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Obituary of Sarah Ann KAHL (DEAHL), Macoupin County Illinois ©2000 Submitted by: Robert Shultz

Name of Deceased: KAHL, Sarah Ann (DEAHL)
Name of Newspaper: Macoupin County Enquirer
Date of Obituary: March 25, 1914
Obituary: Mrs. Sarah KAHL died at her home in Shipman, Ill. Monday, March 16, 1914. She was 66 years old. Mrs. Kahl has been a patient sufferer for almost a year. She returned home several months ago from Mississippi where she had gone to spend the winter with her daughter. But after returning home she gradually grew worse. She leaves to mourn her loss a husband and ten children, namely Edward, George, Walter, and Earl KAHL; Mrs. Margaret SCOTT, of St. Louis; Mrs. Hulda OWENS, of Mississippi; Mesdames Mayne MITCHELL, Clara BRUEGGEMAN, and Edna TRAVERS, all of Shipman, and Mrs. Nettie CANDLER, of Edwardsville. Besides these she leaves two brothers, Adam DEAHL of Shipman and Henry DEAHL, Sr., of St. Louis; also several sisters in Nebraska, and many friends and relatives. It being Mrs. KAHL's request, Rev. C. F. SHULTZ, of Liberty, conducted the funeral services at the Lutheran church. She was a devoted wife, a kind and loving mother, and a good neighbor. She was a member of the Lutheran church.


Obituary of Mike KALIBAB, Macoupin County Illinois ©2008 Submitted by: Rick Doty

Name of Deceased: KALIBAB, Mike
Name of Newspaper: Mt.Olive Herald
Date of Obituary:
7 Jun 1913 
Obituary: Found Near Track. Mike KALIBAB, Sr., a slavonian residing in the north part of town, was found lying beside the Wabash track near the No. 8 crossing Wednesday night some time after midnight by the night policeman Wm. WALKER. He was in a very serious condition, several of his ribs and his arm being broken and his head cut up. He only spoke a few words and then became unconscious. He was taken to Dr. FLORETH's office, where he died shortly after without regaining consciousness. The coroners jury was unable to find out whether he was struck by a train or not, or how he came to his death. The remains were taken to BECKER's undertaking establishment and prepared for burial. The funeral services were conducted yesterday afternoon at the Immanuel Church, and the remains laid to rest in the Miners Cemetery. He was 51 years old and is survived by his wife and several grown children.

Obituary of Merle Clare KARNAHAN, Macoupin County Illinois © Submitted  2003 Lloyd Konneker

Name of Deceased: KARNAHAN, Mabel Clare
Name of Newspaper: El Dorado Republican (Kansas)
Date of Obituary: October 29, 1909
Obituary: Mrs. Merle KARNAHAN, aged thirty-five years, died in the family home on Merchant Street Saturday, October 23, 1909, at 7:45, having been sick since Wednesday morning with inflammation of the bowels. Mabel Clare CULP was born July 31, 1874, in Macoupin County, Illinois. When sixteen years of age she united with the Baptist church; was married Februrary (sic) 21, 1900, to R. M. KARNAHAN (Robert Merle), moving at once to El Dorado (Kansas). The husband and two daughters, Hazel Clare and Martha Elizabeth, survive. This untimely ending of a life pure and sweet in every relation and especially in the family, shocks and grieves relatives and friends of Mrs. KARNAHAN. The bereaved mother, husband and children, have the sincere sympathy of all. Funeral services were held from the home Monday afternoon at half after two conducted by Reverend Ben C. MCQUESTEN, of the Presbyterian church. He spoke on the text "The Lord will bless His people with peace;" (sermon and additional paragraph omitted). The body was taken to Carlinville, Illinois, for interment, accompanied by Mr. KARNAHAN, his sister E. W. KIRKPATRICK (Earnest Wm., Lulu Teressa) and Mrs. R. E. CULP (Rachel Elizabeth), mother of Mrs. KARNAHAN.

Obituary of Steve KASKQUES, Macoupin County Illinois ©2002 Submitted by: Chris Grove Surgis

Name of Deceased: KASKQUES, Steve
Name of Newspaper: Litchfield Daily News
Date of Obituary: August 1, 1902
Obituary: Virden Miner Found Dead Steve KASKQUES, a Slavish miner employed at the Chicago-Virden mine at Virden, was found dead about 6 o'clock Thursday evening about a mile south of town on the J and St. L tracks. It is a mystery, but is believed that his death was caused by sunstroke. He was about 25 years of age. The coroner was notified and an inquest will be held Friday.

