Mary Kleinpeter, aged 80, died Friday afternoon at 5:40 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Alexander Caldwell of 710 East Sixth street. For the past four years Mrs. Kleinpeter has been making her home with Mrs. Caldwell and her family. She was up and around until about ten days ago when she was taken to her bed. Shortly after becoming bedfast, and knowing that the end was near, Mrs. Kleinpeter expressed a wish that she would die on a Friday and be laid out on a Sunday. Her wish was granted for her death occurred yesterday, just as evening was falling. Mrs. Kleinpeter was born in Weinsheim, near Coblenz, Germany. She came to this country, and direct to Alton, when she was sixteen years ago [sic]. She was married young to Jacob Kleinpeter, who passed away 46 years ago. She was a member of St. Mary's Church, and of several church organizations, including the Altar Society. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Alexander Caldwell, and by four sons, John, George, Emil Kleinpeter of St. Louis, and Ed Kleinpeter, director of the White Hussars, of Alton. She also leaves fifteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The funeral of Mrs. Kleinpeter will be held Monday morning at 10 o'clock from St. Mary's Church. Interment will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.


KLEINSCHNITTGER, ANTON/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 2, 1915
Popular Alton Builder Dies
Anton Kleinschnittger, aged _4 (64?), died Tuesday evening at his home, 1100 Alton street, from Bright's disease after an illness of over two years. The last illness began the latter part of January, when Mr. Kleinschnittger suffered a relapse. He had been desperately ill and had passed through a stage of sickness, which it seemed must prove fatal, but his great strength enabled him to withstand it and he finally recovered almost completely and started back to engage in the contracting business in which he had been very successful. Last January, while building a house for his physician, Dr. J. N. Shaff, he exposed himself and took a severe cold which caused him to suffer a relapse, and since that time he has been in a bad way. Monday morning he lapsed into a state of coma from uraemic poisoning, and he died at 10 o'clock Tuesday night. Mr. Kleinschnittger is survived by his wife. He leaves no children. He was one of the best known contractors in the city of Alton. He was known as a strictly reliable man and his motto in carrying on his building work was to "make it strong enough." A friend of his said of him, "He never used two nails where three were needed," and this statement of the characteristic of Mr. Kleinschnittger to do his work well is generally recognized by all who had business relations with him. He was strictly honest. Never, for his own advantage merely, would he advise a prospective patron to engage in any building operations that would appear unnecessary or extravagant. He handled the interests of his clients just as he would have handled his own, and there was no need for checking up any work that he did.....He was a kind hearted man, faithful to his friends, and he was possessed of an even temper that made him many close friends and admirers. In his former illness, Mr. Kleinschnittger was in such bad shape that it was impossible to administer anesthetics when he was to undergo a very grave surgical operation. He submitted to the surgeon's knife, and parts of some ribs were taken from his body, and remarkable to say, for one in his weakened condition, he rallied from it and was able to resume business again. Before he could complete the residence he was building for his physician, Dr. Shaff, he was taken down again and the job was taken over by E. G. Yungck. The death of "Tony" Kleinschnittger is the cause of general regret among all who knew him. Mr. Kleinschnittger was born in Foster township, but he had lived almost all of his life in the city of Alton. He was a member of St. Mary's church, and the funeral will be held from that church Friday morning at 9 o'clock.


KLEINSCHNITTGER, JOHN JR./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 26, 1918
John Kleinschnittger Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. John Kleinschnittger of 822 Spruce street, Upper Aton, died in his room in a hotel at Nashville, Tenn., early Thursday morning after a brief illness of pneumonia. Word was received by relatives Wednesday telling of Mr. Kleinschnittger's serious illness, and his mother and one brother left immediately for his bedside, arriving at Nashville Thursday, too late to see him alive. The body was shipped to Alton, arriving here on the C. & A. at 1 o'clock this afternoon, accompanied by his mother and brother. No arrangements for the funeral had been completed this afternoon, pending a conference of relatives. Mr. Kleinschnittger was 33 years old and was unmarried. He was a salesman for the National Oats Company and had been very successful in that line of work. He was well known in Alton where he had many friends. He is survived by his parents, three brothers and two sisters. The brothers are Frank, Edward and Leo; and the sisters are Mrs. Louis Utt of East St. Louis and Mrs. B. Leffler of Texas. One brother, Edward, is in the army cantonment at Camp Sevier, S. C. He was advised by telegraph of his brother's death, but replied that it would be impossible for him to come to attend the funeral.


KLEINSCHNITTGER, M. K./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 17, 1914
Mrs. M. K. Kleinschnittger, a long time resident of Alton, passed away Friday afternoon at the Nazareth home after a long illness caused by old age disabilities. She was the mother of a large family of children, all of whom have preceded her to the other shore except her two sons, Contractor Anton Kleinschnittger and John Kleinschnittger of Alton. She was always of a deeply religious nature, and devoted much of her life to the doing of kindly deeds for others in an unostentatious manner. Those who knew her best and longest had a regard for her that amounted to sincere affection. Since the death of her son, Rev. Fr. Kleinschnittger, several years ago, her health has been very poor and she apparently lost much of her interest in life. Her son, Anton Kleinschnittger, has been very sick for several weeks and his physicians now hold out for his recovery. The funeral will be held Monday morning at 9 o'clock from the chapel of the Nazareth Home, and burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.


KLEIST, ALBERT/Source: Troy Call, February 1, 1918
Albert Kleist, a well known harness maker and citizen of Troy for the past thirty-three years, and who was also one of the city's aldermen in the second ward, expired at his home at 7:50 o'clock Thursday morning [Jan. 31] after an illness of only two days due to pneumonia. His age was 68 years, 2 months and 19 days. Mr. Kleist's death was a shock to his family and a surprise to his friends, but few of the latter even knowing he was ill. He spent Sunday and Monday visiting in St. Louis and while there contracted a severe cold. He was quite ill when he returned home and immediately took to his bed. Pneumonia developed and ran a rapid course. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock and will be from the family residence to St. Paul's Lutheran church. Rev. C. Lange, the pastor, will conduct the obsequies and interment will be in the Lutheran cemetery. Deceased was a native of Stateen, Germany, and born November 12, 1849. In 1874, at the age of twenty-five years, he emigrated to this country and located first at Washington, Mo., where he remained two years and then went to St. Louis where he was married to Miss Anna Heintzemann who survives him. They came to Troy in 1884 and Mr. Kleist established himself in business as a harness maker which he followed since. To Mr. and Mrs. Kleist were born seven children, two of whom died in infancy and another, Miss Elizabeth, dying some years ago in the flower of young womanhood. The surviving children are three sons and one daughter, viz: Theodore, of LaPorte City, Iowa; Frederick and William of St. Louis, and Mrs. A. J. Gers of Davenport, Iowa. Mr. Kleist is also survived by one brother and one sister who are Rev. Franz Kleist, a Lutheran minister of Chicago, and Mrs. Albertina Neubauer of Milwaukee, Wis. There are also five grandchildren. Mr. Kleist was a faithful member of St. Paul's church ever since residing in Troy and had served it in official capacities in the past. He was successful in the conduct of his business and was regarded as one of the leading citizens. His sudden taking away is a severe blow to his family who have the sincere and heartfelt sympathy of their many friends.


KLEMM, UNKNOWN INFANT/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 20, 1883
Mr. and Mrs. G. Klemm had the misfortune to lose their dear little baby boy last week, aged five months. Its sickness was cholera infantum, and of short duration.


KLEMME, UNKNOWN WIFE OF GEORGE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 11, 1908
Mrs. George Klemme, aged 20, died at St. Joseph's hospital yesterday, which began with pneumonia. A few days ago she gave birth to a child, and this added to her other malady, caused her death. She was formerly of St. Charles, Mo. The body was taken today from the hospital to the home on Third street between Apple and Vine, and the funeral will be held Sunday afternoon. Services will be conducted by Rev. Fr. Kehoe in St. Patrick's church.


KLENK, ANNA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 4, 1914
Mrs. Anna Klenk, aged 52, died Wednesday morning at 192 Shaw avenue after an illness of five weeks from a complication of diseases. She leaves three daughters, Mrs. C. Wightman, Mrs. E. Bryant, and Mrs. George Bryant, all of Alton. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home. Rev. E. L. Gibson will officiate.


KLINGEL, LOUIS/Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, December 1, 1870
Owner of Edwardsville Brewery Dies November 27, 1870
It is our painful duty to record the death of one of our oldest citizens. Mr. Klingel for a number of years has carried on the brewing business, but on account of so much competition, he did not meet with success more than enough to defray the expenses of carrying on the business. He was a worthy member of Edwardsville Lodge No. 46, I. O. O. F., and at his request, he was buried in accordance with the rites peculiar to that order. His funeral was one of the largest that has ever taken place in Edwardsville. He was a good citizen, and was beloved and respected by all.

Louis Klingel was born in 1811 in Bavaria, Germany. He married Julia Pausch, February 22, 1842 in St. Clair County. By 1850, Louis and Julia Klingel were living in Madison County. He had two children – Herman (1845-1878) and Adolph (1847-1931) Klingel. In 1866, he purchased the Edwardsville Brewery and home from Henry Ritter. Louis died November 27, 1870, and is buried in the Lusk Cemetery in Edwardsville.


KLINGELL, HERMAN/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 29, 1878
From Edwardsville – Herman Klingell, only surviving brother of Alderman Adolph Klingell, died of congestive chill at his residence in Edwardsville last Saturday. He was highly esteemed by all who knew him, and his funeral was one of the most largely attended funerals that has ever been witnessed in this city. Mr. Klingell was aged about 32 years, and has left a wife and several small children.


KLINGER, FRED/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 13, 1902
Fred Klinger, aged 83, died this afternoon at St. Joseph's hospital after a long illness resulting from the debility of old age. He has no relatives other than a nephew, Richard Foley of St. Louis, who will take charge of the body. He was a member of the German Benevolent Society. The funeral arrangements have not been made.


KLINGER, UNKNOWN WIFE OF FRED/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 18, 1901
Mrs. Fred Klinger, aged 70, died at her home on East Fifth street Sunday morning at 7 o'clock after a long illness. Death was due to general debility resulting from her age. The funeral took place this afternoon at two o'clock and services were conducted at the home by Rev. Theodore Oberhellman. Burial was in the City Cemetery.


KLINGMAN, HENRY/Source: Alton Telegraph, July 14, 1871
From Edwardsville – Henry Klingman, a well-known German farmer, died last Sunday at 11 o’clock after a very short illness.


KLINKE, ADELHEID/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 19, 1900
Mrs. Adelheid Klinke, widow of Frederick Klinke, died this morning at her home three miles east of Fosterburg after a long illness with dropsy. She was 56 years of age and was the mother of ten children, all of whom are now living. Mrs. Klinke was one of the best known residents of Fosterburg township and had lived near there many years. Her husband died two months ago, and she had been ill almost since that time. She was highly esteemed by all who knew her and leaves many friends to mourn her death. The funeral will be Monday at 10 a.m. and the services will be in St. Mary's church, of which she was a member many years.


KLINKE, FREDERICK/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 21, 1900
Frederick Klinke, one of the well-known residents of Fosterburg township, died last evening at 6 o'clock after an illness of 24 hours with heart trouble. Mr. Klinke's death was not expected. He had been in good health until Monday, when he was taken with illness and sank rapidly. He leaves five sons and four daughters, most of whom reside at home. He was the father of John Klinke and Lawrence Klinke of this city. The funeral will be Friday at 10 o'clock, and services will be in St. Mary's church. Mr. Klinke had been a resident of Fosterburg township thirty-five years, and was one of the prominent and wealthy farmers of the county.


KLINKE, UNKNOWN CHILD OF LAWRENCE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 7, 1906
The 18 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Klinke died this morning from spasms at the family home at Second and Henry streets. The funeral will be held tomorrow morning from St. Mary's church.


KLOCK, WILLIAM F./Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, Wednesday, January 18, 1893
William F. Klock, an old resident of this city, died Wednesday night [January 11, 1893], at 9:35 o'clock of general debility. He has been sick for several years, but up to recently had been able to be about. The funeral took place from the family residence, Friday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. The remains were interred in Woodlawn. The pallbearers were: F. G. Bernius, Frank Delhaus, Henry Hillis, John Kaufman, Jacob Bregenzer, Melchoir Herin. Mr. Klock was born in Schlesswig, Holstein, Germany, September 10, 1827, and came to this country in 1851, and settled at Memphis, Tennessee. At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted and served three years in the Cavalry, when he was discharged on account of disability. He was married twice. He married Mrs. Louisa Schmidt in Memphis, Tennessee, January 24, 1868, and they came to this city in the Spring of 1864. Of this union four children were born, of whom only one survives, Mrs. Minnie Kaufman. His wife and two stepsons, W. Z. and Joseph Schmidt, also survive.


KLOPMEIER, FRED/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 21, 1914
Fred Kopmeier died last night at his home in Bethalto at 8 o'clock, after an illness of three days. Mr. Klopmeier's illness was of brief duration, but was serious from the start. He got on a Big four train last Monday at Bethalto to go down to East Alton, and while making this trip of less than five miles he became very sick on the train. The conductor let him off at East Alton, and a physician was called and the sick man was taken back to his home in Bethalto immediately. Dr. Moore of Bethalto gave him attention and pronounced his malady lung fever. He grew worse constantly until Friday evening, when the end came. He was residing with his aged parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Klopmeier, well known old residents of Wood River township. Besides his parents, he leaves two little children, a boy and a girl, the mother having died about seven years ago. He also leaves a brother, John Klopmeier, a well known and prosperous farmer; and a sister, Mrs. John Bantz. All the relatives are residents of Wood River township. Deceased was 36 years old. Fred Klopmeier was born and raised in the country between Upper Alton and Bethalto. Up to the time his wife died, he had been a prosperous farmer and had served a term of three years as highway commissioner in Wood River. He was out of office the following three years, but made the race later and was elected. He served out his term of three years in the spring of 1912. Last spring he retired from farming and went with his parents to live in Bethalto and they have made their home there since. The funeral will be held Monday at 1 o'clock from the German Lutheran Church in Bethalto.


KLOPMEIER, MINNIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 5, 1908
Mrs. Minnie Klopmeier, wife of Fred Klopmeier of Bethalto, died very suddenly from heart disease Sunday morning. She was 24 years of age and leaves her husband and two children. Mrs. Klopmeier was in good health on Saturday and with her husband was in East Alton, returning with him last Saturday evening. When the family retired for the night she was not feeling unwell, and about 4 o'clock in the morning her husband, thinking he heard her call, went to her room and found her dead in bed with her six months old child. She had evidently arisen to get some food for the child shortly before she died, as there was evidence she had been in the kitchen. It is supposed heart disease caused her death.


KLOSS, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 21, 1904
John Kloss, aged 60, died Sunday morning at his home on East Fifth street after a long illness brought on by brain troubles. Mr. Kloss was employed many years as a moulder at the Duncan Foundry, and it is said that the continual exposure of his head to the heat of the blast furnace while at work caused the brain disorder which resulted in softening of the brain tissues. Other maladies complicated his case, and death resulted Sunday. His funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock from St. Mary's church.


KLUETER, NORMAN W./Source: Newspaper - Submitted by Sharon Inman
Norman W. Klueter, 53, of Rte. 6, died at 4 a.m. today at St. Joseph's Hospital, Highland. An area farmer, he was born Sept. 17, 1917 at St. Louis, a son of Mrs. Ella Stille Klueter and the late Fred C. Klueter. He was married Nov. 28, 1942 to Louise Feezel, who survives. Also surviving is a daughter, Mrs. Joseph Jewell of Alexandria, Va.; a brother, Raymond Klueter of Rte. 7, Edwardsville; and two sisters, Mrs. Elmer Bettmann of Springfield and Mrs. Arthur Brockmeier of Rte. 6, Edwardsville. He was chairman of the Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District and Lower Kaskaskia Land Use Council, and was a member of the Madison County Farm Bureau. He was a member of Eden United Church of Christ and past president of the churchmen's fellowship. Burial will be in Valley View Cemetery.


KLUG, CAROLINE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 8, 1901
Mrs. Caroline Klug, wife of Frank Klug of Edwardsville Crossing, died Tuesday evening at 6 o'clock after a two weeks illness with lung fever. She was 56 years of age, and besides her husband, leaves four sons and four daughters. The funeral will be Thursday morning and services will be conducted in the Catholic church at Mitchell at 9 o'clock by Rev. Father Meyer.


KLUGMANN, LOUIS/Source: Alton Telegraph, April 30, 1885
From Edwardsville – Died yesterday evening, Mr. Louis Klugmann, in the 59th year of his age. Mr. Klugmann was an old resident, and was well known and highly respected by the citizens of Edwardsville and vicinity.


KLUNK, FRANCIS LEWIS/Source: Alton Telegraph, July 1, 1880
Died in Alton Tuesday afternoon, of enteritis, Francis Lewis, infant son of W. L. and Hibernia C. Klunk; aged 10 months.


KLUNK, WILLIAM L./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 22, 1904
Friday morning about 11 o'clock Mr. William L. Klunk, whose serious illness has been noted several times, died at his home, 312 Prospect street, after thirteen weeks illness, superinduced by a paralytic stroke. He was born in Hanover county, Pa., November 22, 1838, and came to Alton in the spring of 1865, and has lived here continuously since, most of the time being engaged in the undertaking business. Six years ago he suffered a stroke of paralysis, and about a year ago had the second stroke. He had not fully recovered from the effects of the second until the third and fatal one attacked him. He leaves a wife and six children, four sons, Henry J., the well known undertaker, William of the firm of Klunk & Heskett, Charles and James; and two daughter, Misses Mamie and Hibernia Klunk. He also leaves two sisters, Mrs. L. B. Johns of Hanover, Pa., and Mrs. Mary Smith of McSherrytown, Pa. The funeral will be Monday morning at 9 o'clock from the Cathedral.


KNAB, SABINA/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 26, 1912
Mrs. Sabina Knab died suddenly Tuesday afternoon at 2:40 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R. B. Hyatt, 1114 Henry street. The old lady, who had just passed her 81st milestone, was taken sick early in July last, and at that time it was thought she could not survive, but about 3 weeks ago she improved so much that her folks thought she was on the way to recovery, but yesterday she was stricken very suddenly with what proved to be her ending. The remains were taken to St. Louis yesterday and funeral services will be held at the home of her son, Matthew, on Thursday, at 2 p.m. She will be buried at Calvary Cemetery.


KNAPP, FRANK/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 22, 1913
Frank Knapp, aged 72, an old time resident of Alton and Godfrey townships, died Tuesday afternoon at his home, 621 Third street, after a sickness of a year. He had suffered from asthma and heart trouble. Mr. Knapp was a native of Germany, but came to America when a young man and he settled in Godfrey Township about twenty-four years ago. He lived in Godfrey Township until fifteen years ago, and was engaged in farming there. He moved to Alton fifteen years ago. He raised a large family of children, ten of whom, and his wife, survive him. The children are: Mrs. Horace Lindley; Herman Knapp; Mrs. William Reher; Mrs. H. Hechler; Mrs. Thomas Breitweiser; Frank Knapp; Mrs. John Lageman; Miss Frieda Knapp; Carl Knapp; and Horace Knapp. He was connected with the German Evangelical Church.


KNAPP, ISAAC G./Source: Alton Telegraph, July 18, 1846
Died in Alton on the 16th instant, Isaac G., son of Dr. James and Elizabeth Knapp, aged 6 years.


KNAPP, JOSEPH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 15, 1901
Joseph, the 9 months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Oswald Knapp, died last evening after a short illness with cholera infantum. The funeral will be from the family home on East Fifth street to St. Mary's church tomorrow morning.


KNAPP, MARGARET ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 23, 1920
Margaret Elizabeth Knapp, widow of William E. Knapp, died last evening at 7 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. James Crofton, 2300 Holman street. Four weeks ago Mrs. Knapp suffered an attack of pneumonia, and death resulted from weakness which followed. Mrs. Knapp was born in the City of Cork, Ireland, and was in her 76th year. She was the mother of seven children, five daughters and two sons. The children are: Mrs. James Crofton, Alton; Mrs. Peter Crofton, Alton; Mrs. C. Kellar, Jerseyville; Mrs. R. Douglas, Dow; Mrs. Paul McCarthy, San Diego, Calif.; Henry C. Knapp of Montizuma, Ind.,; and George Knapp of Des Moines. The body will be taken to Belltrees for burial. The family will leave the house at 12 o'clock for Belltrees.


KNAPP, MURL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 11, 1915
Murl Knapp, aged 23, died at his home, 215 Central avenue last night, after a long illness with lung troubles. He was formerly a telegraph operator, but his illness of more than two and one-half years had prevented him taking employment much of the time. He leaves his wife and one son, born about the time the father's health began to fail. The funeral will be Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Congregational Church, and services will be conducted by Rev. I. G. McCann.


KNAPP, OSWALD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 18, 1908
Oswald Knapp, a well known glassworker, aged about 50 years, died this morning at his home at Sixth and Oak streets after a long illness. He was a native of Germany but lived in Alton many years and was well liked by those with whom he came in contact. He leaves a wife and four children. Funeral arrangements have not been made. He was a member of the fraternal order of Eagles and other lodges and societies.


KNAPP, PAUL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 30, 1918
Paul Knapp, aged 15 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Knapp, died Saturday evening at the family home, 116A Indiana avenue, from influenza and pneumonia. The funeral was held this morning at 10 o'clock, Rev. Thomas N. Marsh officiating. The burial was in the City Cemetery.


KNAPP, UNKNOWN DAUGHTER OF O./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 5, 1901
An 8 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O. Knapp died this morning after an illness with diphtheria, at the family home, 824 East Fourth street. The funeral was this afternoon.


KNAPP, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 17, 1907
William Knapp, aged 28, employed by the Metropolitan Insurance company, died at St. Joseph's hospital Monday evening at 7:45 o'clock from typhoid fever. The death was under ver distressing circumstances. The father had taken care of his four year old daughter who was ill with typhoid fever, and during the period he was nursing her he contracted the disease himself. The child is convalescent. The father was moved to the hospital three weeks ago as about four months ago his wife gave birth to twins and she was unable to give him the care he required in his illness. All who are acquainted with the circumstances have the deepest sympathy for the wife who is left with three little children.


KNECHT, THEODORE/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, July 5, 1882
Mr. Theodore Knecht, of the firm of Schmidt & Knecht, manufacturers of mineral water, a resident of Alton for eight years, died suddenly Monday night of dropsy, at the age of 26. Deceased was a very estimable man, and left a wife and one child, besides a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn his death. He was a member of Erwin Lodge F. & A. M., the German Benevolent Society, and the Turners. The funeral took place this afternoon under the auspices of the orders named, Gossrau’s band heading the procession to the cemetery.


KNEEDLER, JACOB/Source: Alton Telegraph, June 25, 1852
Died on the 17th inst., on the steamer El Paso, on his way to Wellington, Mr. Jacob Kneedler, aged 44 years; a resident of Collinsville.


KNEISEL, ALBERT/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 3, 1881
Albert Kneisel, aged about sixty years, who lived in Edwardsville, but formerly lived on a farm a short distance west of town, committed suicide last Saturday by cutting his throat from ear to ear with a butcher knife. He had been afflicted with sickness for a long time. No other cause for such an act is known. He leaves a widow, one son, and some property.


KNIGHT, COR THOMAS/Source: Alton Telegraph, November 28, 1878
Died in Alton, November 21, Cor Thomas, infant daughter of Thomas and Eugenia Knight, aged 1 year, 3 months, and 18 days.


KNIGHT, DORIS MAUD/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 26, 1918
Mrs. Doris Maud Knight, wife of Lindley Knight, died this morning at the family home, 2415 Seminary street, after a short illness with influenza. Mrs. Knight, who was 35 years, 10 months and 28 days old, is survived by her husband and three children. The funeral will be private at Alhambra, Ill., on Monday, service to be conducted at noon. The funeral party will leave Alton about 9 o'clock Monday morning.


KNIGHT, ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 14, 1901
Mrs. Elizabeth Knight, widow of the late Murray Knight, died early this morning at the home, 909 Piasa street. She leaves four children: C. B. Knight at Hotel Madison, and three daughters, Misses Zoe, Anna, Minnie Knight. The funeral will be tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock.


KNIGHT, JOSEPH W./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 20, 1920
The funeral of Joseph W. Knight was held yesterday from the family home, 655 1/2 East Broadway. Services were conducted by Rev. S. D. McKenny, pastor of the Cherry STreet Baptist Church. Interment was in City Cemetery. The pallbearers were John Halvig, James O'Neal, B. Brickley, R. Feyler, C. W. Gibson and Roy Zumwalt.


KNIGHT, LELA M./Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, January 30, 1882
Died January 29, 1882, of pneumonia, Lela M. Knight, eldest daughter of Thomas and Eugenia S. Knight. The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon from the Baptist Church, corner of Seventh and George Streets.


KNIGHT, LUCIEN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 6, 1917
 Instantly Killed By Playmate by Discharge of Shotgun
Lucien Knight, the 15 year old son of C. B. Knight, a well known chef in Alton hotels, was instantly killed at the home of James Brock on Division street Saturday at noon, by the accidental discharge of a shotgun in the hands of his playmate, William Henderson, a stepson of James Brock. The Knight boy's father lives on West Ninth street. The boy had gone to the home of his friends and they planned to do some hunting. They were on the back porch at the Brock home, and Mrs. Ernest Jackson, a married, older sister of the Henderson boy, was close by. The details of the discharge of the shotgun are not clearly explained. The Henderson boy was handling the gun when it went off, and the charge of shot struck the Knight boy in the face, and blew out his brains. There was intense excitement in the neighborhood following the shooting. The Henderson boy was so unnerved he was not able to make a clear statement of the affair. It is known that it was an accident, as the boys were the best of friends and had been showing the best of good feeling toward each other. It was said this afternoon by Rev. George Brown that both the boys had entered High School this year. Both are bright, intelligent boys. The Knight boy is described by neighbors as having been a manly lad, and there is general regret among them over the killing. The body was taken in charge by Deputy Coroner H. W. Bauer, who will hold an inquest.