Obituary of Albert KASTEN, Macoupin County Illinois ©1999 Submitted by: Patricia Lorenz

Name of Deceased: KASTEN, Albert
Name of Newspaper: Carlinville Democrat
Date of Obituary:
Wed., July 9, 1930
Obituary: [Not verbatim] Albert KASTEN, aged __, farmer, retired some years ago and moved to the city. He operated a threshing outfit and had also been engaged in road building and repairing. Survivors: Widow, May STAATS KASTEN, two daughters, Miss Buenita, teaching in Litchfield high school, and Miss Alvarita, teaching in Carlinville high school. One daughter Gabriella died in 19ll. Four surviving brothers: William, Gustav and Emil KASTEN of city and vicinity; Chas. of Lincoln, Neb.; four sisters: Mrs. Tillie WERNER and Mrs. Olga BURGDORFF of Carlinville; Mrs. Bertha TURK and Miss Ida KASTEN of St. Louis. He had been a member of the Modern Woodmen for some years. Funeral: Wednesday, July 9, at 2 p.m. at home and 2:30 from St. Paul's Evangelical Church, Rev. Wm OTT officiating; burial in City cemetery

Obituary of Christian/Christopher KASTEN Macoupin County Illinois ©1999 Submitted by: Patricia Lorenz

Name of Deceased: KASTEN, Christian/Christopher
Name of Newspaper: Carlinville Democrat
Date of Obituary: Wed, August 31, 1927
Obituary: Death of Chris. KASTEN. Monday afternoon at 1 o'clock occurred the death of C. H. KASTEN at his home on South Broad street. He suffered a stroke of paralysis at his tin shop near the Diamond Kerosene company's plant, about 11:30 o'clock Monday morning. A physician was hurriedly called and the stricken man was taken to his home. His condition grew worse until he passed away. Mr. KASTEN is survived by his widow and the following children: Mrs. Lorine PAYNER, St. Louis; Miss Nell B. KASTEN, Los Angeles, Cal.; Eugene KASTEN, of Woodriver; Miss Mildred KASTEN of Washington, D.C., and Miss Florence KASTEN, of Carlinville. At the time of his death Mr. KASTEN was conducting a repair shop, but for 35 years had been in the employ of Woodward & Walton as a tinner. He was a hard working man, and respected by his many friends. Mr. KASTEN was aged 67 years. Funeral services will be held from the residence on South Broad street Friday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock. Interment will be in the city cemetery.

Obituary of Christina KASTEN (MIEHE) variation MIEHER Macoupin County Illinois ©1999 Submitted by: Patricia Lorenz

Name of Deceased: KASTEN, Christina (MIEHE)
Name of Newspaper: Carlinville Democrat
Date of Obituary: Wed., November 25, 1914
Obituary: Mrs. Christina KASTEN, widow of the late Chris KASTEN, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred BURGDORFF, northwest of Carlinville, Monday night, Nov 23d, at 12 o'clock. Deceased was in her 80th year. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon from St. Paul's Evangelical church in this city. Interment will be in the city cemetery. We will publish a more extended sketch in our next issue.

Obituary of Emma KASTEN (OELTJEN) Macoupin County Illinois ©1999 Submitted by: Patricia Lorenz

Name of Deceased: KASTEN, Emma (OELTJEN)
Name of Newspaper: Carlinville Democrat
Date of Obituary: Wed., July 7, 1926
Obituary: Death of Mrs. KASTEN. Mrs. Emma KASTEN, aged 68 years, 9 months and 18 days, died at her home in the First ward in Carlinville, at 2:30 o'clock Monday morning, July 5th. She had been ill for a long time. She was the wife of Gustav KASTEN, who survives him.[sic] Also surviving are two sons, Walter and Albert KASTEN, and one grandson, of Petersburg. She is survived by her brother, Fred G. OELTJEN; a sister, Mrs. Albert LOEHR, both of Carlinville. She had for many years been a faithful and esteemed member of St. Paul's Evangelical church. Her many friends are grieved at her passing. Funeral services will be held this (Wednesday) afternoon at 2:30 o/clock, from the St. Paul's Evangelical church, Rev. W. OTT, the pastor, officiating. Interment will be in the city cemetery.

Obituary of Gabriella Henrietta Augusta KASTEN Macoupin County Illinois ©1999 Submitted by: Patricia Lorenz

Name of Deceased: KASTEN, Gabriella Henrietta Augusta
Name of Newspaper: Carlinville Democrat
Date of Obituary: December 20, 1911
Obituary: Died in St. Louis. Miss Gabriella KASTEN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert KASTEN, of Seminary Avenue, this city, died in a hospital, St. Louis, Tuesday, aged about 18 years. Deceased was taken to St. Louis Thursday and underwent a surgical operation on Monday. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced. 

Obituary of C. J. KEISER, Macoupin County Illinois ©2002 Submitted by: Chris Grove-Surgis

Name of Deceased: KEISER, C. J.
Name of Newspaper: Daily Enquirer
Date of Obituary: November 4, 1913
Obituary:  One of the most prominent citizens of Macoupin county, C. J. KEISER, died at his home in Mt. Olive, Monday afternoon at his home in Mt. Olive, Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock, of a nervous trouble. The deceased had been for years one of the leading business men of Mt. Olive. He was president of the Mt. Olive bank and a member of the firm of KEISER, MIEMEYER & Co., who run the flour mills at that place. Besides his wife, Mary C. KEISER, he leaves to mourn his loss, five children, namely, E. A. W. KEISER, cashier of the Mt. Olive bank; A. A. KEISER an assistant cashier, Amanda PHLEN of Granite City; Pauline GIESSING, Farmington, Mo, and Berth ADAMS, of Waterloo, Iowa. Funeral services will be held Thursday, at 1 o'clock p.m.