KNIGHT, MAMIE/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 18, 1883
Mr. Murray Knight has been deeply afflicted, the second time within a month, by the death Monday afternoon of his little daughter, Mamie, at the age of three years, three months, caused by cerebro-spinal meningitis. The funeral took place Tuesday from the family residence.


KNIGHT, MURRAY/Source: Alton Daily Telegraph, October 18, 1887
The funeral of Murray Knight took place today from the Union Baptist Church. There was a large attendance at the obsequies. A number of beautiful floral offerings decked the casket.


KNIGHT, RUDOLPH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 8, 1913
Rudolph Knight, son of C. B. Knight, died at his home Friday evening, after an illness of a few weeks. The disease that caused his death is attributed to his close application to his studies. He graduated from Alton High school last June, and had aspired to win the valedictory or salutatory. He had expected to receive anyhow second place, but a pupil who had come in from another high school had credits from the other school, which took precedence over Knight in the award. He was not supposed to be in a bad state of health until a few weeks ago. He was recognized as being one of the brightest members of the graduating class of Alton High school, and in his aspirations to be an honor graduate, he had plenty of sympathy of many of the class members. The deceased was in his eighteenth year. The funeral will be Monday morning at 10 o'clock from the family home, 1101 west Ninth street, and burial will be at City cemetery.


KNOALMAN, EDWARD HENRY/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 20, 1850
Died at Upper Alton, September 11, Edward Henry, infant son of John H. and Christiana Knoalman, aged 1 year and 11 months.


KNOCHE, HENRY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 14, 1903
Old Farmer Kills Himself
Henry Knoche, a wealthy farmer living about 4 miles southeast of Bethalto, killed himself Thursday night and he was found by his nephews sitting in a chair with his rifle between his knees and a bullet hole through his head. Mr. Knoche was about 70 years old and was widely known. He lived on the "Jim" McDonald place near that of Zeph Owens. His wife died a couple of years ago, and later, on a trip to Europe, he married again. When he returned he brought two nephews with him. Neighbors are puzzled over the tragedy but think that Mr. Knoche may have suicided on account of ill health, as he was known to have suffered much lately.


KNOLLHOFF, BERTHA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 15, 1903
The funeral of Bertha Knollhoff, 11 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Knollhoff, took place this morning from the family home in Middletown. Her death was caused by a complication of diseases and five other members of the family are dangerously ill with measles and lung trouble. The funeral was private.


KNOLLIN, EDGAR MORTIMER/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 31, 1865
Died in Upper Alton, March 13th instant, suddenly of scarlet fever, Edgar Mortimer, eldest son of James C., and Cornelia S. Knollin, aged four years and fourteen days.


KNOWLEN, MATTIE E./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 5, 1911
Mattie E. Knowlen, the 12 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Knowlen, died Monday night at the family home on Jefferson avenue after a long illness with heart trouble. She leaves her parents, two sisters and three brothers, Helen, Emily, Eugene, George and William. The funeral will be held at 9 o'clock Thursday morning from SS. Peter and Paul's Cathedral.


KNOWLES, MARIE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 28, 1913
Miss Marie Knowles, the 23 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Knowles, died Tuesday evening at the family residence, No. 515 Oak street, after an illness of about one year. She is survived by her parents and four brothers, Michael, Douglas, John and Louis. The funeral will be Friday morning at 9:15 o'clock from St. Patrick's church.


KNOWLTON, UNKNOWN/Source: Alton Telegraph, January 1, 1885
Mrs. Knowlton, late of Jersey County, who has been sick with consumption at the residence of her sister, Mrs. J. D. Elliott, for sometime past, died on December 26, and was interred at the Bethalto Cemetery last Sunday. It was a very sad funeral, and the sympathy of many are with her little daughter that is left behind, but we are pleased to note that the little one has a splendid home with Prof. H. T. McCrea and lady of our village.


KOCH, CHARLES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 4, 1903
Well Known Business Man Dies
Charles Koch, for many years a well known Alton business man, died suddenly this morning at 4 o'clock after a brief illness. His death was a great surprise to his family. Mr. Koch had been ill a few days with asthma, but even up to Monday was able to be around his home. Monday at midnight he was taken very ill, and he died within four hours from heart disease. Mr. Koch's death is a sad shock to his friends and to his relatives. For many years he was in partnership with the late Julius Fritsch, his brother-in-law, whose death was just as sudden and occurred a few months ago. Mr. Koch was known to all who had business dealings with him as an upright business man in all his transactions, and he conducted a very profitable business for many years in Alton. He was 60 years and 7 months of age, and leaves a wife and seven children: Charles A., Emil, Louis, Arthur, Oscar and Misses Lillie and Katie, all of Alton. He has a brother, Louis, in Atlanta, Georgia, and funeral arrangements will not be made until he is heard from. He also has two sisters and a brother in Bergzaberne, Rhinepfalz, Germany, the old family home.


KOCH, FANNIE F. (nee RINGERING)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 17, 1911
Mrs. Fannie F. Koch, wife of Henry B. Koch, died shortly after midnight Monday morning at her home near Wood River. She was born December 2, 1886, and was married June 3, 1908. She belonged to the Ringering family living east of Alton, and beside her parents she leaves one sister and four brothers. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Ringering. The funeral will be Wednesday afternoon, leaving the home at 1 p.m. for the German Evangelical church at Alton, where the services will be conducted by Rev. E. L. Mueller. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery in Upper Alton.


KOCH, HENRY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 6, 1908
Founder of Upper Alton German Presbyterian Church
Henry Koch, aged 78, died Saturday evening from stomach trouble after an illness of ten years. Mr. Koch was one of the most prominent farmers living in this vicinity. He had raised a family of four sons and three daughters, and beside these he leaves his wife who is 81 years of age. His children are: Henry Koch, Mrs. Julia Stutz, Fred Koch, Mrs. Carrie Siegrist, Tony Koch, Mrs. Charles Frank, Benjamin Koch. Mr. Koch was the founder of the German Presbyterian church known as the Salem church, near his home. He was one of the principal supporters of the church during his lifetime. He was born in Germany and came to America about 1845. He was married at Lagrange, Missouri to his fiance, who had followed him from Germany to America. The couple settled in Madison county in 1860, and had lived here ever since. The funeral was held Monday afternoon from the Salem church, Rev. Ratz of Fosterburg officiating. REv. J. Johnson of St. Louis, a friend of Mr. Koch, preached in English at Mr. Koch's request. The pallbearers were four sons and two sons-in-law of Mr. Koch, Henry, Fred, Anton and Benjamin Koch, Lawrence Siegrist and Charles Frank. Mr. Koch's death is the first in the family since they came to America 54 years ago.


KOCH, JOSEPHINE (nee AGNE)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 24, 1921
Mrs. Josephine Koch, aged 71, died at the family home, 608 East Third Street, on Sunday, January 23, at six o'clock, following a general decline which commenced about four months ago. Mrs. Koch was the widow of Charles Koch who died August 4, 1903. Mrs. Koch was born and reared in Alton, being the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Agne, former well known residents of this city. She was a kind neighbor and friend and was every ready to lend a hand in time of trouble or illness. She is survived by seven children, Lillie, Katie, Arthur, Louis, Emil, Charles and Oscar; seven grandchildren, two brothers and two sisters. The brothers and sisters are William Agne of Alton; Julius Agne of Racine, Wis.; Mrs. Elizabeth Fritsch; and Mrs. Henry Hancock of Alton. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the home, and friends are invited to attend. Services will be conducted by Rev. C. C. Smith of the Congregational Church. Burial will be in the City Cemetery.


KOCH, LOUIS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 23, 1907
Granite City - Aug. 22 - Louis Koch, a well known young man of Granite City, ended his life Thursday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock by shooting himself through the head. Thirty minutes before Koch had told a saloon keeper he was going to commit suicide because he was short in his account with his employers. This is disbelieved by his friends and employers. It is believed he told the story to shield another. Back of it all is supposed to be a love affair.


KOCH, MAUDE (nee MURPHY)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 19, 1922
Mrs. Maud Murphy Koch, wife of Henry Koch, died at St. Joseph's hospital last night and with her died a newborn infant. Mrs. Koch was 33 years of age, and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John P. Murphy. The family lived north of Upper Alton, but formerly lived just east of Alton near the Federal Lead plant, and Mrs. Koch's parents are well known residents of the vicinity of Alton. The time of the funeral will be announced later.


KOCHER, GEORGE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 22, 1911
George, the 7 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Kocher, of 1118 Pearl street, died Tuesday night at 11:15 o'clock after an illness of only a few days with diphtheria. The boy was in school on Monday, and the character of the disease is shown by the brevity of the illness that resulted fatally. The attending physician used 10,000 units of anti-toxin on the child as a desperate remedy to save his life, but even this failed. The funeral was held at 4 o'clock this afternoon, and was private. Rev. E. L. Mueller conducted brief services at the grave in City Cemetery. There was considerable alarm felt as to the safety of the remainder of the family who had been exposed by the child's illness. Owing to the fact that the boy had been at school on Monday, it was considered safe to fumigate the entire room where he attended school, so Miss Hastings' room was dismissed today and the place was thoroughly disinfected.


KOEHNE, CHARLES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 8, 1919
Killed Under [Railroad] Cars
Charles Koehne, aged 37, died at St. Joseph's hospital shortly before noon today from injuries he sustained this morning at East Alton while working with a Big Four switching crew. Mr. Koehne, who resided at 2078 Alby street, had worked for the Big Four about two years. This morning as he was engaged in switching cars at East Alton he slipped and fell underneath a car, the wheels of the car passing over his legs, cutting one off at the hip and the other below the knee. He was hurried to St. Joseph's hospital and died there in less than one hour and a half after the accident. Coming in from East Alton, Koehne told the men around him that he slipped and fell under the cars. He was regarded as an experienced railroad man. He formerly was a painter. He leaves his wife and three children.


KOEHNE, CHARLES W./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 20, 1920
Charles W. Koehne, a lifelong resident of Alton, died Saturday afternoon at his residence, 2401 Alby street, after an illness of long duration from cancer. Mr. Koehne was well known in Alton through his connection for many years with the firm of Drury & Wead [sic], and also with the First Baptist Church, where he had been a long time and a very devoted member. He had been incapacitated by illness for many months and no one knew better than himself that there was no physical help for him, and that the outcome must be fatal. Mr. Koehne was 56 years of age. During his whole life he had lived in Alton he was a highly respected man. He was known in his church as a man who was devoted to it, and he was regarded as a very conscientious man and a consistent Christian. He had been active in his church work. He leaves beside his wife, two sons and two daughters, William Koehne of Wood River, Frank Koehne of Alton, Mrs. Helen Hart of Upper Alton and Mrs. Grace Heidemann of Maplewood. Koehne is survived by two brothers, William and Louis, and three sisters, Mrs. Al Roberts, Mrs. Walter Roper and Mrs. C. N. Streeper. The funeral was held this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the First Baptist Church. Owing to the fact that it was impossible to give any newspaper announcement of his death prior to the funeral, requests were made on the pastors for announcement from the pulpits, as Mr. Koehne had been deeply interested in the Men's Bible Class movement in Alton. Rev. M. W. Twing had charge of the services and was assisted by Rev. H. D. Johnson of the Elm street chapel. The pallbearers were: Edward Spreen, Mark Sloman, James Rodgers, Clark Show, John Mitchell, Roy A. Blair. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.


KOEHNE, HENRY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 27, 1900
Henry Koehne, the blacksmith, died last evening at his home on the Alby street road just outside the city limits, after an illness of three weeks with inflammatory rheumatism. The condition of Mr. Koehne has been watched with much interest by his friends, as it has been considered critical from the beginning. He was a strong, powerful man, and had been ill but little in his life, and it was thought he might be able to pull through this illness. He suffered all the tortures known to the excruciating disease, and grew weaker rapidly. Death came at 5 o'clock Thursday evening as his family surrounded the bed. Mr. Koehne was 44 years of age and was an industrious man. He had conducted a blacksmith shop on Second and George streets several years and was well known in the city. He had always lived on the Alby street road, and was a member of a prominent family that had lived there many years. He leaves besides his wife, six children. The funeral will take place Saturday morning at 9 o'clock, and services will be at the family residence.


KOEHNE, JOHN H./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 13, 1900
John H. Koehne, living on North Alby street, died at 8:05 this morning after a lingering illness and feebleness incident to old age. He suffered for many years with asthma. Mr. Koehne has been in the blacksmith business on Belle street for a long period, with his son William. Of late years he has done little, but left the conduct of his business to his son. Mr. Koehne was one of Alton's most substantial citizens, respected and admired by a wide circle of acquaintances as an honest and upright man who has raised a family to do his name honor. Mr. Koehne was born in Hanover, Germany, February 1, 1827. He came to this country when 14 years of age, locating in St. Charles, Mo. Five years later he came to Alton, where he has since resided, making his residence here about 54 years. His wife and seven children survive him, viz: Charles, William, Louis, Henry, and Mrs. Calvin Streeper, Mrs. Walter Roper and Miss Lulu Koehne. The date of the funeral has not yet been fixed. The services will be under the auspices of the Masonic order, of which he has long been a member.


KOELLER, CERNIDINA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 9, 1922
Mrs. Cernidina Koeller, aged 73, wife of John A. Koeller, died this morning at 12:30 o'clock at the family home, 321 Langdon street. Mrs. Koeller was born in Germany, but for the past 48 years she has resided in the neighborhood of Alton and Godfrey. For the five years past, the family has made its home in this city. She was a member of St. Mary's congregation. She had a wide circle of friends throughout the city and the news of her death will be received with much sadness. She is survived by her husband, John A. Koeller; five daughters, Sister Augustine of St. Mary's Infirmary, St. Louis, Mrs. Teresa Bihr, Santa Marie, Ill., Miss Louise Koeller, Edwardsville, the Misses Frances and Annie of Alton, also by three sons, Fred of Campbell, Mo., Henry of Godfrey and Gus of Chicago. She also leaves two sisters, Sister Clara of Springfield, and Mrs. T. Manns of Godfrey, and four brothers, Theo Droste, Godfrey; Joseph of Germany; Albert of Chicago; and Henry of Prairie Du Rocher, Ill. The funeral will be held Thursday morning at 9 o'clock from St. Mary's Church. Interment will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.


KOENIG, AMANDUS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 19, 1911
Amandus Koenig, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Koenig of 829 east Third street, died Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock after an illness from Brights disease. The young man had been ill three months, and bedfast only one week. He was a bright, intelligent young man, and was employed as a stenographer at the Illinois Corrugated Paper Co. until his health made it necessary for him to resign his position. He is survived by his parents, two brothers, and one sister. He was in his 22nd year. The funeral will be tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home to City Cemetery, Rev. E. L. Mueller officiating.


KOENIG, HELEN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 6, 1902
Helen, the 18 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Koenig, died at noon today of spasms at the family home, 1622 Bozza street. The father is a glassblower and is working in Milwaukee. He has been notified and the funeral will not occur until he arrives.


KOENIG, C. JULIUS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 2, 1913
Man Who Was Inventive Genius at Glass Works Succumbs to Long Illness
C. Julius Koenig, aged 57, died this _____ at his home, 829 East Third street, after a long illness. Mr. Koenig was a skillful mechanic. For twenty-two years he worked as head of the mold making department at the glass works. He had inventive genius, which made him a valuable workman, and he contributed much toward the success of building the semi-automatic glassblowing machines, which preceded the use of the automatic machines. He was a steady, industrious man, and was regarded as being an upright citizen as well as a very skillful mechanic. He was born in Dobel, Germany, and would have been 57 years of age the 11th of June. He left home at the age of 21, after spending some time in New York and Pittsburg. He came to Alton twenty-seven years ago, and went to work for the Illinois Glass Company, where he continued to work until five years ago, when he retired. He was never idle, and during all his spare time was working on some inventions which he declined to talk about, and doubtless had his life been spared he would have given some marvelous new machinery to the world. Mr. Koenig leaves his wife, one daughter, Miss Corida Koenig, and two sons, Irving G. and Carl Koenig. The funeral of Mr. Koenig will be held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the home, Rev. E. L. Mueller officiating. Mr. Koenig was a member of the Elks, the Masonic fraternity, the M. P. L., and several social organizations.


KOENIG, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 30, 1900
Mrs. Mary Koenig, wife of Christian Koenig who lives on Brown street in Upper Alton, was stricken with heart disease Sunday evening while out walking with her husband on Washington Street. She was seized with a sudden pain in her heart and fell to the ground unconscious. The pain took her as Mr. and Mrs. Koenig were in front of the dwelling of Joseph Meyers on Washington street, just north of the city limits, and Mrs. Koenig was carried into the Meyers home where she died in a few minutes. An inquest was held at the family home in Upper Alton this morning by Deputy Coroner Bauer, and the funeral will be held tomorrow morning. Services will be held in St. Mary's church. For two nights before her death, Mrs. Koenig had been unable to sleep, getting her only repose while sitting in a rocking chair. Mrs. Koenig was 34 years of age last March. She came to this country from Germany four years ago, and had no relatives of her own in this country. Here she had her husband and four children. Mr. Koenig is a glassblower and had been planning a business trip to Germany.


KOEPFLI, JOSEPH/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 20, 1874
Joseph Koepfli, for many years past one of the wealthiest and most prominent citizens of Highland precinct in Madison County, died August 1, 1874, onboard an ocean steamer in the English Channel while enroute from England to France. His remains were buried in Zurich, Switzerland.

Source: Alton Telegraph, August 27, 1874
We have since learned that Joseph Koepfli died in mid-ocean onboard of the steamship Wesser, of the North German and Lloyd line, while enroute from New York to Europe, on July 24, and that his remains were buried at Southampton, England, on August 29. Mr. Koepfli was born in 1808, therefore was sixty-six years of age. He was never married. His last will and testament, dated August 13, 1869, was duly proven and admitted to probate. His estate is said to be worth about sixty thousand dollars.


KOETTER, HERMAN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 23, 1903
The body of Herman Koetter, who was found dead at Mitchell about two weeks ago, was buried this afternoon in Milton cemetery. Deputy Coroner Streeper has been holding the body in hope of hearing from Koetter's relatives, but no word from them was received.


KOHLER, ELEANOR/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 22, 1904
Mrs. Eleanor Kohler, widow of Frank Kohler, died Sunday morning after six years illness with acute stomach troubles at the home of her brother, Joseph Ein____, on EAst Third street. She was 69 years of age, dying on her 69th birthday, and had lived in the Altons since 1854. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the home to City cemetery. Rev. Theo. Oberhellman officiating. Mrs. Kohler was one of the original settlers of Greenwood, now North Alton, where she married in 1857 and resided until the death of her husband in 1888, when she moved to Alton. She leaves four children, Mrs. Frank Gissler, North Alton, Mrs. B. Burl of St. Louis, Miss Josephine Kohler of Alton, and George Kohler of St. Louis.


KOHLER, EUGENE/Source: Troy Call, January 4, 1918
Eugene Kohler, aged 22 years and a son of Mr. and Mrs. William Kohler, former residents of Troy but now residing at Collinsville, died at Camp Taylor, Kentucky on New Year's day after a brief illness of pneumonia. The body arrived at Collinsville yesterday and the funeral is being held today. Young Kohler is the second Collinsville boy to die in the service of his country. He was formerly employed by the Brooks Tomato Products Company at Collinsville and left there with the second contingent which went in October. He had a fine physique and made a model soldier. He is survived by his parents and a younger brother.


KOHLER, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 16, 1909
Mrs. Mary Kohler, aged 73, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Yeager, 1775 Alby street, after an illness of about eleven weeks. Mrs. Kohler's health became impaired about three months ago and when the weather became so warm she sank rapidly. She was the widow of G. Kohler, who died about 25 years ago in Alton. She had lived in the city about 44 years and leaves two children, Mrs. Frank Yeager and Joseph Kohler, the latter being connected with the Alton brick company. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Yeager home.


KOHLER, WILLIE (or WILLIS)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 14, 1901
Died, suddenly, in this city [Alton], October 13th, at 4:40 p.m., Willie, son of Joseph and Maggie Robertson Kohler, aged 2 years and four months. The funeral will take place tomorrow at 2 p.m. from the home, 620 Washington street.


KOHLMEYER, HENRY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 5, 1904
Henry Kohlmeyer, employed in the batch room at the glass works, died suddenly from heart disease Friday evening at his home, 729 North street. He had just returned home from his day's work and was in his house when he suddenly was stricken with an attack of heart trouble and died almost instantly. He had been working hard all day and his health had been good as usual up to the time he fell over on the floor. Mr. Kohlmeyer was 50 years of age, and is survived by his wife and two children. Deputy Coroner W. H. Bauer held an inquest last evening and a verdict of death from heart disease was found by the jury.


KOLB, BARBARA (nee KOEHLER)/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 3, 1921
Funeral services for Mrs. Barbara Kolb, who died Saturday afternoon, will be conducted tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the Evangelical Church by the Rev. E. L. Mueller of Stratton, Mo., former pastor of the church, and the Rev. O. W. Heggemeier, present pastor. Interment will be in the City Cemetery. Mrs. Kolb died at her home, 622 East Seventh street, less than two weeks after a fall at her home, in which she strained the ligaments of her hip. She was 69 years old. Last Thanksgiving eve, Mrs. Kolb fell at her home and broke her hip. It was not until last April that she was able to again be about, with the aid of crutches. On September 22 last, she fell again, tearing loose the ligaments in the other hip. Following the second fall she was again bedfast and never recovered from the effects. Until the time of the first fall, Mrs. Kolb had been in good health. Close friends of Mrs. Kolb said that after her first injury, which disabled her, she had always retained hope that she would ultimately recover, but when she was injured recently she resigned all hope of ever being able to help herself and that her death was due largely to the fact that she did give up hope. Her strong will which had manifested its power at direction in the past went to sleep and under the circumstances her death was only what might have been expected. She had suffered considerable internal pain after her second injury and at no time did she show symptoms of improvement. Mrs. Kolb was born August 24, 1852, in Langsdorf-Hessen, Dormstadt, Germany. She came to this country when 18 years old, and has resided in Alton since that time. Before marriage she was Miss Barbara Koehler. She was married on January 16, 1875, to George Kolb. Mrs. Kolb was a prominent member of the Evangelical Church. For 13 years she was president of the Ladies' Aid Society of that church, and for 13 years she was president of the sewing society. She was known for her charity work. She was at one time a member of the board of directors of the Alton Woman's Home, and always responded to calls for help from that institution. She was active in charitable work in the interest of St. Joseph's Hospital, and always sought to help persons less fortunate than she. She leaves three cousins, Henry and Anna Bauch and Mrs. Fred Koch, all of Godfrey. Mrs. Kolb is survived by two sisters living in Germany. She leaves three nephews, Ernest, George and William Kolb, and a niece, Mrs. Joseph Klabolt. Mrs. Kolb will be buried in a steel casket, which will be encased in a concrete vault, in compliance with a wish made to her nephew, William Kolb, that her body be securely encased for burial. Pallbearers will be William, George and Ernest Kolb, Joseph Klabolt, Max Hartwig and William Hoff.


KOLB, GEORGE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 12, 1911
George Kolb, aged 68, for many years a prominent contractor in Alton, died Sunday evening at 6 o'clock at his residence, 622 east Seventh street. Mr. Kolb had been ill almost a year. He was able to get out of the house occasionally, but each time he would suffer a setback, and the last time he was confined to his bed almost two months. He was a native of Germany, but came to America with his parents when he was 2 years old, and he had lived in Alton about fifty-five years. He was known as a first class workman, and his services were in great demand. By constnat work and good habits, Mr. Kolb accumulated considerable valuable property in Alton, and he was considered one of the most reliable and responsible contractors in the city. He leaves no children. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Barbara Kolb, and by his aged mother, Mrs. Katherine Kolb, and two half brothers, Ernest and Will Kolb, all of Alton. The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home.


KOLB, KATHERINE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 7, 1914
The funeral for the late Mrs. Katherine Kolb, one of the North Side’s oldest and most respected citizens who died Monday evening at the home of her son, William Kolb on Rozier Street, was held this afternoon. Services were conducted at the home and also in the German Evangelical Church by Rev. E. L. Mueller, who spoke on the true Christian character of the deceased. Mrs. Kolb was known for her kind disposition, especially to the needy, and was a kind mother, good neighbor, and respected by all who knew her. She saw many changes take place in this vicinity, coming to the North Side many years ago when the surrounding country was mostly a wilderness. The funeral was attended by a large gathering of relatives, friends and neighbors, and especially the older residents, who evidenced the esteem they had borne in life for one whose soul had entered into the keeping of the Heavenly Father. The pallbearers were William P. Kolb Jr., George Kolb, Ernest Kolb Jr., Joseph Klebold, Peter Meyer, and Henry Brandt. The remains were laid to rest in the Upper Alton Oakwood Cemetery.


KOPP, JACOB/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 5, 1901
The funeral of Jacob Kopp was held this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the home to the Evangelical church, where services were conducted by Rev. Theo Oberhellman. There was a large attendance of friends and relatives of the family at the services. Burial was in the City Cemetery. The A. O. U. W. lodge participated in the funeral services.


KORTIZAN, ANNA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 21, 1916
Mrs. Fred Stocker of 1315 Highland avenue left her home for a short time yesterday afternoon to go to a grocery store nearby. Returning, she found her mother crumpled up in a heap on the floor. Physicians were called at once and stated that her mother, Mrs. Anna Kortizan, had died from heart failure. Mrs. Kortizan, aged 69, was in the best of health all day yesterday. She was doing fancy work at the time her daughter left for the store, and there was nothing to indicate that she was not in the very best of health. Mrs. Kortizan was a native of Austria Hungary, but had lived in this country for a number of years.


KORTKAMP, ABRAHAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 12, 1917
Abraham Kortkamp, for the past sixty or seventy years a well known resident of the Coal Branch, died at the family home at 11:30 o'clock last evening after a long illness. Mr. Kortkamp was 83 years of age and his long residence in the city has made him a well known and well liked man. Mr. Kortkamp is survived by his wife, Mathilda; two daughters, Mrs. Bert Elfgen and Mrs. Harriet Pieper; the last named being from St. Louis; and one son, Eugene. The funeral services will be held from the family home Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial will be in the City Cemetery.