Obituary of Mary KELLER (MOORE), Macoupin County Illinois ©2001 Submitted by: Sue Raffurty McMurry

Name of Deceased: KELLER, Mary (MOORE)
Name of Newspaper: Macoupin County Enquirer
Date of Obituary: March 15, 1911
Obituary: Mrs. Mary KELLER's Death - Paralytic Stroke Ends Active and Useful Life. Mrs. Mary KELLER, relict of the late Geo. C. KELLER, died at her home, No. 818 East Main Street about 8 o'clock Friday morning. She was aged 86 years, 4 months and 20 days. Mrs. KELLER's health was very good indeed for one of her age until last Sunday night at 10 o'clock, when she was stricken with paralysis, which caused her death as stated. Ten days ago she walked from her home to Bell & Burton's office and back, without undue effort or fatigue. Mary MOORE was born in Simpson county, Kentucky, October 20, 1824. When she was eight years old her father and his family came, with a number of their relatives to Illinois and the family settled on what is know as the HAUER (?) farm, east of town. They made the journey from the Blue Grass State in wagons, of course, as there was no other means of travel at that early day. Here Mary MOORE grew to young womanhood, and in December 1844, she was married to George C. KELLER, a native of Indiana. After their wedding the young folks settled on a farm near Blackburn bridge, south of Chesterfield. Afterwards they moved to what is now the O'NEIL farm northeast of town and from there to a farm in Honey Point township. After years of successful farming, they retired from active work and moved to Carlinville thirty-nine years ago. Mr. KELLER died eighteen years ago at Eureka Springs, Ark. Four children survive their mother, namely: Mrs. Caroline GROVES, Mrs. Sarah A. JONES, Mrs. Henrietta ADAMS of Elm Creek, Neb., and Chas. H. KELLER who resides on the old home farm in Honey Point. Mrs. KELLER was a most estimable woman, faithful to her family and friends, kind to her neighbors, active, strong and willing until age weighed her down, and even then her vitality was remarkable and her powerful will and forceful mentality sustained her until the dread disease which caused her death, subdued the brain and conquered the vitality. The funeral of the late Mrs. Mary KELLER occurred Sunday afternoon. Rev. RHODES delivered a short funeral sermon at the home on East Main street, using as his text 1 Cor. 15:22, "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive". Following the services, the body was conveyed to Moore cemetery northeast of town, and there reverently laid to rest. The pallbearers were: William SURMAN, H. A. STEINMEYER, C. H. DIESEL, Charles MICHER, John WESTERMEIER and William ROBINSON, Jr. A large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends attended the obsequies and there were many beautiful floral tributes.

Obituary of Ida R. KELLEY (PROUTY), Macoupin County Illinois ©2003 Submitted by: Ron Grassi

Name of Deceased: KELLEY, Ida R.
Name of Newspaper: The Kingfisher Times,  Kingfisher, OK Free Press
Date of Obituary: October 1, 1903 & October 8, 1903
Obituary: The Kingfisher Times October 1, 1903 MRS. T. B. KELLEY News was received in this city that Mrs. T. B. KELLEY of Waurika died at 8:10 o'clock this morning. Mrs. KELLEY was formerly Miss Ida R. The Kingfisher Times, daughter of Col. and Mrs. C. T. PROUTY of this city. Definite arrangements for the funeral services have not been made, up to the time of going to press, but the interment will be in Kingfisher cemetery, and the services at the Congregational church of this city.

The Kingfisher Free Press October 1, 1903 MRS. KELLEY DEAD The sad intelligence was received here today of the death of Ida PROUTY KELLEY at 8:10 this morning, at her home in Wurika. This is sad news indeed, that comes to us, that one so young and free from care should be taken away. Col. PROUTY and wife, and the bereaved husband have the heartfelt sympathy of our entire people in this, their deep affliction. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Congressional church.