KORTKAMP, ANNA A./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 7, 1908
Miss Anna A. Kortkamp, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Kortkamp of 1040 Tremont street, died Monday morning at the family home. Miss Kortkamp was the bookkeeper at the office of Curdie & Co., and in connection with the discharge of her duties there she became well known in business circles throughout the city. She had been feeling poorly for some time, but paid little attention to it, and only ten days ago found it necessary to give up her work and remain at home. It developed that she was suffering from an abdominal abscess, and before there was time to operate upon her for its removal the abscess broke Sunday afternoon and caused her death 18 hours afterward. The death of Miss Kortkamp was a great surprise to her friends, as it was not generally known she was ill. She was apparently in the best of health. She was a bright, happy dispositioned young woman, and made friends wherever she went. It was because of her being unused to being ill that she did not recognize the necessity long ago of having something done for her, and when she should have been free from responsibilities she continued to attend to the duties of the position in the office of her brother-in-law, Robert Curdie Jr. Miss Kortkamp was 27 years of age and had lived in Alton all her life. She leaves beside her parents, four brothers, George, John, William and Percy, and one sister, Mrs. Robert Curdie. The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock from the family home, and the body will be taken to Godfrey for burial. Rev. G. L. Clark of the Twelfth street Presbyterian church will conduct the funeral services.


KORTKAMP, ELMER/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 2, 1915
Two of the bodies of the ill-fated victims of the powder works explosion yesterday will be shipped away, and the other three buried in this vicinity...The funeral of Elmer Kortkamp will be held tomorrow morning at 11 o'clock at the East Alton Methodist church. The Rev. Armitage will officiate. The burial will be in the Liberty Prairie Cemetery.


KORTKAMP, FRANK/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 12, 1913
Fatally Injured at Alton Brick Company
Frank Kortkamp, 38 years old, engineer of the steam shovel at the Alton Brick Co. Plant, was fatally injured at 9 o'clock Saturday morning when a small earth slide from the top of an eighteen foot embankment jammed him against the big shovel, fracturing his skull and both ankles. Kortkamp, with three other men, under the direction of Superintendent Harry Meyers, was building a new section of track for the electric shovel to run on. Kortkamp stood a few feet away from the shovel when the slide of earth came and caught him, jamming him up against the big shovel with terrific force. His arm and leg bones were broken in several places, and a fracture of his skull caused the physicians to believe that he could not survive the injuries. The injured man was not covered by the earth, there was just enough of it to throw him against the machine with such force that he was terribly crushed. The three workmen who were with Kortkamp wept when they saw the form of their fellow-workman apparently lifeless and broken and torn by contact with the jagged parts of the steam shovel. Under the direction of Mr. Meyers they carried him to a shanty nearby and the ambulance was called and Dr. Worden hurriedly called. He was taken to St. Joseph's hospital. Kortkamp resided on the coal branch. The young man died at St. Joseph's hospital without regaining consciousness at noon. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Abe Kortkamp, two brothers and two sisters.


KORTKAMP, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 30, 1900
William Kortkamp, an old resident of Alton, died this morning at his home on Alby street near Sixteenth street, after a long illness with asthma. He was 68 years of age and had passed all his life in the vicinity of Alton and North Alton. He leaves his wife and one daughter. The funeral will be Saturday morning at 9 o'clock, and services will be at the house. Interment will be in City Cemetery.


KOY, MARGARET/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 20, 1922
Mrs. Margaret Koy died last night at midnight at St. Joseph's hospital following a surgical operation performed, in the hope it would give her some relief from suffering consequent upon a leg fracture which occurred eight weeks ago at the home of her daughter, Mrs. James Neuman, of 313 Carroll street. Mrs. Koy will be best remembered by Alton people as the matron of the Alton Woman's Home for a long period. Most of her friends referred to her as Mrs. Kay, and that was the pronunciation generally given her name. The death of Mrs. Koy followed a period of intense suffering, due to her falling in her home on a porch. She fractured her hip, and as she was 84 years of age, such an injury naturally might be expected to prove fatal. She showed remarkable vitality, but of late it had seemed that a surgical operation would be necessary to assist her on the way to recovery. It was realized that it was a grave chance that was being taken, but she was willing to undergo it. The nervous shock coupled with her weakened condition, due to her age and her long period of confinement, proved too much for her and death resulted a week after the operation was performed. Mrs. Koy leaves three daughters, Mrs. Emma Dwyer of Wood River, Mrs. Minnie Neuman of Alton, Mrs. Charles Swain of San Diego, Calif., also two sons, William Burnett of Pensacola, Fla., and Harry Burnett of Jacksonville, Fla. She leaves six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.


KRAMER, SOPHIA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 27, 1904
The funeral of Mrs. Sophia Kramer took place this afternoon from the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Loreb, 523 East Third street, where services were conducted by Rev. Theodore Oberhellmann, and was attended by many friends of deceased and the family. Interment was in City Cemetery.


KRANTZ, GEORGE/Source: Troy Star, June 28, 1894
Died - At his home in Marine Prairie, Jarvis Township, Sunday evening at 7:30 o'clock, George Krantz, aged 73 years and 3 months. The funeral took place Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock from the family residence, and was attended by a large number of sympathizing friends and relatives. The pall bearers were Messrs. Fred May, Martin Muell, Peter Fry, Fred Hess, Conrad Brennemann and Samuel Fry. Deceased leaves a wife, eight children and 24 grandchildren. His children are Messrs. George, Jacob, Henry, William, John; Mesdames John Noffs of Collinsville and Lizzie Kaufman of St. Morgan; one daughter, not married, Miss Bertha, and a step-daughter, Miss Amelia Mullock. Mr. Krantz was born in Germany and came to this country in 1844. He lived in Marine Prairie 27 years, prior to which he resided at Mascoutah. He was a hard working man and highly respected by all who knew him. The Star extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved.


KRANZ, CARL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 21, 1902
Carl Kranz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kranz, died Tuesday night at the home in North Alton after an illness from brain fever, aged 11 years. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family home.


KRANZ, EMIL/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 1, 1907
Emil, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Kranz, died shortly before noon at the family home, 816 east Third street, from stomach troubles. He was 24 years of age and is survived by his parents, three brothers and four sisters. Funeral arrangements are not complete.


KRANZ, HANNAH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 14, 1915
With a calm, steady purpose of mind, Miss Hannah Kranz, a teacher in the Alton public schools, approached the hour of her death, Wednesday evening, after a long period of sickness which had made her an invalid. Beloved by all who knew her, and especially in her family and by those who had been associated with her in school work and by the pupils, she passed out without a feeling of fear, nor dismay. She had been planning for the time when her suffering would be over, and she was all ready to go. It was just as she had wished it. She preferred that her funeral be held on Saturday, as schools would be out and it would be possible for the teachers and those of the children who wished to attend the funeral to do so without causing any disarrangement of the school schedule. She even picked out her pallbearers from among members of her graduating class of the year 1909 in Alton High School. Miss Kranz was born and raised in Alton, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Kranz of 816 East Third street. She attended the public schools and after her graduation she secured a teacher's certificate and taught first at Lowell School, then at Humboldt School. she was efficient as a teacher, in giving instruction, but her strength was in the love that was borne to her by the children who sat under her from year to year. Miss Kranz was the idol of her children, and there is many a sad heart within a child's breast over the departure of the little woman who was good to them. She had been in failing health for four years. Trips to Colorado and other places that were hoped to be beneficial in restoring her health failed. She submitted to a surgical operation from which she never fully rallied....For thirteen years she was a member of the Twelfth Street Presbyterian Sunday school.....She leaves four brothers, Henry and John of Alton; Paul in the Philippines; Theodore of Humingdon, W. Va.; also three sisters, Mrs. T. B. Wheaton of Fieldon; Mrs. Adolph Meissner of Springfield; and Miss Dollie Kranz of Alton. The funeral will be held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock from the family home, Rev. J. T. Baker of the Twelfth Street Presbyterian Church officiating.


KRANZ, JULIA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 30, 1900
The home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kranz was bereaved by death today of their 18 months old daughter, Julia, after an illness with lung fever. The funeral will be Sunday at 3:30 p.m., and interment will be in City Cemetery.


KRELL, CHARLES H./Source: Alton Telegraph, August 7, 1884
Suicide by Poison
Charles H. Krell, a native of Berlin, Prussia, 42 years of age, for a year and a half a resident of Alton, previous to which he lived for a time at Upper Alton, committed suicide Wednesday at his place of residence on Second [Broadway], between Ridge and Spring Streets, by taking morphine and cyan kali, or cyanide of potassium, a deadly poison. Mr. Krell had appeared quite despondent for several days, and told one of his acquaintances Tuesday that the next time he saw him it would be as a corpse. At 4 o’clock in the morning, he arose from his bed, and it is supposed, took the fatal doses. He then again retired, and about 5 o’clock told his wife that he had taken poison with suicidal intent. She at first refused to believe him, but as he commenced breathing in an unnatural manner, became alarmed and sent for a physician. Dr. Guelich answered the call, but when he arrived at the house, the unfortunate man was beyond human aid. There is little doubt but that the act was premeditated. It is supposed that financial troubles were the cause of the act. Deceased left no family except a wife, who will receive $500 death benefit from the Order of the Harugari, of which her husband was a member. Coroner Youree was notified of the suicide soon after it occurred.


KREMER, FRANK H./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 29, 1920
Frank H. Kremer, son of Mrs. Phillipina Kremer, died at midnight, Wednesday night at the family home, 217 East Broadway, after a long period of invalidism. The young man had been in a dying condition for two weeks and had been sick for more than two years. He was born in Alton and would have been 38 years old next March 17. Besides his mother, he leaves three brothers: Anton, Arthur and Edward, and one sister, Mrs. B. W. Plummer. He leaves also a daughter, Miss Evelyn Kremer.


KREMER, PETER/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 13, 1909
Peter Kremer, who would have been 92 years old next February, died Wednesday morning at the home of his son, Michael Kremer, Seventeenth and Market streets, after an illness of long duration from asthma. His later years of life were clouded by blindness. He spent most of his time with his son, Michael Kremer, where his daughter in law, Mrs. Kremer, ministered to him and made his declining years as comfortable as possible. He was an old teacher in Catholic parochial schools. He taught in the St. Mary's parish school and at other places. Mr. Kremer was born in Germany, but lived in America about 48 years. He had spent most of the last 29 years in Alton and vicinity. He leaves four sons, John, Michael of Alton; Peter of Edwardsville; Anton of Denver; and one daughter, Mrs. Josephine Tremmel of Alton. Beside his children he leaves 29 grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Deceased was born at Niedergondershausen, Rhein Province of Prussia, February 1, 1817. He received his early education at the Seminary of Bruel, a preparatory school, after which he took a scholarship at the university of Bonn, Prussia, and graduated from that institution in 1840. He was principal of the school of Ober & Niederweiler, Prussia for twenty years. He emigrated to America and settled in Madison, Wis., in 1861, where he taught parochial schools for two years. He then removed to Alton in 1863, and taught the parochial schools of Alton, Highland, and St. Louis. He always considered Alton his home. He was teacher of the old school, a strict disciplinarian, and master of the school room. He was married to Eva Catherine Radermacher at Waldorf, Prussia, who died in 1871.


KREMER, UNKNOWN WIFE OF MICHAEL JR./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 29, 1912
Mrs. MIchael Kremer Jr. passed away at midnight Wednesday night after a brief illness. About two weeks ago Mrs. Kremer was taken ill with Bright's disease. The disease had no doubt been present for a long period, but no pronounced symptoms developed until within a short time before her death. The past week she had been very ill, unconscious during the greater part of the time until her death at 12:20 last night. Mrs. Kremer was born in Illinois July 14th, 1878. She moved with her parents to Missouri when a small child. She was married to Michael Kremer Jr. on the 9th of last November. She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Q. Adams of Kansas City, and one sister, Mrs. Florence Norman of Clinton, Mo. She was a most estimable woman with a deep attachment for her home, and a kindly disposition that won her many friends during her life in Alton. The date of the funeral has not yet been decided upon. It will be settled upon the arrival of the parents of Mrs. Kremer. The home of Mr. and Mrs. Kremer is at 501 Bond street.


KREMER, WALTER/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 22, 1904
Walter, the 2 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kremer, died last night and was buried this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. Theodore Oberhallman conducted the services.