The Kingfisher Free Press October 8, 1903 THE DEATH ANGEL Too late for more than a brief mention in last week's Free Press the sad news of the death of Mrs. Ida KELLEY PROUTY was received here. Mrs. Ida PROUTY KELLEY was born in Carlinville, Ill, March 14, 1873, where the blithesome days of her girlhood were spent, and died Friday, Oct. 1, 1903, at her home in Waurika. In the early days of old Oklahoma she removed with her parents to this city, and was one of the most popular members of Kingfisher society, prominent in church, social and educational circles. For several years past she had been a teacher in our public schools and only last November was united in marriage to Mr. T. B. KELLY of Waurika, formerly in the drug business here. Shortly after their marriage the happy couple took up their abode on a homestead adjoining the town of Waurika, where she resided until the Heavenly Father called her to that land eternal where the weary body is at rest and the soul enters into that joy everlasting. She leaves a husband, father and mother, sister and brother to mourn her loss, and to live on in the blessed hope of a meeting in the better world. The funeral services were held in this city last Friday afternoon at the Congregational church, of which the deceased was a consistent member. The casket was placed in front of the pulpit platform covered by a floral cross, wreath and shower of Marechal Neil roses. Upon and about the desk was a wreath of flowers, gifts of various friends. The choir composed of Rev. and Mrs. D. S. BAYLEY and Mr. and Mrs. E. F. WENTZ, sang "Sometime, Somewhere," "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere." Rev. BAILEY read the passage of scripture, "Let not your hearts be troubled, in my Father's house are many mansions," and concluded by a short address. This was followed by the choir singing, "Sleep blessed sleep, from which none ever wake to weep." The casket with its precious burden was followed to its windowless home by a solemn cortege of sorrowing friends.

Obituary of Sarah E. KEPLINGER (HARRIS), Macoupin County Illinois ©2002 Submitted by: Chris Grove Surgis

Name of Deceased: KEPLINGER, Sarah E (HARRIS)
Name of Newspaper: Macoupin County Enquirer
Date of Obituary: September 7, 1887
Obituary: Sarah E (HARRIS) KEPLINGER Macoupin County Enquirer 9- 7-1887 Sarah E., wife of Peter KEPLINGER, daughter of Mary Regan and Benjamin HARRIS, was born in Elizabethtown, Carter county, Tenn., May 10, 1820. She removed with her parents to Morgan county, Illinois, in 1831 and was married to Peter KEPLINGER February 28, 1839. She was converted and with her husband joined the Methodist Episcopal church at a camp meeting near Franklin, Morgan county, under the preaching of Peter CARTWRIGHT in 1841. They came to Honey Creek, Macoupin county, in 1843. Where their house was the regular preaching place for years and where they lived until their removal to Carlinville five years ago. She was very devoted to her church and its services being always present when her health would permit and actively interested in missionary work, was a life member of the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society. She was also an earnest friend of education, temperance and every other good work in the home field. Failing health for very nearly two years had confined her to her room, where she greatly enjoyed the visits and religious readings of her minister and other friends, always in cheerful hope of "the rest which remains" her only sorrow being the thought of leaving her husband alone. Of her five children, two, James and Thomas, of Honey Point and Sarah Ellen, wife of Rev. WYLDER, survive, and also twelve grandchildren. Of her father's family only one brother, B. F. HARRIS, of Oskaloosa, Kansas, remains. Her death from lingering consumption occurred on Tuesday, August 30, her age being 67 years, three months and ten days. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. WILKIN, assisted by Rev. FREEMAN at the residence on Thursday September 1. Thus quietly slip away the living witnesses of the transformation of a wilderness, (tracked by wolves and deer) into a land of plenty, checkered by railroads and dotted with towns and cities. The departure of this good woman diminishes by one the list of pioneers of Macoupin, whose lives span over from the log cabin of the past to the stone columns of the present. Patriotic blood flowed in her veins. Inherited from a revolutionary aire on the one side and a soldier of 1812 on the other. So when her country called, she dutifully sent her two sons to preserve what their ancestors had won, at the same time doing what she could to furnish sanitary supplies for the field, and loyal sentiment is support of the government at home. She was modest and unassuming, yet decided in life, and her works do praise her.

Obituary of Mary KEMENA (DINKERMANN), Macoupin County Illinois ©2006 Submitted by Ben Kemena


Name of Deceased: KEMENA, Mary (Mrs. Charles Kemena)
Name of Newspaper: Mount Olive Herald
Date of Obituary:
March 21, 1903
Obituary: Mrs. Charles KEMENA Last Friday afternoon death entered the home of Chas. KEMENA, and without warning robbed the family of her who was dearest to all. In seeming perfect health, Mrs. KEMENA performed her household duties last Friday, and shortly after dinner talked with one of the neighbors, after which she went into the house and this was the last time she was seen alive, heart failure causing her death while she was standing in the pantry. When her husband and son came home from work they found her in a kneeling position against the wall, and immediately hastened for medical aid, who could do nothing, as life had already fled. A bottle containing a home remedy was lying by her side, which showed that she much have began to feel bad, and was intending to take a dose of it. She was 49 years, 4 month and 13 days of age, being born in Germany Oct. 24, 1853. She was married to Chas. KEMENA who survives her, in 1876, and they have resided in this city since 1884. She leaves her husband, three sons, Henry, Fred, and Emil, the later attending college in St. Paul, Minn, to whom the death of this mother was a severe blow. He arrived here Sunday morning to attend the funeral services, which were conducted on Monday afternoon by Re. Nottbohm at the Zion's church. (personal note: Mrs. Charles KEMENA also known as Marie KEMENA nee DINKERMANN.)

Obituary of Charles KEMENA, Macoupin County Illinois ©2006 Submitted by Ben Kemena


Name of Deceased: KEMENA, Charles
Name of Newspaper: Mount Olive Herald
Date of Obituary:
February 3, 1933
Obituary: Charles KEMENA Charles KEMENA, aged 82 years, 8 months and 9 days, for over fifty years a resident of Mt. Olive, died at his home Saturday morning at 9:30 o- clock. He had been in failing health for several years and death was due to infirmities attendant to old age. Mr. KEMENA was born in Germany on November 19, 1850, and came to this country when quite young. He came to Mt. Olive about 50 years ago and was employed at the mines until age forced his retirement. His wife, Mrs. Mary KEMENA, died many years ago. Three sons survive the father: Henry KEMENA of this city, Rev. Emil KEMENA of Michigan City, Ind., and Fred KEMENA of Springfield. Funeral services were held Monday afternon at 2:30 at the Becker Funeral Parlors, Rev. H. Hofhenke officiating. Pall bearers were Wm. HASHEIDER, Herman GUENTHER, Wm. Bruneger, Paul Hanel, Ed. PRANGE and Andrew Wicklein. Interment was in the Mt. Olive Cemetery. (personal note: Charles KEMENA was actually born May 19, 1850 -- not November as printed. His was wife was Mary KEMENA nee DINKERMANN.).

Obituary of Wesley & Edward KEPLINGER Macoupin County Illinois © 2000 Submitted by: Sue McMurry

Name of Deceased: KEPLINGER, Wesley & Edward
Name of Newspaper: Macoupin County Enquirer, Carlinville, Illinois
Date of Obituary:  February 16, 1910
Obituary:  

P. 5 - Modesto - A large crowd attended the funeral of Mr. Ed. KEPLINGER and his son, Wesley at Vancil Temple, Monday. They both died Saturday with pneumonia. 

P. 6 - Palmyra - Edward KEPLINGER and his son, Wesley, sixteen years old, died at their home on the J. L. LISTON farm three miles northwest of Palmyra, Saturday, February 12, 1910. Mr. KEPLINGER died in the afternoon at 1 o'clock and his son in the morning at 6 o'clock. Mr. KEPLINGER was 40 years old. Funeral was held Monday p.m. at Vancil Temple. Interment in Pulliam cemetery

P. 6 - Hettick - Miss Margaret REINEKE attended the funeral of her uncle and cousin, at Modesto Monday. 

P. 6 - Reader - Word has just been received here of the death of Ed. KEPLINGER and son, Wesley, from pneumonia. Mr. KEPLINGER was a brother-in-law of Mrs. Henry JONES, of this place. He resided near Palmyra.

P. 9 - Two Die Same Day - Father and Son Pass away Near Modesto. (Died February 12, 1910) Wesley KEPLINGER, only son of Mr. and Mrs. E. P. KEPLINGER, died at 6 o'clock, Saturday morning of pneumonia after six days illness. Deceased was fourteen years old and resided with his parents on their farm three miles west of Modesto. Edward KEPLINGER died at 1:45 Saturday afternoon at the family residence, west of Modesto, of pneumonia, after three day's illness. Deceased was 42 years of age and is survived by his mother, wife and one daughter.


Obituary of Josiah Dodge KESSINGER, Macoupin County Illinois ©2001 June SWICK KESSINGER

Name of Deceased: KESSINGER Josiah Dodge 
Name of Newspaper: Montgomery News 
Date of Obituary:
April 24, 1900 
Obituary: Two Old Settlers Two old settlers of this county died last week. They were William WILLIAMSON of Butler and Josiah KESSINGER who resides about five miles south west of Hillsboro. Josiah KESSINGER was the veteran watermelon raiser of this county. For years and years he has devoted most of his time to raising this luscious fruit of the vine and in his trips over the county with his produce he made a large number of friends who regret to learn of his demise. MR. KESSINGER had been very sick for several days and so his death which came Saturday, was not unexpected. He was born in Hart County, Kentucky, April 12, 1812 and moved to Macoupin County where he has since resided. The funeral was held at Clear Springs, Sunday at 3:O'clock.

Obituary of Leonard KETCHUM, Macoupin County Illinois ©2001 Submitted by:  Sue Raffurty McMurry

Name of Deceased: KETCHUM, Leonard
Name of Newspaper: Macoupin County Enquirer
Date of Obituary: October 16, 1912
Obituary: Leonard KETCHUM 70 years old, a veteran of the Civil war died at his home near Medora after a lingering illness with uraemic poisoning. The funeral was conducted Sunday morning at 11 o'clock in the Kemper Baptist church, Rev. O. W. Shields of Virden officiating. The burial was made in Delaware cemetery near Kemper. The decedent is survived by his widow and the following children: Mrs. A. A. L. CARTER of Medora, Mrs. Edward BARNES and Mrs. James WASTLER of Kemper, Mrs. John SHIELDS of Jerseyville, Mrs. Carey HAYNES of Chesterfield and L. C. KETCHUM of Medora. He was a member of Company F, Twelfth Illinois cavalry and served throughout the Civil war.