KREPEL, ZELMA IONE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 3, 1918
Friends in Alton were shocked this morning to learn of the sudden death at St. Joseph's Hospital Wednesday morning at 3:25 o'clock, of Zelma Ione Krepel, wife of Louis M. Krepel of Alton. The young wife had been in poor health for some time, but her condition was not thought to be serious. Last December Mrs. Krepel was taken ill with diabetes, and on account of her health her husband closed their home and sent his wife away to various part of the country to rest. She visited in Manchester and last week went to Dow. On Saturday her husband received word from Mrs. Krepel saying that she would be home Monday and asked that he make arrangements for them to go light housekeeping, as she was very much improved. Monday morning Krepel went to the train to meet his wife and was alarmed at her condition. She said she was taken ill Sunday, but wanted to come home. Monday night she was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital, where she continued to grow worse until death relieved her of her suffering Wednesday morning. Last night it was known that she could not rally. Mrs. Krepel was twenty-five years of age and had been married for nearly five years. She is survived by her husband but no children. Her mother, Mrs. Frank Edward of Manchester; a brother, Lee Richey of Houston, Texas; an uncle, John Williams of Dow; and an aunt, Mrs. Jacob Deal of Alton; and an aged grandmother, Mrs. David Williams of Dow; all survive her loss. The young woman had resided in Alton for a number of years and was well known. She was an industrious and delightful housekeeper, and her home was the pleasant meeting place of friends. Her death will be very much regretted by her host of friends. The funeral arrangements are incomplete, awaiting word from her brother, Lee Richey, who is in the Field Artillery, Machine Gun Division, Camp Logan, Houston, Texas. The funeral will most probably be held on Friday morning from the Cathedral. (later - Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.)


KRESEK, ANTON/Source: Alton Telegraph, May 17, 1883
From Edwardsville – Anton Kresek, aged about 23 years, a Bohemian farmer who resided three or four miles south of Edwardsville, was run over and killed by the construction train on the Narrow Gauge Railroad, one mile south of here, yesterday. The train was backing at the time, and the deceased, who was intoxicated and lying on the track, was not discovered in time to prevent the entire train from running over and mangling his body and limbs in a horrible manner. The remains were brought to Eberle’s undertaking establishment, and the Coroner notified. An inquest was held at the office of Esquire Hobson last evening. The deceased was recently married.


KRIEG, BARBARA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 27, 1916
Mrs. Barbara Krieg, aged 87, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Alex Isch of Fosterburg, at 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon after an illness of some time. On account of her advanced age, her condition has been considered serious for some time. Mrs. Krieg was well known about Fosterburg, where she has lived for the past sixty years. Her husband died about forty years ago, and since that time she has been making her home with her children. Besides Mrs. Isch, she leaves one daughter, Mrs. Henry Scheldt of Woodburn, and a son, John, of Knox, Ind. Mrs. Krieg was born in Germany and came to the United States when a young girl. She was one of the charter member of the old German Baptist church at Fosterburg, which has since been changed to the English Baptist church. She was always active in the church work. She was a member of a prominent family, and the owner of an excellent farm of several hundred acres.


KRIEG, HISKA FREDIA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 24, 1914
Mrs. Hiska Fredia Krieg, aged 55(?), died at her home in Fosterburg this morning. She leaves a husband, Thomas Krieg. The funeral will be held on Monday morning at 10 o'clock from the Fosterburg Presbyterian church to the Bethalto cemetery.


KRIEG, JOHN/Source: Alton Telegraph, November 21, 1878
Mr. John Krieg, a prominent citizen who lived near Fosterburg, died very suddenly Thursday. He was preparing to come to Alton, and had hitched up his team for that purpose when he fell dead from heart disease, as is supposed. Deceased was a member of the Baptist Church, and leaves a wife and three children to mourn his death. His funeral took place Saturday morning.


KRIEG, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 30, 1919
John Krieg, of Knox, Ind., died at 3:40 o'clock this morning at his home, at the age of 61 years. He is survived by his wife and two sisters, Mrs. Alex Isch of Fosterburg, and Mrs. Henry Scheldt of Woodburn. He was ill for the past two years but has been bedfast for just two weeks. The body will arrive over the Chicago and Alton on Friday morning. Arrangements have not been completed but the funeral will probably be held from the Isch and Gvillo home. Krieg spent his life at Fosterburg, up to 13 years ago when he moved to Chicago to engage in the lumber business. One year ago he moved to a farm in Stark County, Ind. For many years he was in the dairy business, a partner to Alexander Isch. The old Krieg-Isch place is now the Isch and Gvillo farm. Krieg was married twice, his first wife being a sister to R. J. Young of Bluff street in this city.


KRIEG, UNKNOWN CHILD OF FRED/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 9, 1900
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Krieg are mourning the loss of their six-months-old child, which died Saturday morning, August 4. The little sufferer had been sick nearly all its life, and endured great pain until death came to relieve it. The funeral was held at the Ingersoll school house, west of town, and the services were conducted by Rev. Payne of Litchfield. The bereaved father and mother have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community.


KRIEGER, MARY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 1, 1916
Mrs. Mary Krieger, wife of William Krieger, died at her home two miles northwest of Dorsey, Wednesday morning, March 1, at the age of 69 years, 9 months, and 15 days. Mrs. Krieger was taken ill three weeks ago when she was found unconscious by her husband. A physician who was called pronounced her illness to be due to an attack of the grippe which settled on her kidneys. She had been bedfast ever since, and kept growing steadily weaker. Most of her children were at the bedside when the end came. She is survived by her husband, William Krieger, and five daughters and two sons, Mrs. Anna Bertels, Mrs. Minnie Bertels, Mrs. Frank Renken of Alton; Mrs. Emma Johnson and Mrs. Mamie Burgess and Edward and William Krieger Jr. She is also survived by a brother, Henry Obermiller of Bethalto, and three sisters, Mrs. Yetta Oldenettel of Bunker Hill, Mrs. Wernsing of Harvel, Ill., and Mrs. Louisa Heuer of Dorsey. Mrs. Krieger came from Germany with her parents when but a young girl. The funeral will be held on Friday, March 3rd at 1 o'clock from the home to the Dorsey Lutheran cemetery. Rev. William G. Peterson of the Lutheran church will officiate at the funeral.


KRIEGER, WILLIAM/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 5, 1921
William Krieger passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Otto Johnson, Sunday, December 7, at 1:30 p.m. at the age of 79 years, 4 months and 14 days. He leaves to mourn his death two sons and five daughters, Edward and W. J. Krieger; Mrs. R. J. Bertles; Mrs. William Bertles; Mrs. Otto Johnson; Mrs. Herman Burjes; all of Dorsey; and Mrs. Frank Renken of Alton. He also leaves 21 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. The funeral will be held Wednesday, December 7, at 1 p.m. from the family home one and one-half miles west of Dorsey, Ill. Burial will be in the Dorsey Lutheran cemetery.


KRIES, MATTIE/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 7, 1879
Died at Godfrey, July 31, 1879, of cholera infantum, Mattie, infant daughter of John and Carrie Kries; aged 1 year and 6 months.


KRIMNITZ, CHARLES/Source: Alton Telegraph, February 25, 1886
Died in Alton on February 18, Charles Primnitz, aged 60 years. He was a native of Prussia.


KRINARD, CHARLES/Source: Alton Telegraph, June 13, 1901
Charles Krinard, one of our best-known farmers and one who had won the esteem of all who knew him, died at his home on the 9th inst., after a lingering illness. It is seldom that so large an attendance is seen at a funeral as there was at his on Sunday afternoon. Rev. Kuehn conducted the funeral services, and the remains were interred at the Zimmerman Cemetery [Moro Township]. Mr. Krinard was born in Saxony, Germany, 55 years ago, and came to this country with his father’s family when about five years old. He leaves to mourn his death beside many friends, a wife and eight children. In speaking of the family, Mr. John Jones said: “When his father settled here they were very poor. I furnished them with seed for their first crop.” Mr. Krinard overcame this poverty and leaves a valuable estate.


KROENLIN, WIFE OF JOHN/Source: Alton Telegraph, February 27, 1874
From Edwardsville, Feb. 24 – Deceased – Mrs. Kroenlin.


Judge William Henry KromeKROME, WILLIAM HENRY (JUDGE)/March 7, 1917
Attorney; Mayor of Edwardsville; Senator; Judge; Bank President
William Henry Krome was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on July 1, 1842, to Charles W. and Anna (Wesseler) Krome, natives of Hanover, Germany. Charles and Anna came to America in 1836, the father being twenty-one, and the mother being fifteen years of age. They married in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1841, and after the birth of William (the oldest of twelve children), they moved to St. Louis in 1849, and to Madison County, Illinois, in 1851 (when William was nine years of age). Charles Krome was a farmer, and served as a Justice of the Peace for many years.

William H. Krome was raised as a farmer’s son, and his education began in the local schools. In 1858, at the age of sixteen, he became a student in McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois. He graduated in 1863. William then gave his time to farming in the summer, and teaching in the winter. In 1866, he entered the law department of the University of Michigan, and graduated with an LL.B. (Bachelor of Law) in 1868. He opened a practice in Collinsville, but soon afterward moved to Edwardsville, where he formed a partnership with John G. Irwin, which continued until 1874, when Irwin was elected County Judge. William then formed a partnership with W. F. L. Hadley, and for years the firm of Krome & Hadley was one of the strongest in this part of the State, which was only terminated when Hadley was elected to Congress.

William Krome’s public career began in April 1873, with his election as Mayor of Edwardsville. During his term, he established the Edwardsville fire department. In November 1874, the forty-first district elected him to the State Senate, where he served four years. He was the youngest member of that body, yet was recognized through his abilities and hard work, by being assigned to the chairmanship of the Committee on Judicial Department. Krome served as County Judge from 1890 to 1894.

For a number of years, Krome was an influential factor in the business affairs of Edwardsville. He was one of the organizers of the Madison State Bank, and served as its Director and President. When it became the Bank of Edwardsville in 1898, he was chosen as its Director and Vice-President, and later served as its President. Krome was also one of the Directors of the Edwardsville Water Company.

Judge Krome was endorsed by the entire bar of Madison County for a seat on the supreme bench. They described Krome as having judicial qualities of mind and heart, discriminating, intelligent, and conscientious. The Edwardsville press was equally enthusiastic, stating Krome had the highest character, ability, integrity, and honor. In politics, Judge Krome was loyal to the Democratic Party. He was chosen as a member of the Democrat State Committee in 1880, and in 1884 he was a delegate to the Democrat National Convention.

On May 4, 1875, Judge Krome married Lucy Medora Gillham, daughter of Shadrach Bond Gillham, a member of one of the oldest and most distinguished families of Madison County. Lucy was born on April 13, 1853, on a farm at Edwardsville Crossing – now known as Hartford. She attended Monticello Ladies Seminary and Illinois Women’s College at Jacksonville, Illinois. William and Medora had seven children:

Clara (married P. L. Wilson, who was connected with the Florida East Coast Railroad)
Minnie Medora (married Ernest A. Delicate)
Nora Janet (married G. R. Smiley)
Mary S. (married Fred Jones)
Mrs. R. J. George
Mrs. P. L. Wilson
Mrs. Walter Greene
William Julius Krome – the only son, whose brief history is given below.

Lucy Krome died February 3, 1928, at her home in Edwardsville of a heart attack.

In 1917, Judge Krome was visiting his son, William J., in Homestead, Florida, spending the winter there, looking after his own properties in Florida. The Judge became ill, and died there March 7, 1917. He was 74 years of age. His body was brought back to Edwardsville, and buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Surviving were his wife, Medora Lucy Gillham Krome, and seven children.

William Julius Krome, son of Judge William Henry Krome, had a major impact in South Florida during the 25 years he lived there. He moved to Florida in 1902, and surveyed routes through Florida for the extension of the Florida East Coast Railway to Key West. He moved his family to Homestead, Florida, and joined the Florida State Horticultural Society. He married Isabel Burns in 1912, who shared his enthusiasm for citrus, exotic fruits, and plants. They established orchards of grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, tangelo, tangerines, mangos, and avocados. They scanned the globe for plants that could adapt to South Florida, including Java, West Africa, and China. Not long before his death on October 2, 1929, he and Isabel and Charles E. Schaff donated forty acres of land to establish an agricultural experimentation station in Homestead. Krome’s original expectations succeeded beyond his imagination – as the station became the Tropical Research and Education Center. After his death, he was recognized as a distinguished Honorary Member. Isabel lived to the age of 92, and with their children, she continued agricultural activities in Florida. The Krome family legacy to South Dade County included work on harvesting, handling, ripening, storage, and marketing of fruits.


KROPP, SOPHIA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 23, 1918
Mrs. Sophia Kropp, mother of Mrs. M. C. Barrioz, died Tuesday morning at the home of her daughter, 2408 Humbert street, after an illness of six months with dropsy. For fifteen years she had lived in Alton. She leaves one other daughter, Mrs. Emma Snyder, of St. Louis. Mrs. Kropp was born in Hanover, Germany in 1844. She came to America when ten years old and was married in St. Louis to Henry Kropp in 1869. The funeral of Mrs. Kropp will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Barrioz home, and services will be conducted by Rev. Simeon Hussey. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.


KRUG, ANNA A./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 18, 1918 [note: this obit was very hard to read]
Mrs. Anna M. [sic] Krug, wife of Joseph Krug, died this morning at 3:30 o'clock after an illness of three days from heart trouble, at the family residence, ____ Brown street. Besides her husband, Mrs. Krug .... [unreadable] son, Robert Krug, who is at Camp ____, N. J.,; and two sisters, Mrs. ____ and Mrs. M. Hailo, both _____, Tenn. The funeral arrangements have not been completed pending the receipt of word from the son and sisters as to _____bility to attend.


KRUG, ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, May 25, 1909
Mrs. Elizabeth Krug, wife of Aloysius Krug, died Monday night shortly before midnight at her home, 1715 State street, after a long illness from a complication of diseases. She was a Miss Walsh of Greene county before her marriage, and is survived by several sisters and brothers. She leaves her husband and several small children to mourn her death. Mrs. George Miller of Delmar avenue is a sister. The funeral will be held Thursday morning from the Cathedral, and burial will be in Greenwood cemetery.


KRUG, ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 24, 1922
Mrs. Elizabeth Krug, 85, died yesterday at 3:30 p.m. at her home, 2223 State street, after an illness of two months due to the infirmities of old age. She was the widow of Joseph Krug. Mrs. Krug was born in Elizabethtown, N. J. and came to Alton 61 years ago. Before marriage she was Elizabeth Broom. She was married in 1856 to Joseph Krug. He died in 1916, when they had been married 60 years. Mrs. Krug was a member of St. Mary's Church and was prominent in the activities of that organization. She was a member of the Altar Society for years and was one of its most ardent workers. She is survived by three sons, Joseph, John and Aloysius Krug, all of Alton, and six daughters, Misses Barbara, Catherine, Annie and Clara Krug, and Mrs. William Walter and Mrs. George Lanrau, all of Alton. She is survived also by 16 grandchildren and two great grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Catherine Brummer of Columbia City, Ind. The funeral will be held Wednesday from the home to St. Mary's Church, where requiem mass will be celebrated at 9:30. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery.


KRUG, JOSEPH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, Monday, May 8, 1916
Joseph Krug, in the 80th year, died at his home, State and Parker streets, at 9:30 o'clock Monday morning from old age. Mr. Krug's illness began last January. Most of the time since he became ill he was confined to his bed, and the last two weeks his condition had become very serious so that his death was looked for at any time. Mr. Krug was born in Dayton, Ohio, where he learned to be a gardener. He moved to Alton fifty-five years ago and he bought the place on State street where he spent the rest of his life and where he reared a large family. He was a hard working, industrious man, of good character and he was very successful. For many years he conducted practically the only florist business in Alton. All over Alton he was highly esteemed, and was regarded as one of Alton's best citizens. He had built up a valuable institution at his botanical garden on State street, in which he was deeply interested. He leaves his wife and nine children, Misses Barbara, Kate, Annie and Clara Krug, Mrs. William Walters, Mrs. George Landre, and Messrs. John, Joseph and Aloysius Krug. He was a member of St. Mary's Church, and the funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock from that church, and burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.


KRUG, JOSEPH ALOYSIUS/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, December 19, 1907
Joseph Aloysius Krug, seven months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Aloysius Krug, died at the family home in State street yesterday evening, after a couple of weeks illness from bronchitis. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Cathedral, and burial will be in Greenwood cemetery.


KRUSE, HENRY/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, June 26, 1903
Mr. Henry Kruse, who has lived and been highly respected in Godfrey township for more than 60 years, died suddenly at his farm home Thursday. He was about 80 years of age, and leaves three sons, Frank, Louis and William; and two daughters, Misses Anna and Emma Kruse, all residents of Godfrey. The funeral will be held Saturday from the home to Brighton.


[see also Kuhn]

KUEHN, CHARLES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 15, 1909
Aged Grocer Dies
Charles Kuehn, in his 80th year, died at his residence, ___ State street, after a long illness due to weakness of great age, at 2 p.m. He had lived in Alton over fifty years, and during all that time had conducted an old fashioned grocery store on State street that was neighborhood headquarters. It was like the old time corner grocery where neighbors gathered to talk over the affairs of state and to recall old times. Mr. Kuehn was always cheerful, friendly and a very kind and accommodating host, as well as grocer, and his cheery "Weh gehts" as a friend would enter the store made everyone feel that he was glad to see them. During his long career in business, Mr. Kuehn had merited the respect and confidence of all who had done business with him. He transacted his business calmly and quietly, and he always gave satisfaction. He was the friend of childhood and naturally his store was the depository of all the spare change the children of the neighborhood could wheedle out of their parents and other relatives. He was one of Alton's most upright citizens, a good man in every particular, and beside was a kind and indulgent father and husband. He was a native of Berlitz, Poland, where he was born April 15th, 1829. His death occurred just one month before he was 80 years of age. His illness has been desperate for some time. For over a week no hope of his recovery was entertained by his family. Realizing his end was near, he recently announced a desire to settle up his affairs and he did so. He leaves his widow and two daughters, Miss Mina Kuehn of Alton and Mrs. Walter Lock of Toledo, all of whom were with him at the end. He leaves also one grandchild, Courtney Perrin. Funeral arrangements have not been made.


KUEHN, CHARLES JR./Source: Alton Telegraph, March 25, 1875
Died in Alton on March 22, of congestion of the brain, Charles Kuehr Jr., son of Charles and Wilhelmina Kuehn; aged 13 years and 2 months.


KUEHN, UNKNOWN WIFE OF CHARLES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 15, 1919
[Note: this obit was extremely hard to read ... errors may exist.]
Mrs. M___ Kuehn, widow of Charles Kuehn, died at midnight Tuesday at ____ ______ ____ State street. She was 78 years old. Mrs. Kuehn was born in Germany, and came to this country while a young girl. She lived in Alton for 60 years. For the past __ years she has operated a grocery store on State street near her home. Since the death of her husband about ten years ago, Mrs. Kuehn has conducted the store alone. The little store on State street has been patronized by the children of the Cathedral and ____ing schools, being situated between the two buildings. Children for years have gotten pennies at home to buy the sweets at the little store, and today pupils of the two schools ask pennies of their parents to _____ Keonzes, the same as their parents did a generation ago. Mrs. Kuehn had tended store for the past few years despite her advanced age, and will be greatly missed by the pupils of the two schools. The children were always greeted pleasantly by Mrs. Kuehn, and she was an _______ a part of the school life of many of the children as any of their _________. Mrs. Kuehn is survived by two daughters, Miss Mena Kuehn, who lived with her, and Mrs. Walter Lock. She leaves ____ one grandson, Courtney ______. The funeral will be Friday afternoon at __ o'clock from the home on State Street, and burial will be in the City Cemetery, Rev. Frederick D. ______, pastor of St. Paul's Episcopal Church will conduct the services at the home.


KUENNEMANN, NAOMI/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 11, 1902
Naomi, the 5 years old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. N. E. Kuennemann of 1525 Easton street, died this morning from brain fever. The funeral will be Sunday afternoon from the Cathedral and will be private.


KUHL, NINA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 5, 1910
Mrs. Nina Kuhl, widow of Max Kuhl, who conducted a soda water factory in Alton up to the time of his death, died Friday evening after a long illness aged 82. Mrs. Kuhl leaves only one direct heir, Mrs. George Tribble, who is the wife of a surgeon in the United States service in the Phillipines. She leaves also a sister, Mrs. Jacob Buff, wife of the Swiss consul at St. Louis. Mrs. Kuhl was born in Switzerland November 25, 1828. She came to America and settled in St. Louis in 1868, bringing with her a son, Theodore Knecht, her husband having died in Switzerland. In St. Louis she married Max Kuhl, who died in Alton November 21, 1893. Her son died here 28 years ago, leaving the one daughter, who will become the sole heir of Mrs. Kuhl's estate, which is a rich one. Mrs. Tribble is a daughter of Mrs. W. F. Freeman of Alton. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon from the late home on Ridge street at 2 o'clock.


KUHN, CAROLINE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 29, 1908
Mrs. Caroline Kuhn, aged 72, died Tuesday evening from general debility following an attack of the grip at her home, Third and Henry streets. She had been ill a long time and her death was not unexpected. She had lived in Alton almost all her life, having come here when a young girl from Germany. In all the years she resided here she was known as a good wife and mother, and a kind and considerate neighbor. She was born in Germany but came to America when two years old and lived first at Milstadt. She is believed to have lived in Alton fully 65 years, as the exact time of her coming is not known. She leaves three sons, John P. Kuhn, deputy postmaster at Alton; Edward Kuhn and George Kuhn of St. Louis. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home of Edward Kuhn, where she died, and services will be conducted by Rev. E. L. Mueller of the German Evangelical church.


KUHN, CHARLES/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, March 18, 1907
Charles Kuhn, aged 33, died yesterday at his home in Godfrey after an illness with pneumonia. He was a native of Switzerland. He leaves his mother, two sisters and four brothers. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon from the family home on the Jerseyville road north of Godfrey.


KUHN, ELIZABETH/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, August 24, 1900
Mrs. Elizabeth Kuhn, widow of the late Sheriff Jacob Kuhn, died very suddenly Thursday evening at her home on Ridge street after an illness of only a few minutes. Death was due to heart disease from which she had never been known to suffer, and it caused a sad shock to her family and friends who knew nothing of her illness until she was dead. Mrs. Kuhn was apparently in the best of health until Thursday evening, shortly after five o'clock when she fell to the floor in the attic of her home. She was in the house with only her son, Harry, who had gone to the attic with his mother on an errand. As Mrs. Kuhn entered the attic room, she was suddenly stricken and fell to the floor in a dying condition. Neighbors were called to render assistance, and medical aid was summoned, but death occurred almost instantly. Her children were nearby but were unable to reach their mother before she was past recognizing them. Mrs. Kuhn was in her 52nd year and had lived in Alton nearly all her life. She came here from New York when a small child, and was a member of one of the best known families of the East End. Mrs. Kuhn was one of the best known women in Alton. She was held in high esteem by a large circle of friends. She has been a good mother, a faithful wife, and a kind neighbor. The sadness of the event is heightened by the fact that just seven months ago the husband and father was called away from the family. Her mother, Mrs. Anna Yackel, is still living, as are also her sisters, Mrs. Louis Putze, Miss Amelia Yackel, Mrs. Robert Brueggemann, and Mrs. George Hunt, and two brothers, Casper and Adam Yackel. She leaves six children: Misses Amelia and Florence, Messrs. John, William, George and Harry Kuhn. The time of the funeral is not fixed, as William Kuhn is at Greenland, Colorado and a message from him is being awaited. An inquest was held by Deputy Coroner Bauer, and a verdict rendered in accordance with the above facts.


KUHN, EMELIA A. (nee FUCHS)/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 16, 1880
Mrs. E. A. N. Kuhn, wife of Mr. John P. Kuhn, money order clerk at the post office, died Sunday of typhoid fever, after an illness of several weeks. She leaves an infant child. Mrs. Kuhn was a native of Alton. Her early death will be greatly regretted by many friends. Burial was in the Alton City Cemetery.


KUHN, JACOB/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 23, 1900
Madison County's Sheriff Dies
Sheriff Jacob Kuhn died at the sheriff's residence at Edwardsville this morning at 1:05 o'clock after a long illness. The end came peacefully as he was surrounded by members of his family who gathered to take the sad farewell at the passing of the father. The end has been expected for many weeks, but it comes to the friends of the stricken sheriff with a grief that is no less anguishing. The loss to the public is a heavy one, and comes at a time when he was beginning to reap the richest fruits of his life's labor. One year ago last December 1, he took the office of sheriff, to which he had been elected by the largest majority ever received by a partisan candidate in the county. He took the office with the good wishes of both parties and the hope that he would accomplish his expressed purpose to make enough in his four years' term in the lucrative office to keep him in comfort the remainder of his days. He did not long remain in health. Shortly after taking office, an insidious disease began to sap his strength and nothing that was done seemed beneficial. His friends viewed his condition with repressed alarm and urged him to new efforts to rid himself of the disease. He steadily grew worse, and his disease was at last pronounced abscess of the liver. He never gave up hope and manfully strove to live for his family's sake. To his willpower, no doubt, is due the fact that he lasted so long. He wasted until nothing but the shadow of himself was left and he was scarcely recognizable to even his friends. He still kept to his post of duty and even when compelled to take his bed, he continued to give orders for the conduct of his office. Jacob Kuhn was head of the Alton police department five terms (ten years), and in that position made a State reputation as a catcher of criminals. He was a reincarnation of Javert, to whose character his own has been likened. The pursuit of offenders was his conscientious duty, and he seldom failed to capture his man though it took months of work to do it. He was a terror to evil doers and no man had a better knowledge of the ways of criminals than he. As sheriff, he exhibited the same persistency in the line of duty. The newspapers have lost a valued friend. He always placed the utmost confidence in their honor to keep a secret until the case was developed and it may be said his confidence was never misplaced. As a token of their esteem, his newspaper friends presented to him a fine revolver when he took his new office. He was fearless but courteous, an ideal type of an officer, who hesitated to take a life until his own was in peril. Jacob Kuhn was born in the Canton of St. Gaul, Switzerland, January 17, 1837. His father was John Kuhn, who was a member of the Swiss Assembly from the Canton of St. Gaul. He came to this country in 1849, and stopped at Pittsburg, afterwards going to Tennessee. He came to Alton after being discharged from the army in 1865, where he resided up to the time of his removal to Edwardsville to enter upon the duties of sheriff, December 1, 1898. There will be no funeral service at Edwardsville. The body will lie in state at the sheriff's residence until Wednesday noon, when it will be conveyed to the 1:15 o'clock Terminal train for Alton. The pallbearers from the residence to the station will be his associates in the county offices: Judge William P. Early, Circuit Clerk Thomas W. Springer, County Clerk Henry Riniker, County Treasurer John Tetherington, and ex-county Treasurer George H. McCormick, and States Attorney L. N. Staats. The funeral services in Alton will take place at the residence of Mr. Robert J. Brueggeman, corner of Sixth and Spring Streets at 1 o'clock p.m. Thursday. The pallbearers will be ex-Mayor Brueggeman, ex-Chief of Police Starr, Henry Ernst, William Fries, A. L. Floss and Richard Galbally. [Burial was in City Cemetery]