Obituary of Hulda A. KIGHT (SHULTZ) Macoupin County Illinois ©2000 Submitted by: Robert Shultz

Name of Deceased: KIGHT,  Hulda A. (SHULTZ)
Name of Newspaper: Macoupin County Enquirer
Date of Obituary: February 15, 1899
Obituary: Hulda SHULTZ was born in Somerset County, Penn., November 15, 1827, married in Alleghaney county, Md., Nov 22, 1845 to Geo. BROWN. Five children were the fruits of this marriage, two surviving their mother. Her second marriage was to Mr. John M. KIGHT, Nov 15 1858. Two children came from this union, her son, George, a lone surviving. She has been a member of the M. E. Church about 50 years. The family came to Illinois from Maryland in 1866 and located in Shipman. At the time of her death Mrs. KIGHT was a widow, her husband having been deceased some years. Mrs. KIGHT's last illness was of some duration, but she awaited the end with Christian fortitude and patient resignation, never complaining, never murmuring, but ever soothed and sustained with an unfaltering trust in God and his blessed promises. The burial occurred from the Methodist Episcopal church Sabbath afternoon at 2 o'clock. The former pastor of the deceased, Rev. RAVENSCROFT, of Edwardsville assisted by Rev VANLEESE, presiding elder, and Revs. HAMPTON and RIZER. Mrs. KIGHT was a woman of strong convictions, zealous and charitable, devoted to her friends. She was a thorough Christian woman. Her heart was the abode of heavenly purity. Although affliction came to her through the doorway of death and she had known sorrow, her sorrow was silent. She had no feelings but of kindness and beneficence, and as far as she could will it, every day of her life was filled with the sunlight of graciousness and love. She took delight in the ministration of blessings to all human beings within her sphere of action. Her life was not only beautiful and sublime, but shed a light about the pathway of others which illuminated the way to good and noble deeds and kindliest acts. She did not believe in the sinister sophistry that death is an eternal sleep; that human life is a mockery and human reason a dream; but she believed in the Bible, in God, and in the immortality of the soul, as they found an echo in the teaching of the principles of the church to which was so devoted. At this time and hour is not the reflection pertinent that we ourselves must soon be actors in the same closing scenes--that it is a desiny that no sublety can elude, a penalty that no foresight can avoid, an event clothed with an importance compared to which all other concerns shrink into nothingness? Happy are we at such a time were our faith and trust placed in the Supreme Being who dominated the life of the late lamented dead. As the winter of earthly being chilled the blood of her pure Christian heart, the summons came for her to lay aside the cares, duties and responsibilities of life and enter into a glorious felicity of the redeemed, purified and perfected--to put a crown gemmed with the jewels of heaven.


Obituary of Hattie KILGORE (BOHLEN) Macoupin County Illinois ©2000 Submitted by: Kenneth R Doty Jr

Name of Deceased: KILGORE,  Hattie (BOHLEN)
Name of Newspaper: Mt Olive Herald
Date of Obituary: March 10,1944
Obituary: Mrs. Hattie KILGORE, wife of J.P.KILGORE, was called by death Monday morning at 4:50 o'clock at the Litchfield hospital, where she underwent an operation last week and appeared to be slowly recovering until becoming weaker Saturday evening. Mrs. KILGORE was a life long resident of this city, having been born here October 1,1892 a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry BOHLEN. She was aged 51 years, 5 months and 5 days. On June 18, 1910 she was united in marriage to J.P.KILGORE. Surviving are her husband: one daughter; Mrs. Herman BAUER, of Mt.Olive: one son; James KILGORE of Chicago: one grandson Milton BAUER of this city: two brothers; Edward BOHLEN of this city and Arthur BOHLEN of Butler: two sisters; Mrs. James BRYDEN of Denver, Colo. and Mrs. Arthur ARCHIBALD of Gillespie: also many more distant relatives and a host of friends. Final rites were conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Becker & Son Funeral Home, with Rev. H. HOFHENKE officiating. Mrs. Lambert FRANZEN, with Mrs. Clarence MARBURGER as accompanist sang two solos. The General Bradley Womans Auxilary, of which Mrs.KILGORE had been an active memnber, attended the rites in a body and participated in the services. Interment was in Union Miners Cemetery, pall-bearers being Russell SCHLOMANN, Ernst SCHLOMANN, Ervin SCHLOMANN, Alfred TRUETZSCHLER, Ed GARRELS and Herman GARRELS.