KUHN, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, February 16, 1912
Assistant Postmaster of Alton Dies
The announcement telephoned throughout the city this morning that "John Kuhn is Dead" caused a distinct shock and very general expressions of regret were heard on all sides. He attended to his duties yesterday as usual, and joked with friends and acquaintances at late as 7 o'clock last evening. He told the writer yesterday evening that he felt better than on any day since he recovered from the grip about three weeks ago. He was seized with a choking sensation after supper, and Mrs. Kuhn procured relief remedies for him. He was suffering from an attack of asthma, and it was thought the attack would pass away. About 2 o'clock this morning Mrs. Kuhn discovered him smothering apparently, and called up some neighbors. Dr. Shaff was called and he worked with the patient until about 5 o'clock this morning when death relieved him. Deceased was a genial, good natured man who counted among his firm friends practically all who knew him. Everybody who had business at the post office new him too, for he had been at work in the Alton post office almost continuously for the past thirty-five years. He was assistant postmaster under all the Republican postmasters, but not under the administrations of Postmaster Perrin and Postmaster Buckmaster. His services, however, were needed much of that time by those officials. He was a careful, painstaking, faithful official, and the government has lost a capable employee, while the city has lost a good citizen. He was a kind husband and devoted father, and a real neighbor, and there is sincere regret at his taking off. He is survived by his wife and two daughters, Mrs. Will McDonald and Mrs. Will Jenkins, both of this city. He has numerous other relatives in the city and in the country surrounding. He was a son of the late Col. John H. Kuhn, and was a native of this city. He was about 57 years of age. He suffered a severe sickness from the grip this winter and was confined to his bed. He resumed work almost three weeks, but it is thought now the effects of the grip had never left him. He resided at 610 East Third street. He leaves a brother, Edward Kuhn of Alton, and a half-brother, George Kuhn of St. Louis. The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home and people are asked by the family to please omit flowers. The funeral will be held from the residence on Monday afternoon at 2 p.m., and friends are asked by the members of the family to omit flowers.


Colonel John Henry KuhnKUHN, JOHN HENRY (COLONEL)/Source: Alton Telegraph, October 27, 1865
Captain of Alton Jaegers; Major of 9th IL Infantry;
Lt. Colonel of 144th IL Volunteers; Proprietor of Brewery
Our citizens were astounded on Saturday afternoon by the news of the death of Colonel John H. Kuhn, Alderman from the Third Ward. The facts appear to be that he was engaged during the day in cleaning up the vessels and vats in his brewery, and intending to clean a certain vat, without taking the usual precaution of ventilating it, he put his head through the hole left for such purposes. A man who started to get some water to use in cleansing the vat returned in a minute or two, and noticing him partly in the vat, asked him some question to which he received no reply. He then pulled him out, and he was entirely dead. It is supposed that the gas killed him instantly upon his putting his head through the hole. Some citizens were talking with him only a few minutes previous, in regard to the sudden death, by drowning, of Captain Carroll.

Colonel Kuhn left this city as Captain of the Alton Jaegers in 1861, and was promoted to Major of the 9th Illinois Infantry, and served with that regiment through all the various campaigns of 1861, 1862, 1863, and up to August 1864, when he returned to Alton at the expiration of his term of service, with a small remnant of the company he took away with him. He was always at his post of duty, and was placed in an important position at Memphis as commander of the inner fort, and during the absence of Colonel Phillips, commanded this regiment both at Decatur, Alabama and Decatur, Georgia. He was universally beloved and respected by his men as a brave and gallant officer and gentleman.

When he arrived in Alton, at the expiration of his time, the 144th Regiment Illinois Volunteers was then forming for guard duty at this post. He was at once fixed upon as the Lieutenant Colonel, and was soon afterwards promoted to the Colonelcy of that regiment. After the muster out of the 144th, he purchased an interest in the brewery in which he lost his life, and became a citizen of Alton again. At the late election of city officers, he was chosen by the citizens of the Third Ward to represent them in the Common Council. He had but commenced a career of usefulness in his new position when he was thus suddenly called away. His death is deeply regretted by a large circle of friends and acquaintances.

The funeral took place this afternoon at three o’clock from his residence, the remains being escorted to the tomb by the city bands, Mayor and Council, public officers, and a large concourse of citizens.

Colonel John Henry Kuhn was born in Switzerland on May 26, 1833, to Johannes J. and Anna Lenggenhager Kuhn. He immigrated to America, and served during the Civil War. When he returned to Alton, he took charge of the 144th Illinois Volunteers, which were stationed at the Alton prison as guards. Colonel Kuhn, along with partner George Yackel, bought the old Union Brewery off of Pearl Street, which later became the Bluff City Brewery. It was in the brewery that he met his tragic death. Kuhn was buried in the Alton City Cemetery.

Colonel Kuhn married Caroline Jaeckel (also spelled Yackel), who died in April 1908. They had three sons – John P. Kuhn (Deputy Postmaster in Alton), and Edward and George Kuhn of St. Louis.

Colonel Kuhn’s brother, Jacob Kuhn, arrived in America in 1849 (his brother probably arrived the same year). He lived first in Pittsburg, and then in Tennessee. He also served during the Civil War, and settled in Alton in 1865. He married Eliza Yackel, daughter of Casper Yackel. Jacob then moved to Edwardsville, where he served as the Madison County Sheriff until December 1898. Jacob died in January 1900, and is buried in the Alton City Cemetery.


KUHN, LILLIE MARY/Source: Alton Telegraph, August 1, 1878
Lillie Mary, infant daughter of Jacob and Eliza Kuhn, died Friday morning about 11 o’clock, at the age of 11 months and five days. After a painful illness, little Lillie passed away from earth, and was taken as one of the Saviour’s jewels, a gem for His crown. The stricken parents have the sympathy of all their friends. The funeral took place at the family residence on Fifth Street, between Cherry and Vine.


KUHNER, ELLA/Source: Troy Call, January 1, 1900
Mrs. Ella Kuhner, wife of Otto Kuhner, expired Saturday after an illness of pneumonia. Her age was 20 years. She was born near St. Morgan and on March 25, ____, was married to Otto Kuhner, a barber of Highland. One son was born to them and survives. She is also survived by her mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Neumann, and two sisters and one brother who are: Mrs. Ed Gausmann of St. Jacob, Mrs. Ed Becker of St. Morgan, and Homer Neumann of Highland.


KUIFFEN, ALIDA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, November 2, 1905
Death from malaria fever was the verdict this morning of the corner's jury empanelled to inquire into the death of Alida Kuiffen, the girl who died Monday night on board the steamer Dubuque, while enroute to Alton. The body was interred in Milton cemetery.


Judge John Marshall KrumKRUM, JOHN M. (JUDGE)/Source: Alton Telegraph, September 20, 1883
The Death of Alton’s First Mayor
Judge John M. Krum died Saturday, at his home in St. Louis, at the age of 73 years. He was born in New York in 1810, and was of German descent. He was educated for the bar, and in 1833, removed to St. Louis. A year later, he removed to Alton, where he at once entered upon the active practice of his profession. In 1837, the town of Alton was incorporated as a city, and Mr. Krum was elected the first Mayor. During his term, in November of that year, occurred the pro-slavery riots which resulted in the death of Rev. Elijah P. Lovejoy. His official course during those troublous times was severely censured, and he doubtless was sadly deficient in the energy and determination which should have characterized him in dealing with the mob. Krum was temporizing and irresolute, instead of being bold and uncompromising in defense of law and order, hoping to preserve the public peace by conciliation and compromise. His disastrous failure is a matter of history.

In 1838, he was elected State Senator from this county, but declined to take his seat. Soon after he removed to St. Louis, where in 1843, he was appointed Circuit Judge, a position he held for several years. In 1848, he was elected the 11th Mayor of St. Louis. He subsequently filled many important positions, accumulated wealth, and for over forty years has been a leading citizen of St. Louis. At the outbreak of the war, he publicly withdrew from the Democratic Party, and came out boldly for the Union, serving afterwards as Colonel of a Missouri militia regiment. His last illness was brief, and was caused by pneumonia. His wife, Mary Ophelia Krum survives him, and two children – Judge Chester H. Krum and Mrs. E. A. N. Wolff.

John M. Krum was born on March 10, 1810, in Hillsdale, Columbia County, New York. In 1839, he married Miss Mary Ophelia Harding (1818-1892), and they reared a family of five children, four of whom were: Judge Chester Harding Krum (1840-1923); John Marshall Krum Jr. (1849-1859); and Margaret Harding Krum Dewolf (1851-1932), wife of Edwin A. N. Dewolf. John Krum is buried in the Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri.


KRUSE, DOROTHEE E./Source: Alton Telegraph, December 9, 1886
From Bethalto – After a long and tedious illness, Grandma Kruse, widow of Johann F. Kruse, passed from this life Thursday night. She was a native of Germany, and we are informed that her age was about sixty-seven years. The funeral took place Saturday afternoon. She leaves one daughter, Mrs. Charles Glassmeyer, and four sons, three of whom have stayed with her till death. Mrs. Kruse was a consistent member of the Lutheran Church. Her remains were interred in the Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery east of the village.


KUMMER, JOHN/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, July 17, 1903
John Kummer, aged 37, a butcher, died in the city jail Friday morning from congestion of the brain. He was found on the streets Thursday night by police officers and a physician was summoned to attend. When it was found that Kummer was not suffering from drink, as was first believed, but was a victim of a fatal disease, he was in no condition to be moved and he was made comfortable as possible in the jail. Friday morning he died without regaining consciousness. He leaves his wife and three children at the family home, Cherry street, between Fourth and Fifth streets. The funeral will be held Sunday morning at 9 o'clock from the family home, and services will be conducted by Rev. Theodore Oberhellman.


KURTH, CARRIE/Source: Troy Star, April 19, 1894
Carrie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis F. Kurth, of St. Louis, died Sunday morning at five o'clock, of pneumonia. She was about four years and six months old. Mrs. Kurth, nee Rieder, is a daughter of Mrs. Annie Werschmidt of this city [Troy]. The funeral took place Monday afternoon from the Catholic church to the Troy cemetery, and was largely attended.


KUMMER, LOUISE/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, April 14, 1906
Mrs. Louise Kummer, aged 38, died Saturday morning at 4 o'clock at St. Joseph's Hospital from the effects of an illness of several months. She underwent a surgical operation last Monday and she did not recover. She was the daughter of the late J. J. Hartmann and a sister of L. J. Hartmann. She leaves three children, Martha, Julius and Emily Kummer. The funeral will be held Monday morning from the home of L. J. Hartmann and will be under the auspices of the Ladies of the Maccabbees. Services will be conducted by Rev. Theodore Oberhellmann.


KUTHLEIN, JOHANN PHILLIP/Source: Alton Telegraph, March 18, 1875
Committed Suicide by Hanging
From Edwardsville - About six o’clock last Saturday evening, a man in the employ of A. Gerber, merchant tailor of Edwardsville, committed suicide by hanging himself on the corner of a partition door with a cotton handkerchief. He came to Edwardsville sometime in November last, since which time he had been working in Mr. Gerber’s tailoring establishment, in the rooms over his dry goods store. The deceased was at his boarding house a few minutes before his lifeless body was discovered hanging on the door. No cause for the rash act was known to exist.

Joseph Chapman, Justice of the Peace, was informed of the occurrence and summoned a coroner’s jury and held an inquest. The deceased was an unmarried man, and from his passport it was learned that his name was Johann Phillip Kuthlein, born in Moenchsteinach, Bavaria, Europe, February 11, 1843, and left Europe for America February 22, 1869. So far as ascertained, he had no property or relatives in this country.


KYLE(S), DAVID/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, October 2, 1911
David Kyle, aged 67, died at his home on Easton street near Tenth street, Sunday evening. He was stricken with a fatal attack of paralysis last week. He had lived in Alton most of his life. He leaves no relatives but a sister, Sarah Kyle. The funeral will be from the Union Baptist church, Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock.


KYLES, BERTHA/Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, January 27, 1908
Mrs. Bertha Kyles, wife of David A. Kyles, died Sunday afternoon at the family home, 924 Easton street after a long illness from paralysis and dropsy. Blood poisoning was the immediate cause of her death, and was caused by bursting of dropsical swellings. She was 53(?) years of age. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Union Baptist church, and services will be conducted by Rev. Mason. Mrs. Kyles had lived in Alton many years and was one of the best known colored women in the city.


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