Obituary of Jacob KINDER, Macoupin County Illinois ©2004 Submitted by: Carolyn Blatter

Name of Deceased: KINDER, Jacob
Name of Newspaper: Litchfield Monitor
Date of Obituary: October 21, 1882 
Obituary: DIED, KINDER - JACOB KINDER died at his home near Clyde, on Monday, Oct. 16th, at 2:40p.m., after along and painful attack of disease of the kidneys. He was born in Shelby Co., Ky., June 22d, 1815, and moved with his parents to Indiana in 1823, and then to Illinois in 1831; and was married to Jane HUDDLESTUN in 1834. Nine children were born to them, five of whom are living. He was one of fourteen, four sisters and ten brothers. Twelve lived to be heads of families. It would be very difficult to give the exact number of relatives, but we know he had hundreds of far and near relatives. Among them are sixteen grandchildren and seven great- grandchildren. In 1849 he professed religion and united with the M. E. Church, of which he remained a consistent member till his death. His funeral was preached in the M.E. Church, in Clyde, by the Rev. Alex HAMPTON, on Wednesday, Oct. 18th, at 2o'clock p.m. A large concourse of friends and relatives followed his remains to its last resting place, at what is known as the Kinder graveyard. The procession, said to have been a half-mile long, was composed of wagons, carriages, buggies and a number on horseback, and all seemed to realize that another good man had passed away, and that his wife and children had lost a loving companion and a kind father.

Obituary of James E. KINDER, Macoupin County Illinois ©2001 Submitted by: Carolyn Blatter

Name of Deceased: KINDER, James E.
Name of Newspaper: Litchfield News-Herald
Date of Obituary: June 28, 1927
Obituary: James Edgar KINDER, aged 61 years, 6 months and 9 days, a well known farmer of South Litchfield township, died at his home at 9 o'clock Monday night, following an illness of several months from cancer of the stomach. The deceased was born in Macoupin County, December 19, 1865, the son of Ephraim and Martha SCOTT KINDER. He is survived by his wife Mary Ellen MILLER KINDER, three daughters, Mrs. James (Hazel) HALEY of Detroit, Mich.; Mrs. Nellie ALLEN, Wood River and Mrs. Harry (Mae) SCHEFFEL, North Jackson Street; five sons, Russell, St. Louis; Jesse of South Litchfield; Earl, North Walnut street and Cameron and Harold who live at home. Also one brother Robert KINDER, who lives on North Harrison street. Funeral arrangements have not been completed, but burial will be made in the Crabtree cemetery. (Note-Jame's mother Martha also survived. He married Lula May EDWARDS on 10 October 1887, they later divorced. He married Estella WILHITE on 08 November 1894, in Montgomery Co, IL. She died about 1912. A daughter Daisey A. died in 1888. Sister Anna E. in 1880 and brother Cyrus Cornealius in 1914.)

Obituary of Martha Arminda KINDER (SCOTT), Macoupin County Illinois ©2001 Submitted by: Carolyn Blatter

Name of Deceased: KINDER, Martha Arminda ( SCOTT) 
Name of Newspaper: Litchfield News-Herald
Date of Obituary: January 20, 1928
Obituary: Mrs. Martha Arminda KINDER, aged 84 years, widow of the late Ephraim KINDER, and a resident of Litchfield for the last forty- five years, died at her home on North Harrison Street last night at 9:30 o'clock, following an extended illness due to the infirm- ities of old age. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the Free Methodist church, with Rev. GRIGG, pastor officiating. Interment will be made in Crabtree cemetery. Martha Arminda SCOTT was born near Carlinville, December 6 1843, and on October 30, 1862 was united in marriage to Ephraim KINDER, who died March 30, 1898. To the union four children were born. Anna E., James, and Cornelius, having died a number of years ago. One son, Robert W., and two sisters, Mrs. Rebecca JACKSON, who lives near Carlinville, and Mrs. Susan HUDDLESTON, of Chanute, Kansas, survive, together with eighteen grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren. She united with the Free Methodist church twenty years ago under the pasterate of Rev. WHEATLAKE and has been a devout member since.

Obituary of Charles A. KING, Macoupin County Illinois ©2006 Submitted by Gloria Frazier and Virden Library

Name of Deceased: KING,
Charles A.
Name of Newspaper: Virden Reporter
Date of Obituary:
3-17-1905
Obituary: Local Item - Chas. A. KING, an old railroad contractor, died in Alton Friday night aged 64 years. he formerly lived in Girard and was well known to the people of Virden. The body was brought up from Alton and was buried in the Virden cemetery Sunday morning.

Obituary of Willie Thomas KIRK, Macoupin County Illinois ©2008 Submitted by Littleton Bradley

Name of Deceased: KIRK,
Willie Thomas
Name of Newspaper: Virden Recorder
Date of Obituary:
Jan. 18, 1889
Obituary:  KIRK, WILLIE THOMAS:
Willie Thomas KIRK and his brother, William, were out hunting on Friday morning.  Thomas accidentally shot himself with a twenty-two caliber rifle.  His brother was something like fifty yards distant when the accident occurred, and hurried to him as quickly as possible, but death had taken place before he reached him. They were something like a mile from home when this deplorable accident occurred.  Tom, as he was familiarly called by everyone, was an exemplary young man, and was the pride of his parents.  
He was born on Dec. 13, 1865.  Funeral services were held at the Macoupin Point Dunkard Church Sunday morning, Rev. J. H. BARBEE, preaching the funeral discourse, after which the Good Templars
Lodge of this city (Girard) took charge of the remains and conducted their customary funeral service at the grave.  He was a faithful member of that order.  A large number of their members turned out to attend the funeral, bad as the weather and the roads were, which certainly speaks well for that organization.  He was buried in the Dunkard (Pleasant Hill) graveyard adjoining the church."

Obituary of Mary KITZMILLER (CROUCH), Macoupin County Illinois ©2000 Submitted by: Francie Graham Smith

Name of Deceased: KITZMILLER, Mary (CROUCH)
Name of Newspaper: (Girard)
Date of Obituary: July 23, 1894
Obituary: Mother KITZMILLER, one of Girard's Earliest Settlers, Peacefully Passes Beyond Life's Troubles, and now Sleeps in the "Silent City" Beside Loved Ones who have gone before. A gloom of sorrow came over our citizens Friday morning as the Baptist church bell pealed forth the death warning upon the still morning air notifying the people that Mother Mary C. KITZMILLER, the wife of our esteemed neighbor and citizen, Rev. M. V. KITZMILLER, had been called to her haven of rest by the all wise creator and preserver of the universe. Mother KITZMILLER having lived in our community for over 38 years, was known far and near, and had a host of friends, who deeply sympathize with the husband and bereaved family in the loss of a dear wife and mother. She had been ailing for some weeks, suffering from flux and a combination of diseases which was beyond medical skill to check. Thus she fell peacefully asleep in the arms of her Saviour Friday evening, July 20th, 1894, surrounded by husband and children, to sleep the sleep that knows no waking. Her funeral took place Sunday afternoon from the Baptist church, which she had worshipped in these many years. Dr. J. BUCKLEY, of Surtcleff College, Alton, preached an appropriate sermon, assisted by the pastor of the church, Rev. WISEMAN. The church was filled to overflowing, even the yard being filled with neighbors and friends of the deceased who were anxious to pay a tribute of respect to the dead whom they had loved in life. After the services at the church the remains were followed to Girard cemetery by one of the largest funeral processions ever witnessed in this city, and there laid to rest in mother earth. Friends of the deceased covered the grave with floral tributes in token of the love and esteem in which she was held by all who knew her. Mary C. KITZMILLER, Age 66 years and 26 days. Where the bright headwaters of the beautiful Tennessee come singing down the mountain side, in full view of the loftiest domes east of the Rockies, with their silent grandeur leading every Christian heart to a holier worship of nature's God. There in the sweet sunny land of Eastern Tennessee, in Washington County, on the 24th day of June, 1828, little Mary came to gladden the home of Joseph and Elizabeth CROUCH. It was favorable to the child's future that the family into which God sent her to be a light, enjoyed no small degree of esteem in the community where they lived. The father for a long term of years was intrusted with official duties which he performed with much credit to himself and honor to his home; and while in that mountain home the rule of love to fellow man was inculcated; love to God was not forgotten. The home was Chrisian, and the family, together with a large connection by the same name, constituted the working force of several Baptist churches in the county. On the 29th day of April, 1847, Mary CROUCH became the wife of Rev. M.V. KITZMILLER. For nearly 48 years they have hand in hand walked together in love. Of this union then children were born – three of whom have passed on before in childhood, or early youth; seven, five sons and two daughters, remain, all with families of their own. These, with the husband and father, all with a good hope in Jesus, bide the time until they too shall hear the message, "'Tis enough, come up higher." To speak of the life and labors of Sister KITZMILLER, is to put a tax upon words which we feel reluctant to impose. In her home she was a queen, wearing the rich and pure ornaments of meekness and love, and called by husband and children alike by the sweet and fitting name "mother." The rich perfume of that name and life can never be absent from the lives of those who knew her in her home. In society the same adornment of a quiet spirit was hers, and the place she won in the hearts of all is better told by the presence of the large company than by words. But the biography is told briefly an best by saying, "she was a Christian." In the fall of 1849, upon a profession of her faith in Jesus, she was by her husband baptized into the fellowship of the Baptist church, at Buffalo Ridge, near the old home in Tennessee. She being the first person baptized by him. In 1856 they moved with their family to this [unreadable] The anxious look and sincerest inquiry of hundreds of our citizens as her life lay trembling in a glance, attests the fact that in love her hands had ministered to them in hours of trial, and her lips had blossomed with the comforting words of God's promises. The fact also that for more than 30 years her husband was a pastor of the Baptist church is a tribute of the wisdom and the worth of both the living and the dead. Her last illness, which ended with the day's ending Friday, July 20th, was borne by her as all other ills of life had been borne, with a patience born of a faith in Him who doeth all things well. Too much can not be said in honor of pioneer preachers, who in early days endured many hardships that the story of Jesus might be told to the new settlers on the plains of Illinois. But we here pay tribute of praise to the Godly wives who stayed at home and made numberless sacrifices and endured untold fears, for when coronation day shall come, He, who has kept account of all these things shall place upon the brow of her who sleeps in the grave a crown which in its golden sheen shall be equal to any worn by those who have stood at the sacred desk. Until then, dear mother in Israel, sleep sweetly in Him who was your stay in life, your hope in death, and shall be your song of praise forever and ever.



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